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MS in Human Resource Management

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The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) program is a flexible, part-time to full-time program designed to prepare students for successful careers in human resource management. Compared to the MBA program, which offers a broad-based business education, the MSHRM is a specialized program focusing exclusively on the major aspects of human resource management.

MSHRM courses are offered in an evening format at our San Marcos campus. The 30-hour graduate program provides a high degree of flexibility in order to accommodate working professionals.

Our program is strategically designed to equip our students with the skills and tools needed to succeed in both the public and private sectors. Students will develop skills in four core areas – conceptual, technical, interpersonal and communication.

Our curriculum has been designed to adhere to the educational guidelines established by the Society for Human Resource Management, the premier professional association for the human resource field. 

Graduates from our MSHRM program go on to have careers as HR managers and generalists, as well as in corporate recruiting, human resource development, compensation, benefits administration, and employee relations. 

If you are looking to take the next step in your career in human resources, the Master of Science in Human Resource Management at McCoy College of Business is sure to provide you will the skills and tools you need to become a successful HR professional. 

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  • MGT 5301 Graduate Assistant Development
    Completion of this course is required as a condition of employment for graduate assistants. The course is seminar-based and covers topics related to employment responsibilities. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.

    MGT 5310 Organizational Change Management
    Presents an overview of the process of change in an organization and stresses the key issues involved in reengineering and renewing organizations. Problems dealing with stress and conflict during major change will be explored along with practical ideas on building effective teams to make change possible and sustainable.

    MGT 5311 Process Improvement Management in Organizations
    Learn existing and latest developments in process improvement techniques for continuous improvement and the role of quality as a system for establishing an organization’s competitive advantage. Process mapping is emphasized and assessment of effectiveness in the interactions of the managerial and technical systems of organizations is also studied.

    MGT 5312 Seminar in Management
    Development of philosophy, strategy, and tactics in managing an enterprise. Administrative processes common to all enterprises, such as entrepreneurship, business and society, leadership and group behavior in organizations, business ethics, and international management.

    MGT 5313 Strategic Management
    An integrative approach to policy formulation and administration (decision making) to achieve organization objectives. Should be taken the last semester of student’s MBA program.

    MGT 5314 Organizational Behavior and Theory
    Organizational behavior and structure as influenced by environmental variables and system relationships. 

    MGT 5315 New Venture Management
    This course provides an overview of the entrepreneurial process from the initial idea through start-up, growth, and harvest. Students learn how to write a business plan, manage all the elements of an entrepreneurial business, and develop a better understanding of the requirements of the entrepreneurial life path.

    MGT 5318 Cross-Cultural Management
    The global environment requires sensitivity to and the adaptation of leadership and management skills and practices, and the culture-bound differences in workplace behavior and attitudes. Explores how differences in cultural core values shape behavior and attitudes of workers, managerial colleagues, and negotiating partners. 

    MGT 5321 Supply Chain Management
    A variety of tools and frameworks provide students and understanding of the basis behind supply chain decision making. Topics include supply management concepts, demand-supply management, pull/push system, capacity and resource allocation, performance measurement, relationship assessment, and outsourcing in an integrated supply chain. 

    MGT 5325 Managing Business Creativity
    This course focuses on the means by which businesses and individuals foster and maintain their creative and innovative skills. Key topics include: idea generation and refinement, idea screening, prototype development, and feasibility analysis. Objectives are met through classroom exercises, case analysis, guest speakers, and individual and team projects.

    MGT 5330 Seminar in Human Resource Management
    A study of current developments and practices in human resource management, including employment laws; planning, recruitment and selection; training and development programs; wage and benefits administration; performance management, human relations and productivity; labor relations; safety and health; an current contributions to human resource management theory.

    MGT 5333 Problems in Business Administration
    The student is here given the opportunity to work in the field of his special interest, particularly in the subjects of accounting, business law, marketing, statistics, finance, and insurance. The course will be conducted by conferences between the student and instructors concerned. Problems will be assigned as nearly as possible for the needs of the individual student.

    MGT 5335 New Venture Launch
    The purpose of this class is to ensure students gain a full understanding of what it takes to start and grow a business. Students learn the process of creating a new venture from the inside by planning, organizing and launching an actual business. 

    MGT 5336 Compensation and Benefits
    This course addresses the rewards systems in organizations. Strategic and technical considerations in designing, administering and managing compensation and benefits plans in organizations, including job analysis and evaluation, wage levels and structures, legal issues, individual and group incentives, and benefits are considered.

    MGT 5337 Organizational Staffing
    A study of the methods involved in recruitment and selection of employees with an emplasis on measurement, job analysis, performance appraisal, legal issues, and the role of human resource planning and strategy. This course relies on statistics to teach students to make reliable and valid employment decisions.

    MGT 5338 Human Resource Development
    A study of theoretical and applied perspectives on needs assessment, design, development delivery and evaluation of training and development as well as organizational change and development.

