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Master of Science in Strategic Human Resource Management Course Descriptions

With a curriculum aligned with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the online Managing Human Capital master’s program at Saint Joseph’s University covers all aspects of management within the human resource division of organizations. Taught within the Erivan K. Haub School of Business, coursework is rigorous while offering convenient part-time scheduling.

MHC 554 Ethical Practices in Business
MHC 560 Introduction to Strategic Human Capital and Talent Management
MHC 561 Human Capital Research, Measurement & Metrics
MHC 562 Employment & Labor Law
MHC 563 Human Resource Technology
MHC 564 Finance & Accounting for Managers
MHC 565 Managing Workforce Flow
MHC 662 Total Rewards
MHC 663 Talent Selection & Retention
MHC 667 Human Resource Fundamentals
MHC 797 Managing Human Capital: Strategy & Application - Capstone Course

MHC 554 Ethical Practices in Business (3 credits)
This online course will consider the ethical responsibilities of managers and corporations. It is designed to raise ethical consciousness and sensitivity to the ethical dimensions of business decisions, on an individual, institution and systemic level. It is highly interactive, introducing the student to factors which incentivize ethical and unethical behavior, and to dilemmas which arise in business. It will provide plausible decision procedures and frameworks for dealing with ethical matters and methods for rationally adjudicating ethical disputes. It is also designed to reveal common patterns of success and failure in managing ethical conflicts. It will engage you in a critical evaluation of managerial and corporate ethics and encourage you to develop a justifiable perspective on the role of ethics in business and their responsibility to various stakeholders.

MHC 560 Introduction to Strategic Human Capital and Talent Management (3 credits)
This course examines the integration of human resource management strategy within the broader context of an organization’s business strategy. You will gain an understanding of major approaches to business strategy, and the corresponding implications for human resource management in varied strategic circumstances. Implications of a firm’s strategy for functional areas within human resource management will also be examined. The course will introduce emerging trends in theory, research, and the practice of human resource management.

MHC 561 Human Capital Research, Measurement, & Metrics (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce the processes involved in measuring the effectiveness of human resource programs and to provide a thorough grounding in survey methodology, from survey design through data collection and data analysis. You will build your skills in survey design and construction, scale selection, survey administration, and data analysis and evaluation. You will be required to conduct a research study during which you will act as a project manager/lead researcher responsible for envisioning, executing, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting the results of the study to an external client. The overarching goal of the course is to prepare you to effectively lead a survey project and to interpret the results of research conducted by others.

MHC 562 Employment & Labor Law (3 credits)
This course will provide an overview of the major laws that govern employer/employee relations in both union and non-union workplaces. Labor topics include, inter alia, the historical development of labor law, union organizing, unfair labor practices, 521 concerted activities by unions, and dispute settlement. Employment law topics include, inter alia, employment discrimination, testing, evaluation and privacy, and laws that govern wage and salary, health and safety, income security, benefits continuation, and family and medical emergencies.

MHC 563 Human Resource Technology (3 credits)
The course examines how technology has enabled and transformed the modern human resource function within large enterprises. A variety of HR applications will be covered including Employee and Manager Self Service, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, e-Learning, Compensation Planning and HR Analytics. The processes required justify, select, deliver and support HR technology solutions will be analyzed. Finally, special topics such as HR data privacy, HR Shared Service Centers, HR Outsourcing and the evolution and future of HR Technology will be covered.

MHC 564 Finance & Accounting for Managers (3 credits)
This course develops your practical skills in the interpretation and use of financial and accounting information for managerial decision-making. You will learn how to understand and analyze financial statements, evaluate relevant costs for decision-making, perform present value analyses, and make sound capital budget decisions.

MHC 565 Managing Workforce Flow (3 credits)
This course focuses on efficient and effective flow of the workforce through an organization. Particular attention will be given to the relationship between business strategy and workforce planning, including the influence of internal and external labor markets, demographic trends and diversity, and the challenges of technological changes. The course will provide an in-depth look at the theories, principles and legal issues surrounding organizational workforce planning in a global economy.

MHC 662 Total Rewards (3 credits)
The focus of this course is on strategic compensation systems needed in a dynamic business environment. Both basic and advanced concepts are reviewed, including job evaluation, wage and salary structures, gain sharing, and other pay-for-performance systems.

MHC 663 Talent Selection & Retention (3 credits)
This course examines traditional staffing functions (recruitment, selection, orientation) to help you better understand the process by which organizations and individuals are matched. Always mindful of the legal issues that permeate these processes, this unique course will examine the staffing function at an advanced level. Issues such as labor supply and demand, HR strategy and planning, the regulatory environment, validity and reliability, job analysis, realistic job previews, assessment centers, honesty and ability testing, and state-of-the-art recruitment and selection techniques will be explored in depth.

MHC 667 Human Resource Fundamentals (3 credits)
This course will provide you with the fundamental knowledge essential to all practicing HR professionals. Critical HR functions will be explored in depth to provide a solid understanding of the many issues confronting the HR professional. Topic areas will include (but not be limited to) strategic management, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, total rewards, employee and labor relations, and risk management. In all topic areas, the legal impact of human resources decision making will be considered.

MHC 797 Managing Human Capital: Strategy & Application - Capstone Course (3 credits)
This course requires you to apply your knowledge of business strategy and human resource management to the development of a Strategic Human Resource Management Project. This project will build on previous coursework in the MSHRM program and allow you to choose a particular area of interest in which to further enhance you knowledge and expertise. You may choose either a field-based project or to conduct an in-depth exploration into a particular HR discipline. Throughout this course, you will demonstrate your ability to fulfill the four strategic human resource management roles serving as a strategic business partner, a change agent, an employee advocate, and an efficient administrator.
Prerequisites: Completion of all required foundation and core MSSHRM courses. Open to MSSHRM students only.

This 33-credit-hour program can be finished in two years upon successful completion of the courses above. To learn more about the online Master of Science in Strategic Human Resource Management degree from Saint Joseph’s University, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an admissions representative, or you can request more information.

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