Master of Science (M.S.) Major in Human Resource Management

Major Program

The master of science (M.S.) in human resource management program is a flexible, part-time program designed to prepare people for successful careers in human resource management. In comparison to the M.B.A. program, which offers a broad-based business education, the M.S. program offers in-depth knowledge associated with the major aspects of human resource management. The M.S. curriculum has been designed to adhere to educational guidelines set forth by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the premier professional association for the human resource field.

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the 2017-2018 academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the 2017-2018 academic year can be found on the program’s web page. International students should review the International Admission Documents section of the catalog for additional requirements.

  • completed online ApplyTexas application
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)
  • baccalaureate degree (preferably in business administration or a related field) from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each institution where course credit was granted
  • a competitive GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • knowledge of business functions (management, marketing, finance, accounting, MIS) demonstrated through previous course work and/or work experience
  • official GMAT or GRE scores required with a preferred competitive minimum
  • essays
  • resume/CV 
  • two letters of recommendation 

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science (M.S.) major in Human Resource Management requires a total of 30 hours, including 18 hours of required core courses and 12 hours of electives.

Course Requirements

Core
B A 5351Organizational Performance and Competitive Advantage3
MGT 5330Seminar in Human Resource Management3
MGT 5336Compensation and Benefits3
MGT 5337Organizational Staffing3
MGT 5338Human Resource Development3
MGT 5339International Human Resource Management3
Electives 1
Choose 12 hours from the following:12
The Employment Relationship
Organizational Change Management
Process Improvement Management in Organizations
Seminar in Management
New Venture Management
Cross-Cultural Management
Supply Chain Management
Managing Business Creativity
New Venture Launch
International Management-Latin America
Business Ethics Leadership
Human Resource Information Systems
Group Dynamics in Organizations
Labor Relations and Negotiation
Business Research Methods
Managing the Communication Process
Graduate Business Internship
Total Hours30
1

Other 5000-level courses within the McCoy College of Business Administration may be selected with prior approval from the graduate advisor.

Master's level courses in Human Resource Management: MGT

Management (MGT) 

MGT 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5299B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5301. Graduate Assistant Development.

Completion of this course is required as a condition of employment for graduate assistants. The course is seminar based and covers topics related to employment responsibilities. This course does not earn graduate credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis. Prerequisite: McCoy College Graduate Assistant.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Graduate Assistantship|Exclude from Graduate GPA
Grade Mode: Leveling/Assistantships

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MGT 5310. Organizational Change Management.

Presents an overview of the process of change in an organization and stresses the key issues involved in reengineering and renewing organizations. Problems dealing with stress and conflict during major change will be explored along with practical ideas on building effective teams to make change possible and sustainable.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5311. Process Improvement Management in Organizations.

Learn existing and latest developments in process improvement techniques for continuous improvement and the role of quality as a system for establishing an organization’s competitive advantage. Process mapping is emphasized and assessment of effectiveness in the interactions of the managerial and technical systems of organizations is also studied.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5312. Seminar in Management.

Development of philosophy, strategy, and tactics in managing an enterprise. Administrative processes common to all enterprises, such as entrepreneurship, business and society, leadership and group behavior in organizations, business ethics, and international management. (Course may be repeated for credit with different course focus.).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5313. Strategic Management.

An integrative approach to policy formulation and administration (decision making) to achieve organization objectives. Should be taken the last semester of student’s MBA program. Prerequisites: QMST 5334, MKT 5321, ACC 5361, FIN 5387.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5314. Organizational Behavior and Theory.

Organizational behavior and structure as influenced by environmental variables and system relationships. Prerequisite: B A 5351.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5315. New Venture Management.

This course provides an overview of the entrepreneurial process from the initial idea through start-up, growth, and harvest. Students learn how to write a business plan, manage all the elements of an entrepreneurial business, and develop a better understanding of the requirements of the entrepreneurial life path.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5318. Cross-Cultural Management.

The global environment requires sensitivity to and the adaptation of leadership and management skills and practices, and the culture-bound differences in workplace behavior and attitudes. Explores how differences in cultural core values shape behavior and attitudes of workers, managerial colleagues, and negotiating partners. Prerequisites: B A 5351.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5321. Supply Chain Management.

A variety of tools and frameworks provide students and understanding of the basis behind supply chain decision making. Topics include supply management concepts, demand-supply management, pull/push system, capacity and resource allocation, performance measurement, relationship assessment, and outsourcing in an integrated supply chain. Require graduate standing.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5325. Managing Business Creativity.

