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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 (21 credits for HR & Entrepreneurship).
  • Double (or triple) counting of MHR 399 across options within the MHR major is prohibited.

Related Student Organizations

Enactus
Sales and Executive Leadership
Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE)
Society for Human Resource Management
Sports Business Club
Tamid
Wisconsin Consulting Club (WCC)

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

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:

1. MHR 423 Strategic Management, 3 cr (generally taken senior year)

2. 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 412 Management Consulting, 3 cr

Elective Courses

MHR 310 Challenges and Solutions in Business Sustainability, 3 cr
MHR 365 Contemporary Topics, 3 cr
MHR 422 Entrepreneurial Management, 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 632 Sociology of Organizations, 3 cr
Soc/C&E Soc 649 Sociology of Work and Employment, 3 cr
Pscyh/I SY E 349 Introduction to Human Factors, 3 cr
Psych/I SY E 653 Organization & Job Design, 3 cr

 


Russell Coff
Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
russ.coff@wisc.edu
BA, Ph.D.

Randall Dunham
Emeritus - Teaching
Faculty Director of CIBER
rdunham@bus.wisc.edu
BA, MA, Ph.D.

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

Martin Ganco
Associate Professor
martin.ganco@wisc.edu
BA, MBA, MA, Ph.D.

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

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

Florence Honore
Assistant Professor
honore@wisc.edu
BA, MS, Ph.D.

Loren Kuzuhara
Senior Lecturer
loren.kuzuhara@wisc.edu
BS, MBA, Ph.D.

Min Li
Lecturer
min.li@wisc.edu
BA, MA, Ph.D.

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

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

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

Sarada
Assistant Professor
sarada@bus.wisc.edu
BS, MA, Ph.D.

James Sesil
Senior Lecturer
sesil@wisc.edu
Ph.D.

Jihae Shin
Assistant Professor
jshin@bus.wisc.edu
BBA, MBA, Ph.D.

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

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

Ann Terlaak
Associate Professor
ann.terlaak@wisc.edu
MA, Ph.D.

Charles Trevor
Professor
Department Chair for Management and Human Resources
charlie.trevor@wisc.edu
BA, MA, MA, Ph.D.

Maria Triana
Associate Professor
maria.triana@wisc.edu
BBA, MBA, Ph.D.
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.

Whitney Baker
Career Advisor
whitney.baker@wisc.edu
Maggie Nowicki
Academic Advisor
maggie.nowicki@wisc.edu

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

Contact wibbaadvising@bus.wisc.edu for questions regarding academic advising.