Human Resources degree overview

Master of Arts in Human Resources

Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources and Master of Arts in Human Resources fully align with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, only 252 programs in 201 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. Two of those programs are ours and without us, there would only be 200 institutions.  The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative, created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010, to help the Society define HR education standards taught in university business schools across the nation and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

Increase your human resources skills and positively impact the lives of others. This online Master’s in Human Resources program seeks to promote professional excellence, academic attainment and the ability to synthesize, integrate and apply knowledge in meaningful and relevant ways.

If you’re looking for a Master’s degree online program that can help you advance in your career, look no further than Ottawa University. Our online Master’s degree program in Human Resources is designed for busy working adults who have limited time for school. We also offer this program on-campus in Arizona, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin. 

Human Resources Career Opportunities Include:
Upon completion of your Human Resources degree, you can be ready to work for not-for-profit organizations and public and private companies. In addition, you can pursue a career as an:
  • Employment and placement specialist
  • Employee benefits specialist
  • Occupational Specialist
The program also prepares you to take the exam leading to designation as a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.
For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Master of Arts in Human Resources Required Courses

Managing Human Resources Costs | HRC 7361
Monitor and assess financial achievements of human resources goals, as well as other financial planning and control mechanisms within the work organization.

Human Resources Planning and Administration | HRC 7411
Integration of human resources with strategic business functions and planning. Examines issues of structure, staffing, effectiveness, performance and assessment and diversity within organizations.

Wage, Salary, and Benefit Administration | HRC 7461
Provides comprehensive overview of the elements of compensation, legal ramifications and compensation design and design of benefits programs and their impact on compensation and recruitment.

Recruitment Selection and Placement | HRC 7561
Examine issues and methods for effective recruitment, employment selection and job placement. Compare various methods and procedures used as related to job requirements.

Training and Development | HRC 7601
Cover fundamentals, purpose and role of the training and development function in human resources. Includes needs assessment, program development, methods and technologies, management development, evaluation of interventions.

Organizational Behavior and Theory | HRC 7611
Examines human behavior as it impacts the work organization. Includes theoretical foundations of motivation, group dynamics, leadership, decision-making, satisfaction and performance.

Employment Law | HRC 7741
Examination of Equal Employment Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Leave Act and other recent and forthcoming legislation. Discuss impact for employee relations and management training for compliance.

Value Systems and Professional Ethics | HRF 7001
Study of personal and corporate value systems and decision making. Investigation of personal beliefs, purposes and attitudes, and their effects on self and others. Examines the ethical dimensions of organizational structures and practices.

Trends, Issues, and Perspectives in Human Resources | HRF 7111
Extended overview of the role of human resources in organizations. Existing theory and practice as well as new and emerging topics in the field.

Research: Assessment and Evaluation | HRF 7161
Develop conceptual and analytical skills and knowledge to assess organizational needs and program effectiveness through the use of research methodologies.

Applied Case Studies in Human Resources | HRF 8481
Seminar for graduating students in which participants develop a major case study of human resource issues, programs and policies in a current organization, most often their own. Draws from previous courses as issues are identified, analyzed and discussed.

Elective course (choose 1)

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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