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    May 19, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Management and Human Resources Major, MS

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 resource management. Applicants are strongly encouraged to maintain employment with an organization throughout the duration of this program.

Option Available

Coursework Only Without Comprehensive Exams Option

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Admissions Standards/Procedures

Applications are accepted for fall semester only. The application deadline for fall semester is February 1. Applications by United States citizens and permanent residents received after February 1 will be considered as space allows.

To be considered for admission, the applicant’s file must be complete

  • The online application submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Transcripts of prior college work
  • An MS Management and HR program application
  • Applicant resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Two completed applicant recommendation forms (professional and/or academic references only)
  • Either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score report.
  • Additional information, including the TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language), may be required by the Office of Graduate Admissions for international candidates.

For admission to the Management and Human Resources Master of Science degree program, consideration is given to

  • Applicant’s academic record with particular attention to the last two years of undergraduate work and previous graduate studies (where applicable)
  • Quality of work experience and other activities that demonstrate potential for leadership
  • Scores on the GMAT or GRE and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for those whose native language is not English
  • Fit of career goals and intentions with program content
  • Recommendations from professors and/or work supervisors
  • The admission decision is based on all factors that make up the total application; therefore, there is no automatic cut-off for either grade point averages or GMAT/GRE scores. However, admission preference is given to applicants with full-time work experience after obtaining the undergraduate degree.

As a general policy, all applicants to the Management and Human Resources Master of Science degree program are required to submit a valid (no older than five years) GRE or GMAT score as part of the application process. However, applicants who have at least 5 years of professional work experience or are a military veteran, and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher may request in writing an exemption from this requirement by contacting GRE/GMAT exemption requests are reviewed by selection committee, and applicants will be notified as to whether the request has been approved. Approval of a GRE/GMAT waiver request is not a guarantee of admission into the Management and Human Resources Master of Science degree program. Additionally, the program admissions committee reserves the right to request that the applicant take the GRE or GMAT if more information about academic potential (including writing, analytical thinking, and quantitative abilities) is needed after the admissions file is reviewed.

There are no specific course prerequisites for admission; however, it is recommended that non-business undergraduates take an introductory course in accounting, finance, Excel, and statistics prior to entry.

Academic Standards

  • Courses may not be repeated.

Credit Hours Required

33 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

Additional Course Requirements

  • In their final semester, students must complete an integrative Capstone experience, consisting of case studies and/or other activities requiring synthesis and application of knowledge from all areas of the program curriculum.
  • As determined by the program director for the Management and Human Resources Master of Science program, students may be eligible to complete up to 6 graduate credit hours of MGT 598  Leadership Practicum/Project as substitute for MGT 555  and MGT 556 . Students who completed the accredited Tennessee Certified Public Manager (CPM) program (or an accredited CPM from another state) no more than three years prior to their admission to the Management and Human Resources Master of Science degree program are eligible for MGT 598 .