For additional information about graduate programs within the College of Business Administration, please contact graduate advisor Jennifer Pettitt at GradBiz@uah.edu. Information about the application process may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the catalog. 

Purpose

The Master of Science in Management – Human Resource Management (MSM-HRM) program is designed as a specialized management graduate degree to serve working professionals who are interested in developing and/or enhancing their knowledge and skills in Management with a specific focus on Human Resources.

The program accommodates working professionals through flexible program scheduling, by offering technology-enhanced hybrid delivery to on-campus students, and by providing online program delivery for non-traditional students. MSM-HRM students have diverse educational backgrounds, but share an interest in developing and/or enhancing their knowledge and skills in human resource management.

The purpose of this program is to prepare individuals to be professionals in human resource management (HRM). This curriculum provides a generalist program of study.  Specifically, the program addresses and HRM theories and methods - including organizational behavior, employment law, employee staffing and development, strategic compensation management, and strategic human resource management. The program content also gives students the general business tools that HRM professionals need to align HRM practices with the broader strategic orientation of the organization. Although the MSM-HRM program prepares students for an HRM career in any industry, there is a focus on the unique human resource challenges encountered in a technological environment. Students will gain valuable experience in the field of HRM by completing a practicum prior to graduation.

The MSM-HRM program is designed to meet the highest standards of curriculum quality, faculty excellence, and program relevance in accordance with the College of Business Administration’s accreditation by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Degree Requirements

The MSM-HRM program consists of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework. The coursework includes a five-course management core, nine credit hours of Human Resource Management courses, and six credit hours of electives. 

The MSM-HRM degree is available in an online format, although not all elective courses are available online. Most online classes also will be available in a traditional classroom format or in a hybrid (combined classroom and on-line) format.

MGT 694, Human Resource Management Practicum, is the capstone course and should be taken toward the end of the student’s program. The grade in MGT 694 can be no lower than B.

Business Core
ACC 600FOUNDATIONS ACC MANAGERS & ENG3
ECN 600FOUNDATIONS OF ECONOMICS3
MGT 600ORGAN THRY, BEHAV & ENVIRONMEN3
MGT 631HRM & ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR3
MGT 694MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM 13
HRM Concentration Core9
MGT 560EMPLOYEE STAFFING & DEVELOP3
MGT 561STRATEGIC COMPENSATION MGMT3
MGT 562EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR MANAGERS3
HRM Program Electives (select 2)6
TEAMWORK & TEAM PROCESSES
LEADERSHIP: THRY & PRACTICE
ORGANIZATIONAL TRAIN & DEVELOP
INDUSTRIAL & ORGANIZA PSY
HUMAN FACTORS IN SYSTEM DESIGN
1

A grade of B or better is required. 

Additional Information

Thesis Option

A thesis option is available. Students interested in this option should contact the both the faculty member who the student wants to serve as the thesis advisor and the College of Business Administration’s (CBA) Director of Graduate Programs before completing 12 hours of graduate study. If selected, the student will register for the MGT 699 Master’s Thesis course for 6 credit hours in lieu of 6 credit hours of electives. 

Transfer Credit

Up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit taken at other universities may be transferred to meet MSM-HRM degree requirements. Inquiries about the transferability of specific courses should be directed to the CBA Director of Graduate Programs, who will consult with the Management faculty to determine whether the content of the class will be accepted for transfer credit.