Human Resources: MHR
Housed in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, the master of human resources program gives students the opportunity to engage in real-world projects that prepare students for one of the fastest growing career fields. Human resource managers are responsible for the strategic design and implementation of recruitment, selection, compensation, training, career, and performance management systems that bring out the best in an organization’s most important assets — its people.
The oldest business school west of the Mississippi, USU has been offering business degrees since 1894 and has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and continues to be on the forefront of advanced business education.
Because USU’s HR program is designated as a Western Regional Graduate Program, students from participating western states qualify for in-state tuition. For more information, visit http://wrgp.wiche.edu.
The MHR is also available in an executive program, offered throughout the state of Utah to working professionals. The program is scheduled around business hours, so that students may maintain their careers while working toward the MHR degree. Courses are taught online and through video broadcast throughout the state of Utah and beyond.
- MHR - Logan Campus , Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cedar City, Cortez, Delta, Ephraim, Grantsville, Heber City, Ignacio, Junction, Kanab, Kaysville, Milford, Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Orem, Panguitch, Price, Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Salt Lake, St George, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover , Online
Regional Campuses and Online Learning:
While the master of Human Resources is available at various regional campuses, the full online offering of this degree is only available outside the state of Utah.
Graduates of the MHR program can pursue careers in the following areas:
- Human resource management
- Performance management
- Talent acquisition
- Organizational effectiveness
- Organizational development
Students whose undergraduate degree is not in a business-related field must take an additional 10.5 credits of business acumen courses. Most of these courses can be completed during the summer as part of the Accelerated Business Core program. The classes can also be taken concurrently with the MHR program.
- Complete the online application
- Pay the $55 application fee
- Score at or above the 40th percentile on in the GRE, the GMAT or MAT
- Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
- Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
- Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
- Provide a resume to the department
- One-page summary of career goals and objectives
International students have additional admissions requirements.
It is strongly encouraged that applications be submitted by March 15 (for fall semester). This will also allow students adequate time for consideration in any scholarships. However, the March 15 deadline is soft, meaning applications will be accepted until the available seats have been filled.
Applications are due by October 1 (for the program beginning in January). If there is space available, additional applications will be reviewed after the October 1 deadline.
A variety of funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.
Chad Albrecht, PhD, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Area: Ethical leadership and human resource management
Office: BUS 420
Phone: (435) 797-2365
Daniel Allen, MBA, Grand Canyon University
Office: USU College of Eastern Utah campus
Phone: (435) 613-5245
Ronda Callister, PhD, University of Missouri
Area: Management, organizational behavior, international management
Office: BUS 408
Phone: (435) 797-1905
Alison Cook, PhD, Purdue University
Area: Organizational behavior, human resource management
Office: BUS 404
Phone: (435) 797-7654
Steven Hanks, PhD, University of Utah
Associate Professor, Director of MSHR, Director of Distance Education, Accreditation, and Assessment
Area: Management, business strategy, and entrepreneurship
Office: BUS 414
Phone: (435) 797-2373
Konrad Lee, JD, Brigham Young University
Area: Business and employment law
Office: BUS 410
Phone: (435) 797-5090
Glen McEvoy, PhD, University of Colorado - Boulder
Office: BUS 807
Phone: (435) 797-2375
David Stephens, PhD, University of Texas - Austin
Office: BUS 406
Phone: (435) 797-2273
Alan Warnick, MA, Brigham Young University
Associate Department Head, Principal Lecturer
Office: BUS 407
Phone: (435) 797-2301
Brad Winn, PhD, University of Michigan
Clinical Associate Professor, Director of MSHR Executive Program
Area: Strategic and organizational leadership
Office: USU Salt Lake education center
Phone: (435) 851-2002
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
Society for Human Resource and Management (SHRM): The SHRM chapter at Utah State is designed to help MHR, HR minors and other business related majors/minors develop and refine the skills necessary for today's business world. By being a part of USU's SHRM chapter, benefit from the business professionals that share their experiences in the business world in an interactive learning environment.
Beta Gamma Sigma: BGS is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition an AACSB business student can receive.
Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship: This Center prepares tomorrow’s leaders by providing both inside-the-classroom instruction and outside-the-classroom experiences in innovative business thinking, new venture competencies, and ethical leadership to strengthen local, national and global economies and societies. The curriculum and programs are designed to take students through the stages of new venture creation: opportunity assessment, business model development, planning, funding, marketing and growth. The Center helps students develop skills in both enterprise creation and social venturing, and emphasizes entrepreneurship as a leadership model for existing organizations. World-renowned faculty and successful entrepreneurs from a variety of industries teach in formal and informal settings.
Partners In Business: Partners In Business is a student-run, non-profit organization sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The program holds a series of professional business conferences featuring topics on operational excellence, accounting and leadership. Students are encouraged to attend and network with industry leaders, faculty and gain insight to improve business practices.
Small Enterprise Education and Development Program (SEED): SEED connects skilled and passionate students with the opportunity to empower individuals, families and communities through teaching enterprise creation and sustainability in developing regions of the world. SEED students make an impact in the world while having a transformative experience that distinguishes them from among their peers.