The University of Texas at Arlington: Graduate Catalog 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 2008-2009 The University of Texas at Arlington: Graduate Catalog 2008-2009
Note: This Catalog was published in July 2008 and supersedes the 2007-2008 Catalog.

Department of Management

department web page: management.uta.edu/
department contact: management.uta.edu/contacts/contact_information.htm
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graduate contact:

Chair

Jeffrey E. McGee
209 Business
817.272.3166

College of Business Administration Overview
Admission and Degree Requirements | Courses: MANA

Areas of Study and Degrees

Human Resource Management

M.S.

Business Administration

M.B.A., Ph.D.
(See Program in Business Administration)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor

Becky Neilson

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Datta, Gray, Price, Quick, Rasheed,

Associate Professors

Bell, McGee, McMahan, Wheeler

Assistant Professors

Benson, Casper, Khavul, Lavelle, Perez

Objective

The basic purpose of the Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management is to provide students with both a general knowledge of business and a specialized knowledge in human resource management. Students are exposed to the theory, research and practical applications of numerous content areas, including human resource strategy and policy, human resource planning, human resource information systems, career planning and development, employee relations law, organization change and development, employee selection, compensation, training and development and employee diversity in organizations. The program is designed to prepare students for human resource management careers in business and industrial firms, as well as government and nonprofit organizations.

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management is accredited by the AACSB–International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business–International).

Admission and Degree Requirements

Admission to the M.S. in Human Resource Management (MSHR) program is based on the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For MSHR program admission, a score on the Graduate Management Admission Test and record of undergraduate academic performance are required. Students for whom English is not their native language must also achieve a TOEFL score of at least 550. International applicants that score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete UT Arlington's Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate coursework. Applicants are encouraged to submit with their application a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments, linguistic abilities, computer expertise and leadership experience. A standardized test score (GMAT) will not be used as the sole criterion for denying an applicant's admission to the MSHR program.

Specifically, multiple criteria are used to make admission decisions. Quantitative measures include an applicant's GMAT score and grade point average as calculated by the Graduate School. These measures are integrated into a formula, or index, that multiplies the grade point average by 200 and adds the total GMAT score. Index factors are weighed equally at the outset of the applicant evaluation. A graduate grade point average is used in the index when it is 3.0 or above and is based on at least 24 semester hours.

Along with grade point average and GMAT total score, admission criteria include the following:

  1. GMAT or GRE sub scores (verbal and quantitative)
  2. GMAT or GRE writing sample
  3. Grades in specified undergraduate business and non-business courses (math, accounting, economics, statistics, for example)
  4. Educational objectives and quality of written expression of the application essay
  5. Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant's academic background and/or work experience
  6. Undergraduate major
  7. General and specific program accreditation status of degree granting institution
  8. Professional work experience
  9. Professional certification or licensure

Unconditional Admission

For unconditional admission, the applicant's composite total from the index must be 1080 or higher and items 1 through 5 above should strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate HR student.

Students who are unconditionally admitted, have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 as calculated by the Graduate School (or 3.00 at the graduate level), and enroll for a minimum of six semester credit hours will be eligible for available fellowship and/or scholarship support. A standardized test score (GMAT) will not be used as the sole criterion for determining fellowship and/or scholarship eligibility.

Probationary Admission

For an applicant with an index score below 1080, probationary admission may be available when at least three items of 1 through 5 above strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate HR student. Items 6 through 9 will also be used to identify positive indicators for admission. Students who are admitted on probation will have one or more conditions specified, such as no grade less than "B" for the first 12 hours of graduate study.

Provisional, Deferred and Denied Admission

A provisional decision to admit may be granted when the applicant meets criteria for unconditional or probationary status but one or more applicant credentials are incomplete. A deferred decision may be made when an applicant's file is not sufficiently complete to make an admit or deny decision.

For an applicant with an index score less than 1040 and other evidence indicating lack of potential for academic success as a graduate HR student, admission will likely be denied. However, all applicant data will be carefully reviewed before an admission denial is made.

