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  • M.S. in Human Resource Management

    M.S. in Human Resource Management
    Learn how to develop and manage business teams in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
    School of Business
    Dobbs Ferry & Online

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Human Resource Management M.S. Curriculum

Introductory Core 12 Credits
Advanced Core 6 Credits
Elective Courses 12 Credits
Research Techniques and Thesis Preparation 3 Credits
Capstone 3 Credits
Total 36 Credits

Students must complete each level before taking courses in the next level. Courses within each level may be taken in any order.

Introductory Core

(Must be completed before advanced core or elective courses are taken.)

  • HRMG 500 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt.
  • HRMG 520 Tech/Tools Human Res Mgt.
  • HRMG 525 Mgt in a Changing Work Environ
  • HRMG 530 Accounting and Finance

Advanced Core

(Must be completed before elective courses are taken)

  • HRMG 630 Employment Law
  • HRMG 650 Current Issues Human Res Mgt

Elective Courses

(Courses grouped together comprise a concentration. Concentration in an area is not required. The program director will assist the student in planning his or her program.)

Choose 4 of the following courses:


  • HRMG 710 Recruitment and Selection
  • HRMG 715 Training and Development

Organizational Management

  • HRMG 730 Organizational Behavior
  • HRMG 770 Labor Relations
  • HRMG 775 Employment Law Today
  • HRMG 780 Int'l Human Resourcement Mgt
  • HRMG 750 Wage/Salary Admin & Comp
  • HRMG 755 Benefits Management


  • HRMG 799 Internship in Human Res Mgt

Research Techniques and Thesis Preparation

Must be taken within two quarters of registration for Capstone thesis or project

  • HRMG 785 Research Techniques/Thesis


Choose one of the following:

  • HRMG 810 Capstone: Thesis


  • HRMG 820 Capstone: Project in HRM

Students beginning the thesis or project must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 before the quarter in which they begin the thesis or project

Transfer Credits

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management program will accept a maximum of six transfer credits. Transfer courses must be substantially equivalent to core, advanced core, or elective courses in the program, and the student must submit course descriptions when requesting a transfer of courses. The courses must have been completed within the last five years of the students first quarter of enrollment in the program with a grade of B or higher. For transfer credits to be accepted they must be credits attained at the graduate level, in an accredited graduate program.

Maintenance of Matriculation

It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registering over successive sessions. For cohort programs, registration is required during summer session(s). For non-cohort programs, summer registration is not required.  Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintenance of Matriculation fee is $100 per session and is processed as a registration. Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintenance of Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed session. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.

Capstone Advisement

It is expected that Capstone students shall make satisfactory progress with their program's culminating activity. After the student registers for all sections of their Capstone requirement, they will be given one subsequent term to complete their work. The Maintaining Matriculation registration must be completed for this subsequent term if no other courses are to be taken. After this period, a Capstone Continuation fee (equal to the cost of one graduate credit) will be charged for each additional term required to complete the project. Students can only register for Capstone Continuation for two terms. 

A student's degree will not be released until all Maintenance of Matriculation and Capstone Continuation registration and fees are recorded appropriately on a student's record.

Maintenance of Good Academic Standing

The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0. A student admitted as a Special Matriculant is required to achieve a 3.0 average or better after completing a certain number of credits as stipulated by their respective program. Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and program director at the end of each term. If the academic average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation.

Academic Probation

All students who have a cumulative GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course, the student may be subject to dismissal from the college. 

For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the director of the student's program as well as the school dean. 

In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or better. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once.

Degree Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, students must complete all 36 credits of the program with a GPA 3.0 or better. The words "With Distinction" will appear on the diploma of a student whose GPA, upon meeting all requirements for graduation, is at least 3.75.

Time Limit

Requirements for the M.S. degree must be completed within five years from the candidate's date of matriculation (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). Exception may be made by the director of the Graduate Program if the candidate's request demonstrates circumstances beyond the student's control that temporarily interfere with the ability to complete the program on time. 

Students must begin the capstone no later than one year after completing their coursework. Students must complete the capstone within 18 months of registering for the thesis or the project.


