Master of Science in Human Resource Management - Organizational Strategy (M.S.)
If you’re an experienced human resources professional preparing for a more senior-level position, this specialization can help you gain the tools and skills you need to contribute to your organization’s long-term strategy and success. Study ways to become involved in executive-level decision making and policy for human resource management. Explore how to deploy strategic and systems thinking capabilities to analyze issues in critical areas, such as succession planning and mergers and acquisitions. At the culmination of your program, you can complete a hands-on capstone course that examines strategic challenges faced by executives in human resource management.
This specialization can help you prepare for senior management or executive level HR positions:
- Senior Specialist Management
- Talent acquisition
- Talent management
- Total Rewards
- Safety, health, wellness, and security
- HR information systems (HRIS) planning
- Labor contract negotiations
- Chief Human Resources Officer
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Organizational effectiveness
- Organizational design/development
- Long-range organizational strategy
- 39 total semester credits
- Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
- Capstone (3 sem. cr.)
- Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.
- Foundations of Human Capital Development
- Talent Management
- Human Resource Metrics
- Performance Management
- Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
- Budgeting and Resource Allocation
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Managing Business Partner Relationships
- Building Organizational Planning Through Succession Planning
- Capstone: Human Resource Planning in Action
- Leadership in a Global Landscape
- Aligning Human Resources with Business Operations
- The Role of Human Resources in Mergers and Acquisitions
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
- Apply the theoretical and practical aspects of human resource management to formulate strategies that will enable organizations to achieve both operational and strategic goals related to the organization’s human capital.
- Deploy appropriate HRM metrics and other HRM analytics to make informed decisions that enhance the effectiveness of the recruitment, training, development, and retention of human resources and align the HRM strategy with the overall organizational strategy and purpose.
- Appraise and apply techniques in talent management that human resource professionals may use to facilitate effective position planning, talent selection, placement, compensation and rewards, as well as retention.
- Propose mediation or negotiation strategies that lead to positive, ethical outcomes and demonstrate scrupulous consideration of perceived points of conflict; differences in values, beliefs, and cultures; or divergence of goals.
- Assess opportunities to improve and sustain organizational performance through strategic thinking and management, the development of human capital, and the allocation of physical and financial resources.
- Exhibit the ability to make reasoned, ethical decisions based on professional standards and practices for ethical conduct, legal requirements, and regulatory guidelines in human resource management that are in the best interest of the individual, the organization, the environment, and society as a whole.
- Propose systematic, systemic, and sustainable solutions to complex business problems related to human capital and human resources needs and issues by applying critical-thinking and analytical skills.
The need for human resource (HR) management professionals is on the rise. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HR profession will grow 21% by 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
With Walden’s M.S. in Human Resource Management, you will be competitively positioned for a variety of opportunities in the field. Potential career options include:
- Compensation manager
- Benefits manager
- Human resource manager
- Training and development manager
- Organizational development manager
- Organizational development specialist
- Human resource specialist
- Labor relations specialist
- Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialist
- Training and development specialist
- Business teacher, postsecondary
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