Curriculum

The program is designed primarily for the student who has a bachelor's degree in business administration. A minimum of 30 semester hours is required if the student chooses to write a thesis. If the student chooses not to write a thesis, a minimum of 36 semester hours is required. Students who do not have bachelor's degrees in business administration may have to take additional coursework (up to 18 semester hours) to acquire sufficient general business knowledge for effective performance as a human resource executive.

Coursework for the program includes six hours of required work in research and statistical methods, 15 hours of required work in human resources and policy, and thesis or elective hours in related management courses to complete the 30- or 36-hour requirements. For the students who choose to write a thesis, the six hours of thesis will involve working closely with one or more members of the graduate faculty from the Department of Management on a research project in a specialized area of interest in human resource management.

The curriculum is as follows:

  1. Core Courses (18 semester hours)
  2. Advanced Courses (24 semester hours, thesis and non-thesis)

    1. Required human resource and policy courses (18 semester hours)
      • MANA 5340 Strategic Human Resource Management
      • MANA 5341 Staffing and Performance Management
      • MANA 5322 Compensation and Benefits
      • MANA 5323 Training and Development
      • MANA 5327 Human Resource Law
      • MANA 5336 Strategic Management
    2. Required research courses (six semester hours)
      • BUSA 5325 Advanced Statistical Methods in Business
      • MANA 5334 Organizational Consulting
  3. Thesis (MANA 5698) and three elective semester hours.
  4. Non-thesis option requires 12 elective semester hours.

Waivers and Transfer Credit

There are three types of required courses: deficiency, core and advanced. Programs of work will normally vary in length from 36 to 45 hours (plus deficiency courses), depending upon waivers granted. The first three waivers of core courses will be used to expand the number of electives in the advanced program rather than shorten the overall program. Additional waivers of core courses may reduce the program to a minimum of 36 hours. Applicants may have both deficiency and core courses waived without the requirement for a substitute course if they have completed, during the last 10 years, a similar course at a recognized college or university and received a "B" or better grade.* Extensions to this 10 year limit may be granted for managers and executives who have completed educational activities to remain current or have extensive related experience. Additionally, a maximum of 9 hours of advanced coursework may be transferred in from other AACSB accredited schools if approved by program advisor. Transfer of graduate classes from other universities will be considered on a case by case basis.

* Note: The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Texas at Austin offer Business Foundations Programs (BFP) for non-business majors that provide solid foundations in basic business concepts. BFP courses and courses from equivalent programs for non-business majors at other colleges/universities may not be used for course waiver credit.


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Management (MANA)

MANA5182 - INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN MANAGEMENT (1 - 0)
Extensive analysis of a management topic.

MANA5199 - GRADUATE MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP (1 - 0)
Practical training in management. Analysis of theory applied to real life situations. Course counts as an elective and has a pass/fail grade. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities. Prerequisite: Minimum nine graduate semester hours completed.

MANA5299 - GRADUATE MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP (2 - 0)
Practical training in management. Analysis of theory applied to real life situations. Course counts as an elective and has a pass/fail grade. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities. Prerequisite: Minimum nine graduate semester hours completed.

MANA5312 - MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
Basic exploration of organizations in their environments. The elementary tools of management, which include: organizational objectives, social responsibility and ethics, policies, plans, and decision making; the design of organizations and jobs; the production and technology aspects of organization; the elements of leadership, behavior, and communication; and the elements of control and performance evaluation.

MANA5320 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3 - 0)
Systematic study of behavioral problems in the complex organization. Analyzes the interaction of environmental and internal factors and their effects upon organizational behavior. The course is placed within the context of the organization process. Prerequisite: MANA 5312.

MANA5321 - COMPLEX ORGANIZATIONS (3 - 0)
Provides the foundation for an in-depth knowledge of several important theories of management and organization. Attention to study of organizations, organizational effectiveness, comparative analysis of organizations, and the organization and its environment. Relates empirical findings and theoretical hypotheses with applied management concepts. Prerequisite: MANA 5312.

