Master of Science in Administration Human Resources Administration Concentration

Degree objective: The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Administration (MSA) Program is designed for students pursuing administrative careers. The program offers insight into human and organizational relationships; develops skills in oral and written communication; enhances the capacity for sound analytical judgment; and encourages the ability to see the "big picture" as it relates to an organization and its environment. Course work focuses on applied action grounded in theory and embraces the fundamental educational principles applicable to administrative issues in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and stresses the ethical responsibilities of administrators. Concentration objective: Provides a program of study for students who are pursuing, or intends to pursue, a career in the field of Human Resources. The concentration is designed to provide students with an overall background in the field of administration as well as in the specific areas of Labor Relations, Staffing, Training and Organization Development.

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Certification-to-Credit Program Details

  • This program​ applies only to newly admitted students to Central Michigan University​. The certification will be evaluated at the time of your initial application.
  • You must have completed your certification and be in good standing at the time you apply to the program.
  • You must contact CMU’s Prior Learning Office to verify your eligibility and determine eligible credits.
  • Credits will be applied to your degree after you complete 6 credits (2 courses) of your program at CMU with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • There is no cost for the credits you are awarded in the Certification-to-Credit Program.​

PHR or SHRM-CP - 6 credits awarded 

The PHR certification can be applied toward the Master of Science in Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources Administration*. 

 *The PHR cannot be used toward the Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Administration.​

​SPHR oSHRM-SCP9 credits awarded 

 The SPHR certification can be applied toward the Master of Science in Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources Administration*.

 *The SPHR cannot be used toward the Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Administration.

Degree Requirements​



36 credits

Core Requirements


18 credits

MSA 600

Foundations of Research Methods in Administration


MSA 601

Organizational Dynamics and Human Behavior


MSA 602

Financial Analysis, Planning and Control


MSA 603

Strategic Planning for the Administrator


MSA 604

Administration, Globalization and Multiculturalism


MSA 699

Applied Research Project in Administration


OR MSA 698

​Directed Administrative Portfolio​3

Concentration Requirements

Select one

3 credits

MGT 643

Human Resource Management


PAD 711

Public Personnel Administration Practice


Concentration Electives


12-15 credits

CED 555

Human Relations Skills


COM 560

Communication and Social/Organizational Change OR


COM 561

Communication in Conflict Management


COM 665

Seminar in Communication and Negotiation in Employee Relations


ECO 515

Collective Bargaining and Labor Law OR


MGT 646

Labor Relations Issues


MGT 645

Personnel Compensation Practice and Process


MGT 647

Employee Selection and Evaluation OR


​MSA 501​Managing Change with Emotional Intelligence​3
​MSA 502​Workforce Improvement​3
​MSA 503​Gender and Generational Supervision​3​

PSY 536

Personnel Psychology


MGT 649

Seminar in Organizational Development


PSY 636

Organizational Applications of Personnel Psychology


Cognate Course

Selected in consultation with the academic advisor

0-3 credits


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