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The Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) degree prepares students to manage the modern organizational workforce. Students develop skills necessary to succeed in specific areas of human resources, such as benefits, compensation, labor relations, recruitment and workforce training programs. Students gain a real-world education in HR management in a stimulating program that combines high-quality teaching with evidence-based recommendations from leading scholars in the field.
Faculty members have won numerous teaching awards and have many years of professional experience in a range of management-related fields, which helps students understand the connection between science and practice. Industry guest speakers, business cases, simulations and internships enhance students’ practical understanding of the HR field. The program leverages DePaul's wide-ranging network of alumni and HR business leaders to create opportunities for students to engage in professional activities and community outreach via service learning. The program also is aligned with the curriculum standards set by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the most influential human resources association.
In this program, students develop the skills to manage core HR functions, including workforce planning, staffing, performance management, total rewards, talent management, and training and development. Classes address current topics encountered by human resource professionals, such as:
- Change management, downsizing/rightsizing and mergers and acquisitions
- Internal consulting and organizational development
- Employment law, ethics, and employee and labor relations
- Globalization, outsourcing and managing a diverse workforce
- Metrics, data analytics and human resource information systems
- Organizational succession planning and personal career growth and development
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||48|
Students will be able to:
- Use analytical and problem-solving skills in decision-making.
- Recognize and analyze ethical and legal problems within applied business situations, choose a resolution, and justify that ethical choice.
- Be knowledgeable about the differences among global economies, institutions, and cultures and will understand the implications these have on global management.
- Produce a coherent written statement and oral presentation of the analysis of a complex business issue.
- Exhibit sophisticated knowledge of HR/business management practices leading to applicable skills in relevant areas (e.g., selection, training, compensation, and performance management) that leads to professional HR career-related success.
Students complete the MS in Human Resources by taking 12 courses across three groups: 1) six core Human Resource courses, 2) three Human Resource electives, and 3) three Business electives.
Required Core Human Resource Courses
|MGT 500||MANAGING FOR EFFECTIVE AND ETHICAL ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR||4|
|MGT 523||RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION||4|
|MGT 525||TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT||4|
|MGT 526||COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS||4|
|MGT 555||STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES||4|
|MGT 591||FUNDAMENTALS OF PEOPLE ANALYTICS||4|
Human Resource Electives
|Select three of the following||12|
|LIFE AND CAREER COACHING|
|LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS|
|CHANGE MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTING|
|GLOBAL WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT|
|MANAGING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION|
|RESOLVING CONFLICT IN ORGANIZATIONS|
|HEALTH INSURANCE & BENEFITS|
|EXECUTIVE COACHING: LEADERSHIP IN A VOLATILE, UNCERTAIN, CHAOTIC AND AMBIGUOUS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT|
|ADVANCED PEOPLE ANALYTICS|
|MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP (Strongly recommended for students without HR experience)|
|SPECIAL TOPICS (When related to human resources; approval required)|
|WRITING IN THE PROFESSIONS|
|Select three of the following: 1||12|
|BUSINESS CONDITIONS ANALYSIS|
|ECONOMICS FOR DECISION-MAKING 2|
|FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 2|
|BUSINESS ANALYTICS TOOLS|
|OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 2|
|ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP|
|CREATIVITY, INNOVATION & DESIGN|
|MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE|
|MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY|
or MPS 516
|MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY|
|DECISIONS IN MARKETING MANAGEMENT|
|INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE MANAGEMENT|
|NONPROFIT FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION|
|STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING|
Students choose three electives from these general business courses at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (and may substitute an HR elective if an equivalent course was taken elsewhere).
GSB 420 is a prerequisite
- Satisfactory completion of the college residency requirement.
- Satisfactory completion of 12 courses (six HR core courses, three HR related electives, and three Business electives).
- All courses for credit toward the degree must be completed with satisfactory grades within six calendar years after the candidate’s first term of enrollment in the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. After a lapse of six years, a course is expired. An expired course is not acceptable for the purpose of satisfaction of degree requirements and is not applicable to the degree.