Master of Professional Studies: Human Resources Leadership

Master of Professional Studies: Human Resources Leadership Concentration
Accredited Online Master's Degree Program

About Human Resources Leadership

The master's degree concentration in Human Resources Leadership prepares you for a leadership role providing you the fundamental knowledge necessary to invest in human capital through strategic human resource management, overseeing compensation and benefits, improving employee relations, ensuring compliance with labor laws, and developing new approaches to worker participation.CIS MPS_employee_handbook

Program Overview

  • Human resource professionals are increasingly becoming an integral part of an organization's strategic planning process. Company executives turn to HR professionals for policy directives and creative ways to use human capital for improved performance results.
  • The Human Resources Leadership concentration focuses on a variety of workplace factors (economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political and administrative) and the impact they can have on organizational productivity, performance and behavior.
  • The objective of this program is to help students develop a strong foundation in HR principles and procedures, as well as develop critical thinking skills required to make good decisions and solve problems concerning the human side of business.
  • An interdisciplinary studies approach to this field is a perfect fit - succeeding in human resources requires a variety of skills, abilities, experiences, knowledge and the excellent graduate-level degree education you'll receive through this flexible and rewarding program.

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Master of Professional Studies | Human Resources Leadership Concentration
Course Requirements & Descriptions

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Human Resources Leadership Concentration | 33 Hours

NOTE: Students with full-time employment are limited to two (2) online courses per semester.

Core Requirements (9 hours; all required)

  • PRST 5100/6100/7100 / Professional Environment Issues and Ethics (3)
    • Overview of ethics in general, with practical tools for assessing ethical dimensions of professional life, diagnosing or identifying the moral issues at hand, and then developing reasonable options to address particular moral and ethical issues.

  • PRST 5200/6200/7200 / Globalization and the Professions (3)
    • The purpose of this course is to assess the impact of globalization on professional life. The course examines globalization as it relates to commerce, information flow, mass media, government, health care and education.

  • PRST 5300/6300/7300 / Research Methods (3)
    • The student and application of research methods appropriate to professional studies. The course will provide a general introduction to research methods, as well as providing practical exposure to Problem Statements, Literature Reviews, Writing the Research Proposal, and Organization of the Research Report. Quantitative and Qualitative Research methodologies will be covered.

Human Resources Leadership Concentration Requirements (the 4 following courses are all required)

  • PRST 5040/6040/7040 / Human Resources Management (3)
    • Analysis of theories, policies, procedures, practices and regulations relevant to attracting, retaining and directing a competent work force. Analysis of the basic personnel function with emphasis on the fact that all managers are “personnel managers.” Integration of scientific theory, procedures, instruments, and federal regulations into personnel selections, placement, and security programs.

  • PRST 5600/6600/7600 / Statistical Analysis (3)
    • The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introductory survey of the many applications of descriptive and inferential statistics. Today, skills are needed to deal with the large volume of numerical information. We need to be critical consumers of information provided by others. In addition, we need to be able to reduce large amounts of information into a concise and meaningful form to enable us to make effective interpretations, judgments, and decision.
    • Prerequisite: PRST 6300 - Analytical decision making including statistics, quantitative methods, and other optimization and simulation models.

  • PRST 5910/6910/7910 / Employment and Human Resources Law (3)
    • This course provides an overview of legal issues affecting the administration of employment issues and human resource management and leadership. It focuses on policies and laws that impute human resource decisions in organizations. the content includes laws, regulations, and court decisions covering labor-management relations and other human resource issues. 
    • Prerequisite - PRST 5040/6040/7040

  • PRST 5920/6920/7920 / Diversity in the Workplace (3)
    • This course examines the impact of diversity, culture, and ethnic origin on the work experience, and is designed to better prepare individuals to meet the challenge of cultural diversity in organizations. Attention is given to how language, tradition, gender, race, education, economic structure, and organizational philosophy interact to create a set of rules for acceptable behaviors in complex organizations.

Select one of the following courses (3 hours):

  • PRST 5500/6500/7500 / Foundations of Leadership (3)
    • Students will study leadership from a historical and contemporary perspective. Topics cover historical development, leadership theories, personal assessment, values and ethics, motivation, power, followership, group dynamics, diversity, controversy with civility, change process, and citizenship.

  • PRST 5310/6310/7310 / Leadership in Organization (3)
    • Designed to inform the individual about the structure and behavior of actors at all levels of the organization. Through various exercises such as written assignments and discussion, the student will be able to understand “why” and “how” organizations operate and function under dynamic leadership.

Select two of the following courses (6 hours):

  • PRST 5700/6700/7700 / Conflict Management and Negotiation (3)
    • Negotiation and Conflict Management presents negotiation theory—strategies and styles—within an employment context. A different topic will be presented each week. In addition to the theory and exercises presented in class, students practice negotiating with role-playing simulations in threaded discussions and chat. Students also learn how to negotiate in difficult situations, which include abrasiveness, racism, sexism, whistle blowing, and emergencies. The course covers conflict management from two perspectives. From a first party perspective you will be directly engaged. As a third party, you will develop and enhance your skills in helping others deal directly with their conflicts, mediation, investigation, arbitration, and helping the system change as a result of a dispute.

  • PRST 5930/6930/7930 / Compensation and Benefits (3)
    • This course focuses on management tools designed to ensure that the right people get the right pay for achieving organizational objectives in the right way. Students will examine the application of compensation principles to achieve organizational objectives and explore the strategic use of compensation systems for attracting, motivating, and retaining employees, including managerial aspects of paying employees at all organizational levels.
       
  • PRST 5940/6940/7940 / Recruitment, Selection and Retention (3)
    • Employment selection is one of the most important issues in business. Students develop a critical understanding of the theory and practice of organizational staffing. In addition to staff planning, students will learn, step by step, the employee selection process, from pre-recruitment through hiring. Specific strategies for attracting potential employees, interview preparation and interview techniques, and reference checking will be examined. Students will examine the usefulness of various methods used in job analysis, testing and measurements, internal and external market analysis, and retention plans.
       
  • PRST 5400/6400/7400 / Instructional Design Training and Development (3)
    • This course provides a broad introduction to training and development as a field of study and practice. It is designed training and development specialists and organizational leaders focused on continually improving staff and organizational performance.

Required Culminating Professional Project (3 hours)

  • PRST 5998/6998/7998 / Professional Project
    • Taken during the final semester of the program. Students should begin planning the project when they enter the program. Please consult with your advisor about appropriate topics and submit your proposal for approval prior to entering the final project course.
    • The Professional Project is the last requirement for the MPS Degree, serving as the integrative culmination of the program of study. It should be a substantial piece of independent research or a significant professional project that is logically consistent with the theme and content of the program of study. Student’s work should demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of a body of professional literature related to a specific topic. The Project should grow out of the program of study and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the knowledge gained from this program of study.