    MGT 5339 International Human Resource Management
    A study of challenges that decision-makers consider when managing their human resources across the globe. Drawing on theories and models from cross-cultural and international management areas, this course covers such topics as globalization, culture, emerging international assignments, and expatriate recruitment, selection, training, repatriation, and career management.

    MGT 5375 International Management-Latin America
    A study of the cultural, economic, regulatory, and political factors impacting international business. Emphasis is placed on theory and research of management phenomena in Latin America and on issues mediating commercial and governmental relations between the United State and Latin American countries. (MULT).

    MGT 5380 A Business Ethics Leadership
    This course examines a variety of ethical issues in business from multiple stakeholder perspectives (top management, employees, community members, etc.). The course is designed to enhance moral awareness and facilitate individual development with respect to making ethical decisions that contribute to effective corporate management and leadership.

    MGT 5380B Human Resource Information Systems
    This course provides an overview of functional areas in an HRIS system with a focus on the acquisition of skills with respect to the software as well as knowledge regarding the implementation process, associated benefits and costs, and the application of HRIS to manage critical HRM processes. 

    MGT 5380C Group Dynamics in Organizations
    This course explores the theoretical framework of group interactions as well as the practical workplace challenges associated with organizing, participating on, and managing teams and groups. It addresses the development and use of teams to improve business organizations and is recommended for graduate students preparing for business careers. 

    MGT 5380D Labor Relations and Negotiation
    This graduate-level course is a study of labor organizations and their impact as well as negotiation and conflict resolution issues. The course will examine the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), union and employer rights under the NLRA, union organizing, collective bargaining, negotiation, contract administration, mediation and arbitration. 

    MGT 5380E International Leadership
    The course will include lectures, business engagements, cultural excursions, and a service-learning project. To reinforce the theories discussed in class students will interact directly with managers, employees, and international business professionals, learn perspective on cultural and leadership issues. 

    MGT 5390 Business Research Methods
    Designed to aid graduate students in analyzing reports, evaluating research and in planning research reports. Involves the selection of research problems, sources of data, analysis, presentation, report writing, directed reading, class reports, and a research problem.

    MGT 5391 Managing the Communication Process
    The study and application of theory and psychology of managerial communication using written, oral, and technological modes to communicate within the business environment. The course includes the process and product approach to graphics, leadership, problem solving, prioritizing, interviewing, and communicating change.

    MGT 5395 Graduate Business Internship
    Integration of professional and academic experience through an internship with an external employer.


    This program has a firm deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.


    Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.


    This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

    Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
    Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
    Fall - Standard* June 1 June 1
    Spring October 1 October 1
    Summer I No Admission No Admission
    Summer II No Admission No Admission
  • Application

    Application Fee

    • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
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    Transcripts & GPA

    • baccalaureate degree (preferably in business administration or a related field) from a regionally accredited university
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • a competitive GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
    • knowledge of business functions (management, marketing, finance, accounting, MIS) demonstrated through previous course work and/or work experience

    Effective Spring 2021 and beyond

    • Texas State undergraduate management majors with at least an overall 3.2 GPA and a 3.4 GPA in upper-level management courses may apply to the program if at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework has been completed.
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    GRE or GMAT Scores*

    • Official GRE (general test only) or GMAT required with competitive scores

    *Due to COVID-19 and testing center closures, GRE or GMAT not required for Fall 2020 applicants.

    Effective Spring 2021 and beyond:

    • A GRE or GMAT waiver may be available for Texas State undergraduate management applicants with at least 90 hours completed who have: 
      • earned a minimum of a 3.2 overall GPA
      • earned a minimum of a 3.4 GPA in upper-level management courses taken at Texas State University
      • provided at least two references from Texas State faculty
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    • responses to specific essay questions (two essays are required):
      • Why have you chosen to pursue a graduate business degree at Texas State University? What do you hope to accomplish during your time in the program?
      • Tell us about your three most significant accomplishments. Why do you view them as such? What lessons did you learn from them?
      • optional personal statement: In cover-letter format, you may address the admissions committee about anything related to your background, application, and/or desire to attend graduate school at Texas State University.
    • resume/CV detailing work experience, extracurricular and community activities, an honors and achievements
    • two letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess the student's ability to to succeed in graduate school
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    TOEFL or IELTS Scores

    Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of:
      • 19 listenting
      • 19 reading
      • 19 speaking
      • 18 writing
    • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
      • minimum individual module scores of 6.0
    • This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
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The curriculum has been designed to adhere to educational guidelines established by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the premier professional association for the human resource field.

  • compensation and benefits
  • recruitment and selection
  • training and development
  • international human resource management
  • organizational behavior
  • employment law and relations

Career Perspectives

The MSHRM program graduates pursue careers in the field of human resource management as a human resource generalist or a human resource specialist in areas such as:

  • corporate recruiting
  • staffing
  • benefits administration
  • compensation
  • employee relations
  • human resource development

Fund Your Studies

The cost of a graduate education may seem overwhelming, but there are a variety of resources available to help you get the financing you need—from scholarships to assistantships—so you can focus on your studies instead of your finances.

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