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Human Resource Management and Development (Master's)

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Whether you work as a consultant or within an organization, you will learn to choose the best communication and technical tools needed to evaluate workforce performance through this master's concentration. Gain the skills needed to effectively manage a workforce as you develop your experience in leadership, HR, and management.

This concentration focuses on the development of talent management programs from creation through to evaluation as you employ powerful technology, tools, and tactics to achieve organizational objectives. Learn how to evaluate, diagnose, and solve organizational change and issues as you integrate the HR function in business strategy. You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop talent management programs

  • Create effective workforce and HR scorecards

  • Contrast leadership models, skills, and needs

  • Strategize organizational, departmental, and individual goals

  • Navigate HR information systems and technology

  • Build relationships with key stakeholders

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 Human Resource Management and Development 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 Human Resource Management and Development

Chief Human Resource Officer, Director of Human Resources, Employee Relations Specialist, HR Manager, Recruiter, Regional Manager, Total Rewards Manager, Trainer, Training Consultant

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

Career opportunities for human resources managers are available in nearly every possible industry, since nearly every organization needs to hire, train, and keep qualified workers. As the American economy recovers and changes to health insurance, minimum wages, and spousal status are introduced, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that even more jobs in this field can be expected for a total occupational growth of 13 percent. Candidates with a graduate certification or a master’s degree in human resources should have the best career options, the BLS claims, and are also the most likely to earn wages within the top ten percent of their profession.

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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