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Human Resources Curriculum

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Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR)

Whether you plan to enroll as a student full-time or are considering earning your degree online, we have the program for you. No matter which track you choose, each curriculum track is aligned with the SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. These guidelines were developed by SHRM defining HR content areas for HR students in undergraduate and graduate levels.

Designed to be completed in three trimesters, this program originates from a rich tradition of applied behavioral science, integrated with targeted core business principles in order to expand HR theory and practice. Concepts from behavioral sciences include enhanced self-awareness, group dynamics, change management and organizational development.

Trimester  Units
Fall Trimester (18 units)  
Human Resources Overview  1
Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Culture  3
Personal and Leadership Development Workshop  1
Total Rewards, Compensation and Benefits  3
Introduction to the Fundamental Principles of American Law and Ethics  2
Employment Law  2
Financial Accounting  2
Economic Concepts  2
Preparation for Human Resources Internship and Career  1
Business Acumen Integration  1
Spring Trimester (17 units)  
Human Resources Integration Project  1
Talent Management  3
Human Resources Consulting and Managing Change  3
Human Resource Analytics  2
Digital Platforms for Human Resources Processes and Information Management  2
Electives  6
Summer Trimester (4 units)  
STGY 635 The Practice of Strategic Human Resources*  3
GSBM 695 Internship  1

Note: GSBM 696 (1 unit) Field Project (directed research project) may be substituted for internship with faculty permission. Internship may be petitioned to be waived with a minimum of two years of relevant Human Resources work experience.

*Indicates revised number of units for an existing course