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2011-2012 General Catalog 
2011-2012 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Human Resources, MS

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Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Department of Management


The MS in Human Resources degree prepares students for professional careers in the field of Human Resource Management. The program is competency based and prepares students to take a strategic role, assisting organizations in attracting, retaining, and developing human talent at all levels. Required subject areas include team and interpersonal effectiveness, talent acquisition and retention, total rewards and employee performance, training and organization development, employee relations and the labor movement, employment law, career and professional development, human capital management, human resource policy and strategy, and applied human resource research. Students are also required to demonstrate business acumen and complete an internship as part of the program.

Admission Requirements

See Admission Procedures . Students from any accredited undergraduate major are invited to apply. Students are required to submit scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants are expected to have strong written and oral communication skills.

Students are expected to be admitted to the program as matriculated students before taking coursework leading to the degree.

Western Regional Graduate Program

Since the Master of Science in Human Resources is designated as a Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE), students from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming may attend the program at the in-state tuition rate.

Degree Requirements

Students are held responsible for meeting requirements as outlined below. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of all requirements and initiate the resolution of apparent inconsistencies.

The typical degree option is Plan C, which includes coursework to meet the degree requirements.

The MS in Human Resources degree requires a minimum of 36 to 46.5 credits, depending upon the undergraduate preparation of the student. Students entering the program without an undergraduate business degree will be required to complete a 10.5 credit sequence of courses to develop their foundation in business acumen as part of their program of study. This regimen is comprised of the following courses: ECN 6050 , ACCT 6010 , MGT 6075 , MGT 6410 , MGT 6510 . Coursework beyond the Business Acumen includes MGT 6300 , MGT 6310 , MGT 6330 , MGT 6550 , MGT 6620 , MGT 6630 , MGT 6650 , MGT 6670 , MGT 6680 , MGT 6690 , MGT 6760 ; and BUS 6250 . Students may substitute MGT 6900  for BUS 6250  (Graduate Internship) on approval of the MS in Human Resources steering committee. Students with an undergraduate degree from an AACSB-International accredited business school will not be required to take the business acumen.

Additional information about the MS in Human Resources degree may be obtained by contacting the Department of Management or by visiting

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