HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
The Master of Arts degree and graduate certificate programs in Human Resource Management (HRM) help HRM professionals and other organization leaders advance their knowledge and skills in the field.
The Human Resource Management graduate program focuses upon the practice of human resource management in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Courses offer both concept and skill components designed to help students base practice on solid theoretical grounding. Courses are led by faculty members who have earned advanced graduate degrees and/or possess significant experience in the fields of business, organization behavior, and human resources.
The master’s degree curriculum comprises 10 courses in two areas: human resource development studies and human resource generalist management practice. Students can elect to do a concentration in either of the two areas described above or choose to their own electives. A capstone course, which is required for the master’s degree may be elected for the graduate certificate, and provides an opportunity for students to integrate learning from previous courses by engaging in a team-based HRM decision-making simulation.
The graduate certificate curriculum comprises 6 courses, and emphasizes human resource management practice. Students enrolled in the graduate certificate program will meet a faculty advisor/program coordinator to develop a plan of study. Students will choose courses based upon their interest in either track: human resources generalist or human resource development. There are no required classes for the certificate program. Students who wish to take the capstone simulation course for credit, may do so with the permission of the program coordinator or instructor.
All courses are offered online. The master’s degree can be completed in six terms (two calendar years), based upon completion of two courses each term, while the graduate certificate can be completed in three terms (one calendar year), based upon the completion of two courses per semester. The entire program must be completed within the period of six years from the time of initial enrollment.
Program credit hours – 30 to 33. The Master of Arts in Human
Resource Management requires 30 credit hours to complete. Students may elect to take one additional 3-credit hour course as part of their program to fulfill certification preparation requirements.
Students and alumni are engaged in variety of organizational roles in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Many are engaged in human resource management as staff specialists or managers. Others have found the program to be helpful to their careers in general supervision and management.
A candidate for admission to the master’s degree or certificate program must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. A minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) is required for all previous undergraduate or graduate work. Additional requirements include submission of a current resume, two letters of recommendation from the candidate’s current employer and other work or academic setting, a writing sample and completion of an entrance interview with the department chair. Standardized graduate admissions tests are not required for admission consideration. General admissions requirements are explained in the graduate admissions section of this catalog and on the The University Of Justice And Wisdom website.
In order to graduate, a student must have completed 30 hours (master’s degree) or 18 hours (graduate certificate) of work in approved courses with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) or higher. A complete description of all applicable graduation requirements is included in the academic policies section of this catalog and on the The University Of Justice And Wisdom website.