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The field of human resource management (HRM) is a core contributor to an efficient and effective organization. HRM is focused on ensuring that organizations have employees with the right knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve their objectives. HR professionals deliver the effective and necessary recruitment, training, development, and performance management processes that are crucial to sustained organizational success. Our HRM major prepares graduates for success by integrating relevant HR content knowledge and professional skills with a contemporary data-driven perspective that organizations value.

Undergraduate Major in Human Resource Management

For undergraduate curriculum in business, major in human resource management.

The Department of Management and Entrepreneurship offers a major in human resource management. Students will complete the general education requirements (including business foundation courses), supporting courses/major prerequisites, business core requirements for the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree, and 21 additional credits in the major.

The instructional objective of the Human Resource Management program is to provide a well-rounded professional education in human resource management. Such an education should provide the student with:

  1. knowledge and technical expertise in the functional areas of human resource management, including recruiting, selection, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, and employment law
  2. relationship management skills, professionalism and business partnering skills, teamwork and collaboration skills, listening skills, and leadership skills
  3. critical and analytical thinking, analytical skills, data interpretation and communication skills

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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, undergraduate students majoring in Human Resource Management will:

  1. Be effective communicators
  2. Be effective collaborators
  3. Be problem solvers
  4. Understand business concepts
  5. Recognize ethical and legal responsibilities to organizations


In addition to the basic business degree requirements (, human resource management majors must also complete:

Required Courses (18 credits):
MGMT 471Personnel and Human Resource Management3
MGMT 472Management of Diversity3
MGMT 473Advanced Human Resource Management I3
MGMT 475Employment Law for Human Resources3
MGMT 474Employee Compensation and Benefits3
MGMT 476Talent Management3
Elective Courses (3 credits):
ENTSP 320Corporate Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Management3
MGMT 470Leadership and Change Management3
MGMT 422Negotiation and Conflict Resolution3
MIS 436Introduction to Business Analytics3

Total Credits: 21

Students are limited to three business majors/degrees/minors within the Ivy College of Business.  This limit is on business majors/degrees/minors only, and does not apply to multiple majors/degrees/minors taken outside the Ivy College of Business.

Human Resource Management, B.S.

Sample 4-Year Plan (Your plan may differ)

BUSAD 102 or 1031ECON 1023
ECON 1013STAT 2263
COM S 1133PHIL 2303
ENGL 1503ACCT 2843
MATH 1503Global/International Perspective@3
LIB 1601BUSAD 2031
 14 16
ACCT 2853SP CM 212 or 3123
MGMT 3713ACCT 2153
MATH 1513MGMT 3103
ENGL 2503Core Business Course3
Natural Science3HUM/SOC SCI3
 15 15
ENGL 3023MGMT 4733
Core Business Course6MGMT 4753
MGMT 4713Core Business Course6
 15 15
MGMT 4743MGMT 478#3
HRM Elective3MGMT 4763
Global/International Perspective@3HUM/SOC SCI3
General Electives8General Electives6
 17 15
Total Credits: 122

Students must be admitted to the professional program in business to major in human resource management. The requirements to enter the professional program are:

1.  Completion of at least 30 credits, Foundation Courses, ENGL 150, and all ENGL 101/99 courses if required.

2.  A minimum GPA of 2.50 either cumulative or in the Foundation Courses. Early admission is allowed for Honors-eligible students. (See your advisor for specific information)

Graduation Requirements:

        1.  Grade of “C” or higher in at least 30 credits of Core and Major courses.

        2.  42 credits of 300+ level courses from a four-year institution.

        3.  50% of required Business courses must be earned at ISU.

        4.  At least 32 credits and the LAST 32 credits must be earned at ISU (exceptions for study abroad and internship may be requested).

        5.  122 Credits minimum and a Cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 with no quality point deficiencies.

        6.  A grade of C or better in ENGL 250 required, and also in one other required ENGL course.

        7.  All 300-level and higher business credits must be earned at a four-year college.

        8.  Multiple business majors must have at least 15 distinct credits in each of the major requirements; when applicable, one course can be shared between business majors; see your advisor regarding multiple business degree requirements.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Management and Entrepreneurship participates in the PhD in Business and Technology program.

Ph.D. in Business and Technology

The doctoral specialization in management (MGMT) will prepare students to conduct and publish scholarly research in management, including the sub-fields of strategy, organizational behavior, and human resource management.  In addition to curriculum in these core areas, students will also take courses in research methods and the closely-related area of entrepreneurship.

The goal of this program is to prepare students to compete for tenure-track positions at leading research universities in the United States and abroad.  As a doctoral candidate, students will learn how to conduct impactful research, and they are expected to develop a research pipeline and publish their work in top academic journals before entering the job market.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, PhD students will be able to:

  1. Understand and advance knowledge
  2. Create knowledge through original research
  3. Teach effectively in an institution of higher education

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