Program Director:  Dr. Gary Adams, Ph.D.

MS in Human Resources website

Degree Offered

Master of Science in Human Resources, Plan B Non-Thesis Option only.

Program Description

The master of science in human resources (M.S.H.R.) program is designed to meet the educational needs of individuals who are pursuing or intend to pursue a career in human resources. Students from any undergraduate field may be accepted into the program. Central to the program's objective is the development of skills and knowledge in the areas of greatest concern to a human resources professional. These critical areas include the functional areas of human resources such as staffing, compensation and reward systems, employment law, and training and development, as well as the strategic areas of human resources focused on managing change, leadership, and the leveraging human resources to advance organizational strategy.

Prerequisites for Admission

Admission to the M.S.H.R. program requires: a) a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; b) an acceptable record of academic achievement at the bachelor's level and in any previous graduate course work; c) acceptable scores on required admission tests; and d) an overall composite profile of admission data (including an evaluation of previous work experience) that predicts success in the program.

Application Requirements

Students may apply for Regular Degree, Temporary Degree or Non-degree status. It is recommended that students apply for Regular Degree Status when possible. The application is online via the GSM website. Then click on Apply Now.

  1. A completed application form and fee.
  2. Essay questions on the application form.
  3. Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  4. Official test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Records Exam (GRE) or Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  5. Resume or job profile.
  6. (For international applicants or applicants applying for Graduate School financial aid, i.e. assistantship positions) three letters of recommendation.
  7. (For international applicants only) an official TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Note: Temporary non-degree applicants (admission valid for one term only) must submit all of the above except the GMAT, GRE or LSAT scores. Students are encouraged to complete all application materials and apply for degree status. Temporary status is valid for one term only. Temporary non-degree status students are not eligible to continue taking M.S.H.R. classes beyond one term without degree admission. Temporary non-degree status is not available to international students.  International applicants must apply for regular degree admission status. Typically, non-degree admission is not recommended in the human resources program.

Human Resources

Specializations are required within the structure of the M.S.H.R. curriculum and must be declared both with the academic adviser and the Graduate School of Management office. The specialization options are:

  • Organizational Development - Designed for those interested in careers focused on people-related activities that may be found outside the traditional human resources department, such as organizational learning, change management or process improvement/facilitation.
  • Strategic Human Resources Leadership - Designed to better serve the more advanced-level segment for those looking to develop their competencies as strategic human resources business partners.
  • Talent Management - Designed for students without an academic or professional background in human resources allowing the student to develop their functional expertise in human resources management.

The M.S.H.R. program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work.

Human Resources/Organizational Development Core:
HURE 6100Human Resources Information Systems and Analytics3
HURE 6110Human Resources/Organizational Development Metrics3
HURE 6590Strategic Human Resource Management3
Required Specialization: Choose courses from one of the specialization options listed below.12
Organizational Development
Strategic Human Resources Leadership
Talent Management
Career Electives: Choose from Career Electives course options below.9
Total Credit Hours30

Specializations

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (12 CREDITS)

Students must complete three of the following 3-credit courses:9
Organizational Development
Change Leadership
Data-Driven Organizational Improvement
Diversity in Organizations
and
Two of the following 1.5-credit courses:3
Leading People and Change
Leading Innovation and Creativity
Leadership Coaching and Development
Total Credit Hours12

STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCEs LEADERSHIP (12 CREDITS)

Students must complete three of the following 3-credit courses:9
Change Leadership
Diversity in Organizations
Leadership, Motivation and Organizational Change
Negotiations
and
Two of the following 1.5-credit courses:3
Leading People and Change
Leading Innovation and Creativity
Leadership Coaching and Development
Total Credit Hours12

Talent management (12 credits)

Student must complete four of the following 3-credit courses:12
Employment Law
Strategic Compensation and Rewards
Training and Development
Talent Acquisition and Management
Diversity in Organizations
Total Credit Hours12

CAREER ELECTIVES (9 CREDITS)

