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Master of Science in Human Resource Management Degree Program, FlexPath Option

School of Business and Technology

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management degree program provides learners with the knowledge and skills to lead and manage strategic and operational human resources management (HRM) functions in organizations. The curriculum introduces behavioral competencies to help learners develop leadership and influencing skills in the practice of human resource management and their ability to effectively address real-world HRM challenges to deliver business results. Learners also apply evidenced-based decision making to align strategy and practice and partner with organizational leadership. Learners who pursue this degree program through the FlexPath option earn an MS through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

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Eleven Required Courses



At least 22.5 program points

Survey of Human Resource Management in Practice

This course is a survey of contemporary perspectives in the field of human resource management. Learners apply competencies developed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in order to support people, the workplace, and an organization. Learners integrate legal and ethical standards into human resource policies and practices. Learners also address the role of the HR practitioner in the alignment of operational and strategic approaches. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Human Resource Management degree program, FlexPath option. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5055 *
Comprehensive Reward Systems

In this course, learners examine compensation models and their application in organizations, which includes both direct and indirect rewards. Learners also discuss compensation strategies and their link to designing an effective organization. Learners further explore how compensation structures are developed and applied as well as the different strategic roles of rewards in developing an effective workforce. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002. 

2 program points
HRM-FPX5060 *
Sourcing and Managing Talent in the Workplace

Learners in this course examine contemporary perspectives in recruiting, talent mobility, workforce planning, and performance management. Learners select and develop approaches which support employee mobility and performance to advance organizational goals. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or current registration in HRM-FPX5002; or HRM-FPX5310.​

2 program points
HRM-FPX5065 *
Employment Law in the Successful Workplace

In this course, learners gain an understanding of the application of U.S. law and legislation to human resource management theory and practice in the modern workplace. Learners evaluate historical perspectives on law and labor relations and the impact of context on practice. Learners focus on the value of aligning organizational mission, legal compliance, and ethical practices. Learners also assess methods by which the HRM professional can resolve conflict and defuse or mitigate potentially litigious situations while enhancing productivity. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5070 *
Workplace Learning in the Digital Age

Learners in this course gain an understanding of the role of the HR professional in talent development, theories and models of learning, learning styles, and ways to design and manage the learning process. Learners apply a strategic approach to workplace learning to align the organization’s strategy with learning programs and demonstrate learning strategies and practices which meet the needs of employees and the organization. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5080 *
Evidence-Based Decision Making for HR Professionals

In this course, learners apply evidence-based models of decision making to  advocate and support HR strategies and practices. Learners use qualitative and quantitative data in HR decision making to influence organizational stakeholders and incorporate storytelling to provide compelling advocacy for HR programs, practices, and projects. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5090 *
Retaining and Engaging Employees for the Modern Workforce

In this course, learners apply models of employee motivation, thriving, and engagement in the workplace to create the employee experience. Learners also analyze the ways in which culture, employee and leader behavior impact strategic retention. Finally, learners assess the influence of technology and evidence-based practices on employee lifecycle, engagement, and positive employee and organizational outcomes. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002 or HRM-FPX5310.

2 program points

In addition, choose three from the following courses AND the capstone course:

HRM-FPX5075 *
Leading and Influencing for the Human Resource Practitioner

This course helps guide learners through an analysis of their own leadership strengths and capabilities, preparing them to develop skills to become an influential HR practitioner. The course emphasizes understanding the human resource professional choices in leadership theories and models, awareness of the learner's leadership strengths, tools to build trust and relationships, and clarity of the learners continued need to develop as a leader. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5118 *
Human Resource Legal Challenges and Solutions

This is an advanced course designed for HR professionals who seek to prepare themselves for the complex challenges of legal employment issues in the workplace. Learners study the nature of and strategies for addressing workplace legal actions in order to create a legally compliant workplace. Learners focus on developing action plans and management strategies for minimizing risk. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002. 

2 program points
HRM-FPX5120 *
Global Human Resource Practice

In this course, learners navigate the global legal and regulatory environments and their application to HR practices. Learners apply HR principles and models to multiple contexts within the global environment. Learners develop an awareness of global cultures and best practices for working across cultures. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002.

2 program points
Leading Global and Diverse Cultures

In this course, learners analyze aspects of leading and working in global and diverse environments. Learners gain an understanding of the personal and professional role of leadership in diverse cultures, core strategies used to lead more effectively within those cultures, and their own capacities as global leaders

2 program points
Leader as Change Agent

In this course, learners focus on leaders as architects of change in organizations and environments. Learners study the nature of leadership in complex and dynamic settings; theories of change at the individual, group, and organizational level, and leadership practices that guide and sustain complex change.

2 program points

Taken during the learner’s final quarter: 

HRM-FPX5960 *
HRM Capstone: Improving and Transforming HR Practice

This is an integrative course for learners in the MS in Human Resource Management degree program. Learners synthesize and integrate the knowledge, competencies, and skills acquired throughout the program by developing and implementing a final project that demonstrates critical thinking, creativity, and practical application of program content. Learners apply models and best practices in human resource management to achieve desired project outcomes. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required coursework. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

2.5 program points






At least 22.5 program points

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.