Jul 01, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

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


After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

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 GRE/GMAT requirement is waived for Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 applicants (applicants must satisfy all other requirements). 

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 304 Hill Hall, 734.487.3240

Joy Beatty, PhD, Department Head

Advisor Information

Morgan Milner​, PhD, Graduate Coordinator, 317 Hill, 734.487.1009

Foundation/Prerequisite Courses: 12 hours

Students must complete 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 accounting or a finance course. Students must also demonstrate proficiency in using computer applications including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel spreadsheets.

In addition, students must take:

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

Required Courses: 15 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 .

Thesis or Practicum: 3 hours

Satisfy one of the following options.

Critical Graduation Information

Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.