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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Resource Management Major, B.S.

Department of Management  

College of Business  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

People are a company’s most important asset. Human Resource personnel play an important role in the recruitment, selection, retention, and training of employees to ensure a company has the best people. The program consists of required courses that build a conceptual foundation for developing a comprehensive human resource department in a company that will aid the company in developing a competitive advantage in the industry. In addition to acquiring knowledge about business functional areas and management, students will develop skills/knowledge that are necessary to be an effective human resource manager. The Human Resource Management degree helps prepare students wishing to pursue a career in the field of human resource management.

Student Outcomes

Human Resource Management Students will demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  1. Employment Law
  2. Human Resource Management
  3. Organizational Behavior
  4. Performance Management and Rewards
  5. Employee Training and Development
  6. Employee Selection
  7. Strategic Human Resource Management


The College of Business B.S. programs, including Human Resource Management, share a common set of four cross-disciplinary core competencies, knowledge, and skills. 

Competency 1: Communication - Business students will be able to:

  • 1.1 - Communicate effectively through writing.
  • 1.2 - Communicate effectively through speaking.

Competency 2: Business Solutions - Business students will be able to analyze a business situation and recommend effective solutions utilizing:

  • 2.1 - appropriate technological frameworks.
  • 2.2 - appropriate ethical frameworks.
  • 2.3 - appropriate global frameworks.

Competency 3: Technological Agility - Business students will be  able to: 

  • 3.1 - understand the impact of current technology on the business environment. 

Competency 4: Core Knowledge - Business students will demonstrate competence in required business topics, including accounting, computer information systems, data analytics, economics, ethics, finance, marketing, management, and business law.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management, a student must successfully complete 30 or more credit hours of business coursework at MSU Denver. This 30-hour residency requirement can be met by completing any business courses with the prefix ACC, ACCM, BNK, BUS, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT, MKT, and REL and a course number of 2000 or higher.  
  • In order to graduate, students must maintain a 2.0 average inside the Business Core.
  • In order to graduate, a grade of “C-” or better is required for each major course to count toward the bachelor’s degree.
  • In order to graduate, a grade of “C-” or better is required in MGT 4950.
  • Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor not required for this program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement   for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion. 
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement.

College of Business Additional Requirements: 6-7 credits

Business Core: 45 credits

All business majors require foundation course work in all significant areas of business theory and practice. The following courses are required for all students majoring in Human Resource Management. Students must maintain a 2.0 average inside the Business Core. A student cannot register for a business core course until all General Studies requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy are complete.

Major Requirements: 21 credits

In order to graduate, a grade of “C-” or better is required for each major required course to count toward the bachelor’s degree.

Major Electives: 6 credits

In order to graduate, a grade of “C-” or better is required for each major elective course to count toward the bachelor’s degree.

Select two of following electives for 6 credit hours:

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
College of Business Additional Requirements 6-7 credits
Business Core 45 credits
Major Requirements 21 credits
Major Electives 6 credits
Senior Experience (counted in business core)
Unrestricted Electives 5-18 credits
Total for the Human Resource Management Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.


Program Modified June 29, 2023