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Concentration in Human Resource Management

NOTE: beginning June 1, 2012, applications for this concentration will no longer be accepted. Applicants are advised to apply for the new Master of Professional Studies (MPS) concentration in Human Resource Management.

Program Description

Remaining competitive in today's constantly changing business environment requires re-skilling. Human resource management programs are among the most popular for students seeking advanced knowledge on how to promote their organization to new heights. Today's human resource management professional has to have in-depth knowledge about a variety of topics. In this concentration, the College of Business and Leadership has put together the essentials to create a concentration that can add value to nearly any workplace. Whether you are a veteran human resource manager or are new to the role, this program will certainly increase your ability to make sound and profitable decisions.

Perhaps the most attractive aspect of this program is the flexibility in terms of its distance presentation. All of the courses for this MLS concentration are available through a distance education solution making it easier than ever to get that Master's degree you need. More graduate level students find that getting education at their own pace and on their own time is much more convenient. If this describes you, then this program was built with you in mind. Students completing their MLS program in this concentration will have the following notation on their transcripts: "Liberal Studies (Human Resource Management)"

This degree program helps prepare graduates for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification examination through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Actual designation of PHR occurs upon successfully passing the exam and achieving two years of exempt-level human resource experience. Please contact HCRI for more information.

Program Curriculum

As with all MLS degrees, all students are required to take a 10 hour core containing the following courses:

  • IDS 801 Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies (1 Credit Hour)
  • IDS 802 Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective (3 Credit Hours)
  • IDS 803 Origins and Implications of the Knowledge Society (3 Credit Hours)
  • IDS 804 Information Literacy (3 Credit hours)

In addition to the core classes, students emphasizing in the Human Resource Management concentration will be advised to take the following classes:

  • MGT 611 Human Resource Management (3 Credit Hours)
  • MGT 612 Recruitment, Selection, and Retention (3 Credit Hours)
  • MGT 613 Total Compensation (3 Credit Hours)
  • MGT 614 Training and Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • COMM 606 Conflict Management through Communication (3 Credit Hours)

Students must take one of the following classes:

  • MGT 610 Labor Relations and Negotiation (3 Credit Hours)
  • GBUS 673 Problems in Business: Organizational Development and Change (3 Credit Hours)
  • LDRS 800 Organizational Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
  • GBUS 673 Problems in Business: Employment Law (3 Credit Hours)

Students are required to complete a culminating experience:

  • GBUS 674 Independent Studies: Culminating Experience (contact HRM advisor for approval)

Students are required to pass comprehensive examinations:

  • Two, four-hour essay exams (contact HRM advisor for guidance)

Tentative Program Schedule

To better accommodate the adult learner, the Human Resource MLS program has been scheduled such that courses can be taken and finished in eight week periods. Please check the course schedule for exact dates.

Program Contact

For more information contact us now to see if the Master of Liberal Studies degree in Human Resource Management could be right for you. Once you have been admitted to this concentration, please carefully read The MLS Student Handbook.

For more information, contact:
Director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program
The Graduate School, Picken Hall 306
Fort Hays State University
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-5578

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