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Master of Arts in Human
Resource Management (MAHRM),
Organizational Leadership



230K+ Alumni Worldwide


The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management Program offers an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to the growing fields of human resource management and organizational change in the 21st century. The program uses case studies, experiential learning opportunities, and best practices to build the critical skills and knowledge of professionals seeking senior management positions or consultancy to organization leadership on human resource management and organizational change.

The Organizational Leadership specialization prepares professionals to become proactive, problem-solving, change-oriented leaders in dynamic organizations. The instruction, experiential exercises, and capstone thesis are for those desiring to understand and apply the technical and reflective processes that accompany leadership opportunities in the modern workplace — whether business or nonprofit, domestic or international.

Admission Requirements

A conferred bachelor’s degree or a master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Course Details

Required Courses

For the Master of Arts in Human Resource Management degree with a specialization in Organizational Leadership, you must complete 11 foundational courses and four specialization courses.

Foundation Courses

Course Name

A comprehensive overview of how to create alignment between employees, jobs, technology, policies, procedures, training, and organizational development. This course will evaluate and analyze HR management theory and its practical application in the workplace.

A comprehensive analysis of the laws and regulations that impact human resource management. This course focuses on equal employment opportunities, affirmative action, health and safety, the privacy of information, and methods of liability prevention in employment matters. Integrated into the coursework are ethical considerations related to HR, including employer use of power, organizational business practices, and safety concerns.

This course compares and evaluates human resource planning, organizing, directing, and monitoring. You’ll examine critical HR processes, including recruiting, selecting, placing, and integrating individuals within organizations. Emphasis will be on the selection process (testing and assessment of skills and traits that influence work performance), employee integration (employee development and career planning), outsourcing, and critical aspects of performance management.

A managerial-level survey of training theory and its practical applications. This course integrates training and development, organizational development, and career development in a business and management environment. You’ll learn the functions and duties of training and development, how to identify and assess training needs, training program design and development, delivery methods and means of instruction, and how to implement and evaluate training programs.

An overview of the latest human resource management technology and its impact on HR administration and organizational development. You’ll learn how automated systems can integrate and assess the fundamental aspects of wages and salaries, benefits administration, and employee rewards and incentives within modern organizations.

A survey of common and complex issues related to human behavior in the workplace. You’ll examine relationships among unions, workers, management, and the government. Instruction and coursework will assess legal restraints (e.g., negotiation, contract administration, and decertification) and approaches to dealing with negotiations, strikes, lockouts, grievances, handling, and arbitration.

An in-depth study of organizational behavior issues in modern workforce planning and performance management. Through the lens of case studies, this course provides an integrated perspective of theory and practical aspects of interpersonal and group communication, organizational structures, and employee performance in a diverse workplace.

The course explores the integration of behavioral sciences with human resource management principles to increase individual and organizational effectiveness. You’ll analyze, design, and evaluate relevant organizational development theories and their practical application in the workplace.

This course examines how technology can integrate into the workplace to maximize human performance. You’ll assess current trends in enterprise-wide technology and explore the implications of technology integration for information management, organizational communication, HR, productivity, and growth.

This course focuses on developing your research skills for the HRM 670 thesis project. You’ll research peer-reviewed journals, articles, and current research methodologies related to HR management and organizational development.

A master’s thesis project in human resource management or organizational development. You’ll begin work under the guidance of an assigned faculty member, clarifying research topics and identifying data sources in preparation for your project. You’ll then gather data and present your research in written and oral form to faculty and classmates. This two-month course involves integrating critical components and learning experiences into a project that meets academic guidelines for program completion. Your finished thesis may also be applied as part of a résumé portfolio in your job search efforts. Grading is “H,” “S,” or “U,” but the course is eligible for an in-progress (“IP”) grade.

Specialization Courses

Course Name

This course studies the formation and development of groups through effective leadership. You’ll examine team communication styles, roles within teams, strategies that foster group creativity, and the impact of technology on teams. Learning occurs as you participate in group activities, observe leadership in small groups, and witness the influence of diverse ethical perspectives.

An examination of emerging forms of leadership, influence, power, and chaos and collaboration. This course analyzes multiple organizations within the private and public sectors while drawing on diverse perspectives, ethical considerations, and applied approaches. You’ll participate in experiential approaches to leadership learning, using the classroom as a temporary organization to be observed and examined in real time.

This course explores the dynamics of change, organizational redesign, and the essential skills necessary for leaders to initiate transformation. You’ll study resistance and acceptance of change initiatives, and how organizational culture can impact both. Instruction, coursework, and problem-solving exercises will combine and strengthen your leadership skills and strategies, enabling you to implement change across organizational contexts.

This course integrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for effective conflict resolution and negotiation. Studied topics include interpersonal and intragroup conflict resolution, persuasion, problem-solving, decision-making, and overcoming bias, anger, and retaliation. The goals are to develop leadership and dialogue skills for navigating conflict situations and to detect conflicts as potential clues to organizational challenges.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to the academic outcomes for all Master of Arts in Human Resource Management graduates, students completing the Organizational Leadership specialization will learn to:

  • Distinguish between multiple approaches to leadership and innovation while confronting complex organizational issues
  • Interpret group dynamics and engage in systems thinking to develop organizations capable of innovation, adaptation, and orchestrating conflict
  • Evaluate ethical issues and aid organizational members in creating an ethical culture that supports operating in diverse, uncertain, and unpredictable environments
  • Distinguish between authority, power, and leadership functions, and employ frameworks that serve organizational goals
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