Advance your Human Resources career through professional development using real-world conditions and challenges.

School of Business & Entrepreneurship

Department of Management/Marketing

Master of Human Resource Management

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Why Pursue a Master of Human Resource Management Degree at North Central College?

The Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) degree is designed to advance your Human Resources career through professional development and advancement opportunities. Our faculty are experienced HR professionals who tailor the courses to real-world conditions and challenges, so that you can apply the classroom theories directly to your work.

We invite you to watch our MHRM webinar to learn more.

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MHRM Degree Features

  • One-Year Master's Degree: As a full-time student, you can complete your master's degree in as little as one year. (1 year completion timeline is subject to change within the time span of one's North Central College career due to enrollment and course offerings)  
  • Flexible Online Courses: Instead of traveling to campus, you can take online courses from anywhere in the world! They are designed to help working professionals balance their work, life, and school. Learn more about graduate online learning at North Central.
  • Weekend Professional Development Experiences: Offered in a seminar-type of format, the residency component of the graduate degree gives you the opportunity to network with your classmates and faculty face-to-face while learning from successful business professionals. 
  • No prerequisites and no GMAT entrance exam required. Our core business courses provide you with the broad-based business fundamentals. So whether you are a current working professional or a recent graduate with a non-business bachelor's degree or undergraduate degree, you will be geared for success in your academic and professional career.
  • Business Fundamentals: A unique core focused on business fundamentals that industry leaders need, such as analytics and strategic management across several disciplines. If you are interested in focusing on business administration, be sure to also take a look into our MBA program

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to convey business concepts and original and creative solutions in a coherent and professional manner.
  • Apply data analysis, interpretation, and presentation skills to advanced and complex business solutions.
  • Awareness and importance of managing global and multicultural personnel in a professional setting for international organizations.
  • Understanding of the ethical and social responsibilities of companies, organizations, and business professionals.
  • Expertise in the application of human resources business concepts.

Personal and Professional Development

A key distinguishing feature of our MHRM program are the residency experiences. You will be immersed in a professional development conference atmosphere with content that bolsters our liberal arts approach to your business education. These experiences are not directly tied to specific course content, but will provide you with relevant training in areas such as:

  • Data Analytics and Visualization
  • Leadership and Talent Development
  • Professionalism and Ethical Responsibilities
  • Personal and Professional Selling
  • Physical, Mental and Financial Health
  • Creativity, Curiosity, and Idea Generation

Master of Human Resource Management Curriculum

As a full-time student, you can complete your degree within one full year if you enroll in two courses each session (half of a semester in length) including the summer

Human Resource Management, M.H.R.M.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 36 credit hours: 15 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours in Human Resource Management courses and nine credit hours of electives.

*Note: At least 21 credit hours must be unique to the MHRM degree program.

Core Courses

  • MHRM 515 - Strategic Human Resource Management

    MHRM 515 - Strategic Human Resource Management

    3.00 credit hours

    The course examines the role of human resource professionals as a strategic partner to organizational success. Key activities are examined including recruitment, selection, training, development, job analysis, job design, compensation, benefits, performance management and employee relations. Best practices of employers of choice are analyzed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MBUS 500 - Data Analytics for Managers

    MBUS 500 - Data Analytics for Managers

    3.00 credit hours

    This course develops analytical skills for business professionals as it pertains to data analysis, interpretation and presentation. The course relies on real-world data to develop competencies in the approach and tools necessary to analyze data. Students gain an understanding of how data scientists use data to inform business decisions. Students develop familiarity with various data analysis and presentation programs commonly used by business professionals.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MBUS 520 - Applied Managerial Marketing

    MBUS 520 - Applied Managerial Marketing

    3.00 credit hours

    Examines marketing management as a cross-functional process that joins the marketing vision for an organization with its financial goals and production capabilities. An emphasis is placed on the development of a strategic marketing plan which includes targeting, positioning of good/services and the marketing mix to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage. In addition, case studies are used to analyze marketing management problems and solutions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MBUS 696 - Strategic Management

    MBUS 696 - Strategic Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Provides practice in diagnosing and identifying realistic solutions to complex strategic and organizational problems. The course builds on previous coursework by providing an opportunity to integrate various functional areas and by providing a total business perspective. Topics include an overview of strategic management, the process of choosing and defining purposes and objectives, identifying internal and external environmental factors relevant to strategic management, formulating and implementing a viable strategy and monitoring strategic performance. The course focuses on relationships among the firm, its strategy and its environment; why firms choose certain businesses; which business strategies are successful; and how firms can change in response to a dynamic environment.

