Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources Management

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GENERAL QUESTIONS

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PROGRAM-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

 

What is the structure of the program?
What courses are required?
If I’m interested in a class in another track, can I take it?
Are there opportunities to study abroad?
Could you tell me about the faculty?
How many students are in each class?
How is this program different from other human resources management programs?
If my question is not answered here, what do I do?

 

What is the structure of the program?

This MPS program helps entry- and mid-level HR professionals build skills and competencies to become world-class human resources leaders. Emphasis is placed on strategy, data analysis, research methods and their practical applications in the workplace. The program may be taken either full-time or part-time.

You will choose from three tracks of study, which you are required to select by your second semester.

The best Human Resource professionals are technically proficient and grounded in scholarly theories and knowledge—the definition of scholar-practitioners. They understand not only what to do but how and why to do it. The Capstone course is designed to guide students through the process of integrating their learning from the MPS-HR program as a whole into the final requirement of their degree—the Capstone project. The Capstone project is designed to assess a student’s ability to conduct research and apply their learning to a real-world problem or to a specific issue within the field.

For their Capstones, students will utilize the research skill set they have developed during their time in the program to identify a researchable topic, articulate a research question, utilize existing literature and arguments, select methods, conduct research, analyze data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.

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What courses are required?

You will be required to take three courses:

  • Foundations of Human Resources
  • Ethics
  • Research Methodology

Five specific track courses are also required. You will choose from a variety of contemporary human resources courses. In this way, you will customize your own program.

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If I’m interested in a class in another track, can I take it?

The concentrations are just a framework for students. Students are allowed to take courses in any other tracks. It is highly recommended that you work with your academic advisor to make your course selections based on your needs and academic goals.

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Are there opportunities to study abroad?

Each summer, through its International Immersion course, the program offers students a highly customized academic experience abroad.

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Could you tell me about the faculty?

Faculty members of the Human Resources Management program are accomplished professionals and academics, representing the best in research, thought leadership and business practice. Many of our faculty members have experience in international human resources management.

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How many students are in each class?

Class sizes average about 20 students per class, allowing you to have frequent and substantial interactions with the faculty.

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How is this program different from other human resources management programs?

This Georgetown MPS program teaches you theory that you can apply practically in the workplace. Each course prepares you to design and facilitate practical human resource solutions for your organization.

The program is unique amongst competitors because it offers three tracks of study:

  • Strategic HR Management
  • Diversity and Inclusive Management
  • International HR Management

Georgetown is one of a few universities in the U.S. offering a master’s concentration in diversity and inclusion.

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