Program Information

Under the award-winning MSHROD program, you can undertake a traditional, two-year master’s degree in human resources or one of three different graduate certificates. Via an agreement with Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School, there is also the opportunity for future attorneys to earn a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development at EMU.

Program Goals

  • Identify, plan, implement, and manage change as staff professionals or managers or external consultants
  • Match organizational and human resource needs and implement systems related to structure, process, and most important, the people in organizations
  • Link human resource management and organizational development by implementing processes to improve organizational effectiveness

For more information about our program, please contact: Dr. Fraya Wagner-Marsh.

Curriculum

For the traditional MSHROD program, you'll take a total of 42 credits of courses, between the 12 prerequisite and foundation credits and the 30 credits for the degree. Most students are able to finish the degree in two years. 

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the program have been employed in such diverse occupations as:

  • Quality service specialist for Bank of America
  • Assistant personnel director for the Department of Agriculture
  • Quality planning manager for Wyandotte Medical Center
  • Training and educational coordinator for Ford Motor Company
  • HR planning and development for McAuley Health Services
  • Own consulting businesses or are internal change agents in organizations.

Related Programs

For those interested in human resources, management or organizational development, there are several related programs. For instance:

  • Graduate Certificate in Organizational Development is a five-course, 15 credit curriculum made to teach you concepts like the theory and techniques of organizational development and organization design and strategy. The program is designed with the hope to prepare you for the organizational development field, whether you're just starting  or making a transition within the field.
  • Graduate Certificate in Management is made up of five courses and is designed to prepare you to enter the management profession or to effectively transition into a managerial role via classes such as negotiation and influence applications and international management.
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is a program of 15 credits designed to ready you for entering or transitioning into the HR field. The program hopes to accomplish this by offering courses in employment law, management in unionized settings, and strategic human resource management, amongst other things.
  • JD/MS in Human Resources and Organizational Development (offered via an agreement with Cooley Law School) provides attorneys the opportunity to earn a master's degree in the disciplines of business administration, educational leadership, health administration and human resources and organizational development. With this degree program at EMU, you will be trained to plan, implement and manage change processes whether working within an organization (managerial or staff support) or as external consultants.

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