2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (September 2013) 
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2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (September 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

M.S. in Human Resource Management

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The M.S. 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).

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.


Degree Requirements

  • 33 total semester credits
  • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)

Additional Technology Requirements

In addition to Walden’s general technical requirements, it is strongly recommended that students purchase or have access to a webcam. Suggested specifications for this technology are noted below.

  • Web camera: USB-supported or built into laptop
  • Video capture: 800x600 pixel resolution, or higher
  • Still image capturing resolution: 1280x960
  • Standard definition (SD)
  • Computer interface: USB 2.0 high speed connector
  • Color imagery
  • Connectivity details type: USB cable or built into laptop or monitor
  • Frame rate: 30 frames per second, or higher
  • Sound capture: built-in microphone
  • Optical sensor type: CMOS
  • Operating system capabilities: Windows XP or higher, Mac 10.0 or higher, Linux

Core Curriculum

Course Sequence

Semester Course Credits
 1   3 sem. cr.
  3 sem. cr.
2   3 sem. cr.
  3 sem. cr.
  3 sem. cr.
Specialization courses 15 sem. cr.
 6     3 sem. cr.


Program Data

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