Human Resources ManagementMaster of Science

“I developed a solid foundation of business fundamentals, leveraged my professors’ opinions in many career decisions I have had to make, and used the HR knowledge I learned almost immediately," said LeAndre Pearson '18 MBA, a human resources retirement specialist for Yale New Haven Health.

Make a greater impact on your organization

Human Resources is the major source of competitive advantage among companies, and leaders in this field enjoy a meaningful, personally fulfilling career. The most successful are skilled at balancing their passion for business with compassion for people. The University of New Haven’s M.S. in human resources helps working professionals achieve this balance, as they learn the advanced skills that lead to more rapid career advancement.

Upon taking over as CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella said: “We must all stop trying to become a ‘know-it-all’ and aim to be a “learn-it-all culture.”

Professionals who aspire to higher-level human resource leadership roles need to take that advice to heart. Those willing to engage in advanced education in this dynamic field will learn far more than they could by simply working within their current positions in HRM.

With the advanced knowledge gained through a master’s degree come major benefits: heightened respect for your perspective, a greater impact within the organization, and, of course, a higher salary than with a bachelor’s degree alone.

Our M.S. in Human Resources program is an advanced professional learning experience, designed to enable working professionals to rise to challenging and complex workplace situations in human resources and talent management.

Students examine each of the major areas of human resources:

  • Recruitment and selection (talent acquisition and staffing)
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Performance motivation and management
  • Employee relations
  • Retention and turnover
  • Workforce analysis and organizational design
  • Leading and managing change
  • Training, learning, and development (talent development)
  • Strategic Human Resource thinking, planning and influencing

The Career-Enhancing Features of Our M.S. Program

Here are (just some) of the program advantages that will amp up your professional expertise and marketability:

  • The greater depth of human resources knowledge and skills needed to be an effective leader
  • A focus on the new set of competencies and skills needed today: raising employee engagement, innovation, globalization, diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility, and strategic leadership
  • High-impact practice at the “strategy discussion table,” so that you will become experienced in actively contributing instead of passively observing
  • The building of strategic thinking skills required for leadership roles and which are essential in achieving the end goals of a firm’s competitive strategy
  • Stronger, more compelling oral and written communication skills

The Concentrations That Carve Out Your Future Career Path

Our M.S. in Human Resources program offers aspiring leaders three areas of concentration:

  • Talent Management. You will create plans to recruit, hire, train, retain, and motivate a diverse and global workforce.
  • Organizational Leadership. You will develop advanced interaction skills in working effectively with others as well the change management skills that will make you an influential leader.
  • Employee Relations. You will use and apply conflict intervention and negotiation strategies in the management and resolution of workplace disputes.
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Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

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Nationally Recognized Center for Career Development

All University of New Haven students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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Selected Courses and Programs
  • Explore the challenges, strategies, and policies of management interactions with formal and informal labor organizations. Labor legislation, collective bargaining, productivity analysis, and arbitration are stressed, with an emphasis on negotiating strategies and techniques.

  • Gain an overview of the frameworks, theories, critical issues, practices, and policies associated with worker well-being. This course is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge and practical tools to identify and manage contemporary workplace issues and employment trends that impact the well-being of workers in the 21st century.

  • Examine the impact of theories and research findings relevant to leadership and team building in organizations. The role of the leader and teams in organizations is discussed. The knowledge and skills required for successful leadership and team building are analyzed. An assessment of one’s own leadership and team building capabilities is completed.

  • Study the civil service systems in the United States and state governments, and participate in a systematic review of the methods of recruitment, promotion, discipline, control, and removal of employees. An emphasis is placed on collective bargaining case studies from state and local governments and hospitals.

  • Study the issues, processes, successful practices, and policies involving benefit administration. The focus will be on managing benefit administration and its relation to strategic business planning. Topics include innovative welfare plan design, defined benefit systems, ERISA law, HRIS and other related automated processes.

  • The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a M.S. in Human Resources, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Human Resources, M.S., Employee Relations Concentration
    Human Resources, M.S., Organizational Leadership Concentration
    Human Resources, M.S., Talent Management Concentration

Flexible Courses Help You Meet Your Goals

Courses are delivered in a mix of modes: many are in-person classes, some are hybrid (part in-person, part on-line), and some are fully online. Whatever the delivery mode, you will interact and connect with faculty and class peers in challenging and engaged dialogue. This will lead to deeper learning and help you distinguish yourself in the world of HRM.

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Our Pompea College of Business is Among the Top 5% Worldwide

AACSB accreditation means that our Pompea College of Business has passed a rigorous set of standards. The faculty, students, programs and research have been closely examined and judged to be of exceptionally high standards.

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