Drive organizational change and performance as a strategic business partner.
As the organizational context in which human resources operates becomes more complex—driven by a diverse set of factors, including changing workforce demographics, evolving technology, and increasingly global operations— there is a need for strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) that combines traditional human resources skills with the foundations to enhance a strategic role in increasingly complex business organizations.
of business and HR leaders rank organizational design as the most important human capital trend.
of CEOs are concerned about finding the right talent with the right skills.
Sources: Deloitte, Global Human Capital Trends Report (2016);
PwC, The Talent Challenge: Adapting to Growth (2014)
Columbia University’s Master of Science in Human Capital Management focuses on talent management and strategic business partnership, theoretical analysis, and targeted practical application through simulations and business case studies.
Coursework covers the full HCM spectrum, including foundations of HCM and business partnerships, learning and development, and global talent management. Taught by world-class scholar-practitioner faculty, the curriculum is flexible, with a range of electives for focused study.
Students will be prepared to:
- Analyze issues and design organizational solutions informed by human capital and business strategy methodologies
- Design and evaluate programs and initiatives that address diverse talent needs of an organization, including acquisition, development, and retention
- Demonstrate leadership and communication skills necessary to build support and buy-in for human capital management initiatives
- Leverage human capital analytics and technology to support decision making that advances the strategic goals of an organization
- Partner with organizational leadership to leverage Human Capital Management initiatives for competitive advantage
Who Should Apply
Most successful applicants have 3 or more years of professional experience.
Typically students are emerging professionals with 3 to 6 years of experience who want to enhance their skill set and solidify a career in HR.
The program may be suited for individuals experienced in a more technical role (such as finance) who want to transition to an HR role. In some cases, we will consider recent undergraduates who have relevant professional experience through an internship or volunteer work.