Transfer Pathway

Transfer Pathways offer students a powerful option:  the opportunity to transfer to Metropolitan State, or one of the other six Minnesota State universities. with junior-year status after completing the Business Transfer Pathway AS at one of our partner institutions. The  curriculum has been specifically designed so that all courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.  Visit Metropolitan State University’s Transfer Resources for more information.

Program Overview

The human resource management (HRM) major prepares students for professional career opportunities in business, government and nonprofit organizations. Current management thought and practice emphasizes the importance of human capital in the strategic management of organizations. The HRM courses incorporate this strategic management perspective into policies and programs in functional areas of HRM including staffing, compensation, benefits, employee development, employee relations, labor relations and related areas.

Many of the HRM courses are appropriate for general managers as well as HRM professionals. In addition, courses meet the needs of both degree-seeking students and those who want to continue their education for professional development purposes.

This program can be completed on campus, online, or by combining on campus and online courses. Program requirements are the same, regardless of the delivery mode.

More information about this program

Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Human Resource Management major, students must submit a College of Management Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • COM Foundation Courses with a grade of C- or better

The COM Foundation Courses are prerequisites for many upper division College of Management courses. Completing these courses early in your program will help you succeed and have the most valuable experience in other College of Management courses.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

General Education and Liberal Studies

Students in degree programs at Metropolitan State University must complete while at the university, or transfer to the university, a number of courses to meet General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS).In addition, courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

Unrestricted electives as needed to total a minimum of 120 credits.

Many College of Management courses are sequenced and build on previous learning. Students must complete course prerequisites before registering for a course which requires prerequisites. In addition, students must complete 30 credits of coursework, including introductory and intermediate writing before they can register for College of Management upper division courses (those numbered 300 and above). MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management is a capstone class which should be taken during the last semester of the student's program.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer course evaluation is made by the faculty in the College of Management consistent with the requirements of Minnesota State Policy 3.2 and Minnesota State Procedure 3.21.1 (Undergraduate Course Credit Transfer). COM faculty will accept a course as meeting a COM major or minor requirement if the course content is equivalent to or acceptable in place of a Metropolitan State University course as determined by COM faculty;

  • the course was taught at a similar or higher level as the comparable COM course;
  • the content and level of the course are consistent with state/national-level professional, industry and licensure standards; and
  • the course carries a grade of "C-" or "S" or higher.

Management information systems transfer courses must meet "sunset" policy requirements which specify the maximum time between when the course was taken and when the student was admitted to Metropolitan State. If a course is not accepted because too much time has elapsed since the course was completed, a student may demonstrate competence in some courses via exam. Formal articulation agreements between Metropolitan State and other institutions identify transfer of courses between those institutions.

Credit and Residency Requirements

At least 20 credits from among the Business Core Courses, Major Required Courses, Major Electives and Capstone must be completed at Metropolitan State. The College of Management Residency Requirement (20 credits) Is satisfied by the Human Resource Management Major Residency Requirement. In addition, students must complete at least 30 credits at Metropolitan State University in order to graduate.

College of Management Double Major Policy

Students may combine any two majors in the College of Management as a double major as long as there are at least 24 upper division semester credits of coursework in the second major that do not overlap the first major. Both majors must be completed at the time of graduation.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 120 total credits)

COM Foundation Courses (22 credits)

  • MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations
    4 credits

    This course is the first information technology foundation course in the College of Management. It focuses on the technology literacy, managerial and business problem solving dimensions of computer based information systems. It provides students with an introduction to the fundamental terminology of the hardware, software and the people involved with computer based information systems. The course includes hands on computer lab time to introduce students to word processing, database, spread sheet, and Internet microcomputer applications. This course is designed specifically to prepare students for information technology competence as needed in College of Management courses.

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  • MATH 115 College Algebra
    4 credits

    This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

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  • STAT 201 Statistics I
    4 credits

    This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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  • ECON 201 Macroeconomics
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the economy as a whole and studies how government can affect the economy. After starting with principles of markets, the price system and supply and demand, the course covers national income accounting, business cycles, inflation, unemployment, fiscal policy, monetary policy and the Federal Reserve System, different approaches to economic growth, and the foundations of international trade.

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  • ECON 202 Microeconomics
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the interactions between the consumer and the producer. It begins with the theory of markets, supply and demand, and the price system. Then it covers demand elasticity, the costs of production including the various factor inputs, the four major market structures (pure competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly and monopoly), and ways to increase the competition in markets.

