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Master of Science in Human Resource Management

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) program is a flexible, part-time program designed to prepare students for successful careers in human resource management. Compared to the MBA program, which offers a broad-based business education, the MSHRM is a specialized program focusing exclusively on the major aspects of human resource management.

The MSHRM curriculum has been designed to adhere to educational guidelines established by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the premier professional association for the human resource field.

MSHRM courses are offered in an evening format at our San Marcos campus. The program provides a high degree of flexibility in order to accommodate working professionals.
Admissions Policy

Admission to the MSHRM program at Texas State University is highly competitive. The application process is designed to identify applicants who have the characteristics to excel within the rigors of the HR profession. The admissions committee will assess all aspects of an applicant’s professional and academic backgrounds. The committee looks for applicants with strong academic performance throughout their undergraduate careers and competitive scores on all components of the GMAT (or GRE) exam.

An undergraduate degree in business administration or related discipline is preferred. Knowledge of business functions (management, marketing, finance, accounting, CIS/MIS) through previous coursework and/or work experience should be demonstrated.

The committee also considers important qualitative elements such as the applicants’ written essays, relevant work experience, extracurricular and community activities, honors and achievements, and letters of recommendation.


The McCoy Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) is a  30-hour graduate program consisting of 18-hours of core courses and 12-hours of electives.

Human Resource Management Core Couses (18 hours)
BA 5351: “Organizational Performance for Competitive Advantage”
MGT 5330: “Seminar in Human Resource Management”
MGT 5336: “Compensation and Benefits”
MGT 5337: “Organizational Staffing”
MGT 5338: “Human Resource Development”
MGT 5339: “International Human Resource Management”
Graduate Electives: Select 4 from the following (12 hours)
BLAW 5310: “The Employment Relationship”
MGT 5310: “Organizational Change Management”
MGT 5311: “Process Improvement Management in Organizations”
MGT 5312: “Seminar in Management”
MGT 5315: “New Venture Management”
MGT 5318: “Cross-Cultural Management”
MGT 5321: “Supply Chain Management”
MGT 5325: “Managing Business Creativity”
MGT 5335: “New Venture Launch” (Prereq: MGT 5315)
MGT 5375: “International Management-Latin America”
MGT 5380: “Special Topics in Management”
MGT 5390: “Business Research Methods”
MGT 5391: “Managing the Communication Process”
MGT 5395: “Graduate Business Internship” (with prior approval)