Additional courses from any other specialization and/or:9
Employee Benefit Systems
Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
International Human Resources Management
Ethical Issues, Regulatory Environment and Human Resource Management
Managerial Accounting
Managerial Economics
Accounting and Finance for the Non-Financial Manager
Economic Foundations for Marketing Decisions
Financial Management
Marquette Led Travel and Study Abroad in International Business
International Study in Business:
Project Management
Self-Leadership
Change Leadership in Self and Organizations
International Management
Global Environment of Business
Marketing Management
Operations and Supply Chain Management
And up to three 1-credit skills courses:
Skills: Conducting Performance Appraisals
Skills: Balanced Scorecard
Skills: Large Scale Change
Skills: Business Writing
Skills: Coaching for Performance Improvement
Skills: Cross-Cultural Meetings - Business Interactions
Skills: Facilitating Meetings
Skills: GIS Business ArcView Software
Skills: Business Law
Skills: Organizational Assessment
Skills: Powerful Presentations
Skills: SAS
Skills: SPSS
Skills: Team Building
Skills: Organizational Consulting - Roles and Responsibilities
Skills: Conducting an Ethical Audit
Skills: Data Visualization
Total Credit Hours9

Bachelor's-Master's Programs

Accelerated Degree Program in Human Resources

This five-year program allows students to earn both a master of science in human resources (M.S.H.R.) and an undergraduate degree with a major or a minor in human resources. If a student takes advantage of this option there are a total of 21 credit hours to complete upon entering the M.S.H.R. program. These can be completed in one calendar year.

Students may take three graduate HURE courses (nine credits) in the senior undergraduate year. Pending the grade of B or better, these graduate courses double-count toward the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Should a student be denied admission to the M.S.H.R. program or receive a passing grade less than B, the courses are still counted toward the undergraduate degree. Upon completion of the first term as a master's candidate, the student must petition the appropriate Graduate School of Management program director to transfer the courses taken as an undergraduate to the master's degree.  If a student takes advantage of this option there are a total of 21 credit hours to complete upon entering the M.S.H.R. program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must formally apply to the Graduate School of Management during the senior year at Marquette University, complete all of the application requirements as listed above, and indicate on the application that they are applying for the five-year program. For information, contact the director of the M.S.H.R. program at MSHRdirector@marquette.edu.

Accelerated Degree Program in Human Resources and Corporate Communication

This five-year program allows students to earn both their master of human resources (M.S.H.R.) and an undergraduate degree major in Corporate Communications with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Undergraduate students begin their graduate work in their senior year by taking three graduate level courses.

These graduate courses double-count toward the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Should a student be denied admission to the M.S.H.R. program, the courses are counted toward the undergraduate degree only. A minimum grade of B is required for courses taken as an undergraduate student for graduate credit to apply toward graduate program requirements. Upon completion of the first term as a master's candidate, the student must petition the appropriate Graduate School of Management program director to transfer the courses taken as an undergraduate to the master's degree.

To be considered for admission to the five-year program, applicants must formally apply to the Graduate School of Management during their junior year at Marquette University, complete all of the application requirements as listed above and indicate on the application that they are applying for the five-year program. For detailed information, contact the Graduate School of Management at 414.288.7145 or visit us on the website at business.marquette.edu/academics/gsm.

Accelerated Degree Program in Human Resources and Psychology

This five-year program allows students to earn both their master of human resources (M.S.H.R.) and an undergraduate degree from Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Undergraduate students begin their graduate work in their senior year by taking three graduate level courses.

These graduate courses double-count toward the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Should a student be denied admission to the M.S.H.R. program, the courses are counted toward the undergraduate degree only. A minimum grade of B is required for courses taken as an undergraduate student for graduate credit to apply toward graduate program requirements. Upon completion of the first term as a master's candidate, the student must petition the appropriate Graduate School of Management program director to transfer the courses taken as an undergraduate to the master's degree.

