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Master of Science in Managing Human Capital Program

Claire Simmers, Ph.D., Chair, Management

Patricia Rafferty, Ed.D Program Director

Karena Whitmore, Administrative Assistant

Program Objective

The Master of Science in Managing Human Capital (MSMHC) is a specialized program designed to equip students with an advanced level of knowledge in strategic human capital management. The program’s overarching objective is to create leaders who possess the critical business and personal skills to make a positive impact on their organizations’ effectiveness in diverse, dynamic, and increasingly competitive global environments. The program is appropriate for both human resources professionals seeking to advance their career or supplement their skills, as well as individuals who wish to become strategic leaders within their organization. .

The MSMHC Program at Saint Joseph’s University is designed to enhance students’ abilities to perform as strategic partners with their colleagues in traditional business functions of management, operations, finance, marketing, and accounting. The MSMHC Program at Saint Joseph’s University is consistent with leading-edge practice within the field of human capital management and is designed to equip students with:

  • The ability to be a strategic business partner with others in the organization. Strategic integration of human capital requires leaders to have a clear and thorough understanding of the organization’s mission and strategy. Students will understand and apply knowledge of human capital, as well as human resources’ integrative, strategic business partner function to all levels and operations of the organization.
  • Functional knowledge in human resources and human capital management. Students will acquire skills and knowledge critical to this strategic roles, including human resource information systems, legal requirements, labor law, program evaluation, and survey administration. Given the program’s emphasis on strategic human capital practice, students will enhance their managerial decision-making skills and their ability to lead an efficient and effective organization.
  • A commitment to employee advocacy in the Ignatian tradition. Those in the HR and human capital field are employees’ primary advocates within an organization’s executive team. Employee advocacy is both a moral responsibility and a strategic role essential to an organization’s success. Moreover, consistent with the Ignatian values underpinning the program, students will learn to balance compassion and justice in dealings with employees of the organization.
  • The ability to help effectively lead and manage organization change. This strategic role requires the human capital professional to have the leadership and change agent skills to move organizations in positive directions and increase an organization’s capacity for change.
  • The MSMHC Program’s core courses combine the concepts from management, ethics, finance, accounting, and law with functional content in HR (e.g., labor law, human resource information systems) and a strategic business emphasis (e.g., organization change, research/survey methods, and strategic HR) to help students and graduates maximize strategic impact of the HR function on an organization’s effectiveness. A broad array of program electives (e.g., compensation, staffing, pension and benefits administration, consulting, negotiation) allows students to add to their knowledge expertise in specific areas of HR, or to complement their existing skills.

Program Design

The MSMHC Program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis and is designed specifically for highly motivated individuals. The intent of the program is to accept only those students who have a high probability of successfully completing the graduate program. Three years professional work experience is preferred; however, applicants with less work experience and exceptional academic records will be considered for admission.

The MSMHC Program at Saint Joseph’s University follows a course sequence that begins each Fall semester. Subject to prerequisites, students may enroll in elective courses in either the Spring semester or Summer Sessions, commencing the MSMHC core course sequence in the Fall semester.


The MSMHC curriculum consists of 42 credits (6 of which can be waived), distributed as follows:

Foundation courses

9 credits (6 may be waived)

Core courses

24 credits


9 credits

The foundation courses cover the common body of knowledge in accounting and marketing required of all students studying for an advanced business degree in human resources. The core courses cover the common body of knowledge required in the field of human resources. The elective courses allow the exploration or development of expertise in a specific area of interest within the MSMHC program.

The final core course in the program (MGT 797 Managing c Human Captial : Strategy and Design) is the capstone of the MSMHC curriculum, in which students integrate the theories and practices studied throughout the degree and apply their knowledge in the field. This course requires a capstone project.