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Global Human Resources (Master's)

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If you’re interested in working for a global corporation or playing a key role in merging or being acquired by a global organization, this concentration will help you learn world issues, laws, and trends, and HR strategy at the global level.

Designed for HR professionals seeking enhanced and expanded knowledge about the international marketplace, this concentration prepares you to face and overcome the challenges of marketing, technology, management, and finance at the global level. Take a strategic approach to dealing with the issues that impact an organization and its people—from world events to software implementation, restructuring to launching new products, HR professionals must effectively navigate a multitude of challenges on a worldwide level. You’ll learn how to:

  • Apply HR solutions to a global market

  • Explore the impact of world issues, laws, trends on HR

  • Contrast leadership models, skills, and needs

  • Navigate the current global economy and how it relates to HR

  • Develop a greater cultural competence

  • Leverage best practices within domestic and global HR markets

To learn more about the Strategic Human Resource Management degree, visit the program overview page.

Required Courses

MPS in Strategic Human Resource Management with a concentration in Global Human Resources requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs

Professional Foundations courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field.

Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Elective Options - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Elective Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.

Additional Further Study courses available, please see Design your custom plan for complete option of Further Study courses

Core Courses - 8 qtr. hrs

The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.

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Careers in Global Human Resources

Global Human Resources Director, Human Resource Generalist, Human Resource Manager, Recruiter, Specialist, Talent Manager, Trainer

Assessing employee performance, skill levels, and training needs; attracting, hiring and retaining global and local talent; compiling job descriptions; coordinating international professional development activities; delivering employee presentations and trainings; designing training content and materials; directing disciplinary procedures and mediating disputes; ensuring compliance with international labor and tax laws; interviewing candidates; negotiating salaries and benefits across currencies; participating in global strategic planning and development processes; reviewing and updating compensation and benefit programs

According to a recent article on, International Human Resources Managers are among the top “Six High-Paying Human Resources Jobs.” Salary levels in these positions reflect the unique set of responsibilities that professionals in this field take on, the most obvious of which is the accomplishment of traditional HR functions across large, multicultural, multi-lingual, and multi-national organizations. A 2013 story in Forbes Magazine indicates that as companies continue to expand into the world marketplace, they are “struggling to build a global leadership pipeline,” which leaves current and future international HR professionals ready to address that issue with a lucrative advantage.

Careers in Strategic Human Resource Management

Find stability in an unstable economy.
A renewed sense of optimism in the U.S. economy has restored HR professionals' confidence in the job market, according to the Jobs Outlook Survey provided by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). According to data from, job postings for human resources positions reached more than 50,000 in February 2013, primarily in New York, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, and Washington, DC. By 2020, employment for human resources managers is expected to grow 13%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Train, develop, and succeed!
HR professionals say that the three biggest challenges facing HR executives over the next 10 years are retaining and rewarding the best employees (59%), developing the next generation of corporate leaders (52%), and creating a corporate culture that attracts the best employees to organizations (36%), according to data from SHRM. Professionals in the field will need to address these issues effectively and efficiently in the coming years. A shortage of HR professionals with foundational competencies and knowledge is expected, with other key skills gaps in problem solving, work ethic, written communications, and leadership. Solution-oriented HR professionals will be in high demand as optimizing the workforce within an organization and redesigning training and development are likely. Not to mention, it's essential to have efficient, talented human resource managers available to select top-notch talent from the expanded pool of job seekers.

Where are they now?
Strategic Human Resource Management alumni hold job titles such as Employment Coordinator, HR Executive Administrative Assistant, Department Administrator, Corporation Recruiter, HR Generalist, HR Director, and Area HR Manager for companies and organizations such as City of Boulder, Favorite Healthcare Staffing, Proctor Gamble Paper Products Company, Cherry Creek School District, Western Union, State Farm Insurance Company, USGS, Broadmoor Hotel, ICF National Bank, Dish Network, and Sears Holdings Corporation.

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