Rethinking HR

Human resource management program gets an upgrade

The Krannert School this fall began offering a revised master’s degree that is making the Human Resource Management (HRM) program a more professionally focused and market-competitive option for students.

The program is a 48-credit offering that can be completed in three semesters, including a global and experiential learning component.

“The new HRM curriculum represents an innovative approach to human resource management,” says P. Christopher Earley, Krannnert dean 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 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 faculty-supervised 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.

“This offers students the best contemporary combination of human resources and business management training,” says 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 begins each August and concludes in December of the following 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.