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Students in human resources management study how organizations attract, motivate, develop, and retain employees, and how they interact with organizations representing employees. Management studies focus on the activities of leadership, power, decision-making, organizational structure and change, strategy and policy, and the integration of organizational functions. Studies in entrepreneurship are designed for students who are interested in bringing new ideas to the marketplace.

Students admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business may complete a major in management and human resources in four ways:

  • Complete the requirements for the management option only (students still earn a major in MHR)
  • Complete the requirement for the human resources option only (students still earn a major in MHR)
  • Complete the requirements for the entrepreneurship option only (students still earn a major in MHR)
  • Complete the requirements for two of the three options (students still earn a major in MHR)

Note: Completing two options still constitutes one major. Students may not receive credit for completing all three options.

In addition, the following rules apply when combining options:

  • Students may complete only two of three options.
  • For successful completion of TWO options, a student must take a minimum of 18 credits from among the listed courses.
  • Double (or triple) counting of MHR 399 across options within the MHR major is prohibited.

Related Student Organizations

Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE)
Society for Human Resource Management
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Wisconsin Management Consulting Club (WMCC)
UW Entrepreneurship Association
Students Uniting Business & Engineering (SUBE)

Explore Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an excellent way to gain international experience that enhances your business education. Many students also consider a summer program or a short program embedded in a course. Students are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad section to learn more about study abroad opportunities and to meet with their academic advisor to discuss course planning. Students can take a maximum of two courses in their major abroad, and it is recommended that students take MHR 300 prior to studying abroad. Other common course options abroad include core and breadth courses.

Q: How do I declare a major in management and human resources?

A: Students must be admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business in order to declare a major in management and human resources. Please visit our Admissions page for more information. Students indicate their intended major when they apply to the business school. If they are admitted, the major(s) indicated will be declared for them. Students may change their major by completing a Business Major Declaration Form. Turn completed forms in to the front desk in 3150 Grainger Hall.

Q: How do I cancel the management and human resources major?

A: Admitted business students may cancel their declared management and human resources major by completing a Business Major Declaration Form. Turn completed forms in to the front desk in 3150 Grainger Hall.

Q: What are common parallel plans related to management and human resources?

A: Common parallel plans that lead to careers related to management, human resources management or entrepreneurship include the certificate in entrepreneurship for non-business students (Wisconsin School of Business), economics (College of Letters & Science), sociology (L&S), consumer affairs (School of Human Ecology), community and nonprofit leadership (SoHE), or agricultural business management (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences). Students are encouraged to contact the Cross College Advising Service (http://www.ccas.wisc.edu/) or the appropriate school/college for advising related to these or other majors.

Q: How do I run a DARS report for the management and human resources major?

A: Please see the following link for information on how to run a DARS report

Q: Is it possible to double major?

A: Admitted business students may select up to a maximum of three business majors. Students also have the option of selecting one additional major in the College of Letters & Science (L&S). To declare an additional major in L&S, students should meet with an advisor for the L&S major and complete the L&S Major Declaration Form. Students should turn in the completed and signed form to 3150 Grainger Hall. Timely degree completion with multiple majors will depend on an individual student’s situation.

The following requirements must be met in order to complete a major in Management and Human Resources. For detailed course descriptions, please consult the Course Guide.

Please be aware of stated prerequisites for major courses (including business core courses) that need to be completed before taking the course. Specific prerequisites can be found using the Course Guide.

Students must be admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business to complete a major in Management and Human Resources.

Human Resources Option

Students in human resources management study how organizations attract, motivate, develop, and retain employees, and how they interact with organizations representing employees. Topics covered include recruiting, external and internal staffing, compensation theory and administration, performance management, training and development, labor-management relations, and equal employment opportunity. This concentration is pursued by students seeking staff jobs in the human resources department, supervisory and team leader jobs, and entry into management training programs that precede job placement. It is appropriate for those who seek positions in both public and private sector organizations.

A student must complete a minimum of 12 credits, distributed as follows:

MHR 305 Human Resource Management, 3 cr

Complete the three courses below OR two of the courses below and one elective course

MHR 610 Compensation Theory and Administration, 3 cr
MHR 611 Personnel Staffing and Evaluation, 3 cr
MHR 612 Labor-Management Relations, 3 cr

Elective Courses

MHR 365 Contemporary Topics, 3 cr
MHR 399 Reading and Research—Human Resources, 3 or more cr (double counting of MHR 399 across options within the MHR major is prohibited)
MHR 420 Managing Change and Organizational Effectiveness, 3 cr
MHR 423 Strategic Management, 3 cr
MHR 471 Seminar: Human Resources Issues, 3 cr
MHR 628 Negotiations, 3 cr
RMI 620 Employee Benefits Management, 3 cr
Econ 450 Wages and the Labor Market, 4 cr


Ramon Aldag
Professor
raldag@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., MBA, BS

Russell Coff
Professor
Associate Dean for PhD and Research
rcoff@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., BA

Randall Dunham
Professor
Department Chair for Management & Human Resources, Faculty Director of CIBER
rdunham@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., MA, BA

Jonathan Eckhardt
Associate Professor
Executive Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
jeckhardt@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., BS

Phil Greenwood
Senior Lecturer
pgreenwood@bus.wisc.edu
BBA, MBA, Ph.D.

Jean Grube
Senior Lecturer
jgrube@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., MBA, MS

Chip Hunter
Associate Professor
Senior Associate Dean & Assoc Dean, Full-Time MBA Program
lhunter@bus.wisc.edu
MA, Ph.D.

Phillip Kim
Assistant Professor
pkim@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., MA, MA, BS

Anne Miner
Emeritus - Teaching
Professor Emeritus-Research Fellow
aminer@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., MS, BA

Chad Navis
Assistant Professor
cnavis@bus.wisc.edu
BS, MBA, Ph.D.

Daniel Olszewski
Faculty Associate
Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
dolszewski@bus.wisc.edu
MBA, BS

Hart Posen
Associate Professor
hposen@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., MS, MBA, BS

Alex Stajkovic
Associate Professor
Astajkovic@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., MA, BS

John Surdyk
Faculty Associate
jsurdyk@bus.wisc.edu
MBA, BS

Ann Terlaak
Associate Professor
aterlaak@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., MA

Charles Trevor
Associate Professor
ctrevor@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., MA, MA, BA

Maria Triana
Assistant Professor
mtriana@bus.wisc.edu
Ph.D., MBA, BBA
Human resource professionals recruit and maintain a highly qualified and motivated workforce.  They balance the company’s business requirements with individual employee needs and typically support 80% of organization’s operating budget.  Human resource disciplines include training and development, benefits and compensation, recruitment, employee relations, HR information systems and labor relations.

Possible Job Responsibilities

  • Develop a comprehensive diversity sourcing strategy
  • Coordinate mid-year and year-end performance management processes
  • Analyze and interpret market data for compensation purposes
  • Execute an IT recruiting strategy

Essential Skills

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Interpersonal
  • Ability to work with people of various cultural and educational backgrounds
  • Discretion

Meet the academic and career advisors forMHR.

Katie Denzin
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
kdenzin@bus.wisc.edu
Christopher McIntyre
Undergraduate Career Advisor
cmcintyre@bus.wisc.edu

Please visit the advising page for information on advising and appointments.