Master of Human Resource Management

MHHRM Curriculum Innovation

The Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) program continues to make exciting curriculum enhancements. Explore all the ways you'll benefit from these changes below.

MHRM curriculum enhancements:

At Fisher, we're continuously innovating and updating our graduate programs to ensure they're preparing you for the future of business with a best-in-class curriculum. These changes and an openness to incorporating feedback from students and employers ensure that Fisher graduates have the current skills and knowledge required to propel organizations forward. Here are some of the key MHRM program enhancements for our full-time and part-time students:

  • Refreshed the curriculum to reflect changes in human resources
  • Streamlined degree requirements to 39 credit hours (previously 43.5 for full-time and part-time).
  • Now an 18 month, three-semester program, previously two years (for full-time enrollees) 
  • Transformed most courses to three credit hours
  • Elective offerings vary from semester to semester, but some options may include a Coaching Series, Negotiations, Diversity and Inclusion, and Leadership Effectiveness through Applied Projects (LEAP).

Cross-functional and integrated

As technology continually changes the HR landscape, the need to think cross-functionally is a requirement of all business leaders. You'll take Contemporary Topics in HR and Professional Development, a one-credit-hour course each semester that meets once a week. This offering integrates with core coursework and connects your Practicum (Internship/Tutorial) or Thesis selection, which remains a key requirement of the program. We've also incorporated a Human Capital Strategy Capstone (three credit hours) to integrate your experience further and provide even more hands-on learning. 

Stand out to employers around the world

The MHRM curriculum is embedded with the skills and knowledge that top employers value, among them:

  • Labor and employee relations
  • Current trends and HR technology
  • International HR
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership implications
  • Learning and development
  • Business savvy
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Ethics
  • Excel

Individualized support

While many improvements have been made to the curriculum, many MHRM program highlights will remain the same. These include:

  • Career management consultation (with impressive outcomes)
  • Support from Fisher's Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services and Corporate and Community Outreach
  • Academic advising to help you personalize your program to your career goals
  • Flexibility to take the program on a full-time or part-time basis
  • A BSBA/MHRM program for undergraduate students at Fisher interested in human resources

Elective credits

In addition to required coursework, MHRM students are required to take a minimum of 9 elective credit hours, to be completed at any point in the program.

Electives may be graduate-level BUSMHR courses, independent study, or Ohio State electives outside the Fisher College of Business that are related to human resources*.

*Approval by academic advisor required. For non-business courses to meet the elective requirement, the courses must be offered at the graduate level and relate to the human resources field.

View some popular elective offerings

Optional Course Waiver Requests

Students who have completed undergraduate coursework in human resources or business from a U.S. institution, or have worked full-time in an HR role, may petition for a waiver from certain MHRM core courses. 

All waived courses must be replaced with elective credits. All students are required to take 39 credit hours over the course of the program, regardless of the course waiver. Contact to learn more about course waivers.

Internal case competition

The Fisher MHRM program hosts a case competition each year, in which students compete in teams against peers to solve an HR-related business problem.

The competition is facilitated by a corporate sponsor and students present their ideas in front of a panel of judges from partnering companies. Winners may be invited to the annual external case competition, where Fisher MHRM students compete against HR Masters Students from other top-ranked peer schools.

Each student is required to participate in one annual case competition, and many choose to participate both years for the experience and networking opportunities. Students then write a reflection paper on their learning.

MHRM Case Competition 2022









MHRM Case Competition 2022 Presentation











Questions? E-mail the MHRM team in the Graduate Programs Office at