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MS Management & Human Resources

Graduate & Executive Education / MS Management & Human Resources
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The Haslam College of Business’s Master of Science in Management and Human Resources combines business strategy, leadership development and human resources to provide graduates with the skills to lead and manage people in the workplace.

Today’s managers and HR experts shape organizational culture, provide C-suite support for important decisions, and are a driving force in achieving goals. Haslam’s Master of Science in Management & Human Resources teaches students the skills to succeed in those expanding roles.

Who Should Apply?

  • Students interested in management opportunities in any field or industry
  • Students interested in a career in Human Resource Management
  • Work experience is preferred
  • All undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply – business background is not required

Flexible Schedule: Although the Haslam MSM&HR only admits in the fall, students can pursue classes full- or part-time, graduating in 12,16, or 24 months. Evening classes cater to working students.


  • Personal Leadership Development
  • Business Skills for Managers
  • Strategic Human Resource Management

Duration: Flexible: 12, 16, or 24 months

Start Date: August 2022

Location: University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business

Typical Class Profile

  • 30 average age
  • Current employment is preferred as work experience
  • Average cohort size: 20 professionals
  • 3.27 Undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate major: all accepted
  • 65% female(s) enrolled

What You'll Learn

Haslam’s MSM&HR students learn the skills to analyze issues, propose and implement solutions, and effectively optimize human capital for a range of organizations. The program has a strategic human resources focus integrated with core business skills and personal leadership development.

Haslam’s MSM&HR is designed with flexibility in mind, offering evening courses and allowing students to complete the program’s 33 credit hours at their own pace, in one, two or three years. The program is ideally suited for ambitious students who want to move into management positions in HR or any other field regardless of their specific undergraduate degrees or their current level of experience.

Career Impact

Graduates of Haslam's MSHRM (the predecessor to this program) advanced their careers to become vice presidents of HR, directors of HR, employee relations managers, recruiting directors, benefits consultants and compensation managers.

The updated MSM&HR degree is ideal for students who want to make the leap into Management in other non-HR fields. For example, students with degrees in a variety of non-business areas (e.g., nursing, engineering, political science, history, English, and beyond) who want to take on supervisory responsibilities will find the grounding they need to succeed in this program.

MSHRM students participate in a business case competition each spring for the Southeast Regional Chapters of the SHRM. Haslam has taken home first place in the competition multiple times and been named an Outstanding Chapter for several consecutive years.

The MSHRM program holds interest sessions with several national and international companies during the university’s career fair each fall.

Our students use the flexibility of the MSM&HR to launch a new career trajectory without losing ground in their current positions. They apply information immediately in the workplace and a lasting well of knowledge and professional network. Hear some of their experiences in their own words.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Eastman Chemical
Kimberly Clark
Ed Financial
Wakefield Corporation
USI Consulting
Department of Energy

Liberty Mutual
Knoxville Zoo
UT Medical
Clayton Bank
John Deere
Ruby Tuesday
Covenant Health
Regal Cinemas
Kraft Foods
Jewelry Television


The MSM&HR degree requires 33 credit hours.

*A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required on all graduate coursework taken at Haslam to remain in good standing and to receive any graduate degree or certificate from the university.

Leadership and Management

  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Management
  • Foundations of Effective Leadership
  • Strategic Leadership


  • Business Fundamentals: Structure, Functions, and Strategy
  • Finance and Accounting Essentials for Managers
  • Data-Driven Decision Making

Strategic Human Resources

  • Organizational Behavior and Development
  • Talent Management (planning, recruiting, selecting)
  • Performance Management (performance appraisal, training, development)
  • Rewards Management (compensation, benefits, total rewards)
Fall Spring Summer
MGT 520 & HRM 521
MGT 561 HRM 535
MGT 558  MGT 555 HRM 545
HRM 550 MGT 553 MGT 556
MGT 562 HRM 540 MGT 565


Year 1 - Fall Spring Summer
MGT 520 & HRM 521 MGT 561 HRM 535
MGT 558 MGT 555 HRM 545
HRM 550    
Year 2 - Fall Spring Summer
MGT 562 MGT 553  MGT 556
HRM 540 MGT 565  
Year 1 - Fall Spring Summer
MGT 520 & HRM 521 MGT 561 HRM 535
MGT 558 MGT 555  
Year 2 - Fall Spring Summer
MGT 562  MGT 553  HRM 545
Year 3 - Fall Spring Summer
HRM 550 HRM 540 MGT 556
  MGT 565  


Applications for the MSM&HR are submitted through the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School. However, Haslam has application requirements specific to the MSM&HR.


Resume, Recommendations & Personal Statement:
All applicants must submit a current resume, a minimum of 2 professional and/or academic recommendations, and a personal statement describing interest and fit within the program as well as career goals and ambitions.

Test scores from either the GMAT or GRE are required of all applicants. Applicants with an existing graduate degree in another discipline from an accredited institution may apply for an exemption. Exemption requests must be reviewed and approved by the selection committee. 

English Language Proficiency:
For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL or the IELTS test is required. Scores must be provided directly by ETS (Educational Testing Service) to the UT Office of Graduate Studies. The MSM&HR requires a minimum score of 600 or 100 on the IBT (minimum of 25 in each category) for the TOEFL or 7.5 for the IELTS. Scores are valid for two years.

Key Admission Dates:

October 15th: Priority Admissions Review Date
January 15th: Second Round Review Date
February 1st: Final review date for international students

*Applications will be accepted and decisions made on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Application Quick Links

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Tuition & Financial Aid

An up-to-date schedule of tuition and fees for in and out of state students can be found on UT's Graduate School website.


Tuition and fees listed on the graduate school's website do not include room, board, books and supplies or other living expenses. In addition to these costs, students admitted to Haslam's MSM&HR program will be responsible for a $4,500 program fee ($1,500 per semester for the first three semesters of enrollment; students with tuition waivers will still be responsible for this program fee).


Financial Aid

Learn about federal student loans and other need-based financial aid for graduate students at the UT Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships page. Complete the FAFSA Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 15.


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