Jan 27, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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Human Resource Management and Organizational Development [M.S.]


  1. To prepare professionals who understand and apply human resource and organizational development techniques in ways that lead to greater organizational effectiveness.
  2. To prepare professionals who understand and are able to plan, implement and manage change processes, whether in positions internal to an organization (managerial or staff support) or as external consultants.
  3. To prepare professionals who understand the need to match organizational needs with human resource needs and are able to implement appropriate systems related to structure, process, and human resources.

Program Admission

Graduate School Application

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Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

Admission Criteria



Overall undergraduate GPA for regular admission




 Not Required


Test Scores:


Not required

GMAT of 450 or GRE of 290 required for admission

The GMAT/GRE requirement will be waived for students who meet any of the following requirements:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in a BBA degree from an AACSB-accredited college of business
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 in other bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
  • At least five years of managerial experience in HR/OD (as determined by designated MSHROD faculty committee) and/or senior HR certification (SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR or equivalent)
  • A Master’s or terminal degree from universities with an AACSB accredited college/school of business (master’s degrees from any other institutions need to be approved by the MSHROD faculty committee).
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 in the Graduate Certificate in Management , the Graduate Certificate in Human Resources , or the Graduate Certificate in Organizational Development .

Requests to waive the GRE/GMAT requirement are to be sent via email to the Graduate Programs Office (cob_graduate@emich.edu). 

Language Proficiency

CET-4, IELTS of 5.0 for regular admission;

If no exam, will admit ESL and students take Intensive English course at Tianjin University of Commerce (TJUC)

International applicants must meet the Graduate School’s minimum requirements.

Degree Requirements

Applicants admitted as Bridge students if graduated from the Chinese three-year program as an undergraduate

Bachelor’s degree required

Financial Resources/Visa Requirement

No financial statement required; no visa required since students do not come to the U.S.

International applicants must submit required financial statements and documents for Visa

Program Code:



Transfer Credits: Students may be approved to transfer a maximum of six credit hours from an accredited master’s degree program. For more details, check with the department.

Department Information

Management | Joy Beatty, Ph.D., Department Head | 304 Hill Hall, 734.487.3240, jbeatty9@emich.edu​

Advisor Information

Fraya Wagner-Marsh, Ph.D., SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, 102 Hill Hall, 734.487.6716, fwagnerm@emich.edu

Foundation/Prerequisite Courses: 12 hours

Nine hours of graduate or undergraduate non-management courses spread across three business functional areas (marketing, law, economics, accounting, and finance). One three-hour course from these nine hours must be either an accounting or a finance course. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in using computer applications including Word, Power Point and Excel spreadsheets. In addition, students must take:

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

Required Courses: 18 hours

Students with an undergraduate course in organizational theory and behavior may be required to substitute an elective for MGMT 505 .

Students who have taken an undergraduate course in human resources management/personnel administration or equivalent within the past 5 years, may be required to substitute an elective for MGMT 509 .