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MS Management & HR

Graduate & Executive Education / MS Management & HR

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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.

Duration: 12, 16, 24 months

Start Date: August 19, 2021

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

Typical Class Profile

  • Average age: 30
  • Current employment is preferred as work experience
  • Average cohort size: 20 professionals
  • 3.27 Undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate major: all accepted
  • Female: 65%

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 30 credit hours at their own pace, in 12, 16, and 24 months. 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. Students apply information immediately in the workplace, all while developing new and relevant knowledge and expanding their 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


Visit the MSM&HR Academics page for more information about curriculum requirements.

*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
HRM 521
MGT 553 HRM 535
MGT 558 MGT 562
MGT 555 HRM 540 MGT 556
HRM 545 MGT 580
Year 1 – Fall Spring Summer
HRM 521 MGT 5553 HRM 535
MGT 558 MGT 562
HRM 540 MGT 556
MGT 580
Year 2 – Fall
MGT 555
HRM 545
Year 1 – Fall Spring Summer
HRM 521 MGT 562 HRM 535
MGT 558 MGT 553
Year 2 – Fall Spring Summer
MGT 555 MGT 540 MGT 556
HRM 545 MGT 580


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.

Letter of Recommendation

In the application, please enter the name and email address of your recommender. When you submit the application, they will receive an email with the recommendation to complete. The admissions committee prefers to see one academic (faculty) and one professional (current/previous supervisor) recommendation.

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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