The HRM Capstone is the culminating experience of the Georgetown Master’s in HRM program. It represents a crowning achievement as a capstone does in architecture, and provides students with an opportunity to apply the HR knowledge, skills and competencies gained from all their coursework to complex real-world organizational challenges. Through the culminating experience, students complete unique and original projects that make a creative contribution that advances an organization or the HR profession. This contribution may take the form of a consulting engagement with a partner organization or an applied research project. Depending on the nature of your project, you may work individually or on a small team — under the guidance of an expert advisor. Your semester-long project may be broad-based or focused on a specialized area of HR, and requires you to demonstrate mastery of the seven program learning outcomes: creative & critical thinking, global competence, ethical reasoning and values, applied problem solving, information literacy, technological competence, and communication.
Note: This course is a core requirement for the MPS degree. A grade of “B” or higher is needed to pass this course.
Note: Course is a core requirement for the MPS degree. A grade of "B" or higher is needed to pass this course. This course meets online.
The world of work is changing at an unprecedented pace and scale. As organizations struggle to cope with the challenges posed by rapid technological advancements, workforce demographic shifts, the transformation of work and employment relationships, and other disruptive trends, HR has been propelled to center stage. Technical HR knowledge is not enough for HR professionals partnering with business leaders to navigate these complexities. They need well-honed consulting skills to get the job done. This course provides a structured approach to delivering high-impact consulting services — from evaluating business challenges, to designing HR solutions, implementing and supporting HR solutions, leading change, and building client relationships. Through case studies and experiential exercises, you will explore field-tested tools and learn techniques for effective internal and external consulting. The course ends with specially designed consulting scenarios that will help you apply newly acquired knowledge and skills, challenge your thinking, and develop your confidence as a human capital consultant.
Creating and Maintaining High-Performance Organizations
Across industries and geographies, rising customer and employee expectations, and unprecedented technological disruptions are rewriting the management playbook. These emerging trends have propelled sustained high performance to the top of the corporate agenda, and present forward-thinking HR professionals with an opportunity to help drive business performance. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to support the achievement of business objectives, institutionalize a culture of high performance, and build leadership capabilities to meet future business needs. Blending theory and practice, the course takes a holistic view of the organization, and provides best practices for creating productive cultures and teams, as well as a variety of evidence-based tools and techniques for executing actionable HR strategies. Through real-world case studies, team-based learning, and action learning projects, you will develop the competencies needed to turn great strategy into great performance by leveraging talent, culture, and organization design.
People management really matters. In the twenty-first century talent economy, the evidence consistently and overwhelmingly shows that effective HR practices promote employee well-being and drive organizational performance. Forward-thinking organizations and managers must therefore put people at the center of strategy execution, and manage them carefully and purposefully in every stage of the HR life cycle — from recruitment, to onboarding, talent development, retention and off-boarding. Blending theory and practice, this course examines the latest trends and best practices in the key functional areas of HR: talent acquisition and management, learning and development, total rewards management, and employment relations and the law. You will explore the roles and responsibilities of HR professionals and line managers in implementing HR policies and practices that align with business outcomes and meet employees’ changing needs. Through real-world case studies, application exercises and group projects, you will acquire the foundational HR knowledge and skills for building competitive advantage through people.
The HRM Internship Program is designed to help students leverage the knowledge, skills and competencies gained from their coursework to solve real-world problems. It has a developmental focus, and provides a unique opportunity for students to explore their career interests, develop industry-specific knowledge, and build professional networks. Students undertaking an internship are expected to demonstrate proficiency on at least five of the seven HRM program learning outcomes: creative & critical thinking; applied problem solving; communication; ethical reasoning and values; information literacy; technological competence; and global competence. The goal is for students to identify gaps in their HR knowledge and competencies, and create an individual development plan to bridge these gaps prior to completing their degree program. Under the guidance of their internship advisor and host organization supervisor, students will work on a broad-based or specialized HR project that is mutually beneficial to them and their partner organizations.
Note: This course meets online. This course requires at least 20 hours of applied experience outside of scheduled class time and requires department approval for registration.
The Management of Technology course provides theoretical and practical experience in using information technology to support organizational decision-making processes. You will examine the requirements of an organization to optimize its competitive strategy and core competencies. You will learn different tactical, strategic, and organizational factors relative to various information systems, as well as how to gauge the effectiveness of an organization’s information system. The course addresses some of the unique issues in managing different types of IT professionals, from senior-level architects to junior-level infrastructure support personnel. You will explore tools and techniques related to hiring, developing, assessing, and retaining staff—as well as theories/methods of managing remote workers and virtual teams.
Note: This course meets online, and it is cross-listed with the Master's in Professional Studies Managing Technology program.
This timely course focuses on defining project structure and reporting Relationships; assigning project roles and responsibilities; and staffing,
motivating, and leading an organization that can compete effectively worldwide. Specific topics include conflict resolution, process control and
automation, outsourcing, offshoring, real-time access to information, and other practices required for effective management in the changing demands
of the flat world.
Note: This course meets online, and it is cross-listed with the Master's in Professional Studies in Technology Management.
As scientific research output on human resources management continues to grow rapidly, there is wide acceptance of the need for HR professionals to embrace evidence-based practice. This requires using the best available scientific evidence, as well as systematically gathering organizational facts, data, indicators, and metrics. Exploring the fundamentals of research methods and data analysis, this course is designed to help you become a more sophisticated consumer and producer of research. As a consumer, the course will equip you with the skills to make informed, critical, and cautious use of published research. A central focus of the course is preparing you to produce high-quality research. You will learn how to formulate research questions, design research projects, and collect, analyze and interpret data using qualitative and quantitative methods. Employing a learning-by-doing approach, you will develop your research and analytical skills, and gain the foundational knowledge and skills to leverage HR research and analytics for effective problem-solving and decision-making.
Human capital is the most valuable resource for organizations in the knowledge-based economy. To gain a competitive advantage, organizations need to provide their employees with the opportunity and tools to advance their knowledge, skills and competencies as they build their short- and long-term careers. This requires a strategically-integrated approach to human capital development (HCD) that is aligned to an organization’s culture, business needs, and customers’ requirements. Blending theory with practice, this advanced course explores the intersection of strategy, human capital management, and organization development. You will learn evidence-based methods, techniques, and frameworks for aligning HCD programs with your organization’s business needs, as well as best practices for designing performance management, succession management, and leadership development programs. Through interactive discussions, case studies, applied and reflection exercises, you will gain the skills and confidence to perform the transformational role expected of strategic HCD practitioners – leveraging human capital to improve employee productivity and maximize organizational performance.
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Guidance Related to COVID-19
Updated Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 at 12:35 PM EDT
SCS continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and respond in support of the University community. Currently, all summer term courses will continue through distance instruction.
In terms of the Fall 2021 semester, the School of Continuing Studies will resume regular operations effective August 16 at the 640 Massachusetts Avenue building, unless otherwise noted for specific programs.