What is Human Resource Management?

Human Resource Management (HRM) involves the recruitment and selection of the people who work for an organization, as well as the design and implementation of policies for managing those people. HR managers develop and administer organizational policies and practices related to recruiting and selection of workers, pay and benefits, training and development, performance management, safety and wellness, employee motivation, and union-management relations. Human Resource Management creates value by aligning HR policies and practices with the organization's competitive strategy and by monitoring HRM metrics.

For Whom is this Program Designed?

The purpose of this program is to prepare individuals to be professionals in human resource management (HRM). Specifically, the program addresses HRM theories and methods - including organizational behavior, employment law, employee staffing and development, strategic compensation management, and strategic human resource management. The program content also provides students the general business tools that HRM professionals need to align HRM practices with the broader strategic orientation of the organization. Although the MSM-HRM program prepares students for an HRM career in any industry, there is a focus on the unique human resource challenges encountered in a technological environment. Students will gain valuable experience in the field of HRM by completing a practicum prior to graduation.

Why a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management?

According to the Alabama Department of Labor's Occupational Projections report for 2010-2020, Human Resources Manager jobs are expected to grow on average by 23%, Training and Development Manager positions by 25%, Human Resources generalists by 21%, and training and development specialists by 31%. Huntsville/Madison County plays host to Redstone Arsenal, NASA, 48 Fortune 500 companies and has a population of over 430,000 people in the metropolitan statistical area. Over the past decade, the labor force and employment in the Huntsville metropolitan area have both increased by over 15%. As companies have relocated and expanded operations in the north Alabama region, the need for qualified human resource professionals has also increased. Huntsville is a clear example of a modern knowledge-based economy and as such organizations in the area are increasingly dependent on acquiring and maintaining the best and brightest employees.

The MSM-HRM program is designed to meet the highest standards of curriculum quality, faculty excellence, and program relevance in accordance with the College of Business' accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Program prerequisites are kept to a minimum and the program is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds.

Program Snapshots:

Program Format: Face-to-face.

Program Length: 30 credit hours of course work. A full-time student can complete the program in one year.

Program Start Dates: A student can begin courses in any semester: spring, summer, or fall.

Courses Taken in the Program

Cost: The cost per credit hour varies depending on the number of hours taken. (http://www.uah.edu/bursar/tuition)

Learning Goals

  • Goal 1: 1 MSM-HRM students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Goal 2: MSM-HRM students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of human resources management in formulating a system of HRM
  • practices that aligns with an organization’s corporate strategy and environment.
  • Goal 3: MSM-HRM students will demonstrate an ability to use analytical methods to analyze human resource data.

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Contact Us:

Jennifer Pettitt, Director of Business Graduate Programs
Telephone: 256-824-6681
Email: gradbiz@uah.edu

Mailing Address:
Office of Academic Assistance, BAB 102-H
College of Business
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama 35899