Integrating Functional and Strategic Human Resource Management

If you’re a mid-career professional who wants to move from your role as a human resource generalist or functional specialist toward taking on more strategic responsibilities in your organization, this specialization may be right for you. Explore the essentials of functional human resource management combined with strategic human resource elements. Study ways to think and plan strategically as you broaden your understanding of legal and regulatory issues and acquire skills in building vibrant and diverse teams. At the culmination of the program, you can complete a capstone course that examines core management challenges faced by general human resource managers.

This specialization can help you prepare for a mid- to senior-level position in:

  • Workforce planning and staffing, including organizational structure, design, and redesign
  • Training, appraisal, and development program planning and administration
  • Compensation, benefits, and rewards planning and administration
  • Employee relations, labor relations, including arbitration, and contract negotiations
  • Safety, health, wellness, and security, including workers compensation and (OSHA) Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • HR Information Systems (HRIS) development and/or coordination
  • Internal consulting with mid- or senior-level management

Completion Requirements

  • 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 will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code MHRM 6100 Course Foundations of Human Capital Development Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6110 Course Talent Management Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6120 Course Human Resource Metrics Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6600 Course Performance Management Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code XXXX Course - Elective - Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code XXXX Course - Elective - Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code XXXX Course - Elective - Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code XXXX Course - Elective - Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code XXXX Course - Elective - Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6900 Course Capstone: Human Resource Planning in Action Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Select five 3-credit-courses from the Electives list below:

Elective courses must differ from specialization courses. The same course cannot count toward both the core elective area and the specialization requirement.
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code MHRM 6130 Course Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6140 Course Budgeting and Resource Allocation Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6605 Course Strategic Human Resource Management Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6635 Course Managing Business Partner Relationships Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6645 Course Building Organizational Capacity Through Succession Planning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6625 Course Building Human Capital Through Training and Development Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6615 Course Legal and Regulatory Environment of Human Resource Management Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6630 Course Benefits and Compensation Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6610 Course Aligning Human Resources With Business Operations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6640 Course The Role of Human Resources in Mergers and Acquisitions Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6611 Course Managing People and Promoting Collaboration Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6677 Course Competing in the Global Economy Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code MHRM 6611 Course Managing People and Promoting Collaboration Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6510 Course Personal Leadership: Mentoring and Coaching Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code MHRM 6615 Course Legal and Regulatory Environment of Human Resource Management Credits (3 sem. cr.)
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