This course focuses on the means by which businesses and individuals foster and maintain their creative and innovative skills. Key topics include: idea generation and refinement, idea screening, prototype development, and feasibility analysis. Objectives are met through classroom exercises, case analysis, guest speakers, and individual and team projects.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5330. Seminar in Human Resource Management.

A study of current developments and practices in human resource management, including employment laws; planning, recruitment and selection; training and development programs; wage and benefits administration; performance management, human relations and productivity; labor relations; safety and health; an current contributions to human resource management theory.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5333. Problems in Business Administration.

The student is here given the opportunity to work in the field of his special interest, particularly in the subjects of accounting, business law, marketing, statistics, finance, and insurance. The course will be conducted by conferences between the student and instructors concerned. Problems will be assigned as nearly as possible for the needs of the individual student.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5335. New Venture Launch.

The purpose of this class is to ensure students gain a full understanding of what it takes to start and grow a business. Students learn the process of creating a new venture from the inside by planning, organizing and launching an actual business. Prerequisite: MGT 5315.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5336. Compensation and Benefits.

This course addresses the rewards systems in organizations. Strategic and technical considerations in designing, administering and managing compensation and benefits plans in organizations, including job analysis and evaluation, wage levels and structures, legal issues, individual and group incentives, and benefits are considered. Prerequisites/corequisite: MGT 5330.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5337. Organizational Staffing.

A study of the methods involved in recruitment and selection of employees with an emplasis on measurement, job analysis, performance appraisal, legal issues, and the role of human resource planning and strategy. This course relies on statistics to teach students to make reliable and valid employment decisions. Prerequisite: MGT 5330.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5338. Human Resource Development.

A study of theoretical and applied perspectives on needs assessment, design, development delivery and evaluation of training and development as well as organizational change and development. Prerequisite/corequisite: MGT 5330.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5339. International Human Resource Management.

A study of challenges that decision makers consider when managing their human resources across the globe. Drawing on theories and models from cross-cultural and international management areas, this course covers such topics as globalization, culture, emerging international assignments, and expatriate recruitment, selection, training, repatriation, and career management. Prerequisite/corequisite: MGT 5330.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5375. International Management-Latin America.

A study of the cultural, economic, regulatory, and political factors impacting international business. Emphasis is placed on theory and research of management phenomena in Latin America and on issues mediating commercial and governmental relations between the United State and Latin American countries. (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Multicultural Content
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MGT 5380A. Business Ethics Leadership.

This course examines a variety of ethical issues in business from multiple stakeholder perspectives (top management, employees, community members, etc.). The course is designed to enhance moral awareness and facilitate individual development with respect to making ethical decisions that contribute to effective corporate management and leadership.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5380B. Human Resource Information Systems.

This course provides an overview of functional areas in an HRIS system with a focus on the acquisition of skills with respect to the software as well as knowledge regarding the implementation process, associated benefits and costs, and the application of HRIS to manage critical HRM processes. Prerequisite/corequisite: MGT 5330.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5380C. Group Dynamics in Organizations.

This course explores the theoretical framework of group interactions as well as the practical workplace challenges associated with organizing, participating on, and managing teams and groups. It addresses the development and use of teams to improve business organizations and is recommended for graduate students preparing for business careers. Prerequisite: B A 5351.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5380D. Labor Relations and Negotiation.

This graduate level course is a study of labor organizations and their impact as well as negotiation and conflict resolution issues. The course will examine the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), union and employer rights under the NLRA, union organizing, collective barganing, negotiation, contract administration, mediation and arbitration. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MGT 5330.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5390. Business Research Methods.

Designed to aid graduate students in analyzing reports, evaluating research and in planning research reports. Involves the selection of research problems, sources of data, analysis, presentation, report writing, directed reading, class reports, and a research problem.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5391. Managing the Communication Process.

The study and application of theory and psychology of managerial communication using written, oral, and technological modes to communicate within the business environment. The course includes the process and product approach to graphics, leadership, problem solving, prioritizing, interviewing, and communicating change.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5395. Graduate Business Internship.

Integration of professional and academic experience through internship with an external employer. Prerequisites: MBA students only; must have completed 12 or more hours of graduate business courses; enrollment subject to availability and approval.
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3 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 15 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in MGT 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5399B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5599B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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5 Credit Hours. 5 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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MGT 5999B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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9 Credit Hours. 9 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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