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Management and Human Resources

Management and Human Resources

In your world, business strategy will merge with talent strategy. More and more, senior managers and Boards will measure the impact of talent on business performance and risk exposure.

In the past, HR — largely known for its process expertise — dealt mainly with talent acquisition, workplace culture and compensation. HR developed a reputation for driving performance management but somehow not impacting business goals and outcomes.

Today, HR professionals are changing their real and perceived value. Digital disruption is seen now as both a people challenge and a technology challenge. Just as a CFO is expected to serve as a sounding board and trusted partner on business matters, HR executives play a similar role.

What you will do

Whether you’re working for a global company or regional non-profit, a mature enterprise brand or a virtual start-up, you will be asked to build and sustain a strong talent pipeline.

Your Management and Human Resources (MHR) degree will prepare you to enter a field where change is a constant. You will shape the future of HR, everything from:

  • the way companies recruit, attract and evaluate people
  • how managers motivate and reward top performers
  • the way teams and individuals learn
  • how people curate and manage their entire work-life experience

The same forces changing business generally — digital disruptions and lots of data waiting to be translated into actionable insights — are also transforming human resource management. Trends and challenges that you will one day shape include:

  • Our tools allow us to take our work anywhere. You will look for ways to keep that “always-on” mode from overwhelming people.
  • Employment brands, like everything else, can be searched and reviewed in an instant. You will look for ways to embrace new levels of transparency and build trust with current and prospective employees.
  • Data and analytic tools can help companies identify top talent. You will use those same tools to retain talent and invest in future leaders.
  • Routine employee training and learning is moving from the classroom to the cell phone. You will design learning experiences that can be accessed by employees anywhere.
What you will learn

As a Boler Management and Human Resources (MHR) major, you will benefit from the core knowledge, ethical grounding and advanced business and strategic skills needed to put the Jesuit tradition of being women and men in service to others into action.

The liberal arts emphasis on broad knowledge (music, science, philosophy, mathematics, history) and critical thinking, and clear writing and communicating, will set you on the right path. By mastering the grammar and habit of organized thinking and exposing yourself to durable ideas about what motivates humans to work effectively, you will:

  • Grasp the changing economic, political, legal, ethical, and cultural contexts in which new human resource challenges, strategies and solutions emerge.
  • Approach human resource challenges strategically, rather than tactically.
  • Bring deep consideration and knowledge of organized solutions, hierarchical procedures, and rational sequences to many tasks, including measuring performance.
  • Learn to distinguish between the trivial, and that which promises welcome change for people, our planet and profits.

Through project-based learning and experiential exercises, students majoring in Management and Human Resources (MHR) will gain an intensive understanding of the concepts and techniques needed to effectively manage employee talent, such as how to strategically acquire, cultivate, and utilize an organization’s human resources.

MHR students obtain knowledge related to:

  • recruitment, selection, training and development, and retention of human capital
  • employee performance management, workforce planning, compensation administration
  • facilitation of organizational change
  • application of employment law

Moreover, the Management and Human Resource major will prepare students for managerial and leadership positions by developing student skills related to relationship management, leadership, career management, creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and verbal and written communication.

Job Outlook

A Management and Human Resources bachelor’s degree, especially one paired with courses in mathematics and programming, psychology and economics, provides in-demand skills that will enable you to pursue a wide range of employment opportunities across many industries. Whether you choose to work inside a large in-house HR department or opt to find a position on the consulting or research side, the job outlook looks strong. The more comfortable you are working with data, and solving problems with digital tools, the stronger the demand and higher the starting salaries.

As with all aspects of business, matters of sustainability and inclusion are no longer part of a CSR or diversity “program” to be managed; these issues are mission critical parts of a larger business strategy and are embedded in everything institutions do. Graduates who gain both knowledge and experience related to sustainability, inclusion and other emerging challenges and opportunities will stand apart and advance more quickly.

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Where do alumni go after graduation?

Your bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Resources (MHR) prepares you to take a position in business, government, and civic enterprise. Past students have pursued successful careers as human resource specialists or generalists, talent management coordinators, bank managers, recruiters, salespeople, management trainees, benefits administrators, healthcare administrators, and compensation analysts, among others. MHR-related careers involve a shared emphasis on leading employees and coworkers toward common goals, worker empowerment and productivity, and organizational excellence.

Management and Human Resources Program Requirements

Major Requirements:  A total of 65 credit hours, as described below.

Business Core: 41 credit hours, including MHR 461.  A complete listing of the Business Core can be found under the Graduation Requirements for the Boler College.

Major Courses:

  • MHR 325 Organizational Behavior and Management
  • MHR 376 Compensation
  • MHR 395 Leadership Skills Development
  • MHR 453 Employee and Labor Relations
  • MHR 470 Staffing
  • MHR 473 Training and Management Development
  • MHR 483 Project Management
  • MHR 495 Advanced Management and Human Resources

Professional Experience: Majors must have relevant professional work or volunteer experience prior to graduation. This requirement must be satisfied by completing Boler Professional Development (BPD) 490 Professional Experience: Internship

Industry Statistics

60% of large manufacturers projected to bring new revenue from information-based (embedded intelligence) products and services
$106,910 2016 average median salary
70%+ In 2016 nearly 75% of all human resource managers were women.


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