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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Resource Management Major, MS

The Master of Science degree with a major in human resource management provides a flexible graduate program for professionals wishing to pursue in-depth study within and across subject areas of human resources.


Students may begin graduate course work for the Master of Science with a major in human resource management in the fall semester. The online application deadline is May 1 (February 1 for international students). Online applications by U.S. citizens and permanent residents received after the May 1 application deadline will be considered as space allows.

Students with a business administration degree from an accredited baccalaureate degree program normally require no additional preparation for the program. Students with undergraduate degrees in areas other than business administration may enter the MS program but must complete course work in Business Foundations. The foundations course work includes Accounting 200; Economics 201; Management 201, and Business Administration 242, or their equivalents as approved by the director of the HRM program. All Business Foundations course work must be completed either before entering the program or within 12 calendar months of matriculation.

In addition to the general admission requirements, MS applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The GRE/GMAT admission requirement may be waived in the following instances:

  1. The applicant is a University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business student or graduate in good standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation.
  2. The applicant has a minimum of 5 years verified Human Resource Management work experience. The HRM program director will review these requests on a case by case basis and make the final determination whether the work qualifies for an exemption.
  3. The applicant currently holds one of the following professional certifications: PHR, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
  4. The applicant has earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S.

Please note that the waiver of the GRE/GMAT is not a guarantee of admission into the HRM Master of Science degree program.

For admission to the MS program, consideration is given to:

  • Applicant’s academic record with particular attention to the last two years of undergraduate work.
  • Scores on the GMAT or GRE (unless waived), and TOEFL for those whose native language is not English.
  • Internships and/or work experience and other activities that demonstrate potential for leadership in the HRM field.
  • Recommendations from professors and/or work supervisors.

The admission decision is based on all factors that make up the total application.


  Hours Credit
Human Resource Management HRM 521  3
Human Resource Management HRM 535  3
Human Resource Management HRM 540  3
Human Resource Management HRM 530  3
Human Resource Management HRM 545  3
Human Resource Management HRM 555  3
Human Resource Management HRM 595  6
Human Resource Management HRM 550   3
Statistics STAT 531  or equivalent course approved by the Program Director 3
Human Resource Management HRM 503  or HRM 592   3
  Total 33