Master of Science in Human Resources

The Masters Degree in Human Resources is designed to provide the student with the theory, knowledge, and skills necessary for employment in a variety of public and private settings. The degree offers options in rehabilitation and mental health counseling, criminal justice, and administration.

The program objectives are as follows:

  1. To contribute to the career development of persons currently employed in both the public and private sector.
  2. To prepare pre-service professionals to enter the fields of rehabilitation and mental health counseling, administration, rehabilitation counseling and criminal justice.
  3. To provide practicum and internship experiences common to the students’ career choice.
  4. To develop the interpersonal, consultation, and coordination skills required for program development, management, and evaluation.
  5. To provide specific specialized experiences related to the students’ present or desired career objective.

MSHR Majors and Options


Admission to the Master of Science in Human Resources Degree

The MSHR Program seeks mature, emotionally stable individuals with a strong sense of personal responsibility and integrity. With this in mind, applicants are assessed by the program’s Graduate Admission Committee through an evaluation and weighing of all admission materials (e.g., admissions statement, interview, work experiences, recommendation forms, test scores). In addition to academic performance, measured primarily by the Grade Point Average, the Admissions Committee considers other factors that contribute to the development of a professional. Formal work experience in the human services, particularly in settings that serve public social services clients, is important. Other factors considered include: volunteer experience in the human services; life experiences and opportunities for personal growth, leadership, communication and interpersonal relationship skills; problem solving ability; the ability to work with and respect persons from diverse backgrounds; health and stamina; and motivation for graduate work and a career in administration, counseling or criminal justice.

Unconditional Admission
Unconditional admission may be granted to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Meet one of the following conditions:
    1. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all undergraduate coursework to date; or
    2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the last sixty (60) hours of coursework;
    3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on at least nine (9) hours of graduate coursework;
    4. A minimum score or either:
      395 on the Miller Analogies Test or
      40th percentile on the Graduate Record Exam
  3. Have acceptable program application documents (references, resume, essay questions, etc.).
  4. Submit scores for the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Exam. The score must be on file before the student will be admitted.
  5. Complete an interview with the MSHR Graduate Admission Committee with a majority favorable recommendation (for the MSHR - Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling option only).

Conditional Admission
Conditional admission may be granted to an applicant who has met the GPA requirement for unconditional admission, but has not submitted all other required documentation. The documentation, satisfactory completion of testing (if required), and successful completion of the interview (for Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling option only), must be completed and processed before the student may enroll in a second semester.

Provisional Admission
Applicants not meeting the GPA or testing requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for provisional admission by the program. Students must submit all program documents before admission to the university. No more than nine (9) hours of graduate credit earned while on provisional admission status will count toward a degree. To gain unconditional status, the student must complete a minimum of nine (9) hours approved graduate work with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all courses taken, meet all other admission criteria, and meet all provisions set by the program.

Concurrent Admission
A senior student who lacks less than a full normal study load and who has completed a minimum of one hundred (100) credit hours, and meets the GPA requirements, may be permitted to enroll in graduate courses, subject to the study load provisions and semester hour provisions of the School of Graduate Studies.

Admission Procedure
Human Resources Degree Process:

  1. Be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies.
  2. Submit the Human Resources Department Admission forms through MyECU:
    1. Provide transcripts of all work completed (baccalaureate and graduate).
    2. Submit an OSBI background check. Required for Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling applications ONLY.
    3. Submit a resume to include all educational and work history. Degree options may have additional requirements.
    4. Provide name and address of three (3) professional/work related references.
    5. Complete the four (4) essay questions. Essay question four (4) is required for Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling applications ONLY.
  3. Submit scores for the MAT or GRE.
  4. Schedule an interview with the MSHR Admissions Committee. Required for Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling applications ONLY. (see Department Chair or program Coordinator). *

Fall deadline - March 1
Spring deadline - October 1
Summer deadline - March 1

* Interviews may only be scheduled after all program documents have been submitted. Interviews will be conducted the week after spring break (for fall and summer admission) and the week after fall break (for spring admission). Applicants will be informed of admission decisions via letter from the Department Chair once an admission decision has been made.

Denial of Admission

  1. A denied applicant, who wishes to appeal the denial, must first request a second review by the Department of Human Resources Graduate Admission Committee (GAC). Requests for review, including any additional materials the applicant desires to submit, must be received in writing within thirty (30) days of the applicant receiving notice of denial. The GAC will complete a comprehensive review of the student’s credentials, specifically any additional material the applicant submits, and will render a decision in writing to the applicant within ten (10) business days following the review meeting of the GAC.
  2. If an applicant is denied admission by the GAC, the applicant may appeal the GAC’s decision to the Chair of the Department of Human Resources. The applicant’s appeal must be in writing, must set forth with specificity the grounds for the appeal, and must be directed and delivered to the Chair of the Department of Human Resources. Upon receipt of the appeal, the Department Chair will review the applicant’s file and appeal letter. The Department Chair will communicate his or her decision to the applicant-appellant, in writing, within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the appeal.

