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Columbus State University

Master of Science
Organizational Leadership - Human Resources Management Track

Turner College of Business

Department of Management and Marketing

Program Description

The Human Resources track of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program will prepare professionals to develop and implement HR planning, recruiting, training, compensation, benefits, performance management and disciplinary systems in a legal and ethical fashion. The track will academically prepare students to pass the Professional and Senior Professional in Human Resources (PHR & SPHR) exams. The MSOL Human Resources track is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

The MSOL is a 36-hour program, requiring a student to complete 12 graduate courses. Full-time students can complete the program in four semesters. All MSOL classes are taught in the evening. The program can be adapted for students who wish to attend part-time and complete the program within 18-24 months.

Career Opportunities

For the HR track, career options include, but are not limited to: HR manager, Recruiter, Interviewer, Benefits Specialist, Trainer, Compensation, Employee Development, Diversity management, EEO compliance, OSHA compliance, Industrial Relations specialist/manager, career development, Selection specialist/manager, Job Analysis specialist, Work/Life managers and much more.

Admission Requirements

Beyond the general graduate program requirements, the MSOL degree program also has the following additional requirements:

  • A graduate application, available online or in paper, with application fee.
  • An official baccalaureate degree transcript from an accredited institution.
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) Scores; students may also submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Only scores within the past five years will be accepted.
    • GMAT school code: R64-XW-20
    • GRE school code: 5123
  • Two recommendation letters from professional sources such as current for former employers, faculty, and business associates are required. Please use the recommendation form (DOC)  provided.

Learning Outcomes

1) Our graduate students will demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply the theories and practice of leadership in a domestic and global business environment.
2) Our graduate students will demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication, including interpersonal skills, negotiation skills and presentation skills.
3) Our graduate students will discuss strategic alternatives, environmental analysis and use both to select appropriate strategies.
Our graduate students will demonstrate knowledge of organizational behavior and leadership theories.

HR Track
4) Our graduate students in the HR Track will analyze HR problems and develop soluctions in a legal and ethical fashion.

Additional Program Requirements

This degree is subjected to the following requirements and conditions:

  • Up to six hours of transfer credit may be accepted from an AACSB accredited institution.
  • All students must complete the common core for the degree.
  • A minimum B average in core courses, with no more than two C's, is required for degree completion.
  • Students have a maximum of six years from the first term of enrollment to complete all MSOL degree requirements.