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

School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Master of Human Resource Management


Graduate Admission


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

The one-year 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.

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.
  • Flexible Online Courses: Take online courses from anywhere in the world! They are designed to help you balance your 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 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 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 major, 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.

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 degree 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 eight-week term, including the summer.
  • Part-time students can complete degree requirements within two full years if one course is taken each 8-week term, including summer.
  • 2019-20 Academic Calendar (PDF)

Core Courses: 15 credit hours

  • MBUS 500 - Data Analytics for Managers: This course is designed to develop 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 will gain an understanding of how data scientists use data to inform business decisions. Students will develop familiarity with various data analysis and presentation programs commonly used by business professionals.
  • MFIN 510 - Financial Management (Prereq. for MFM courses): This course provides an in-depth analysis to corporate financial management. Students will study advanced concepts in financial accounting, financial analysis, and corporate finance. This course will ensure 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.
  • MHRM 515 - Strategic Human Resource Management (Prereq. for MHRM courses): 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.
  • MBUS 520 - Applied Managerial Marketing: This course 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.
  • MBUS 696 - Strategic Management (Capstone): 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: 27 hours of completed graduate coursework, including MBUS 500, MFIN 510, MHRM 515, & MBUS 520)

Human Resource Management Courses: 15 credit hours

  • MHRM 615 - HR from the Organizational Behavior Perspective: In 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: MHRM 515)
  • MHRM 625 - Recruitment and Selection: 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 will 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: MHRM 515)
  • MHRM 635 - Organizational Leadership and Group Performance: An analysis of organizational leadership and the practice of leading and managing corporations and small businesses and not-for-profit associations or governmental agencies. The intellectual, psychological, political and social sources of leadership are studied for their theoretical foundation and practical application. The concepts of transformational and transactional leadership are continually examined and students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through case analysis, role development and research projects. (Prerequisite: MHRM 515)
  • MHRM 645 - Workforce Training and Development: The course examines training activities focused upon enhancing the jobs currently held by employees.  Development focuses upon activities that prepare an employee for future roles and responsibilities.  Training & development are central to employee job performance, satisfaction, and career advancement.  At the organizational level, training & development ensure the firm has human capital to meet competitive challenges and improve firm financial performance. (Prerequisite: MHRM 515)
  • MHRM 655 - Compensation and Benefits: 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: MHRM 515)

Elective Courses: 6 credit hours

You will select two elective courses from a variety of business disciplines including: Marketing, Management, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Accounting, Finance, and Economics. Electives can also be taken from other master’s programs.

  • Students with undergraduate degrees or significant coursework/experience in Human Resources are encouraged to replace the Human Resource core course with an elective offering. 

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.

Rhetta Standifer
Rhetta Standifer

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

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

Core Courses Faculty

Najrin Khanom

Assistant Professor of Finance
+1 630 637 5466
Chetan Chawla

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Business & Entrepreneurship
+1 630 637 5471
Mary Galvan

Associate Professor of Marketing; Chairperson, Department of Management and Marketing
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5473

Master of Business Administration Faculty

Meet the faculty who teach in the MBA elective courses.

Esen Andic-Mortan

Assistant Professor of Management
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5249
Brian Hanlon

Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship; Associate Professor of Law and Entrepreneurship
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5242
Robert Moussetis

Professor of International Business
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5475

Master of Financial Management Faculty

Meet the faculty who teach in the financial management elective courses.

Ryan Decker

Assistant Professor of Economics; Director of the Center for Financial Literacy
+1 630 637 5248
David Gray

Professor of Accounting; Chairperson, Department of Accounting and Finance
Accounting and Finance
+1 630 637 5586
Sarah S. Lureau

Associate Professor of Accounting
Accounting and Finance
+1 630 637 5386

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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