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  • ACCT 210 Financial Accounting
    4 credits

    This course in financial accounting acquaints students with the "language of business" and the concepts and practices of accounting in order to understand, interpret, and analyze the financial accounting reports of economic entities. Topics include: economic context of accounting; introduction to basic financial statements with emphasis on the statement of cash flows; measurement fundamentals; analysis of financial statements; cash; receivables; inventories; investments in equity and debt securities including Consolidations; long-lived assets; current and long-term liabilities; stockholders' equity; and time value of money concepts and computations for decision making: international accounting practices are incorporated into every topic. This is not a bookkeeping course.

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Human Resource Management Core Courses (24 credits)

  • MGMT 310 Management Principles and Practices
    4 credits

    This course examines the historical and philosophical roots of management as well as current management theory and practices. The critical success factors leading to effective performance in the roles of planner, decision maker, organizer, leader, motivator, controller and manager of a diverse workforce in a changing environment are identified and evaluated.

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  • MGMT 320 Organizational Behavior
    4 credits

    This course focuses on the behavior of individuals and groups within diverse organizations and on organizational structure and processes. Topics include motivation, group development and dynamics, teamwork, communication, organizational structure, job design, stress, power, politics, conflict, and organizational culture.

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  • MKTG 300 Marketing Principles
    4 credits

    This course surveys factors that marketing managers take into account when creating a marketing plan, including consumer behavior principles, market segmentation, product life cycle, packaging, branding, pricing, advertising, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, product distribution methods and key laws affecting marketing practices. The course takes a practical approach to explaining how to identify marketing objectives and determine strategies for reaching them. It is useful to general business students, students who plan marketing management or marketing communications careers and those who wish to be better informed consumers. This course is also offered online. Prerequisite: Goal 1 writing requirement plus 30 credits must be satisfied.

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  • MIS 310 Principles of Management Information Systems
    4 credits

    This course is designed to define the role of information systems in organizations, and in particular the roles of IS staff and end-users in developing and maintaining computer systems. The managerial aspects and implications of databases, telecommunications, hardware, software and e-commerce are included. Special attention is given to management information systems theories in the organizational setting including: infrastructure, transaction processing, operational reporting, decision support systems and executive information systems. Also included are all phases of the systems development life cycle (SDLC) as well as alternative development methodologies. The course prototypically includes analysis of real world business cases and post-implementation audit report of a recently completed management information system. All students taking this class must have completed as a prerequisite the MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations course or its approved equivalent. Students should also note that this course is no longer offered as a theory seminar or as a prior learning experience, but students with significant prior work experience in the field of MIS are highly encouraged to take the internet study section for this course, which is appropriately more challenging.

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  • FIN 390 Principles of Finance
    4 credits

    This course introduces the application to financial decision-making of mathematics, statistics, economic theory, and accounting procedures. The two central ideas are time value of money and the relationship between expected return and risk, and how these ideas are used to value bonds, stocks, and other financial securities, and to make capital investment decisions.

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Human Resource Management Required Courses (20 credits)

  • HRM 310 Human Resource Management: A Strategic Framework
    4 credits

    Consistent with current management thought this course examines the importance of human capital in organizations. Human Resource Management theories, trends, policies and practices are studied from a strategic management, decision-making perspective covering staffing compensation, employee development, employee relations, labor relations and related areas. A case study approach is used and outside research is required.

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  • HRM 520 Staffing Organizations
    4 credits

    This course examines the concepts and methods of human resource forecasting, planning and alternative staffing strategies within an organization. It addresses staffing needs under varying organizational conditions such as mergers, downsizing, and acquisitions. Selected topics include job analysis, recruitment methods, selection techniques, training needs, termination procedures, and the ethical and legal implications of staffing policies.

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  • HRM 530 Employee Development and Training
    4 credits

    This course, specifically designed for students interested in human resource management or general management, focuses on human resource development in organizations and stresses applications to improve productivity and meet organizational goals. Topics include the evolution of training and development, needs assessment, the learning process, selecting training and development methods, and evaluating training and development.

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  • HRM 540 Compensation Management
    4 credits

    This course examines principles and practices of compensation management to support organizational mission and goals. Topics include job analysis, job evaluation, external market analysis, pay structures, salary administration, motivation theories and legal principles. It covers the concept of total compensation by examining the integrated roles of base pay, employee benefits, and incentive programs within an organization. It is intended for people who will design, develop, implement and/or administer compensation programs.

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  • HRM 544 Employee Benefits Management
    4 credits

    This course emphasizes the design, administration and communication of employee benefit plans to support organizational mission and goals. Students are taught to set program objectives, understand the dynamic regulatory environment which governs benefits, and learn basic design features for various benefits including medical/dental, life, disability, retirement and flexible benefit plans. The course also examines methods used to communicate and administer benefit programs.

