UAH’s graduate business programs keep pace with fast-growing job fields


Three new master’s programs that were introduced by UAH’s College of Business Administration last fall, including one in human resource management, are helping to meet the demand for graduates in growing job fields.

Michael Mercier | UAH

Last fall, the College of Business Administration at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) introduced a new graduate degree program - the Master of Science in Management - Human Resource Management (MSM-HRM) - and already, it has garnered recognition for both the strength of its content and its affordability.

Most recently, the Society for Human Resource Management acknowledged the MSM-HRM for fully aligning with its curriculum guidebook and templates, which were developed to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

"Human resources has really evolved in the last few decades, moving away from the 'personnel department' and evolving into a strategic partner that is critical to an organization's success. For example, training and development specialists were listed as one of Alabama's 'Hot 40 Demand Occupations' for this decade," says Dr. William "Ivey" MacKenzie, Associate Professor of Management and faculty lead for the College's Boeing New Business Challenge. "That's why we have created a program that prepares future HR managers with the skills needed to be successful in their career. We are very excited and proud to be able to prepare our graduates to take advantage of these types of opportunities in a growing field."

Human resources has really evolved in the last few decades, moving away from the ‘personnel department’ and evolving into a strategic partner that is critical to an organization’s success.

Dr. William “Ivey” MacKenzie
Associate Professor of Management

The purpose of MSM-HRM is to prepare individuals to be professionals in human resource management by addressing HRM theories and methods including organizational behavior, employment law, employee staffing and development, strategic compensation management, and strategic HRM. The program's content also provides students the general business tools that HRM professionals need to align HRM practices with the broader strategic orientation of the organization.

The MSM-HRM wasn't the only new addition to the College's roster of graduate programs last year, however. It was also joined by the Master of Science in Management Science - Business Analytics (MSMS-BA) and the Master of Science in Supply Chain and Logistics Management (MS-SCLM). The latter has even earned UAH a 12th place spot on's list of the best value colleges for online supply chain management degrees.

"The College's graduate programs are designed to help professionals gain an understanding of the state-of-art knowledge in their chosen field and to be able to use this acquired knowledge to enhance their performance at work and to seek better career opportunities," says Dr. Jatinder "Jeet" Gupta, Eminent Scholar and Associate Dean of the College's Graduate and Sponsored Programs. "In the MSM-HRM program, as in all graduate programs in our College, students use the theoretical knowledge received in their program to solve practical problems during the practicum course designed to develop their problem-solving skills and to prepare them to become leaders in rapidly changing and technology intensive organizations."

Like all of the College's programs, these three are designed to meet the highest standards of curriculum quality, faculty excellence, and program relevance in accordance with the College of Business Administration's accreditation by AACSB International, something that only 25 percent of business schools in the U.S. and 5 percent worldwide have managed to achieve.


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