The Master of Science degree with a major in management and human resources provides a flexible part-time or full-time evening format, allowing even fully employed students to complete the program. The program is a good fit for students from any background who want to lead and manage employees and prepare for moving into management positions in their industry or field, as well as those who plan to pursue their career in the area of human resources. Applicants are strongly encouraged to maintain employment with an organization throughout the duration of this program.
Students may only begin graduate course work for the Master of Science with a major in management and human resources 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.
There is no additional preparation for the program. 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 if the applicant holds a current SHRM certification, received an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business and had a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation, or has an accredited master’s degree in another discipline. To be considered for this exemption, applicants must submit a formal request in writing. Please note that the waiver of the GRE/GMAT is not a guarantee of admission into the Management and Human Resources Master of Science degree program.
For admission to the MS program, consideration is given to:
Applicant resume, cover letter, and/or personal statement of interest.
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.
Recommendations from professors and/or work supervisors. Interview.
The admission decision is based on all factors that make up the total application.
In lieu of comprehensive exams, non-thesis/project students must complete and pass a Capstone course consisting of case studies and/or other activities requiring synthesis and application of knowledge from all areas of the program curriculum.