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Discover how you can effectively direct people and successfully staff organizations in today’s dynamic global marketplace.

Become a pivotal part of a large or small organization. Prepare yourself to earn your HR certification from the HR Certification Institute through this program.

You will identify the strategic roles of human resource function within an organization, understand the principles and values associated with creating high-performance work systems, develop skills to measure an individual's and an organization's performance, and recognize key issues facing the human resource industry today.



This program consists of four graduate online human resource management courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • HRM500 Managing Human Resources
    This course provides students with knowledge regarding the function of Human Resource Management (HRM). Students will review basic HRM concepts and functions. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to enhance their preexisting business/industry knowledge through exploring the behavioral competencies and knowledge required for HRM professionals. Students will understand the function of HRM from a leadership, interpersonal, and business perspective.
  • HRM515 Legal and Human Resource Dimensions of Business Management
    This course emphasizes the legal, human resource, and regulatory controls that define, promote and limit business practices. The legal ramifications are presented as a mechanism managers can use to resolve conflict, infer guidelines for conduct, and create bases for expectations. Fundamental interactions of law, ethics, and corporate social responsibility are emphasized. Topic areas include the business legal system, ethics, employer-employee relationship, contracts, small business ownership, and the legal environment of international business.
  • HRM540 Maximizing Human Capital
    This course explores the value, utilization, and development of human capital, with a specific concentration on structuring an organization and developing innovative training programs that maximize organizational and human potential. Students explore strategies human resource professionals can utilize to raise employee motivation and job satisfaction, as well as assist employees in achieving the proper life/work balance. A key focus is to research concepts and practices that adapt organizational structures and processes to better conform to, utilize, and take advantage of employee potential. Recommended Prior Course: HRM500.
  • HRM560 Staffing and Talent Development
    This course is an examination of the managerial and leadership responsibilities related to employee career management as well as personal and professional growth. Students explore strategies for training and staff development in order to better understand the importance of deploying human resources, developing core competencies, and promoting a learning culture to better compete in a competitive economy. This course also explores the changing educational, demographic, economic, and societal factors that impact recruitment, and students develop a comprehensive and innovative strategy to recruit the most talented applicants in the workplace.


A specialization in Human Resource Management pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.

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