Master management skills and the latest best practices with the master's degree in management with a specialization in human resource management.

The master's degree in management with a specialization in human resource management is designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to move up the ranks in the HR field and is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management guidelines for graduate education. Gain practical, management-level experience in the theory, research, knowledge, and procedures used by HR executives, generalists, and specialists—and develop a skill set you can take anywhere.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Management Master's Degree with Human Resource Management Specialization

The curriculum for the master's degree in management with a specialization in human resource management can teach you practical skills to make you a strong decision maker and manager in any human resources setting. You'll explore topics in staffing, compensation, training, change management, labor relations, and more.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design human resources policies and processes to support changing environmental factors and organizational goals
  • Evaluate employee relations in union and nonunion organizations
  • Design efficient and effective recruitment and selection methods
  • Evaluate strategies, procedures, and techniques of job analysis, design, and evaluation; performance appraisal; and compensation management
  • Prescribe appropriate organizational development strategies and techniques
  • Plan a training program
  • Diagnose problems and identify solutions for managing virtual and global teams

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Plan a job analysis and develop a new position description to address an employee's claim of unfair treatment
  • Create a proposal for an onboarding program for new consultants in a company experiencing high turnover
  • Evaluate an organization's labor relations status and report findings in a five-page briefing paper

Management Master's Degree with Human Resource Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 630 or MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.
  • Courses should be taken in the order listed.

Specialization Courses

  • HRMD 610
  • HRMD 620
  • HRMD 630
  • HRMD 640
  • HRMD 650
  • HRMD 651
  • HRMD 665

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • Courses should be taken in the order listed.

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a career in human resources management in the private or public sector.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have strong writing and analytical skills as well as a background in statistics, finance, and accounting. If you don't have recent statistics experience, we recommend you take UCSP 630. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Professional Affiliation:

    Society for Human Resource Management

    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Joining the UMGC Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management allows you to network with other students, staff, and faculty who are currently working in or are interested in entering the human resource field. Members share information, experiences, and knowledge. The chapter hosts monthly events designed to help students meet local professionals and transition into or advance within the field. In addition, the chapter provides leadership and student development opportunities for members.

Awards & Recognition

  • 1st place | UMGC Cyber Competition Team | SecureSet DC War Games | 2018