To be considered for admission to the five-year program, applicants must formally apply to the Graduate School of Management during their junior year at Marquette University, complete all of the application requirements as listed above and indicate on the application that they are applying for the five-year program. For detailed information, contact the Graduate School of Management at 414.288.7145 or visit us on the website at business.marquette.edu/academics/gsm.

Courses

HURE 5003. Employment Law. 3 cr. hrs.

Provides an overview of the major federal laws which regulate human resources management, as well as common law. Topics include: wrongful discharge, privacy, defamation, negligent hiring, Title VII, affirmative action, the Americans with Disabilities Act, ERISA, Workers' Compensation, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Provides human resource managers and line supervisors with a sufficient working knowledge of these laws to reduce the risk of imposing legal liability on their employers by their own actions and to minimize liability for questionable or unlawful acts of company agents through prompt and effective action. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE or LEDR program; or cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 5005. Employee Benefit Systems. 3 cr. hrs.

The course addresses the design and administration of employee benefit systems. Among the programs studied are: health and wellness programs, pension and retirement programs, and cafeteria plans. Legally mandated benefit systems are also studied. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE or LEDR program: or cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 5010. Strategic Compensation and Rewards. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on theory and practice relevant to the development of compensation systems which are internally consistent, externally competitive, and individually rewarding. Applies these concepts via job descriptions and job evaluations, market surveys and pay structures, and performance or seniority based pay. Also through administering employee benefits such as insurance and pensions. The government's impact on pay and benefits is also studied. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE or LEDR program; or cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 5020. Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining. 3 cr. hrs.

Examines the development, structure and process of collective bargaining as well as negotiation processes and strategies in a variety of settings. Central topics include labor law, union organization, general principles of negotiation, and labor contract negotiation in particular. The course is taught from a neutral perspective, emphasizing the rights and responsibilities of labor, management and government. Makes extensive use of bargaining exercises. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE or LEDR program; or cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 5080. Training and Development. 3 cr. hrs.

Principles and factors that contribute to the personal growth and development of employees and the welfare of the company. Focus on training and employee development within organizations. Topics include training development and evaluation, employee development, career management, and career pathing within organizations Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE or LEDR program; or cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 5140. International Human Resources Management. 3 cr. hrs.

Explores human resources issues that are addressed by organizations engaged in international business. Among the issues addressed are: the link between stages of international business and recommended human resources systems; determining the appropriate mix of host-country, third country and expatriate employees; managing expatriate assignments; and developing human resource management policies and procedures in a global context. In addition, employment law and protective social legislation as well as alternative labor union models found in different regions of the world will be studied. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE or LEDR program; or cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 5931. Topics in Human Resources. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Topics vary. Prereq: Admitted to BUAD, ECON, HCTM, HURE, LEDR or NURS program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. dir. Prerequisites vary depending on topic.

HURE 6100. Human Resources Information Systems and Analytics. 3 cr. hrs.

Addresses issues associated with human resource information systems (HRIS) and the leveraging of human resources analytics to inform organizational decision-making. Topics include: implementation of HRIS, understanding database structures and using queries. In addition, covers HR data analytic concepts and tools used to classify, describe, evaluate and predict. Emphasis is on the strategic use of HRIS and analytics. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE program; and cons. of M.S.H.R prog. dir.

HURE 6110. Human Resources/Organizational Development Metrics. 3 cr. hrs.

Provide an in-depth examination of the conceptual and methodological issues associated with HR metrics and their use in organizations. Topics include: operational, financial and strategic measures of HR-related activities. Emphasis is placed on understanding, collecting and calculating HR metrics data as well as the effective reporting and presentation of HR metrics to organizational stakeholders. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE program; and cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 6125. Negotiations. 3 cr. hrs.