Academic Program Sequence Map
If I already have a graduate degree, can some credits be applied to this degree?
Depending on the appropriateness of the course content and the grade achieved, up to six credits can be applied to the MS in HRM.
What are the general qualifications for admission to the program?
Generally, a 3.0 GPA from an accredited undergraduate institution, complete the application for graduate admission and meet with the Program Director. Practical experience in human resources helps. For applicants whose undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, completion of the GMAT may be required.
If I am looking for professional education in human resource management, but do not need a Master's Degree, can I take courses in the program?
We now offer an Advanced Certificate in Human Resources. This certificate is comprised of major core courses and selected electives totaling 18 credits. It may be appropriate for a student who is in general management and has significant human resource management responsibilities, someone with an MBA who is seeking specific HRM education or someone who is not yet ready to commit to the full degree.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How many credits are required for completion of the degree?
It’s a 36-credit program. The curriculum is comprised of core courses in major human resource functions, elective courses in major specializations (research techniques and thesis preparation) and a capstone course.

Human Resource Management Overview

Become a human resource professional. That's what the Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management is designed to do. You'll learn how to manage and develop teams for human resources in business, industry and the not-for-profit sector.

Human Resource Management FAQS

Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How many credits are required for completion of the degree?
It’s a 36-credit program. The curriculum is comprised of core courses in major human resource functions, elective courses in major specializations (research techniques and thesis preparation) and a capstone course.
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Human Resource Management Fast Facts

  • Flexible scheduling designed for professionals with courses taught in Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan and online
  • Taught by an executive faculty in Fortune 500 Network
  • Active "learn by doing" institutes:
    • Strategic Consulting Institute
    • Center for Entrepreneurship
    • Branding and Marketing Institute
    • Center for International Business
    • Women's Leadership Institute
  • Use certificate program to get specialized, specific human resource management education or to learn if the full degree program is right for you

Career Opportunities

Human Resource graduates may seek positions such as: corporate recruiter, training and development specialist, compensation planning specialist, benefits administration and planning, and legal administration.


The Master of Science in Human Resource Management is designed to prepare managers to participate effectively in the management and development of human resources in business and industry. The program provides instruction to prepare students for careers as professionals in the field of human resource management; offers theoretical background, concepts and skills to those already in the field so that they may enhance their positions and facilitate their development within the profession; and presents an application-oriented, real-world focus for those wishing to build highly developed management skills.

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the general requirements for admission and matriculation in the Graduate Admissions section of this catalog.

Expectations of the Graduate

Upon completion, graduates of the Mercy College Master of Science in Human Resource Management will be able to:

  • Implement or apply the essential elements and skills involved in the management and administration of human resources.
  • Apply techniques to enhance worker satisfaction, creativity and productivity.
  • Participate in human resource management research by using applied research methodology, quantitative analysis and data base technology to evaluate and support management techniques and strategies. 
  • Assess and affect the dynamics of "the system" at all levels: individual, peer group, inter-group and the organization; thereby affording students the opportunity to become internal consultants and change agents within their organizations.
  • Become trainers within organizations in personal and professional development, stressing communications, leadership, team effectiveness, conflict mediation, problem-solving and planning.
  • Act of mediators within their organizations, dealing with such ethical issues and dilemmas as social and environmental responsibility and employee rights.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for matriculation and admission into the Master of Science in Human Resource Management include:

  1. Submission of baccalaureate transcript
  2. A personal interview with the director of the Graduate Program in Human Resource Management (for applicants with GPA between 2.50 and 3.00).
  3. GMAT and resume required only if GPA below 2.5.

All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. The evaluation must measure reading, writing, speaking and an understanding of the spoken language at a level appropriate for graduate studies. Proficiency will be determined by a standardized test such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a test(s) approved by the dean of Graduate Studies.

Human Resource Management Objectives

The Mercy College Master of Science in Human Resource Management is dedicated to providing an educational experience of academic excellence that is both practical and theoretical. The program includes elements of management, psychology, law, statistics, computer applications and accounting as well as actual business problems presented by faculty who are, or who have been, practicing professionals.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Apply the essential skills and competencies related to the management and administration of human resource functions
  • Apply techniques to enhance worker satisfaction, creativity and productivity
  • Participate in human resource management research by using applied research methodology, quantitative analysis, and data base technology to evaluate and support management strategies and processes
  • Analyze the dynamics of an organization's systems at all levels individual, peer group, intergroup, and the total organization thereby affording students the opportunity to develop critical competencies required to be internal consultants and change agents
  • Develop basic training within organizations in personal and professional development, stressing communications, leadership, team effectiveness, conflict resolution, problem solving
    and human resource planning
  • Design mediation strategies for an organization, dealing with such ethical issues and dilemmas as social and environmental responsibility and employee rights and responsibilities
  • Explain the importance of professional values and ethics in the practice of human resource management