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Executive MS in Human Resource Management (EMS HRM) Degree Requirements

Reflecting changes in industry, we have developed the Executive MS in Human Resource Management program to meet the evolving needs of professional HR managers. This program builds on its predecessor, the MSILR program, and incorporates several updated and new courses. The program has enhanced offerings in business communication, as well as an international learning experience, which is becoming more important for executive-level HR leaders in multinational organizations. This course includes site visits and meetings with HR leaders of international companies to discuss (and comparatively study) core elements of the staffing and people management process in mid- and large-size organizations that act globally. It incorporates a capstone project that serves as a culminating experience of the program. 

The Executive MS in Human Resource Management program leads to a Master of Science degree. 

Admission Requirements 

  • Five or more years of professional/managerial experience. Generally, this experience should be post-undergraduate. 

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university or foreign equivalent. 

  • Appropriate quantitative skills acquired via academic training or professional experience. These skills may also be demonstrated through a satisfactory score on the Executive Assessment (EA), GMAT, or the GRE. 

EMS HRM Curriculum 

The program includes a total of 30 credits. 




Required Core Courses (16.5 credits) 

ZEP 9655 

Human Resources 

STA 9708 

Managerial Statistics 

ZEP 9210 

Communication Skills for Executives 


MGT 9301 

Managing People and Organizations 

ZEP 9510 

Employment Law: A Managerial Perspective 

ZEP 9660 

Labor Relations: Perspectives from Management and Labor 




Electives/Topical Courses (10.5 credits) 

Elective courses are traditionally courses that students select individually. The executive degree programs are cohort programs in which all students take the same courses that are selected for them by the program’s Academic Director in consultation with the program’s faculty. These courses may include: (1) any ZEP courses not included above; and (2) any 9000-level courses offered by academic departments in the Zicklin School of Business for which students in this program meet the prerequisites. Following are elective courses that may be included in this program: 

ZEP 9655 

Learning, Development, and Coaching 

ZEP 9675 

Management of Compensation 


ZEP 9680 

HR Metrics and People Analytics 


ZEP 9685 

Collective Bargaining 


ZEP 9690 

Managing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace 

MGT 9661 

Negotiation Strategy 

ZEP 9230 

Special Topics in Business for Executives (1.5 Credits) 


ZEP 9240 

Special Topics in Business for Executives (3 Credits) 




Culminating Experience (3 credits) 

ZEP 9720 

Perspectives on Global Business 




Total for the Program 


The program reserves the right to amend, modify, and change the courses offered and/or the sequence of courses. 

Degree Requirements 

Students must earn 30 credits for the MS degree, maintain a cumulative 3.00 grade point average (GPA), and satisfy all Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business and Executive Programs policies, rules, and regulations. 

A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 after taking 9 or more credits in the program will be on academic probation. He or she must comply with all Baruch College requirements of probation status to continue in the program. Please refer to the current Baruch College Graduate Bulletin, discussion of General Academic Regulations, for information on these requirements. 

Because this is a cohort program, all students take the same courses together and in the same order. Many of the later courses in the program have one of the earlier core courses as prerequisites. Any student who enters probation status may thus not be able to complete the EMS HRM program within the period of about 20 months. 

Students in this cohort program will be registered for 6 or more credits each semester. 

Executive Master of Science in Human Resource Management Program Learning Goals 

Executive Leadership 

Executive students will develop an entrepreneurial and growth mindset that prepares them to guide their organizations in the face of innovation and disruptive changes in the business and social environments. 

Human Resource Management Knowledge 

Executive students will develop advanced knowledge and expertise in Human Resource functions, including strategic workforce planning, talent acquisition, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement & retention, employee relations, and total rewards. 

Executive Communication 

Executive students will be effective communicators in both (1) oral and (2) written forms, as functioning as a human resources leader is dependent on developing shared meaning and commitment to action fostered through communication. 

Global Awareness 

Executive students will be sensitive to differences in perspectives, institutions, and practices among business people from around the world as our global economy puts a premium on global business relationships, especially regarding people-management. 

Ethical and Social Awareness 

Executive students will be sensitive to ethical issues in leading an HR function, understand the impact of their behavior, understand their responsibilities as HR practitioners to uphold ethical principles in their dealings, and understand the impact of HRM practices on multiple stakeholders, including people, communities, and the environment. 

Contact Information 

Office of Executive Programs 
Zicklin School of Business 
Baruch College/CUNY 
One Bernard Baruch Way, Box B13-282 
New York, NY 10010-5585 

Phone: (646) 312-3100 
Fax: (646) 312-3101