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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 4710Introduction to Human Resource Management3
MGMT 4720Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations3
MGMT 4730Evidence-Based Decision Making in Human Resource Management3
MGMT 4750Employment Law for Human Resource Management3
MGMT 4740Compensation and Benefits3
MGMT 4760Applied Projects in Human Resource Management3
Elective Courses (3 credits):
MGMT 3200Corporate Entrepreneurship3
MGMT 4700Leadership and Change Management3
MGMT 4220Negotiation and Conflict Resolution3
MIS 4360Introduction 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 1020 or 10301ECON 10203
ECON 10103STAT 22603
COMS 11303PHIL 23003
ENGL 15003ACCT 28403
MATH 15003Global/International Perspective@3
LIB 16001BUSAD 20301
 14 16
ACCT 28503SPCM 31203
MGMT 37103ACCT 21503
MATH 15103ENTSP 31003
ENGL 25003Core Business Course3
Natural Science3HUM/SOC SCI3
 15 15
ENGL 30203MGMT 47303
Core Business Course6MGMT 47503
MGMT 47103Core Business Course6
 15 15
MGMT 47403MGMT 4780#3
HRM Elective3MGMT 47603
Global/International Perspective@3HUM/SOC SCI3
General Electives8General Electives6
 17 15
Total Credits: 122

Courses in these requirements may also be used as Global Perspective.


MGMT 4720 satisfies the US Diversity requirement


Must have credit or enrollment in all core courses listed above, except for MGMT 3720, plus senior standing, in order to enroll in MGMT 4780.

Graduation Requirements:

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

        2.  42 credits of 3000+ 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 2500 required, and also in one other required ENGL course.

        7.  All 3000-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 Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 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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