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MS in Human Resource Management, General Human Resource Management, FlexPath Option

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

The General Human Resource Management specialization provides learners with the knowledge and skills to lead and manage strategic and operational human resources management (HRM) functions in organizations. Learners select courses based on their individual professional needs to gain knowledge of specific areas in the discipline and profession of HRM and develop their ability to effectively address real-world HRM challenges to deliver business results. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn a MS in Human resource Management through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

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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 credit for prior learning.

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

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 identify 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 investigate the nature of and strategies for addressing workplace legal actions in order to create a legally compliant workplace. Learners develop 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
HRM-FPX5401 *
The Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Environment of Health Care

Learners in this course study the legal, ethical, and regulatory environment of health care and the impact on human resource management. Learners examine health care delivery systems, revenue sources, laws, regulations, ethics, and compliance requirements, including ways to support and mitigate risk in the complex health care environment.  Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002, HRM-FPX5065.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5402 *
Planning, Sourcing, and Developing Talent in Health Care Organizations

In this course, learners examine talent acquisition, employee development, and workforce planning in health care organizations. Learners analyze, develop, and apply models and approaches for the unique needs of health care talent management.  Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002, HRM-FPX5060, HRM-FPX5401.

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

Learners evaluate leaders as architects of change in organizations and environments. Learners investigate 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
Project Management Foundations

In this cross-disciplinary course, learners analyze the fundamentals of project management and gain an overview of project management standards and their applicability to managing projects, with an emphasis on management methodologies and frameworks, including those defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Learners have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning by bringing in a workplace project, or they may use the project provided in the course. Learners cultivate effective project management leadership skills, including project politics and ethics and collaboration.

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 credit for prior learning.

2.5 program points






At least 22.5 program points

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

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.