What is Human Resources Management? Human Resources is a business function dedicated to recruiting, managing, and developing an organization's employees. An HR professional focuses on the critical people operations element of an organization and serves a key role in any business by maximizing productivity and optimizing the effectiveness of its employees. At UConn’s Human Resource Management (HRM) Masters Degree and HR Graduate Certificate Program, we say Human Resources is the Heartbeat of Business because our students are prepared to serve as key strategic partners essential to organizational success in a complex business environment.
HR Career Trajectory
At UConn, HRM students work with our renowned faculty and specialized career coaches to achieve their individualized professional goals. Students embark on a career journey beit a generalist route or a specialist track. Career growth may include leading a team of HR professionals or pursuing a Chief Human Resources Officer role. Other students may narrow their HR expertise by serving in a specialist role like recruiting, managing employee benefits and performance, and/or overseeing initiatives like diversity, equity and inclusion. Whether serving as a specialist or a generalist, HR professionals impact every member of the organization.
67% of UConn’s MSHRM students receive a promotion or accept a new job during their time in the program, with even more achieving success post-graduation.
People operations and human resources positions remain in high demand, with nearly 190k unique job postings found from January 2020 to December 2021, according to the research group at Lightcast. Additionally, compensation is competitive, with the national median salary for Human Resources Managers being $121,222.
Career and Professional Development
UConn’s Graduate Career & Professional Development Office offers meaningful engagement opportunities across the Graduate School of Business - with tailored experiences focused on the unique needs of Human Resource Management students.
Individual Career Coaching
Dedicated career coaches, available to connect individually with students year-round. Career coaching conversations can include strategic goal-setting, discussion of post-graduation plans, and meaningful connections with UConn Alumni and corporate partners.
Development of Application Materials
Application materials, including resumes, cover letters, portfolios, writing samples, LinkedIn profiles – and more, are a critical aspect of the internship and job search process. Career coaches at The Graduate Career & Professional Development Office are highly-trained professionals, well-versed in industry standards and employer expectations. From navigating Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to focusing on individuals’ personal brand, coaches are available to help students succeed.
Interview Preparation & Negotiation Techniques
Career coaches at The Graduate Career & Professional Development Office support students daily in the intricate art of interviewing, communicating an executive presence, negotiating an offer, and determining if an organization is an ideal fit. Practice interviews, both in-person and virtually, are offered by coaches, to ensure students feel confident and well-supported.
Securing Meaningful Professional Opportunities
We acknowledge and support that, for many graduate business students, securing meaningful internships and advanced opportunities is a major goal of continuing education. To that end, career coaches at The Graduate Career & Professional Development Office are readily available to support students in gaining additional industry expertise based on their long-term professional goals.
Participating in Corporate Engagements
UConn student talent is highly sought out in today’s market – with human resources graduate business students certainly being no exception. The career team at the Graduate Career & Professional Development Office consistently plans and executes meaningful events and engagements, including employer information sessions, on campus interviews, and much more - including engagement with UConn-exclusive centers and institutes. Such opportunities often include consulting, case studies and case competitions, and professional interactions with fellow students across the Graduate School of Business community.