Nov 22, 2019  
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) [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. Students receive training in talent acquisition and retention, employment law, applied HR research, team and interpersonal effectiveness, managing a diverse workforce, training and organizational development, total rewards and employee performance, employee relations and the labor movement, international human resource management, leadership and operational excellence, human capital management, human resource policy and strategy, and negotiation and mediation. In addition, students in the full-time campus program complete a 3 month internship and an international experience.  A streamlined program is also available allowing students to sequentially complete both the MSHR and an MBA in 2 years. 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 Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or 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

Designated as the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) in Human Resources, residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming can attend the MSHR program at Utah State University for in-state tuition.  

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 48 credits, depending upon the undergraduate preparation of the student. Students entering the program without an undergraduate business degree will be required to complete a minimum of 7.5 credits in business acumen, including FIN 3400 , ACCT 6010 , and MGT 6510 , or their undergraduate equivalents. Students wishing to be considered for the dual MSHR/MBA program, must complete a 12 credit sequence of business acumen courses, including:  ECN 6050 , FIN 3400 , ACCT 6010 , MGT 6075 , MGT 6510  or other equivalent undergraduate courses. Students with an undergraduate degree from an AACSB-International accredited business school will not be required to take the business acumen.

Beyond the business acumen, students generally complete the following courses: MGT 6300 MGT 6325 , MGT 6330 , MGT 6340 MGT 6350 , MGT 6550 , MGT 6620 , MGT 6630 , MGT 6650 , MGT 6670 , MGT 6675 , MGT 6680 , MGT 6690 , MGT 6760 ; and BUS 6250 . Completion of  BUS 6250  (Graduate Internship) is optional for students in the MSHR Executive Program as they are currently employed full-time or have significant work experience. Students generally complete the MSHR program on a cohort basis, and are expected to complete the program of study as scheduled for their cohort. Any adjustments must be approved by the MS in Human Resources steering committee.

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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