Master's Concentration

HR Management and Development

Learn how to implement strategic ideas that can bring an organization forward. You’ll define the elements that keep a strategy on track when implementing organizational change, while also looking to help individual employees adapt to change. Learn the different stages of change, manage HR interventions, and navigate compensation and benefits issues that accompany that change, and ensure organizational objectives are met.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
January 7
Format
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Master's Degree
Tuition
$32,928
Time
As few as 18 months
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Skills You'll Learn


Create an organizational change plan that encompasses HR responsibilities


Examine the business lifecycle phases and provide an analysis of interventions


Analyze consulting methods used by HR departments to influence achievement

Curriculum

MS in Strategic Human Resources with a concentration in HR Management and Development requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

5
Core Courses
4
Concentration Courses
3
Elective Courses

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Strategic Human Resources program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

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.

Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

Time to Completion
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Year 2 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
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Take a Course Before You Apply


We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of HR Management and Development


Expect a steady growth in job opportunities for human resources managers as the field is expected to grow by about 9% through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As companies form and expand their operations, human resources managers will assist in overseeing growth.


Human resource managers will need to understand changing and complex employment laws regarding occupational safety and health, equal employment opportunity, healthcare, wages, and retirement plans.

Job Titles

Human Resources Manager
HR Director
HR Program Manager
HR Training and Development Manager
Global Director of HR
Chief Human Resource Officer

Human Resources Manager Salary: National Average

$76,022
(Glassdoor)

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One-on-one career coaching and mock interviews


Job database dedicated to DU students and alumni


Résumé and cover letter guidance

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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

Advisory Board

Our programs our developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.

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Bonnie Davis
Senior Manager, Leadership and Org. Dev., AVAYA
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Carla Elam-Floyd (Student Member)
Director of Human Resources, Denver Water
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Audrey Sevalt
Division Director, HR, Corinthian Colleges
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Liesa Taylor
HR Business Partner, Sun Microsystems
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Shelie Gustafson
Vice-President of Human Resources at CH2MHILL OMI
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Rika Mead
Change Manager, City & County of Denver
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Shelly Pettet
Global Vice President, Human Resources, IHS

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Accreditation

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Human Resource Certification Institute

The University of Denver University College is an Approved Provider with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Each course in the Strategic Human Resource curriculum is approved for 48 recertification hours of General, Strategic, or International credit with HRCI. Upon successful completion of the course, human resource professionals may apply the credit earned towards their Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), or Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification.

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Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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