Curriculum: Human Resource Management & Labor Relations, M.S.

Major Requirements

Prerequisite Courses Credits:
MGMT 501 Principles of Management 1.5
A study of organizations and of the activities of a manager in an organization. The course follows a functional approach, analyzing such management concepts as organizing decentralization, use of staff, human relations, conflict, decision making, planning, supervision, communication, and financial and production control systems such as budgeting and PERT.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1.5-0-1.5
QANT 501 Business Statistics 1.5
This course introduces students to both descriptive and inferential statistics. Coverage includes applications to business and other disciplines and the use of technology as a decision support tool.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1.5-0-1.5
ECON 501 Principles of Economics I 1.5
A study of basic economic concepts emphasizing analysis of the aggregate economy. The fundamental concepts of national income and its determination, economic fluctuations, monetary and fiscal policies, and economic growth are covered.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1.5-0-1.5
ECON 510 Principles of Economics II 1.5
An examination of the processes of price determination, output, and resource allocation in perfect and imperfect competition. Also covers labor economics, international trade and finance, and alternative economic systems.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1.5-0-1.5
    Total: 6 Credits
All students must satisfactorily complete undergraduate or prior graduate program courses in economics, psychology, management, statistics, and accounting, or certification of competency in these areas by means of a proficiency examination such as CLEP. Consideration of significant work-related experience may be possible for limited undergraduate credit for one or more of the prerequisites. Courses that are regularly offered that may be utilized by students towards fulfillment of this prerequisite requirement include those listed above.
 
Non-Waivable Program Core Credits:
HRMT 703 Strategic Human Resources Management 3
This course provides an introduction to human resources management in the modern organization. Major functional areas of HR planning and employment, compensation benefits, employee relations, training and development, safety and security, and HR policies and procedures are covered. These functions are considered from the perspective of the organization's goals and strategies. The role of technology in managing the HR function is also examined.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 708 Employment and Labor Law and Policy 3
This course is designed to familiarize students with the major laws and regulations that apply to the employment relationship today. Key federal and state laws including their requirements, provisions, and enforcement are reviewed and implication for employment and labor relations practices and policies are covered.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 714 Organizational Psychology 3
This course will help students understand how leadership and managerial decisions shape individual and group behaviors. Theories of personality, motivation, communication, and teamwork are covered. Students will develop practical approaches to effectively manage diversity and inclusion, build employee engagement, and improve the quality of decision-making and collaboration. Special attention is given to culture and the role of leadership in organizations.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 722 Financial Decisions for HR Managers 3
This course examines human resources management from a financial perspective. Students will learn to interpret financial statements such as the balance sheet, income and cash flow statements to develop their business acumen. Particular attention is paid to budgeting and HR metrics that have implications for financial and operational decisions. The students will also learn to determine the business and financial impact of human resource management and labor relations initiatives

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 733 Labor Management Relations 3
This course provides students with an understanding of fundamentals of labor-management relation in the U.S. It reviews the historical development and current situation of unions. It examines the development, application, and enforcement of key labor legislation. The collective bargaining process from organization of workers, to negotiation, to contract administration is covered.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 737 Human Capital Analytics 3
Application of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to human resources and labor relations problem- solving in organizations. Covers research tools for data analytics, visualization and building predictive models. The skills learned in this course will enable students to make evidence-based decisions using data collection, analysis and presentation.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 744 Managing the Global Workforce 3
This course will examine critical contemporary issues of managing people in the context of the global marketplace. Students will examine how multinational corporations (MNCs) select, train, develop, evaluate, motivate, and reward international assignees and local workforces in foreign subsidiaries. In addition, issues related to health and safety, employee/union relations, and business ethics will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how differences in economic development, political and legal institutions, public policy, and national culture and values shape and constrain human resource management decisions in MNCs.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 21 Credits
 
Human Resources Management (choose three) Credits:
HRMT 802 Talent Management 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: LR 0906 or HRMT 703 or MGMT 703 or MGMT 702

This advanced course focuses on how organizations acquire and deploy human capital to attain key strategic objectives. Students will analyze the impact of factors such as business strategy, governmental regulations, and labor market conditions on talent needs. Using various data analytics platforms, students will learn how to forecast talent needs, design recruiting and staffing processes, and measure their effectiveness. Special attention is given to managing employee turnover and retention.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 803 Managing Change in Organizations 3
This course is designed to prepare students to become effective change agents at the individual, group, and organizational levels. The course addresses such topics as leading and influencing, organizational development techniques, change methodologies, individual, group, and organizational change processes. This course focuses on the planned and systematic process in which organizational theory and behavioral science principles are employed to manage change and increase individual and organizational effectiveness. The students will learn to apply best practices through case studies and simulations.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 807 Training and Development of Human Resources 3
This course examines the role of training and development in increasing individual and organizational effectiveness. The course reviews: adult learning behaviors; methodologies for conducting needs analysis; evaluation of training activities; systemic designs of instructional modules for skills training activities and management development programs; and the role of the training director and management in the training function.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 812 Management of Compensation 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: LR 0906 or HRMT 703 or MGMT 703

