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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: Flexible; students can earn their degree on the path that works around their schedule. 12, 16, or 24 months

Format:Cohort-based with fall start, small class sizes, and all evening classes.

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

GRE/GMAT: No test scores required.

Flexible Schedule

Haslam’s MSMHR program is designed with flexibility in mind, offering evening courses and allowing students to complete the program’s 30 credit hours at their own pace. The program is ideally suited for ambitious students looking to move into management positions in HR or any other field, regardless of their undergraduate degrees or current level of experience.

Career-focused Curriculum

The program includes specialized courses in strategic talent, performance and reward management, along with core classes emphasizing business strategy, financial management, legal and ethical issues, project management and workforce analytics. Students have opportunities to obtain SHRM-CP and CAPM or PMP project management certification while completing their degree.

Team-based Learning

With a small cohort and an emphasis on experiential, team-based projects, the program enables students to apply course concepts to solve problems from day one. The two-course leadership development unit focuses on self-awareness, leadership style and managerial skill-building. In the team-based capstone project, students synthesize the program material to analyze a live business case provided by a corporate partner.

Award-winning Faculty

The faculty include thought leaders in management and human resources who are engaged in cutting-edge research; accomplished professionals with consulting and applied experience, and award-winning educators who have been recognized for their outstanding commitment to student growth and development. One-on-one advising helps students plan a path through the program and achieve their career goals.

Typical Class Profile

  • Average cohort size: 27
  • Average age: 26
  • Undergraduate major- all accepted
  • Average work experience: 3 years professional
  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.47
  • Diversity:
    Female: 60%
    Male: 40%
    Under-represented: 17%
    International: 15%

What You’ll Learn

Haslam’s MSMHR 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 MSMHR 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, or 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

The integrated curriculum with a joint focus on human resources, business acumen and leadership development will help students who seek to advance their career within their current organization as well as those who are seeking a new career opportunity in Human Resources or Management.

Graduates of Haslam’s MSMHR program have advanced their careers to become vice presidents of HR, directors of HR, HR business partners, senior HR generalists, HR specialists, employee relations managers, recruiting directors, benefits consultants, compensation analysts, and compensation managers and are employed in a wide range of industries. One-on-one advising combined with outstanding resources, career-focused events, and the support of a career development coordinator contribute to our proven track-record of success in helping MSMHR graduates secure roles in HR.

The MSMHR degree also prepares students for other business roles. Graduates are currently working as business development managers, finance directors, project managers, business planning specialists, and client services specialists.

The MSMHR hosts career and networking events throughout the year to connect employers with internship and job-seeking students. Networking events include: Graduate Business Program Expo, networking social, HR recruiting luncheon, on-campus and virtual corporate information sessions, class visits by recruiters, alumni networking events, guest speakers, and many other opportunities to build your network.

Specialized coursework prepares students for the SHRM-CP or project management certification (CAPM or PMP). Faulty provide resources and support to students preparing for certification exams including weekly team-based study sessions.

MSMHR students have the opportunity to 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 has been named an Outstanding SHRM Chapter for several consecutive years.

Our students use the flexibility of the MSMHR 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.

Covenant Health
Eastman Chemical
Ed Financial
International Paper
Jewelry Television
John Deere
Kimberly Clark
Kraft Foods
Liberty Mutual
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Pilot-Flying J
Radio Systems Corporation
Regal Cinemas
Ruby Tuesday
Tractor Supply Company
USI Consulting


*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 and Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Leadership Capstone Project


  • Business Strategy and Financial Management
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Project Management

Strategic Human Resources

  • Foundations of Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Talent Management (planning, staffing, recruiting, selecting)
  • Performance Management (performance appraisal and management, training, employee 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 MSMHR are submitted through the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School. However, Haslam has application requirements specific to the MSMHR.


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 their interest in the program and career goals.

Test scores from either the GMAT or GRE are optional. For students seeking merit-based GTA positions or scholarships, submission of test scores is recommended.

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 MSMHR 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:

December 1st: Priority admission review date for international and domestic applicants* If students wish to be considered for a merit-based GTA appointment, please submit an application by this date
February 1st: Final review date for international applicants
February 15th: Second admission review date for domestic applicants
March 15th: Third admission review date for domestic applicants

*Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full but no later than July 15th.


EXPLORE DAYS (virtual)

Learn more about the MSMHR program and connect with the Program Director, Assistant Director of Admissions, and current students.

Zoom Link for Explore Session

Fall 2022 Dates:

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022, 6-7pm on Zoom

Monday, Nov 14, 2022, 6-7pm on Zoom

Thursday, Dec 8, 2022, 6-7pm on Zoom


Thursday, November 10, 2022, 6-7pm, Haslam College of Business


Friday March 3, 2023- 9am-3pm

Preregister by Wed March 1, 2023

Application Quick Links

Create a new online application account
Continue with your existing application

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 MSMHR 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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Faculty are committed to your success.

The faculty include thought-leaders in the fields of management and human resources engaged in cutting-edge research and experienced professionals with consulting and applied experience. Our award-winning faculty have been recognized within the Haslam College for excellence in teaching and will support your growth and development. You will also receive one-on-one advising to help you develop a plan to graduate that works with your schedule.

For more information contact us.

Management and Entrepreneurship
408 Stokely Management Center
916 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37996

Ashley Sams
Assistant Director of Admissions
Graduate Business Programs
(865) 974-8696

Jackie Jacobs, Ph.D., CAPM
Director, MSMHR Program
(865) 974-3161