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    May 19, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Resource Management, MS

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Program Information

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management degree is designed for students interested in managing people at work and helping to solve business problems through the management of people. Students study the best practices in people management and learn how to consider the perspectives of both employees and employers. All students learn the principles of managing people both in the US and abroad; the U.S. laws and regulations pertaining to the employment relationship; information systems used to track workers and analyze their performance and placement in organizations; and how to manage human resources to aid in the attainment of organizational goals. Students also choose from a variety of electives to deepen their knowledge of specific human resource management specialties that match their own career interests.

Student Learning Outcomes

The MS in human resource management student will be able to:

  • Craft and carry out strategic solutions that align people, practices and business needs for successful organizational performance.
  • Build ethical, sustainable and scalable partnerships with organizational business units that support enhanced employee satisfaction, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Identify and apply relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations to prevent and solve problems and ethically minimize risk.
  • Facilitate the identification and execution of organizational change efforts as needed to meet organizational goals.
  • Assimilate, manage and analyze demographic and business data and metrics using state-of-the-art Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) to enable effective human capital recommendations and decision-making.
  • Promote and facilitate inclusion and employee engagement as a means of expanding and improving people’s contributions.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Human Resource Management program must:

  • Provide a detailed resume reflecting all education, all work experience and relevant awards, certificates and other accomplishments; and
  • Provide a written statement of purpose that addresses the following questions: 

1) Why the applicant believes the Master of Science in Human Resources Management is a good fit for their academic and professional development and goals
2) What strengths and experiences the applicant has that demonstrate their likelihood to succeed in the program
3) What circumstances or challenges in the applicant’s background need additional explanation (if any)  

  • A personal interview may be required, and the interview may be conducted in-person or via web-meeting/video-conference.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Human Resource Management

The MS degree in human resource management requires completion of 33 units in the graduate program. Each course listed carries three semester units of credit. The foundation program course may be waived if the student has previously completed comparable courses at a regionally accredited college or university. Students may be admitted to advanced program courses before completion of the foundation program course, but must complete the course by the time that 12 units have been earned in the advanced program.

Business Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to this program are required to possess an understanding of U.S. business practices equivalent to BUS 201 Economic and Regulatory Essentials of U.S. Business . This requirement must be completed in your first term, and you must have completed this requirement no later than your first nine units at GGU. A grade of “C-” or better is required for BUS 201  . However, graduate students must maintain a 3.00 “B” cumulative grade point average to remain in good standing.

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students  are expected to possess a level of writing skill and knowledge equivalent to ENGL 201 . Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria. See Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement  for more information.

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