The development, implementation, and administration of compensation programs are covered. Emphasis will be placed on a total rewards approach, including basic wages, incentives, special programs and the role of employee benefits. Consideration will be given to hourly, salaried, sales, professional, and executive compensation plans. Also included is practical application in how to analyze jobs, write job descriptions, develop a hierarchy of jobs, and determine the relative worth of each job by using job evaluation techniques.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 817 Management of Employee Benefits 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: LR 0906 or HRMT 703 or MGMT 703

This course covers the establishment and administration of employee benefits programs. Evaluation, design, selection, negotiation, operation, and government reporting requirements of various plans are covered. ERISA requirements are reviewed in detail. Benefit programs studied will include health and welfare, retirement, capital accumulation, and statutory benefits such as disability, unemployment insurance, and workers' compensation.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 822 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
Disputes occur in all workplaces and business settings. Effective HRM and employee /labor relations managers need to understand how and why these disputes occur and how they can be resolved. This course examines the causes, consequences, and dynamics of dispute in the workplace and business settings; the role of ADR methods in dealing with such disputes, the design of ADR policies and procedures, and provides instruction in the successful use of negotiation, mediation and arbitration methods.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 842 The Collective Bargaining Process 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: HRMT 733

A study of strategies and tactics of collective bargaining from preparation to the dynamics of negotiation, to contract administration. Resolution of key issues of wages, benefits, working conditions, job security, seniority, and others are examined. Students apply course concepts through participation in mock negotiation exercises.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 874 Internship in Human Resources and Labor Relations 3
An advanced elective course which permits the student to apply theoretical knowledge in a real world setting and gain supervised on the job experience. Term paper is required. Provides students with supervised professional experience in a human resources management or labor relations function in an outside organization. Students are expected to meet the professional standards of the organization to which they are assigned. A minimum of 150 hours of field experience is required. Students must meet regularly with their faculty field placement advisors. This course may be counted toward the specialization requirement. Grade will be pass or fail. See department for specific requirements and procedures. Completion of 9 graduate credits in the M.S. program and permission of the chair.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-3-3
HRMT 875 Human Resources Policies and Procedures 3
Policy and procedure development is an integral human resources management function. Effective policies must comply with a complex set of employment laws and regulations, and they must be consistent with an organization's business goals, priorities and culture. Though this course, students will develop a set of policies and procedures. Issues involved in multi- state and multi- national operations, as well as electronic policy manuals, will be considered.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 882 Directed Studies 3
The course facilitates individual or group study into selected human resource management or labor relations topics. The content focuses student efforts into a specialization supported by a faculty member but not covered in existing courses.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 9 Credits
It is recommended that students interested in pursuing experiential-based learning enroll into our zero-credit internship BUSIE 650.
 
Human Resources Management (must choose Seminar AND Examination OR Thesis/Practicum) Credits:
HRMT 883 Comprehensive Examinations 0
The comprehensive examination is required for all students, except for those electing to do a thesis or practicum. This examination tests knowledge of concepts, theories, laws and policies of human resources management and labor relations at the level covered in the core courses. Pass/fail grade.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-0-0
HRMT 887 Human Resources Management Seminar 3
An advanced seminar that focuses on the contribution of human resource management practices to the achievement of an organization's strategic goals, and on the role of the human resources professional as a member of the management team.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
HRMT 872 Thesis, Practicum, or Other Approved Research 3
A thesis, practicum or other research as approved by the director. An area of investigation is selected by the student and after appropriate approval, the thesis, practicum, or research will proceed subject to continuous faculty direction and approval. Guidelines for the thesis or practicum may be obtained from the office of the director upon written request of a qualified student. A student must successfully complete 33 credits and be matriculated before registering for this course. A student desiring to register for the thesis or practicum is required to contact the director's office to arrange a personal interview during the semester prior to registration in HRMT 872.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 0-3-3
    Total: 3 Credits
 
Total Required Credits = 33**

**The MSHR/LR program may be completed in as few as 33 credits. The program consists of the non-waivable program core and specialization courses. All students must also complete either both the appropriate seminar and comprehensive examination, or the thesis/practicum/approved research requirement.