Master of Human Resource Management

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Program Overview

In today’s highly competitive business environment, the roles and responsibilities of human resource professionals have become increasingly critical to corporate success. Human Resource Management (HRM) professionals must understand human resource issues and management trends in a competitive global economy as well as a broad spectrum of state and federal employment legislation.

The Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) program is offered in an accelerated executive format for working professionals and is specifically customized to equip human resource managers with the tools necessary to effectively meet the challenges of an ever-changing business climate. In the past, the MHRM program has been offered on Oahu, Maui, Moloka‘i, Kaua‘i, Lana‘i and the Big Island.

This 16-month, 30-credit-hour program (ten, 3-credit-hour graduate level courses) is designed to enhance the skills of individuals in the profession as well as those interested in pursuing a career in HRM. The curriculum provides advanced education in organizational behavior and dynamics, staffing, training, compensation, benefits, career development, health and safety and labor relations. Legal and regulatory requirements in these areas create a need for a firm foundation in employment law, a need that is met through a course dedicated to the topic. Participants will also have the opportunity to choose one human resource elective as a class.

Prospective students are not required to submit a GMAT score or have full-time work experience to apply, however, two years of work experience is preferred. An interview is required.

Learning Goals for the MHRM

  • Students will demonstrate a broad understanding of human resource theories and current practices across different types of organizations.
  • Students will be able to apply knowledge of major human resource responsibilities at both a strategic and operational level.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of international human resource management issues.
  • Students will be able to integrate information technology into the operational areas of human resource management.

Scholarships Available

Mavis Nikaido, MHRM 2009 and Chief Nurse Executive at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, has generously donated scholarships to support the 2020-2022 Master of Human Resource Management cohort. It is Nikaido's intent to award the scholarships based on academic merit, Hawaii residency and degree of financial need. Applications can be obtained from Toni Mingo, Director of Shidler College of Business Executive Education Center, toni.kruse@hawaii.edu.

Susan R. Meisinger was the president and chief executive officer of SHRM from March 2002 until her retirement in July 2008, when this fellowship was created in her honor. Sue Meisinger has a passion for HR and strongly believes HR professionals must prepare for an HR career by not only gaining experience but also by pursuing a solid, meaningful and stringent education in the field of human resources. For more information visit SHRM Foundation Awards