MS in Human Resources

Today more than ever, companies worldwide are struggling to attract and retain the talent necessary to attain organization goals. Human resource executives and Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) alumni provided extensive assistance in the revision of the MSHR program in order to provide a better educational foundation for those who are pursuing or plan to pursue a career in human resources.

The Master of Science in Human Resources program enables skill and knowledge development in: compensation and reward systems; employment and labor law; labor relations; training and development; staffing; benefit administration; work force diversity; and human resource strategy.

As human resource work experience enhances academics, so does academics enhance work experience. Most MSHR students are employed full-time and attend school part-time. Full-time study is available on our part-time model. You also have the option of attending classes multiple evening if you wish to pursue full-time studies. Many full-time students have part time HR jobs.

The revised MSHR Program requires completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits: 6 hours of required HR course work; 3 hours addresses ethics and social responsibility; 12 hours of HR core coursework; and 9 hours of supporting electives. The latter permits tailoring the MSHR degree to one’s particular interests and goals.

The MSHR program is designed to meet the logistical needs of working adults who have a bachelor's degree and wish to earn a graduate degree in human resources on a part-time or full-time basis. Classes are available year round. During the fall and spring semesters, almost all classes meet once per week in the early evening, typically from 5:45 p.m. to 8:25 p.m. Classes are available Monday through Thursday. During summer session, most classes meet two evenings per week.

Recent graduates have taken positions with diverse employers – including GE Healthcare, Harley-Davidson, M&I Bank, Kohler Co., and Manpower Inc. – in positions covering the spectrum of human resources, including recruiting; training and development; compensation, employee benefits; employee relations and labor relations. Many graduates have also opted to join smaller organizations, applying skills to a range of responsibilities.

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