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Master of Arts Human Resource Management

Lead Faculty: Dr. Bernadette Baum

The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management Program is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being fully aligned with its curriculum guidelines.

The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management Program provides students with both the critical skills and knowledge required to be effective in this continuously growing domain through case study, experiential learning opportunities, and best practices. The program serves to increase knowledge, skills and abilities of a professional to perform in a senior management position or as a consultant to organization leadership on matters of human resource management and organizational change.

The MAHRM program integrates the many facets of human resource management in the 21st century through concept, theory, critical analysis and application of recruitment, staffing, training and talent development, compensation and benefits, organizational behavior, performance improvement, technology, legal aspects, labor relations, organizational change and adaptation, ethical issues, and safety concerns in the workplace. The curriculum, incorporating relevant HRM and ODV technology and best practices for both internal practitioners and consultants, offers an in-depth, fully comprehensive curriculum for business professionals to extend their knowledge beyond operations management. This cutting-edge program is designed to offer an innovative multidisciplinary approach to the growing field of human resource management and the continuum of organizational change in the 21st century.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Complete a job analysis of a specific job to be used for recruiting, selection, performance appraisal, training, and compensation.
  2. Develop a recruiting plan and design a selection process for recruiting, interviewing, and selecting candidates for employment for jobs within an organization.
  3. Conduct a needs assessment and design a training program for current employees on a specific topic related to organizational goals.
  4. Assess benefits relevant to the employee population and organizational structure, and formulate a compensation system based upon merit, knowledge, and skill acquisition.
  5. Assess and develop methods designed to prevent employer liability and labor relation issues (anti discrimination statutes, employee and labor relations, union, and non-union environment issues).
  6. Develop a consulting proposal and course of action for an organization regarding a particular organizational challenge and/or change process.
  7. Recognize, analyze, and effectively address ethical, legal, and safety challenges faced in the workplace.
  8. Use knowledge acquired in this program to improve one’s job performance, develop one’s career, and contribute to the achievement of one’s organization’s goals and objectives.


To earn a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management degree, students must complete at least 54 quarter units of graduate work.  A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credits may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. It is recommended that students take the capstone project class as their last class in the sequence of the program.  

Core Requirements (11 courses; 49.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Program Electives (1 courses; 4.5 quarter units)
To complete their program, students must select electives from any graduate level course offered by the School of Business and Management. Highly recommended in the choice of electives are FIN 600, Finance for Non-Financial Managers, and MGT 635, The Organizational Consulting Process. In the alternative, students may complete their program by completing the following specialization.