Human Resource Management

Study mode:Blended Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 31.7 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 43 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2025
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The ability to effectively manage human resources is critical to the success of any organization. HR professionals must possess the broad-based knowledge and specific competencies necessary to align human resource functions with organizational goals. Stony Brook University's Human Resource Management programs are designed to provide the academic preparation required for professionals to enter the field or advance their careers.

The curriculum integrates theory and practice within the dynamic context of human resource administration. Students may choose from a wide selection of courses — in subjects such as organizational development, benefits and compensation and employment law — in combination with foundational courses in business, HR management, and employee relations.

Flexible Scheduling 
To accommodate the needs of working adults, SPD schedules courses online with some courses offered on-campus in the evenings. Both programs may be taken completely online, or students may combine online and on-campus courses. The Human Resource Management programs have been approved by the New York State Education Department for both in-person and online delivery. 

Career Prospects 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for human resources personnel has not been dimmed by the shrinking economy. Jobs for human resource specialists are expected to grow 21 percent through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. HR managers who possess certification and a master’s degree in human resource management should have the best prospects in the job market.

Student Involvement 
The  Society for Human Resource Management  (SHRM) is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Stony Brook University's SHRM Student Chapter launched in 2012 with more than 20 student members representing SPD and the College of Business. Student members gain access to networking opportunities and myriad resources — including how-to guides, sample documents, news, research, conferences and free webcasts— that will assist them with their graduate work and serve them in their career. 

Academic Excellence 
The HRM program fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management's educational standards, which are designed to advance the professional practice of human resource management.

Stony Brook University, a member of the Association of American Universities, has ranked in the top 100 public universities by U.S. News and World Report and the top 100 best values in public colleges by Kiplinger. The University is accredited through the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the HRM degree and certificate programs are fully approved by the New York State Education Department for online delivery.

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management program consists of 10 three-credit courses as outlined below. Students are expected to take HRM 532 and HRM 533 as their first courses. The capstone course, HRM 595, may be taken after the completion of 24 hours of course work in the program.

  • HRM 532 Foundations of Human Resources
  • HRM 533 Employee Relations and Labor Management
  • HRM 537 Employee Learning and Professional/Career Development
  • HRM 538 Organizational Development and Change Management (prerequisite: HRM 532)
  • HRM 541 Human Relations and Workforce Planning
  • HRM 545 Employment Law and Policy (prerequisite: HRM 533)
  • HRM 546 Job Evaluation, Compensation Systems, and Benefits
  • HRM 547 Performance Management in Organizations (may substitute MBA 592 Organizational Behavior)
  • HRM 548 Diversity and Global Issues in the Workplace (prerequisite: HRM 532 or HRM 541)
  • HRM 595 Strategic Human Resources Master’s Project (prerequisite: 24 credits of HRM course work) 
    • A grade of "B" or better is required for degree clearance.
  • Personal statement. 
  • Resume.
  • A bachelor’s degree, with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be from teachers or professors with whom you have studied. Letters from professionals in fields of work related to the area of specialty you wish to pursue are also appropriate.
  • In those cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be necessary.


  • W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship 
  • Elisabeth Luce Moor Fellowship
  • Pride Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Life Member Award
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