PLEASE NOTE: For students starting the program during summer semester 2020, see the 2019-2020 SGPP Course Catalog and Handbook for program details.
For students starting the program in fall semester 2020 or after, see the information below.
The human resource professional is a critical, strategic team member in today’s quickly changing business environment. In addition to directing the major disciplines within human resource management, this professional must be able to provide leadership for changes within an organization. This leadership involves addressing the social, ethical, environmental, and economic contexts of today’s domestic and internationally focused organizations. The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management program prepares graduates for this challenging role through a series of courses designed to provide essential leadership knowledge and skills. In addition, courses in general management principles and skills are required along with elective course topics. The program’s focus is on maximizing individual and team efforts and developing and applying leadership skills within a human resources department and within the organization.
Graduates of the Master of Arts in Human Resource Management program are expected to be able to do the following:
- Analyze the role of human resources in supporting organizational strategy.
- Develop interdepartmental relationships to further strategic leadership goals.
- Evaluate human resource programs in key functional areas.
- Create systems for talent management in partnership with organizational leaders.
- Collect and interpret data for organizational assessment.
- Model and teach effective cross-cultural competence.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
- Incorporate ethical and legal perspective into all human resource activities.
Program Structure and Delivery
The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management program is offered in a blended format or fully online. Courses delivered in the blended format integrate face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner.
Graduate Certificate Credit Use Toward Degree
Students may use all 12 credits of the Human Resource Management Certificate toward completing the M.A. in Human Resource Management.
Students may substitute 6 credits from any of the following completed SMUMN certificates to replace the writing course (GM623 or MBA612) and GM680 Leadership and Strategic Management. The substitutions allow these certificate students to complete the M.A. in Human Resource Management with just 30 credits. The M.A. in Human Resource Management completion for certificate students may be done online only.