To successfully complete the MHRM program at Fisher, students must complete one of two plans.
Under Plan A students complete 43.5 semester hours of coursework and a thesis. Students who wish to gain valuable research experience and ultimately pursue a PhD usually select this option.
Plan B requires 43.5 semester hours of coursework, including three hours of internship or tutorial and a comprehensive master's examination. The majority of the students in the MHRM program choose this option.
Both Plan A and Plan B require 37.5 semester hours of core courses as follows:
Core Human Resource Skills 10.5 semester hours
Leadership Skills 4.5 semester hours
Analytical Skills 4.5 semester hours
Business Context Skills 9 semester hours
Comprehensive Exam or Thesis Defense
Program Plan Descriptions
The thesis is to be written on a topic selected by the student with the approval of a thesis advisor. The thesis advisor is a faculty member with expertise appropriate to the topic being researched.
The student and thesis advisor select at least one other member of the graduate faculty to serve with the advisor as the thesis committee. The thesis itself and an oral thesis defense must be approved by the two members of the thesis committee prior to graduation.
Students thinking about writing a thesis should begin early in their program to develop a potential thesis topic. Plan A is usually selected by students who wish to gain valuable research experience and ultimately pursue a PhD, but any student, regardless of career goals, may select this option.
Plan A: Elective Credits (0 credit hours)
Electives may include MHR courses, Independent or Group Study hours, or outside electives in areas related to human resources, such as psychology or communication. Electives must be given for graduate credit, taught by a member of the graduate faculty at Ohio State, and related to human resources. Preapproval of outside elective courses by the student's advisor is required.
Thesis or Internship/Tutorial Requirement
Plan A: Thesis Requirement (6 credit hours)