The Master of Science in Human Resource Management degree program is designed to prepare graduates for research and administrative positions in both public and private sector human resource management offices, labor unions, other employee associations, and agencies concerned with employer-employee relations. Graduate instruction is provided in human resource management; in trade unionism and collective bargaining; and in legal and public policy issues which may relate to any of the preceding. These matters are examined academically within the contexts of social, economic, and political considerations; and are analyzed via the theoretical and empirical contributions of the social/behavioral sciences. The study of human resource management is based upon the knowledge and methods developed in a number of traditional areas of study. The major disciplines represented in the program are economics, psychology, sociology, management, and law. Coursework in related fields is available and encouraged.


Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website: www.

Applicants must either have:

An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate Grade Point Average CGPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed undergraduate coursework.


Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution may be eligible for provisional admission to the program. If an applicant’s GPA is below a 3.0, they can include letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, resume, or any other material that could help make your case to the Admissions Committee. While provisionally admitted, the applicant must maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher would be placed on academic probation or even face dismissal from the program.

Note: Applicants may be asked to submit additional material if needed before an admission decision is made.




Curriculum for Program

Foundation Courses (required as determined by the Academic Advisor) 0-6
M.S.H.R.M. Core Courses 27
Electives 3
Foundation Courses (as required)
Course Number Course Title  Hours
ECN 501 Economic Analysis 3
MKT 511 Marketing and Management 3
Core Courses (required of all students)
HRM 600 Development of Labor Relations 3
HRM 605 Human Resource Economics 3
HRM 610 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution 3
MGT 620 Human Resource Management 3
HRM 630 Employment Law 3
HRM 660 Compensation and Benefits 3
MGT 672 Organizational Behavior 3
MGT 692 Ethics and Global Aspects of Business 3
MGT 696 Administrative Policy and Strategy 3
Total hours in required Core Courses 27
Elective (as approved by advisor) 3

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For additional information, contact

Wes Spradlin, MBA, MS
Marshall University
Graduate School of Management
Assistant Director
Phone: 304-746-8964
Fax: 304-746-2063