    Prerequisite(s)

    27 credit hours of graduate coursework and all of the following: MBUS 500, MFIN 510, MHRM 515, MBUS 520.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MFIN 510 - Financial Management

    MFIN 510 - Financial Management

    3.00 credit hours

    An in-depth analysis to corporate financial management. Students study advanced concepts in financial accounting, financial analysis and corporate finance. This course ensures students have familiarity with necessary financial management topics such as, financial statement analysis, cash flow analysis, theory of capital structure, fundamentals of financial markets and risk and return concepts.

    Schedule Of Classes

Human Resource Management Courses

  • MHRM 615 - HR from the Organizational Behavior Perspective

    MHRM 615 - HR from the Organizational Behavior Perspective

    3.00 credit hours

    This course explores some of the most important and useful practices and theories found in the management of organizations in areas such as leadership, motivation, individual differences and teamwork. Furthermore, this course examines how these practices and theories influence/impact human resource processes within the organization. In other words, what can the field of organizational behavior teach us about effective human resource practices?

    Prerequisite(s)

    MHRM 515.

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  • MHRM 625 - Recruitment and Selection

    MHRM 625 - Recruitment and Selection

    3.00 credit hours

    How organizations go about recruiting and selecting their personnel is a key aspect of human resource management. Choosing whom to employ is an important way in which employers pursue organizational goals. This course provide an understanding of methods and processes surrounding recruitment and selection as well as encourage the development of a critical approach to these important human resource functions.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MHRM 515.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MHRM 635 - Organizational Leadership and Group Performance

    MHRM 635 - Organizational Leadership and Group Performance

    3.00 credit hours

    Students to develop their potential as a leader from both a personal and professional standpoint. An opportunity to learn, consider new ideas, take risks and grow. Students engage in discussion, read materials that present different viewpoints of leadership, participate in relevant leadership activities and learn from one another. Exploring the idea of "leadership" from multiple perspectives and considering how to be a leader in an organizational and team context is the focus of this course.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MHRM 515.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MHRM 645 - Workforce Training and Development

    MHRM 645 - Workforce Training and Development

    3.00 credit hours

    In today's business environment, it is important to understand how best to lead employees through the process of innovation and change. This course explores the concepts of innovation, creativity and change management within organizations through theory and practice. The course explores how organizational leaders must develop an understanding of change processes (including its relationship to organizational culture, strategic management and resistance to change) as well as ways to both utilize and instill innovation in others as an instrument of change.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MHRM 515.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MHRM 655 - Compensation and Benefits

    MHRM 655 - Compensation and Benefits

    3.00 credit hours

    The course examines total compensation strategy and design. Compensation and benefits are central to recruit, retain, incentivize and equitably compensate organizational stakeholders. Critical issues such as employee pay, total reward strategy, team-based pay, competency-based pay, executive compensation, compensation to support talent management and benefits are explored.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MHRM 515.

    Schedule Of Classes

Elective Courses
  • Six credit hours of graduate-level elective credit

Residency Experience

Students must attend at least one Residency Experience, a distinguishing feature of the MHRM degree. Students are immersed in a professional development conference atmosphere with content that bolsters our liberal arts approach to business education. These experiences are not directly tied to specific course content but provides students with relevant training in areas such as:

  • Data Analytics and Visualization
  • Leadership and Talent Development
  • Professionalism and Ethical Responsibilities
  • Personal and Professional Selling
  • Physical, Mental and Financial Health
  • Creativity, Curiosity and Idea Generation

Weekend Professional Development Experiences

As an important piece of your professional development, you are required to attend one weekend residency experience during your master's degree. A weekend professional development experience provides you with opportunities to interact with business leaders willing to serve as mentors, meet program faculty, network with peers, and participate in value-added seminars specially designed to significantly enhance your career potential.

The professional development events are a unique feature of our program and are offered in a conference format with speakers and break out sessions, rather than a course led by one instructor. 

Professional Development Topics

Experienced professionals and guest speakers will host workshops and events on a variety of topics, which may include:

  • Data Analytics and Visualization
  • Leadership and Talent Development 
  • Professionalism and Ethical Responsibilities
  • Personal and Professional Selling 
  • Physical, Mental and Financial Health
  • Creativity, Curiosity and Idea Generation

Human Resource Management Faculty

Our faculty have real-world experience working in Human Resources and are able to bring case studies into your virtual classroom.

Brian Glibkowski

Associate Professor of Management
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5590
Rhetta Standifer
Rhetta Standifer

Associate Professor of Management
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5244

Certificate of Human Resource Management

The online Certificate of Human Resource Management program consists of five, 3-hour courses for a total of 15 credit hours. 

Core Courses (6 hours)

You are required to take the core courses before taking any of the required courses.

  • Human Resource Management
  • Data Analytics

Additional Courses (9 hours) 

  • Select any three required courses from the Master of Human Resource Management degree. 
  • Students with an HR degree or relevant work experience may replace the core HR Management course with an additional elective offering from MHRM degree.

Residency Experience

You are required to attend one residency experience throughout your certificate program. 


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