Human Capital in Organizations (Master's)
Gain a strategic perspective of human capital and how to motivate and manage people to achieve organizational objectives.
Learn to leverage and transform your workforce while you integrate personal and organizational achievement. In this program, you’ll develop, implement, and measure human capital plans as you utilize best practices to ethically develop and maintain human capital. Make an immediate impact on the performance of your employees, departments, and organization as a whole. You’ll learn how to:
- Thrive in partnerships both vertically and horizontally
- Approach organizational learning
- Create human capital and performance plans
- Identify the role of the leader
MS in Leadership and Organizations with a concentration in Human Capital in Organizations requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core 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. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- ORL 4500 - Leadership Development
- ORL 4510 - Building the 21st Century Organization
- ORL 4520 - Principles of Financing for Organizations
- ORL 4910 - ORL Research Practices and Applications
- ORL 4901 - Capstone Project
- ORL 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- ORL 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
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.
- ORL 4160 - Integrating Personal and Organizational Success
- ORL 4170 - Developing Human Capital in Organizations
- ORL 4190 - Values Driven Decision Making
- ORL 4550 - Strategic Organizational Partnerships
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Leadership and Organizations programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Leadership and Organizations programs include:
- ORL 4420 - Leading Change for Transformation
- ORL 4530 - Leading a Culture of Organizational Innovation
- ORL 4980 - Internship
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Careers in Human Capital in Organizations
Capacity Manager, Consultant, Development Officer, Human Capacity Development Specialist, Human Capital Director, Labor Relations Manager, Human Resources Manager, Liaison, Management Consultant, Operations Director, Organizational Strategy Director, People Development Consultant, Strategist, Talent Manager and Developer, Talent Manager for Human Capital, Trainer
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; implementing performance management systems; interviewing candidates; managing human resource departments and staff; participating in strategic planning and development processes; reviewing and updating compensation and benefit programs
According to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management, organizations spend about 70% of their annual operating budgets on their workforce. The incredible magnitude of these investments means that firms must be very strategic in their acquisition, deployment, and retention of their employee assets, especially if they hope to derive a return. More and more often, organizations are seeking out leaders who can leverage their human capital and develop strategies to support their overall growth. Perhaps that is why the Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting a 13% increase in available jobs for human resource managers and other like human capital professionals between 2012 and 2022.
Careers In Leadership and Organizations
Raising the bar.
Whether you're raising money or developing fundraisers for the arts, education, or another worthwhile cause, quality fundraisers are in short supply, according to Philanthropy.com. A National Study of Challenges Facing Non-profit Fundraising has found a significant lack of qualified development directors, and several non-profits seek candidates to successfully fill these positions in addition to positions requirement basic fundraising skills. Take note of the rise in online fundraising success, particularly with social media revolutionizing the way we interact. Brush up on email outreach skills, social media savvy, and internet marketing knowledge.
Lean, green, and keen!
As companies look for improving efficiency and technology processes during hard economic times, directors, analysts, and managers are expected to think lean and be innovative in the workplace. There is a growing need for resourceful project managers in financial, technology, and legal sectors, as well as in energy and healthcare. Bonus! Project managers enjoyed earning more during the recession compared to the past two years, according to the PMI® Project Management Salary Survey. Independent consultants are also in high in demand, as companies try to save money by hiring one-off consultants for large-scale projects in need of management. Going green with virtual meetings and teams will easily play into this need for independent consultants.
Where are they now?
Graduates have job titles that include Chief Sales Officer, Advisory Project Manager, Branch Manager, Professional Sales Representative, Director of HR, Independent Consultant, Vice President, Director of Communications, Human Resources Associate, and Director of Development for companies or organizations such as Halliburton, Johnson & Johnson, Home State Bank, Info Solutions Company, PMSI, and independent small businesses.
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As a student, you'll gain access to a range of free services offered through DU Career Services. From resume and cover letter assistance to individual career counseling and assessments, you'll have valuable career support during and after your program.
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