Master management skills and the latest best practices with the master's degree in management with a specialization in human resource management.

The Master of Science in management with a specialization in human resource management from University of Maryland University College is designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to move up the ranks in the HR field. Gain practical, management-level experience in the theory, research, knowledge, and procedures used by HR executives, generalists, and specialists—and develop a skill set you can take anywhere.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2016–2017 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Management Master's Degree with Human Resource Management Specialization

The curriculum for the master's degree in management with a specialization in human resource management can teach you practical skills to make you a strong decision maker and manager in any human resources setting. You'll explore topics in staffing, compensation, training, change management, labor relations, and more.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Make decisions using statistics and financial information
  • Use organizational theory, effectiveness measurement, and systems thinking to solve problems
  • Manage intercultural environments
  • Use leadership styles and rewards programs to incentivize employees

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Evaluate five online platforms that could be used by a multinational company to communicate across worldwide divisions, and write a report to the CEO that includes a recommendation of which one is best for the company to use
  • Create a proposal for an onboarding program for new consultants in a company experiencing high turnover
  • Research a labor/employee relations topic in depth and report findings in a five-page briefing paper

Management Master's Degree with Human Resource Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

We also recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.
  • If you don't have recent statistics experience, take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650.
  • If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.

Specialization Courses

  • HRMD 610
  • HRMD 620
  • HRMD 630
  • HRMD 640
  • HRMD 650
  • HRMD 651
  • HRMD 665

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • Classes must be taken in the order listed.

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Society for Human Resource Management, UMUC Chapter

Type: Student organization
Professional Affiliation:

Society for Human Resource Management

Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

Joining the UMUC Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management allows you to network with other students, staff, and faculty who are currently working in or are interested in entering the human resource field. Members share information, experiences, and knowledge. The chapter hosts monthly events designed to help students meet local professionals and transition into or advance within the field. In addition, the chapter provides leadership and student development opportunities for members.