MANA5322 - COMPENSATION & REWARD SYSTEMS (3 - 0)
Management of compensation systems in business and other organizations; concepts models and practices related to wage and salary levels and structures; perceived equitable pay; individual performance appraisal, rewards and satisfaction; benefits and employee services.

MANA5323 - TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (3 - 0)
Examines the components of training systems. Topics include assessing training needs and establishing objectives, developing training programs, selecting appropriate training techniques, and evaluating training outcomes.

MANA5324 - TEAM AND GROUP BEHAVIOR (3 - 0)
A study in team and group dynamics, critical processes and practices. Topics include team composition and development, problem solving strategies and performance, conflict management, leadership process and work team strategies.

MANA5325 - LABOR & EMPLOYEE RELATIONS (3 - 0)
Examines union-management relations and considers the structure and functioning of the economic and social forces of importance at the policy level within both the firm and the union. Also considers non-union employee relationships.

MANA5326 - ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE (3 - 0)
This graduate seminar is taught as a field research practicum in which students use the organizational diagnosis model of Harry Levinson to develop information about the functioning of an organizational system. Recommendations for interventions and change at the individual, group, and organizational levels are considered in interaction with business leaders. Client organizations have included Chaparral Steel Company, AT&T, American Airlines, SiemensDematic, and EDS. Qualitative interview and quantitative questionnaire data collection and feedback methods are emphasized along with archival and observational data.

MANA5327 - HUMAN RESOURCE LAW (3 - 0)
Coverage of statutory and case law in the employment setting. Emphasis placed on employment discrimination, compensation and benefits law; government agencies which administer and enforce employment laws are also reviewed. Prerequisite: MANA 5340.

MANA5329 - ORGANIZATION RESEARCH (3 - 0)

MANA5330 - NEGOTIATIONS & CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
This course focuses on developing students negotiating skills in a variety of contexts. Throughout the course students will diagnose negotiation situations, strategize and plan for negotiations, and learn how to engage in more effective negotiations. The course also focuses on developing interpersonal conflict resolution skills and strategies.

MANA5331 - MANAGEMENT OF MULTINATIONAL ENTERPRISES (3 - 0)
Focuses on the international dimensions of strategy and organization and provides a framework for formulating strategies in an increasingly complex global economy. The course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the cultural, political, competitive, technological, legal, and demographic environments in which multinational firms operate. It then examines the nature of global competition by exploring the characteristics of global industries and strategies that have been successful in an international context. Also covered are issues related to organizational design and strategic control in the management of multinational enterprises.

MANA5332 - MANAGING DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS (3 - 0)
Examines implications of employee diversity in organizations, including human resource and organizational behavior issues related to aspects of diversity. Includes study of the changing demographics of workers, effects of diversity on organizational performance, and ways of effectively managing in organizations having applicants, employees, and customers from diverse backgrounds. Research on diversity issues is examined, as are process of stereotyping and myths and misperceptions about diversity issues. Legislation related to diversity is also reviewed.

MANA5333 - MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION (3 - 0)
Management of the innovation and the technology commercialization process in both the startup and corporate environment. Students will understand how to identify and assess the feasibility of technology-based innovations, how to turn these innovations into products and services, and how to introduce them in the market. Through case studies, students will explore innovations across a range of emerging technologies and have an opportunity to assess the options for commercializing an emerging technology from the view point of either a startup firm, a potential investor, or a corporation. Students may work on their own innovation or an innovation arising from either university research, an existing business, or their current employer.

MANA5334 - ORGANIZATION CONSULTING & RESEARCH (3 - 0)
Explores internal and external consulting to business organizations. Emphasis on the management of the change process through the stages of data gathering, diagnosis, analysis, and recommendation.

MANA5336 - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
Integration of the MBA curriculum into a cohesive whole. Treats the several elements of business administration by use of business policy cases and decision simulation methods. Satisfactory completion of this course fulfills the Comprehensive Examination requirement for MBA students. Prerequisite: Must be taken in last semester or with permission of the Graduate Advisor.

