Academic Year

Throughout the academic year, courses are offered in one of two formats: 14 week semester courses (typically 3 credit hours per class) or 7 week session courses (typically 2.5 or 1.5 credit hours per class). There are two seven week sessions in each 14 week semester.

In addition to your required coursework, you can choose to register for elective coursework at any point in the program as described below. Typically, full-time students do not take more than 15-16 credit hours in any semester (required core + additional elective course offerings). Registering for less than eight credit hours is defined as part-time enrollment by the Ohio State University Graduate School.

MHRM Curriculum Guides (2017 - 2018):


Elective Credits

In addition to your required coursework, you can choose to register for elective coursework at any point in the program. Electives may include MHR courses, independent or group study credits, or outside electives in areas related to human resources. Pre-approval by your academic advisor is required to take elective courses outside of the college of business. For non-business courses to be considered as Fisher MHRM elective coursework, the courses must be offered as graduate credit, taught by a member of the graduate faculty at Ohio State, and relate to the field (e.g. psychology, strategy, leadership, communication, etc.). 

Optional Course Waiver Requests

Students who have completed undergraduate coursework in human resources or business from a US institution, or who have worked full-time in a related HR role, may petition to be exempted from taking certain courses required for the MHRM degree. View the MHRM Course Waiver Guidelines for additional details.

All required coursework that receives a waiver must be replaced with an elective credit or equivalent credit hours (e.g., a 3 credit course can be replaced with an elective 3 credit course or two 1.5 credit elective courses). You do not have to waive courses. If you wish to take them, you may do so.

Internal Case Competition

The Fisher MHRM program hosts a case competition for its students. The competition partners students with a company to solve an HR related business problem and is a great way for students to put their education in to action while making connections with industry executives.

Each student in the MHRM program is required to participate in at least one of the annual case competition events while s/he is a student. In conjunction with the HR Problem Solving capstone course, s/he is required to submit a written case analysis on the competition.