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Master’s Concentration

Human Capital in Organizations

Learn to manage and motivate staff to achieve their full potential! In this program, you’ll gain insight to integrating personal and organizational achievement by assessing and improving performance at the individual, team, and department levels. Use human capital best practices through the lens of human resources to create strategic partnerships and improve the effectiveness of all stakeholders.

 

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$38,688

Format
Asynchronous and Hybrid Online

Admission
No GRE or GMAT

Duration
As few as 18 months

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Skills You’ll Learn

Devise human capital plans to improve performance

 

 

 

Manage the talent of organizational stakeholders

 

 

Develop and assess training and learning opportunities

 

 

 

Curriculum

Master of Science in Strategic Human Resources with a concentration in Human Capital in Organizations requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.

5

Core Courses

 

4

Concentration Courses

3

Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development, and future direction of the industry. These courses provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout your concentration and elective courses. The capstone serves as the culminating academic experience in which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field of study.

Course Code Course Title
HRA 4130 Finance for HR Professionals
HRA 4140 HR as a Strategic Partner
HRA 4150 Human Resources Across Organizations
HRA 4910 Research Practices and Applications
HRA 4901 Capstone Project 
OR  
HRA 4902 Capstone Seminar
OR  
HRA 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar 
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Course Code Course Title
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
Elective Courses
Course Code Course Title
HRA 4160 Human Resources in a Global Economy
HRA 4170 The Inclusive Organization
HRA 4180 Organizational Politics and the HR Professional
HRA 4500 Organizational Leadership, Team Effectiveness, and Communications
HRA 4510 Organizational Lifecycles and HR Implications
HRA 4520 HR Change Management
HRA 4600 Human Relations in Organizations
GS 4020 Culture, Identity, Power
GS 4050 Diversity and Organizational Structure
ORL 4120 Team Effectiveness and Interventions
ORL 4125 Evaluate and Sustain Change
ORL 4500 Leadership Development
ORL 4510 Building the 21st Century Organization

Elective courses may be chosen from among non core and concentration courses in the Strategic Human Resources program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.

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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.

 

 

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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Strategic Human Resources.

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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Human Capital in Organizations

More and more companies are hiring change management consultants to ensure the best possible returns on their investments. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that employment of management analysts is expected to increase by 14% over the next decade.

A recent report from the Project Management Institute reveals that organizations that employ change management professionals are 34% more likely to meet their project goals, and 27% more likely to do so on a budget.


Job Titles

Development Officer
Human Capital Director
Labor Relations Manager
Human Resources Manager
Operations Director
Organizational Strategy Director
Talent Manager for Human Capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Resource Manager Salary: National Average

$76,022

(Glassdoor)
 

 

 

 

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Strategic Human Resources

“I recently passed my SHRM-CP with very little time in the field. I feel like my first instincts are good because the foundation was laid with my education.” —Shannon Harbison, graduate.

Flexible Online Classes

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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.

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Accreditation & Associations

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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.

 

Society for Human Resource Management

The MS in Strategic Human Resources offered through University College is formally acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being aligned with its HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates through September 2023. As a university with a master's degree program aligned to SHRM's curriculum guidelines, students are eligible to apply for the SHRM-CP exam provided they meet SHRM's student eligibility requirements.

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. Looking for HRCI certification prep for PHR, SPHR, and aPHR? See offerings through the Center for Professional Development.

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