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2019-2020 Graziadio Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Graziadio Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Full-Time Master of Science in Human Resources

The Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) degree provides a graduate academic learning experience designed to prepare and advance students toward professional careers in Human Resource Management. The degree program combines the theoretical foundations of human behavior with the key technical aspects of human talent management deployment. The program places special emphasis on core business principles in order to position graduates to serve as strategic business partners with the rest of the organization. The strategic management of human capital presents one of the great challenges and opportunities to 21st century organizations. To meet this, the next generation of forward thinking HR professionals will need an expanding portfolio of awareness and skills. This degree program aims to fulfill these needs and is designed to meet all of the official curriculum requirements outlined by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Five learning objectives are central to the MSHR curriculum:

  • Develop strong working knowledge of core human resource management principles and practices
  • Develop a foundation of knowledge of the basic business disciplines
  • Develop competency in managing people and teams
  • Increase self-awareness and personal understanding.
  • Increase multicultural competencies.

This 39-unit program, which is designed to be completed in three trimesters, originates from a rich tradition of applied behavioral science, integrated with targeted core business principles in order to expand HR theory and practice. Concepts from behavioral sciences include enhanced self-awareness, group dynamics, change management and organizational development. Additionally, students receive exposure to business principles like financial accounting and economic concepts. Students will gain mastery of a full range of human capital management approaches through courses on job design, compensation, talent and performance management, and HR-specific classes on strategy law, analytics and digital-information platforms.

Emphasis is placed on the application of these concepts to current and future issues facing HR managers, such as increasing the relative influence of the HR function, developing and sustaining strategic alignment with the overall business, and the development/implementation of processes that demonstrate empirical results in individual, team, and overall organizational performance.

The first session is a three-day intensive leadership and development workshop that helps socialize incoming students to our unique collaborative learning environment. Through the experiential nature of the workshop students build a cohesive learning team for the class group and explore the dynamics of interpersonal communication, personal ethics and values, and team development. The workshop is a residential experience, and participants are required to stay at the facility overnight. Each participant is responsible for the cost of room and board. This course is graded on a credit or no credit basis.

Courses are offered through evening, weekend, integrative workshops, and short residential modes that provide a highly interactive learning environment. This three trimester program is designed to be completed in 12 months. Courses are offered at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.

The internship can be waived based on HR or other significant work experience.

Program Sequence

Second Trimester


  1. PGBS 696  may be substituted for PGBS 695  with faculty permission. Internship may be petitioned to be waived with a minimum of two years of relevant human resources work experience.