Krannert to offer updated human resource management program

June 7, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Krannert School of Management will offer a revised Master of Science degree focusing on human resource management program next fall.

The revision will make the Human Resource Management (HRM) program a more professionally focused and market-competitive option for students. It will be a 48-credit offering that can be completed in three semesters and will include a global and experiential learning component.

"The new HRM curriculum represents an innovative approach to human resource management," said P. Christopher Earley, dean of the Krannert School and James Brooke Henderson Professor of Management. "It also maintains a tradition within our school that has produced leaders in HR management with a strong business focus for more than three decades."

HRM students will complete a management core of business analytics, organizational behavior, managerial communication and employment law. They can select three of six courses in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, operations, strategic management and economics. The management core is 16 hours, the strongest requirement among peer institutions with similar programs. The human resource core classes will comprise 12 hours.

Students may choose from a menu of organizational behavior and human resource management electives for six credit hours, and free electives for an additional nine credit hours. The final five credit-hour requirements will be any combination of global experience and/or experiential learning opportunities. Students may spend a module at the GISMA Business School in Hannover, Germany, or participate in one of the international study trips offered around the globe. They also may take part in programs such as Purdue's Experiential Learning Initiative, which allows students to combine prior knowledge and experience with classroom learning and apply it in an active business setting. The projects are executed under faculty supervision.

"This will offer students the best contemporary combination of human resources and business management training," said Brad Alge, associate professor of management and area coordinator in organizational behavior and human resources. "With a management core, expanded experiential learning and international study options, the Krannert HRM program is now positioned to achieve our vision of leading the human resources marketplace by producing HR-focused, business-savvy leaders for today's global organizations."

The HRM program will begin each August and conclude in December of the next year, giving students the opportunity to do an internship during the summer before the final semester.

The Purdue MBA, which spans four semesters, still offers options in organizational behavior and human resources for students desiring to take more courses in the management core.
Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,

Source: Brad Alge, 765-494-4483,

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