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Human Resource Management Electives (4 credits)

  • ECON 313 Labor Economics
    4 credits

    This course assesses the role of labor as a production factor in the economy, as well as the factors affecting the supply of, and demand for, labor. Topics include: determinants of labor supply and demand; analysis of labor markets; theories of wages and employment; income and wage inequality among occupations, industries and regions; the role of labor unions and collective bargaining as they affect supply and demand conditions; and the relationships among wages, inflation, unemployment and government policies.

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  • MGMT 360 Managing a Diverse Workforce
    4 credits

    This course focuses on policies and practices for effectively managing a diverse workforce in private, public and nonprofit organizations. The current context, legal environment and historical development of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity are addressed. Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge to understand beliefs, attitudes, biases, and prejudices to more effectively manage differences in order to enhance organization productivity. A significant amount of time will be focused on racism, origin of racism, and individual responsibility of racism.

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  • HRM 330 Personnel and Industrial Psychology
    4 credits

    This course focuses on principles and techniques of personnel and industrial psychology and applications of scientific psychology to business and industrial settings. Topics include: psychology as a science and professional practice issues; employee selection, psychological testing, performance appraisal, and training and development; leadership in organizations; motivation, job satisfaction and job involvement; organizational structure; work conditions, engineering psychology, employee safety and health, and work stress; and consumer psychology. This course is appropriate for general management, business administration and psychology students in addition to human resource management professionals.

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  • PSYC 344 Personnel and Industrial Psychology
    4 credits

    This course focuses on principles and techniques of personnel and industrial psychology and applications of scientific psychology to business and industrial settings. Topics include: psychology as a science and professional practice issues; employee selection, psychological testing, performance appraisal, and training and development; leadership in organizations; motivation, job satisfaction and job involvement; organizational structure; work conditions, engineering psychology, employee safety and health, and work stress; and consumer psychology. This course is appropriate for general management, business administration and psychology students in addition to human resource management professionals. Overlap: HRM 330 Personnel and Industrial Psycholog.

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  • HRM 335 Understanding and Addressing Race in the Workplace
    0 credits

    In this upper-division undergraduate course, students will be expected to understand, value and maximize human capital potential among stakeholders from a variety of cultures and races in order to be successful. Students will explore and reflect on their own beliefs and experiences while learning how to address individual-level and institutional racism in organizations. The ability to create and foster workplace environments that are inclusive, respectful and accepting of racial diversity is important for professional advancement and success in increasingly global environments.

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  • HRM 370 Employment Law
    4 credits

    Key laws, administrative regulations and selected court cases which impact day-to-day, employee-employer relationships are the focus of this course. Students explore formulation of policies and programs that respond to issues such as equal employment opportunity, wage and salary administration, safety and health, employment at will, immigration, drug testing, and labor/management relations in unionized organizations.

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  • HRM 380 Managing Employee Health and Safety
    4 credits

    This course covers the basics of developing an effective and compliant Health & Safety program. It will lead the student through the process of evaluating health and safety risks and developing required OSHA programs to manage those risks. Topics to be covered include: OSHA recordkeeping, hazard communication, personal protective equipment, machine safeguarding, electrical safety, ergonomics, chemical safety, employee health and wellness and workplace security. By the end of the course, the student will have the knowledge and the tools to develop a Health and Safety program.

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  • HRM 550 Employee/Labor Relations
    4 credits

    This course focuses on employer-employee relationships in both union and nonunion settings in the private and public sectors. . Employee relations policies and practices include topics such as workplace violence, drug and alcohol policies, dispute resolution mechanisms, work teams, lean manufacturing/continuous improvement, employee involvement programs and employee communications. Labor relations topics addressed in the course include the unionization process, collective bargaining, contract administration, grievance procedure, arbitration and the future unions in the United States.

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  • HRM 585 International Human Resource Management
    4 credits

    This course covers the current issues, policies and practices of international human resource management within a typical U.S. multinational corporation. It addresses staffing, compensation, benefits, training and development, and labor and employee relations as they relate to Foreign Service employees and local national employees in subsidiary operations. Each student completes a special project related to human resource practices in another country. This course is recommended for general management and business administration students in addition to human resource management professionals.

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COM Capstone Course (4 credits)

  • MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management
    4 credits

    This advanced course uses the case study approach to develop systems and techniques for analyzing the internal strengths and weaknesses of diverse organizations and the external environments in which they operate. Students craft strategies and develop implementation plans that apply organizational resources to opportunities and threats in its external environment. This course should be taken during the last semester of a student's program.

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