Jon M. Huntsman School of Business - Utah State University

MSHR - Leading people. Leading strategy. Leading organizations.
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Master of Science in Human Resources

Become a Leader in Human Resource Management

Utah State University offers a unique online master's degree in human resources that addresses the needs of today's HR professional. The Masters of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) Executive Program is tailored for working professionals, engaging them with faculty and colleagues nationwide through the flexibility of cutting edge, online learning.

Committed, world-class faculty members interact with students, preparing them to play key, strategic roles in today's organizations. The comprehensive, state-of-the-art curriculum provides students with a strategic understanding of both the 'what' of HR, and the 'why.'

Earn a graduate degree in HR from Utah State University and build your competence in talent management and recruitment, employee and organization development, reward systems and performance management, employee training and learning, and critical strategic leadership skills.

MSHR ONLINE Program Advantages

  • Designed for HR focused working professionals
  • Completion in as few as 12 months
  • 12 courses, 7-weeks each * Up to three business acumen courses may be required
  • Fully aligned with the curricular guidelines established by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

MSHR Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Talent Acquisition and Retention  |  3 credit hours MGT 6550
Focuses on creation of competitive advantage through strategic human resources planning and staffing. Topics include job analysis, recruitment, assessment and placement. Also covers pertinent laws/regulations and applicable descriptive/inferential statistics.
Training and Organization Development  |  3 credit hours MGT 6620
Provides advanced treatment of employees, management and organizational development. Specific topics include: historical background, needs assessment, program design and implementation, outcomes evaluation and how individuals and organizations change.
Total Rewards and Employee Performance  |  3 credit hours MGT 6630
Strategic analysis and design of compensation, benefits and performance management systems. Key topics include: performance assessment; employee motivation, discipline and performance improvement, and design and implementation of compensation and benefit systems to attract and retain talent, while facilitating achievement of the strategic objectives of the organization.
Employee Relations and Labor Movement  |  2 credit hours MGT 6670
Comprehensive survey of union-management relationships, including labor markets and labor movement, labor history and law, union organization and government, and contract negotiation and administration. Includes exercises and cases in negotiations and grievance processes.
Employment Law  |  3 credit hours MGT 6760
Examines laws related to employment, labor relations, civil rights, compensation, safety, health, and retirement. Provides experience in dispute resolution techniques in a nonunion employment setting, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.
Negotiation and Mediation  |  2 credit hours MGT 6675
This course is designed to improve students' understanding and skills in all phases of negotiation and mediation including the development of strategy and the management of integrative and distributive aspects of the negotiation process. The course is based on a series of simulated negotiations and mediations that human resource managers are likely to encounter and covers a variety of contexts including dyadic, candidate-employer negotiations, dispute resolution and cross-cultural.
Leadership & Operational Effectiveness  |  2 credit hours MGT 6300
This course involves an in-depth study of leadership, leadership development and organization design. Students will read extensively in the leadership literature. Further, they will study corporate strategies for identifying and developing leadership talent. Students will participate in a 360 degree leadership assessment, and will practice leadership coaching skills in working with classmates in leadership development plans. The final component of the course looks at theory, strategy and practice in organization structure and design.
Principles of Operational Excellence  |  1 credit hour MGT 6340
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the principles of operational excellence and how to implement them in their professional careers. This course will explore the disciplines of Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints. It will discuss their interoperability and their application to leadership and HR. Students will become familiar with the Shingo Prize Model, learn the importance of principle based leadership, and how to use principles to drive systems and tools.
Applied Human Resources Research  |  3 credit hours MGT 6330
This course addresses the application of research design in the workplace. Students explore research principles and strategies through completion of an applied HR research project. Specific attention is placed on focus group and survey research, statistical analysis, content analysis and skills for analyzing and reporting study results.
Human Resources Analytics  |  3 credit hours MGT 6680
Introduction to human capital management practices. Specific objectives include developing a working understanding of the links between HRM and firm outcomes, gaining a working knowledge of HR database technologies and achieving an ability to develop and use fundamental HR costing techniques.
Team & Interpersonal Effectiveness  |  3 credit hours MGT 6650
Experiential course designed to develop team effectiveness and specific managerial and leadership skills contributing to interpersonal competence and effectiveness in work groups and organizations.
Human Resource Strategy  |  3 credit hours MGT 6690
Capstone course in human resource management, designed to integrate concepts learned in specialized courses to the management of a total human resource function, with integration from both tactical perspectives. Covers domestic and international issues, as well as organizational change and development.
Advanced Strategy  |  2 credit hours MGT 6890
Integrative capstone course, taking a CEO’s perspective, addressing global competitiveness, strategic assessment, policy development, and strategy execution.

Business Acumen Courses

Marketing Techniques  |  1.5 credit hours MGT 6510
Introduction of marketing principles for students entering a master's degree program in the Huntsman School of Business.
Financial and Managerial Accounting  |  3 credit hours ACCT 6010
Introduction to financial and managerial accounting at the graduate level.
Corporate Finance  |  3 credit hours FIN 3400
How corporations raise and manage capital. Study of modern financial principles, methods, policies, and institutions. Corporate organization, creation, and reorganization.
Why Choose Utah State University?

Utah State University is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


Forbes ranked USU #1 public university in the West and #4. "America's Best College Buys"


Touted "Best in the West", The Princeton Review, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region"