MS in Human Resources Management


The Master of Science in Human Resources Management program presents a complex set of skills and abilities designed to help the student understand how best to organize structure, position, technology, and human assets and to design a continuity strategy for a firm to maximize productivity, manage change, and achieve competitiveness and sustainability. The program’s courses offer a broad perspective of the complexity of today’s international company with its diversified labor force and manufacturing and service operations spread worldwide.

Note: Admission to the degree requires five years of professional experience, or Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) certification, as the program structure provides advance perspectives predicated on students’ basic knowledge of human resources management.

Department Vision

The programs of the Department of Administrative Sciences are designed to meet emerging challenges and complex problems in our ever-expanding global business environment. Our programs, whether they are for a certificate or a degree, are designed around an understanding that the future of business is volatile: solutions that work today may be obsolete tomorrow, and long-term success depends on critical thinking and the ability to make informed decisions based on accurately researched data, improvisation, and authentic, hands-on experience.

The department recognizes that today’s fast-paced and often unpredictable global economy demands a new breed of business leader who is able to think strategically and holistically about business, and who understands the interconnected nature of the twenty-first-century economy. Today’s business leaders must be strategic visionaries who can prepare organizations for innovation and change in the global environment.


The Department of Administrative Sciences  boasts a cadre of full-time faculty who reflect the values, quality, and prestige of a world-renowned institution. The department faculty are international and have exceptional academic credentials, excellent teaching abilities, highly recognized publishing records, significant contributions to research, and strong credibility due to their prior corporate experience. In addition to being recognized internationally in their academic fields, many of our faculty have experience on government and private boards, as consultants, entrepreneurs, and advisors to entrepreneurial initiatives.


Internationally renowned for its quality curriculum, teaching, and faculty, the Department of Administrative Sciences has been recognized by the world’s leading accrediting bodies for its excellence in management education. The department’s programs are accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and its Master of Science programs in Administrative Studies (Boston) and management (online) are accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS). In addition, the Master of Science in Project Management program is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

International Opportunities

Online and Boston-based graduate students can participate in a variety of international study experiences through the Administrative Sciences department. These include obtaining a second degree from a foreign partner institution (dual degree program); taking a partner institution’s online course (for our online students); participating in one of the department’s intensive courses abroad; or attending a foreign university. Dual degree students (both campus-based and online) are able to earn a second degree from a foreign university with a reduction in that school’s graduation requirements; in most cases, a student can obtain an MS in Human Resources Management from Metropolitan College and an MBA from a foreign institution in two years of full-time study (with classes in English).

The department strongly believes that international opportunities are a vital part of today’s business education, and strives to make opportunities available to our students whether part-time, full-time, or online. MET partner institutions are located in a variety of countries, including England, France, Germany, Mexico, and Taipei. Information about a range of international opportunities is available from the department or, for online students, the online program coordinator.


All students must demonstrate proficiency in mathematical skills by taking the online ALEKS math tutorial. Boston University recognizes the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist® (CEBS®) designation as the equivalent of four graduate-level courses—individuals who hold the designation can enroll in the program and take eight courses for a total of 32 credits to graduate.

Degree Requirements for Individuals without CEBS® Designation

A total of 12 courses (48 credits) is required, as follows:

Core Courses

(seven courses/28 credits)

  • MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
  • MET AD 642 Project Management
  • MET AD 648 E-commerce
  • MET AD 655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision Making
  • MET AD 740 Planning and Operating New Ventures
  • MET AD 856 Market and Economic Research and Analysis

Specialization Courses

(four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management
  • MET AD 613 Enterprise Risk Planning and Compliance
  • MET AD 741 The Innovative Process: Developing New Products and Services
  • MET AD 743 Managing Employees, Professionals, and Teams

Elective Course

(one course/4 credits)

Select one additional administrative sciences course, with the approval of the online program coordinator.

Degree Requirements for Individuals with CEBS® Certification

(eight courses/32 credits)

  • MET AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management
  • MET AD 613 Enterprise Risk Planning and Compliance
  • MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
  • MET AD 648 E-commerce
  • MET AD 655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision Making
  • MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
  • MET AD 743 Managing Employees, Professionals, and Teams

Good Standing

No grade lower than B– may be applied toward degree, certificate, or diploma requirements. Students earning below a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) will be placed on academic probation status. Students on academic probation must make satisfactory progress toward achieving a minimum of 3.0 by the following semester, and must be in a position to graduate with a 3.0 or better within the remaining program courses. While grades of B or B– are considered passing, these grades will not assist in raising an unsatisfactory GPA to a satisfactory level. Therefore, students must obtain a minimum grade of B+ during a probation period.

Students who, in the determination of the department and based on past student performance, are not in a position to raise their GPA to the necessary level to graduate within the remaining courses, will be dismissed from the program. Students who have not removed themselves from academic probation status after one semester for full-time status or three courses for part-time status will be dismissed from the program.