MANA5337 - ETHICS AND THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (3 - 0)
Uses a strategic perspective to examine ethics, government and the world economy, and how they may affect relationships between business organizations and other institutions of our society. Particular attention is paid to issues such as leadership, technology, and internationalization concordant with the breadth requirements of the UTA MBA plus public policy concerns involving the natural environment, gender and minority issues. Course activities will include class discussion and analysis of societal dilemmas, contemporary cases and current news stories.

MANA5338 - CAREERS & MANAGING IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT (3 - 0)
Presents practical and theoretical perspectives on careers and managing in a changing work environment. Includes self assessment, career plan development, informational interviews, readings and exercises designed to lead to a better understanding of managing self and others.

MANA5339 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP (3 - 0)
New venture opportunity assessment, formation, and development in startup and corporate environments. Students will understand the role of entrepreneurship in the economy and the attributes of entrepreneurial behavior. Students will learn how to asses the market and financial feasibility of a new venture as well as understand how to use equity and debt financing, how to select between starting up, franchising, or buying a business, how to lead the growing company, and how to address family business dilemmas. The cornerstone of the course will be a feasibility assessment project that leads to a business plan for a new venture of the student's choice. For the project, students can explore either an original new venture idea, an already existing venture concept (for example, a franchise), or a new business opportunity in need of assessment for an existing firm or their current employer.

MANA5340 - STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
Emphasizes strategic perspective of modern human resource management theory and practice. Topics include human resource planning, staffing, training and development, compensation, performance appraisal, and labor and employee relations.

MANA5341 - STAFFING AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
This course covers employee recruitment, selection and performance appraisal. Topics include: recruitment strategies and methods, methods of employee selection, performance planning, development and validation of appraisal instruments, implementation and conduct of performance appraisal, and performance feedback and counseling.

MANA5342 - PREVENTIVE STRESS MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
Examines the organizational demands that cause stress. Identifies the psychophysiology of the stress response and the individual/ organizational costs of distress. Emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of preventive stress management, such as social support, exercise, and the relaxation response.

MANA5350 - EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP (3 - 0)
This graduate course uses self-assessment testing with feedback, case studies, selected readings, and guest lectures from successful leaders and top executive coaches to create a learning laboratory for mature and motivated graduate students of leadership.

MANA5382 - INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
Extensive analysis of a management topic.

MANA5392 - SELECTED TOPICS IN MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
In-depth study of selected topics in management. May be repeated when topics vary.

MANA5398 - THESIS (3 - 0)
Thesis 5398 graded R (Research) or F only. Prerequisite: STAT 5325 and approval of Graduate Advisor.

MANA5399 - GRADUATE MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP (3 - 0)
Practical training in management. Analysis of theory applied to real life situations. Course counts as an elective and has a pass/fail grade. No credit will be given for previous experience of activities. Prerequisite: Minimum nine graduate semester hours completed.

MANA5698 - THESIS (6 - 0)

MANA6182 - INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN MANAGEMENT (1 - 0)
Extensive analysis of a management topic.

MANA6282 - INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN MANAGEMENT (2 - 0)
Extensive analysis of a management topic.

MANA6318 - SEMINAR IN ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY (3 - 0)
Advanced study in the theory and research of organizations.

MANA6328 - SEMINAR IN BUSINESS POLICY (3 - 0)
Advanced study in the theory and research bases of business policy and strategic management.

MANA6329 - ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS (3 - 0)
In-depth coverage of selected topics in the design of research and analysis of data; topics include philosophy of science, theory of measurement, complex experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

MANA6338 - SEMINAR IN ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3 - 0)
Advanced study in the theory and research of organizational behavior.

MANA6348 - SEMINAR IN PERSONNEL/HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
Advanced study in employee selection, performance appraisal, compensation, training and development, human resource policy and strategy, and other areas of human resource management.

MANA6382 - INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
Extensive analysis of a management topic.

MANA6390 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
In-depth study of selected topics in management. May be repeated when topics vary.

MANA6392 - RESEARCH IN ADMINISTRATION (3 - 0)
Independent research under supervision of a faculty member.

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