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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 on admissions. 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.

Management Option

This major focuses on the activities of management in organizations. Course material covers leadership, power, decision-making, organizational structure and change, strategy and policy, and the integration of organizational functions (such as marketing and finance). The topics apply to business, government, health care, and other service organizations. This concentration is especially appropriate for students who seek roles as general managers and administrators at all levels of an organization, rather than roles as technical specialists. Students are also assisted in developing a long-term perspective of both their own careers and the function of management in organizations and society.

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

MHR 423 Strategic Management, 3 cr 

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

MHR 305 Human Resource Management, 3 cr
MHR 399 Reading and Research—Management, 3 or more cr (double counting of MHR 399 across options within the MHR major is prohibited)
MHR 401 The Management of Teams, 3 cr
MHR 403 Global Issues in Management, 3 cr
MHR 470 Seminar: Organization Issues, 3 cr 

Elective Courses

MHR 365 Contemporary Topics, 3 cr
MHR 412 Management Consulting, 3 cr
MHR 422 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship, 3 cr
MHR 427 Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies, 3 cr
MHR 628 Negotiations, 3 cr
Econ 548 Economics of Health Care, 4 cr
Com Arts 575 Communication in Complex Organizations, 3 cr
Soc 631 Social Psychology of Organizations, 3 cr
Soc 632 Sociology of Organizations, 3 cr
Soc 649 Industrial Sociology, 3 cr
Ind Engr 349 Introduction to Human Factors, 3 cr
Ind Engr 653 Organization and Job Design, 3 cr
Poli Sci 443 Public Administration, 4 cr
Psych 419 Human Information Processing, 3 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
Students who pursue a major in Management go on to careers in a wide range of fields.  Here is information about common industries that Management majors work in following graduation.

Management Overview

Managers plan, organize, direct and control activities to achieve specific business objectives.  Management careers can begin directly after college in a management trainee program or project management position. Other management opportunities will become available after gaining full-time work experience.

Possible Job Responsibilities

  • Lead, motivate and evaluate employees
  • Structure and carry out a client project
  • Participate in an extensive, well-structured, two-year training program, designed to provide a strong knowledge of all aspects of a specific business
  • Work in a series of rotations in various departments and attend classroom seminars, with the purpose of preparing the individual for what area best matches his or her interests, skills, and abilities within the organization.

Essential Skills

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Goal-oriented
  • Strong Initiative
  • Multi-tasking
  • Organization

Retail Overview

Retailers sell goods to consumers, typically in small quantities.  Graduates who work in retail usually work in a company’s corporate office as an analyst responsible for inventory levels of a particular type of product or work as a store manager in the retail store itself.  The retail industry also offers careers in e-commerce, buying, product development, loss prevention, logistics/distribution and digital media to name a few.  

Possible Job Responsibilities

  • Analyze sales trends (Corporate)
  • Forecast with manufacturers and negotiate inventory levels (Corporate)
  • Allocate inventory (Corporate)
  • Hire and supervise 100+ staff members (Stores)
  • Ensure presentation and quality millions of dollars of product (Stores)
  • Oversee all loss prevention, sales floor and customer services issues (Stores)

Essential Skills

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Goal-oriented
  • Strong Initiative
  • Multi-tasking
  • Organization

Consulting Overview

A consultant works on projects for corporations, governments, and non-profit organizations helping them assess their problems, improve operational efficiency, maximize profits, and plan for the future.  The types of consulting that firms offer can include: strategy, operations, information technology, human resources, marketing and financial.

Possible Job Responsibilities

  • Analyze why a clothing retailer generates lower sales per square foot than its competitors
  • Streamline the equipment purchasing process of a major manufacturer
  • Troubleshoot on a major SAP software installation
  • Create or update a new division’s benefits package

Essential Skills

  • Analytical
  • Enjoy working with numbers
  • Project management
  • Problem solver
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Strong work ethic
  • Advanced MS Excel, PowerPoint skills

Business Development Overview

Individuals in business development establish a consultative relationship with customers.  They sell and implement sales promotions and programs and create and execute business plans.  Those in business development may sell products from business-to-business or from business directly to consumers.

Possible Job Responsibilities

  • Direct sell products to Fortune 500 and mid-size companies through account presentations and execution of promotion and merchandising plans
  • Implement selling tactics that focus on delivering desired financial results
  • Act as an internal consultant to determine strategies for the customer and ways they can maximize profit through the products they purchase from you
  • Serve as the communication link between field sales, regional business development teams and marketing divisions
  • Develop primary knowledge of the market place

Essential Skills

  • Communication
  • Self-motivation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Relationship building
  • Planning/organization
  • Creativity
  • Enjoy working with people

Meet the academic and career advisors for MHR.

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.