Provides a comprehensive investigation of the process and dynamics surrounding adverse variety of negotiations and conflict resolution efforts. Both academic models of negotiations and actual events, historical and contemporary, will be examined in detail. Strategies and tactics for achieving objectives, limiting losses and maintaining positive relations will be emphasized in light of radically changing social and business climates. Methods for becoming an effective negotiator will be presented through both analytical frameworks and experiential opportunities. Cost/benefit assessment of negotiations will be developed in the actual costing of an agreement and the impact of failing to achieve an agreement and having to resort to alternative options. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE or LEDR program; or cons. of the M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 6170. Ethical Issues, Regulatory Environment and Human Resource Management. 3 cr. hrs.

Addresses an array of human resource topics from the manager's point of view. Three themes will be woven throughout this course: ethical issues presented by selected human resource policies and programs; the legal and regulatory environment pertaining to employees and to union organizations and representation; and establishing consistency between human resource management policies and programs and the strategic objectives of the organization. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HCTM, HURE, LEDR or NURS program; and cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 6210. Organizational Development. 3 cr. hrs.

Provides an in-depth study of evidence-based organizational development (OD) processes and interventions aimed at improving organizational performance. Emphasizes planning and implementation team, inter-team and organization-wide interventions. Values, ethics and the role of the OD professional/change agent are described. Prereq: Admitted to graduate HURE program and cons. of M.S.H.R prog. dir.

HURE 6215. Change Leadership. 3 cr. hrs.

Provides the skills necessary to successfully lead organizational change. Topics include: models of the change process, development of change management plans, identifying and overcoming resistance to change, and leveraging strategy, culture, leadership and other organizational process to lead organizational change efforts. Emphasis is on developing the leadership competencies necessary to create and sustain positive organizational change. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE program; and cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 6230. Data-Driven Organizational Improvement. 3 cr. hrs.

Provides the skills necessary to design, execute, analyze and report data-driven organizational improvement efforts. Topics include: fundamentals of measurement, quantitative, qualitative and survey research designs, data analytics and reporting of actionable results. Emphasis is on the collection and analysis of data, the effective presentation of results and the interaction with organizational stakeholders Prereq: Admitted to graduate HURE program; and cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 6530. Talent Acquisition and Management. 3 cr. hrs.

Addresses principles and practices for the acquisition and management of human talent within organizations. Topics include: workforce planning, talent acquisition, reliability and validity of selection procedures, using talent management analytics for employee retention, aligning talent management to organizational objectives/strategies and understanding legal compliance issues related to talent management. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE program and HURE 6100 and HURE 6110; or cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 6535. Diversity in Organizations. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on the complex dynamics of diversity in organizations as seen from the vantage point of social science and organizational studies. Examines demographic trends in the work force, differentiates cultural practices and value among diverse groups, and discusses strategies for dealing with discrimination and stereotyping. The focal themes of the course include: the nature or character of diversity, organizational practices, and theoretical implications. Individual, interpersonal and organizational factors influencing diversity will be examined using both a conceptual and an experiential approach. Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE or LEDR program; or cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 6590. Strategic Human Resource Management. 3 cr. hrs.

Investigate principles of human resource strategy and the link to business strategy. Concepts emphasized include resource-based theory of the firm, sustained competitive advantage, as well as fit and flexibility in the design of human resource systems. Approaches to evaluating and assessing the contribution and effectiveness of human resource systems are studied. Prereq: Completion of MANA 6100 for BUAD graduate students; completion of 15 HURE credits for HURE students; or cons. of the M.S.H.R. prog. dir.

HURE 6931. Topics in Human Resource Management. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Elective course. Topics will vary. Prereq: Admitted to graduate HURE or LEDR program; or cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir. Prerequisites may vary from course to course.

HURE 6953. Seminar in Human Resources. 1 cr. hr.

Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE or LEDR program; or cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir. Prerequisites may vary from course to course.

HURE 6986. Internship in Human Resources. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Directed work in human resources under the supervision of a working professional in the area of human resources. Requires faculty supervisor. Must have approved academic component. Maximum of 3 credits may be accepted toward degree requirements.

HURE 6995. Independent Study in Human Resources. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Admitted to the graduate HURE program; and cons. of M.S.H.R. prog. dir.