The MA degree requires 57 credits — including business background courses, advanced courses, and electives. If you enter the program with a bachelor’s degree in business, however, you may waive up to 27 credits of core courses, reducing the number of credits needed for graduation to 45.
Business Foundations: 9 courses / 27 credits
Perspectives: 2 courses / 6 credits
Professional Skills: 2 courses / 6 credits
Specialized Knowledge: 5 courses / 18 credits
Business Foundations Courses
Business Foundations courses generally precede and are sometimes prerequisites to other courses. These courses, totaling 27 credit hours, cover what is generally referred to as the “basics” relating to business education. Many students have covered some or all of this subject matter in their undergraduate business studies. If so, it is possible to waive these courses.
Perspectives, Professional Skills, and Specialized Knowledge Courses
The perspectives, professional skills, and specialized knowledge courses total 30 credit hours and may not be waived. Transfer credit from other institutions will be given only for graduate-level courses covering the same body of knowledge.
Students may transfer a maximum of three courses (9 credits) from other graduate programs. Acceptance of transfer credit is determined by the associate dean for graduate programs. Course offerings will vary each year. Consult the associate graduate director to select an appropriate sequence of courses.
View a summary of the MAM-HR program curriculum.
Program Schedule and Timeline
You may apply to the MA program in any quarter. (View a list of application deadlines per quarter.) Evening and select weekend courses are designed to accommodate working professionals. Courses generally meet one evening per week for 10 to 11 weeks.
Time to complete the degree depends on previous business coursework taken (for undergraduate business majors) and number of classes taken per quarter (including summers). Typically you will take one or two classes per quarter. On average, students complete the MA in about two years.