Master of Science in Management: Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management Specialization

The Human Resource Management (HRM) specialization is designed for managers who want to increase their understanding of the field. Individuals who intend to become HRM professionals, as well as other managers who plan to supervise staff and need to comprehend the issues, policies, and procedures involved in effectively managing people, will find this program useful. HRM courses provide the theory, research, knowledge, and procedures used by HR executives, generalists, and specialists. The courses examine traditional functions, such as staffing, compensation, training, and change management, plus emerging disciplines, such as human resource information systems and employee security. Workforce diversity, the impact of globalization, and other current issues are included.

Career Path

The MSM program prepares graduates for a number of entry-, mid-, and high- level positions, as determined by a student's work experience.

Depending on a student's background and an employer's criteria, graduates of the Human Resource Management specialization may qualify for these positions:

  • HR Executive
  • HR Generalist
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Staffing Director
  • Compensation Manager
  • Director of Human Resource Training and Development
  • Organizational Development and Change Consultant



Students who have not taken a finance course recently are strongly encouraged to take UCSP 620 prior to taking MGMT 640.

Students who have not had any recent statistics use should take UCSP 630 prior to taking MGMT 650.

Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take UCSP 605, Effective Graduate Writing (0).

Core Required Courses

UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study

  • MGMT 630 Organizational Theory and Behavior (6)
  • MGMT 640 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)
  • MGMT 650 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)

Note: As an alternative to MGMT 630, you may take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615.

Capstone Course

MGMT 670 Strategic Management Capstone (3)

Clustered Course Option

  • MGMT 630 Organizational Theory and Behavior in a Global Environment (6) is a six-credit course. Students who receive credit for MGMT 630 may not receive credit for MGMT 610 or MGMT 615.

Core Rules

  1. MGMT 630  (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits of the MS in Management program.
  2. Students must complete 24 credits, including other core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
  3. MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be completed simultaneously.

Human Resource Management (HRM) Specialization Required Courses

  • HRMD 610 Issues and Practices in Human Resource Management (3)
  • HRMD 620 Employee and Labor Relations (3)
  • HRMD 630 Recruitment and Selection (3)
  • HRMD 640 Job Analysis, Assessment, and Compensation (3)
  • HRMD 650 Organizational Development and Change (3)
  • HRMD 651 Current Perspectives in Training and Development (3)
  • HRMD 665 Managing Virtual and Global Teams (3)

Specialization Rules

  1. HRMD 610 is recommended as the first specialization course.
  2. The courses above are listed in their preferred sequencing.

Note: Some course titles and numbers were revised beginning with the fall 2007 semester. If you began your program prior to fall 2007 and have chosen to follow the pre-fall 2007 curriculum, please refer to the pre-fall 2007 Study Plan to determine your degree requirements.

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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