Human Resources Management (MA)


Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program is offered by the Walker School of Business & Technology.

Program Description

The goal of the human resources management degree is to prepare human resource professionals to address the complexities and challenges of managing today's workforce. The program content is designed to provide a comprehensive coverage of the major human resource functions, addressing strategic decisions and operational execution of HR service delivery. The courses involve both practical and theoretical considerations in the development of HR professionals in settings such as business, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations and institutions, both nationally and globally.

This program is offered online, at the St. Louis home campus, and at select U.S. and international campuses. Please see the Campus Locations section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

acbsp logoThe MA in human resources management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain the important terminology, facts, concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories used in human resources management.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply important terminology, facts, concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories used in human resources management when analyzing situations.
  • Students will be able to effectively integrate important facts, concepts, principles, and theories used in human resources management when developing solutions or analyzing situations.

Program Curriculum

The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) in human resources management or the 51 credit hours required for the master of business administration (MBA) with an emphasis in human resources management must include the following courses:

  • HRMG 5000 Managing Human Resources (Requisite Course) (3 hours)
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
  • BUSN 5200 Basic Finance for Managers (3 hours)
  • HRDV 5610 Training and Development (3 hours)
  • HRMG 5700 Employment Law (3 hours)
  • HRMG 5800 Staffing (3 hours)
  • HRMG 5920 Compensation (3 hours)
  • HRMG 5930 Labor-Management Relations (3 hours)
  • HRMG 6000 Integrated Studies in Human Resources Management (3 hours)

In addition, the student chooses elective courses offered in this major and/or from the program curricula of other George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology majors.

If the requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major or from the program curriculum of another George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology major. Students pursuing dual majors who have the requisite course(s) waived will complete only the remaining required courses for the dual majors.


Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admissions
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours of graduate credit, with grades of B– or better. In the MBA program and other specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement. A student who receives one F or two C's before advancement is dismissed. Students admitted on a conditional basis into the School of Business and Technology, the College of Arts & Sciences, or the School of Communications are limited to taking one course per term. Such students who earn one grade of C or below before they are advanced to candidacy will be dismissed without further right to appeal for reinstatement but may apply for readmission after one calendar year from the date of dismissal. Exceptions for international students may apply.