Program Overview

The Master of Science in Human Resources Degree at Utah State University is designed for students seeking the skills and knowledge necessary to lead and engage people in a variety of organizations. The skills-based curriculum centers on leadership, and is supposed to engage students in real-world projects and experiences. Graduates of this program may be able to pursue careers in recruitment, compensation, performance management, and talent acquisition, as well as human resource management.

In this program, students will receive instruction in the management skills that attract and develop a productive workforce in the modern business environment. Candidates will focus on topics such as leadership dynamics, interpersonal skills, organizational development, and more. There is an emphasis on the ability to become ethical leaders that impact corporate performance. Some courses cover global contexts, allowing students the ability to navigate the global economy.

This program is fully aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management, focusing on a competency-based curriculum that uses real-world projects and information to promote strategic capability. This flexible online program is primarily for working professionals that have industry experience.

Earning this master's degree is reliant on the completion of thirty three to forty credits, depending on a student's undergraduate business coursework. This program may be completed in approximately one to two years. The course format is in blocks, with each block lasting seven weeks. Most courses are taught via broadcast during the first and final weeks and the others are administered through other online delivery methods. Possible courses include Human Resource Analytics, Negotiation and Mediation, Employment Law, and Employee Relations and the Labor Movement.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Utah State University, located on a suburban campus in Logan, Utah, is a land-grant and space-grant institution. USU was founded in 1888 as Utah’s agricultural college, which focused on agriculture, mechanic arts, and domestic arts. The main campus of USU is located in Logan, and regional campuses are located in Bingham City, Tooele and Uintah Basin. USU operates more than 20 distance education centers throughout Utah.

    The school offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, natural resource sciences, economics and elementary and secondary education. The academic programs at USU lead to bachelor's, master'sd and doctoral degrees and are housed in the following colleges: 

    • School of Graduate Studies
    • Caine College of the Arts
    • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Science
    • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services
    • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
    • S.J. & Jessie E Quinney College of Natural Resources

    USU has a flexible distance education program that offers degrees and programs that can be completed entirely online from any location that has internet access. Associate, bachelors and masters degrees, certificates, professional education licensure, and professional education endorsements can be earned online.


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