2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) 
    
    Dec 01, 2021  
2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021)

MS in Human Resource Management (students beginning program prior to Fall 2019)


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The MS in Human Resource Management program was designed for students who want to enter the field or those who want to grow and expand their existing careers in human resources. The program applies a human capital development and management approach throughout all of its specializations and courses. Students prepare to oversee, develop, and manage the human capital of small to large organizations, thereby addressing the vital roles of the human resource professional within an operations and strategy setting. Students have the opportunity to develop and enhance critical management, strategic, organizational, and analytical skills through one of three specializations, which are based on industry needs and traditional curricula. Each specialization aligns with the recommended curriculum and skill development needs of human resource professionals as identified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

 

Note: The School of Management redesigned the MS in Human Resource Management program effective Fall 2019. The specializations following the curriculum below—Functional Human Resource Management, Integrating Functional and Strategic Human Resource Management, Organizational Strategy—are no longer accepting new students. Only students enrolled in the MS in Human Resource Management program in Summer 2019 or earlier are eligible for this version of the program. Students who begin their program in Fall 2019 or later will be enrolled in the MS in Human Resource Management redesigned curriculum .

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the theoretical and practical aspects of human resource management to formulate strategies that will enable organizations to achieve both operational and strategic goals related to the organization’s human capital.
  2. Deploy appropriate HRM metrics and other HRM analytics to make informed decisions that enhance the effectiveness of the recruitment, training, development, and retention of human resources and align the HRM strategy with the overall organizational strategy and purpose.
  3. Appraise and apply techniques in talent management that human resource professionals may use to facilitate effective position planning, talent selection, placement, compensation and rewards, as well as retention.
  4. Propose mediation or negotiation strategies that lead to positive, ethical outcomes and demonstrate scrupulous consideration of perceived points of conflict; differences in values, beliefs, and cultures; or divergence of goals.
  5. Assess opportunities to improve and sustain organizational performance through strategic thinking and management, the development of human capital, the allocation of physical and financial resources.
  6. Exhibit the ability to make reasoned, ethical decisions based on professional standards and practices for ethical conduct, legal requirements, and regulatory guidelines in human resource management that are in the best interest of the individual, the organization, the environment, and society as a whole.
  7. Propose systematic, systemic, and sustainable solutions to complex business problems related to human capital and human resource needs and issues by applying critical-thinking and analytical skills.

Track I


Degree Requirements


  • 30 total semester credits for General program
  • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
  • Optional specializations, three courses (9 additional sem. cr.)
  • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)

Curriculum


Course Sequence (Track I)


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
1 MHRM 6100 - Foundations of Human Capital Development♦   3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
2    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
3    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
4    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
5    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
  With Optional Specialization  
6 Specialization Course 1 3 sem. cr.
Specialization Course 2 3 sem. cr.
7 Specialization Course 3 3 sem. cr.

 

Track II (for Certified HR Professionals)


Degree Requirements


30 total semester credits

  • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
  • Elective courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)
  • Optional specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Curriculum


Course Sequence (Track II)


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
1 MHRM 6100 - Foundations of Human Capital Development♦   3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
2    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
3 Elective 3 sem. cr.
Elective 3 sem. cr.
4 Elective 3 sem. cr.
Elective 3 sem. cr.
5 Elective 3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
  With Optional Specialization  
6 Specialization Course 1 3 sem. cr.
Specialization Course 2 3 sem. cr.
7 Specialization Course 3 3 sem. cr.

 

Note on Accreditation


At the master’s level, Walden University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA), MS in Accounting, and MS in Finance are the only programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Human Resource Management program is not accredited by the ACBSP. Please visit our Accreditation  page to see the list of Walden accreditations.

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