Our online Master of Science in Human Resource Management with an Emphasis in Diversity and Technology program gives you specialized knowledge to lead organizations through complex challenges associated with all functions of human resources, including recruitment and selection, training and development, performance appraisals, health and safety, labor relations, and communications, especially with a distributed workforce.
Gain practical knowledge you can use right away as you develop professional experience through a curriculum based on legal, management, and social science research and with an emphasis on diversity and technology.
This flexible, online program is especially developed for professionals who want to contribute to the success of organizations by improving the performance, motivation, satisfaction, health, and well-being of distributed staff. This degree program focuses on engaging and retaining employees to drive organizational performance and value for the organization’s stakeholders.
The median annual wage for human resources managers was $116,720 in May 2019.
(Source: bls.gov, May 2019)
Demand for recruiting professionals has jumped by 63 percent since 2016.
HR professionals often progress to higher levels in an organization—and a career in HR can lead to a position as CEO.
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Ethical Leadership
This course helps develop effective, transformational leaders who formulate sustainable, ethically sound solutions to practical management problems encountered in a complex global environment. You will learn how to work with multiple constituencies through an ethical lens that includes social responsibility, diversity, culture, and environment.
Strategic Talent Management in a Complex World
This interdisciplinary course teaches you the skills to lead decisively across all facets of an organization including employee recruitment, training and development, health and safety, labor relations, and change management. You’ll have the opportunity to integrate legal, management, and social science research with an action learning-based approach.
Data Driven Decision Making
This course provides a solid introduction to statistical theory and practice. You will learn how to research a current issue and interpret statistics in your chosen discipline and also explore how professionals from other disciplines utilize data to make decisions. Gain a deeper understanding of statistics, hypothesis testing, linear regression, and statistical testing with Microsoft Excel.
Foundations of Cybersecurity
This course provides students with the knowledge and tools necessary to identify cybersecurity threats and take action to minimize, mitigate, or eliminate them. Learn the concepts of continuous training within the organization, and the company-wide impact of cybersecurity.
This course focuses on the development of clear written communication and oral presentation skills. You will examine a variety of techniques, formats, and processes for sharing organizational information, and explore the use of audiovisual and electronic media to enhance the quality of presentation and communication.
This course explores the way legislation directs and regulates the relationship between an employer and employee. In addition, this course will address legal issues in non-profits and entrepreneurial firms. Students will also learn how to investigate complaints properly, as well as engage in preventative measures for harassment and discrimination.
Take a closer look at organizations from a behavioral science perspective. In this course, you examine the interactive dynamics of groups, managerial and decision-making activities, and communication strategies. Topics include: organizational change, stress in the workplace, team conflict and negotiation, employee burnout, motivational leadership, and organizational performance for remote and non-remote employees.
Virtual Training and Development
Learn the principles of facilitating training programs in a virtual environment. We will address adult learning principles involved in the design of virtual training, strategies for engaging employees, the use of training methods for synchronous and asynchronous learning, and ways to assess the effectiveness of the training program.
Virtual Team Management
Learn best practices for managing virtual and global teams. We will address conflict management, performance issues, knowledge sharing, and data analytics for virtual teams. You’ll examine a variety of telecommunication networks and tools to establish connectivity as well as to provide organizational policies and procedures, email, and interactive meetings.
Human Resource Management, Diversity and Technology Capstone
This capstone course provides you with opportunities to define, analyze, and apply human resource theories and models to resolve complex organizational problems. You will apply the advanced theoretical and practical knowledge attained throughout your master’s program and demonstrate your understanding through analysis as well as the integration of communication and leadership skills.
Analyze how different HR functional areas within a global business organization affect its strategic direction.
Utilize the challenges of managing a distributed workforce as an opportunity for improved communication and team building.
Apply legal and compliance issues in managing a distributive workforce.
Address the disparities in power, equity, and inclusion that are experienced and perpetuated in society.
Apply leadership practices that promote ethical and collaborative sustainable change.
Justify decisions informed by ethical principles and disciplinary standards that address complex issues.
Develop evidence-informed innovative processes, practices, and solutions.
Confidently and professionally apply multiple methods of effective communication for diverse audiences.
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Human Resources Manager/Director
C-Suite Careers (i.e., CEO, CFO, CISO, etc)
Training and Development Manager
Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.