MS in Human Resources Courses

Core Courses


Learn to apply behavioral sciences to management issues through integration of conceptual and experiential approaches to self-awareness, perception, communication, motivation, productivity, group behavior processes, leadership, organizational change, diversity, ethical issues, career planning, and the management of personal and organizational stress.

Total Rewards

You will explore key issues and challenges facing compensation managers as they strive to attract, motivate, retain, develop, and engage high-performance talent in today’s global economy. This course will also provide an overview of statutory and voluntary benefits, health and welfare benefits, ERISA, and elements of administration.

Financial Accounting

This course presents accounting principles and concepts that provide the foundation for the measurement and communication of financial data. Specific topics include valuation of resources, accounting for debt and equities, income determinants, and analysis of cash flow.

Organizational Dynamics and Managing Change

In this course, you will examine how to manage change by looking at strategy, organization design and processes, and multi-organizational systems. Specific topics include traditional and contemporary approaches to change management, organization learning, consulting skills, and organization development.

Talent Management

Talent management can drive the management of human capital and create sustained competitive advantage for organizations. This course provides an analysis of the talent management functions of workforce planning, talent acquisition, learning and development, performance management, career planning, employee engagement, and retention.

Global Human Resources and Inclusion

In this course, you will explore standardization vs. localization of human resource policies; cultural differences in how management and leadership are viewed; and the social, political, and cultural issues facing global human resource managers.

Economic Concepts

This course introduces the principles and application of microeconomic analysis. You will gain an understanding of and ability to apply economic reasoning and decision-making to both your personal and professional life. Topics include supply and demand, elasticity, production and cost analysis, and competition and monopoly.

Leadership and Ethics

This course will provide a foundation for the art of value clarification and responsible leadership within organizations and society. By experiencing and working through scenarios and case studies, you will isolate the ethical issues, both pro and con, and propose viable alternatives consistent with ethical and moral values.

Employment Law

This course not only introduces you to a more detailed study of employment law but also demonstrates how Rule of Law in the United States works. You will gain an understanding of discrimination based on race and color, religion, national origin, and sex; laws regarding sexual harassment; and the legal framework of age discrimination, disability discrimination, and affirmative action.

Human Resources Analytics and Insights

This course focuses on the tools and skills needed to make evidence-based links between HR and organizational performance, including data analytic techniques, interpretation, and reporting of analyses to decision-makers. You will learn how to apply statistical techniques for the types of data and decisions they need to address.

Digital Platforms for Human Resources Processes and Information Management

In this course, you will be introduced to contemporary digital technologies to support the various processes along the HR value chain and how these individual technologies must integrate into a coherent digital platform. You will learn how to conceptualize the information needs for the HR function and how to capture, analyze, and interpret data to satisfy those needs.

Organization and Job Design

This course examines the interaction among human resources and job design for sustainable global organizations by considering the impact of organization design, external forces, and management practices from a macro-organizational perspective.

Elective Courses

Business Negotiation and the Resolution of Conflict

This course addresses the dynamics of conflict, including techniques for its avoidance as well as alternative avenues of resolution should it occur. Students will learn useful mediation, negotiation, and conflict-avoidance techniques and will apply what they learn during practical exercises.

Advanced Principles of Organizations and Leadership

This course examines the interactions among human resources, technologies, organization design, external forces, and management practices from a macro organization perspective. Study concentrates on organizations as systems and managerial, technical, structural, and cultural subsystems as they relate to the broader environment. The course also examines the concepts of system design, work design, and management theory.

Managerial Creativity and Innovation for Leadership

This course focuses on creative imagination and invention and the productive and innovative results of such processes. Students will hone their problem-solving and leadership skills by integrating a dozen linear methods with a dozen nonlinear, imaginative tools.

Responsible Business Practice Capstone

This course examines multidisciplinary values such as environmental stewardship, corporate citizenship, product and service excellence, and financial strength. Students are required to integrate these four values in building a blueprint for business sustainability. The course is taught from a practitioner’s point of view utilizing a combination of case studies, current media, and guest speakers. The capstone project requires students to work collaboratively in preparing a business plan that will be presented to a panel of distinguished business entrepreneurs.

Global Business Intensive

Hosted by partner schools abroad, Global Business Intensive focuses on critical aspects of doing business in the global economy. The course consists of lectures by distinguished faculty members of the partner schools and recognized experts from companies and research centers on a variety of contemporary business issues. The course involves a series of seminars covering such topics as international economics, culture, marketing, finance, and political and legal context. Some programs also include field visits to internationally recognized companies or organizations in the region for a hands-on look at business opportunities and management strategies. Also included is a study tour of important historical sites. The tour provides an important backdrop of culture and history that flavors the nation’s experience.

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