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   
TOTAL HOURS    30-36   
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   
TOTAL HOURS     30-36   

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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