Credit Requirements
The Master of Science in Human Resources degree has three program options with different credit hour requirements of applicable work above the bachelors degree, Human Resources (Track A and Track B) and Criminal Justice are both thirty-six (36) credit hours, and Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling is sixty (60) credit hours. Courses which may apply on the masters degree program are 5000 level courses.

Planning the Program
The student’s study program leading to the master’s degree is developed in consultation with his or her faculty advisor and is carefully related to the student’s individual needs. Needs are identified through consideration of undergraduate preparation and immediate and prospective career goals.

Thesis
No thesis is required in the Master of Science in Human Resources degree program.

Transfer Work
A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit transferred from other accredited colleges or universities may apply, if appropriate, to the program. Only grades of “B” or above may be considered for transfer. Because the Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), application of transfer credit from other universities will not be accepted unless the coursework was from an equivalent CACREP counseling program. The student who plans to transfer credit is responsible for assembling sufficient supporting material to allow the department chair and graduate dean to make an adequate evaluation of the transfer credit request.

Grade Regulations
The grades of A, B, C, D, P, F, N, W, AW, WF, and I may be assigned to graduate students. The grade mark “P” indicates pass without exact grade; the grade mark “W” indicates withdrawn; the grade mark “AW” indicates administrative withdrawal; the temporary grade mark “N” indicates the semester grade was not submitted by the instructor by the appropriate deadline. Grade marks have grade point values per semester hour as follows: A - 4, B - 3, C - 2, D - 1, F - 0, and WF - 0. Grade marks of “P” and “W” are disregarded with respect to grade points and hours attempted in computing grade average.

An incomplete grade (“I”) may be used at the instructors discretion to indicate that additional work is necessary to complete a course. It is not a substitute for an “F, and no student may be failing a course at the time an “I” grade is awarded. To receive an “I” grade, the student should have satisfactorily completed a substantial portion of the required course work for the semester. “I” grades must be changed by the instructor within one (1) year from the end of the semester in which the “I” was assigned or they will remain as a permanent “I” and not contribute to the student’s GPA.

No more than six (6) semester hours of “C” grade may be counted in the plan of study for the masters degree in Human Resources, and the grade point average for all graduate courses taken on the degree program must be 3.00 or above. Departmental courses in which a passing grade is made may not be repeated. Courses in which a lower grade is made may be repeated only with advisor and/or departmental approval. The last grade is counted with reference to graduation requirements. No additional credit is allowed for a repeated course. Students accumulating more than six (6) semester hours of “C” or lower in courses will have their admission to the program reviewed. Credit with grades of “D” will not satisfy specific degree requirements. After appropriate review and discussion with the student, the Department may recommend to the Graduate Dean the termination of student’s admission to the degree program, place the student on departmental probation with stated criteria for reinstatement, and/or recommend remedial action which the student must complete in order to return to good standing. The student will be notified in writing by the Graduate Dean of the above actions.

Practicum/Internship
The student must complete an application form for practicum/ internship placement at least five (5) weeks before the semester in which the practicum begins. The Practicum/Internship Coordinator will determine the type and appropriateness of supervision for each placement.

Degree Options
Student pursuing the Master of Science in Human Resources degree (rehabilitation and mental health counseling, criminal justice, or administration) must select one (1) of the following degree options. Such selection shall be made at the time of admission to the graduate program since a change of option may result in the student having completed inapplicable work. A student desiring to change their degree option after admission to a degree program must initiate that change with the Graduate Office. Students who wish to change their degree option to 0894 Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling must submit an updated program application with current background check to the program coordinator and complete an interview with the MSHR admission committee to determine if an offer of admission may be made.

Ethics and Professional Standards
The student admitted to the Master of Science in Human Resources Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling program needs to familiarize himself or herself with and act in accordance with the ethical standards required by the following boards, committees, or professional organizations.

  1. American Counseling Association
  2. Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health
  3. Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
  4. National Board for Certified Counselors

Any behavior on the part of a student which may conflict with the above professional standards will be reviewed by a committee from the MSHR Student Review Committee. The student may be present at the committee meeting. The committee will have the authority to take any of the following actions, or any other appropriate actions: exonerate the student; notify the student and plan appropriate ameliorative action; notify appropriate boards and law enforcement agencies; drop the student from the program.


Financial Aid Regulations for Graduate Students

Students please be advised that the courses you choose to enroll in MUST be a required course or an elective course in your degree program. Financial Aid regulations dictate that any graduate student who is seeking financial aid must be enrolled in AT LEAST four (4) credit hours during the fall, spring, or summer semester and the courses MUST be in the degree program.

*Certificate Programs do not qualify for financial aid.