1. Introduction

Human resource managers are increasingly recognized as important contributors to overall business success. The Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management is designed to strengthen the ability of human resource professionals to perform this strategic role.  The degree emphasizes the application of the knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to integrate business and human resource strategies. The Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management is designed to help human resource practitioners tap into new opportunities, handle new responsibilities and respond to new imperatives. The degree programme will open the door to advanced career opportunities and increase graduates competitiveness in this field. Graduates of this high-quality degree programme will be well prepared to address the wide spectrum of challenges facing the human resource management profession in this era of global competition. The degree is intended to prepare graduates for existing human resource positions such as Human Resource Director/Manager, International Human Resource Consultant, Organizational Development and Change Strategist, Human Resource Development Specialist and Reward Management Specialist.


Program Rationale

Recent developments in Kenya, especially the enactment of a new constitution, adoption of strategies to facilitate regional integration and the emerging economic and social challenges from the global arena call for pragmatic managerial initiatives mainly driven by competent human resource practitioners. The country and the region will continue to require expertise in human resource management to effectively confront the current and other emerging institutional challenges.

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management is one of the key strategic initiatives by the Department of Business Administration, School of Business to support the vision, mission and strategic objectives of the University of Nairobi as well as providing leadership in human resource capacity development at the national, regional and international levels. The programme is designed for both practicing human resource professionals and college graduates with an interest in human resource management. The programme provides for an in-depth examination of theory and principles in the human resource management and development functional areas. The program is a blend of several management disciplines such as organizational development and change, performance management, strategic human resource management, leadership, governance and ethics among others. The programme also provides students with the opportunity to share their work experiences and to apply learned skills in the workplace. The Master of Science in Human Resource Management prepares graduates for teaching, research, management consultancy, industry assignments as well as doctoral studies in the field of human resource management and related areas.

Objectives of the programme

The objectives of the programme are to:

  1. Provide the student with knowledge and skill development that permits career advancement to senior and executive roles in human resource management within both private and public sector organizations.
  2. Enhance the student’s human resource management professional practice in and across organizational settings.
  3. Enable the student to articulate and foster a multi disciplinary approach to human resource management.
  4. Enable the student to develop competency in research and consultancy in human resource management.
  5. Enable the student to develop capability for pursuit of further studies in human resource management.




Title Course Code Course Hours Semester Year
Human Resource Management Practices DHR 550 45 1 1
Procurement of Human Resource DHR 551 45 1 1
Organizational Behaviour DHR 552 45 1 1
Human Resource Development DHR 553 45 1 1
Organizational Development and Change DHR 554 45 1 1
Legislation in Human Resource Management DHR 555 45 1 1
Reward Management DHR 556 45 2 1
Employee Relations Management DHR 557 45 2 1
Employee Performance Management DHR 558 45 2 1
Human Resource Management Information System DHR 559 45 2 1
Strategic Leadership and Governance DHR 560 45 2 1
Research Methods in Human Resource Management DHR 561 45 2 1
Research Project (Equivalent to four (6) taught course units) DHR 599 270 2 1
Human Resource Measurements and Metrics DHR 660 45 2 1
Talent Management DHR 661 45 2 1
Knowledge Management DHR 662 45 2 1
Strategic Human Resource Management DHR 663 45 2 1
Human Resource Accounting DHR 664 45 2 1
Public Relations Management DHR 665 45 2 1
Human Resource Management Ethics DHR 666 45 2 1
Occupational Health and Safety Management DHR 667 45 2 1
International Human Resource Management DHR 668 45 2 1
Human Resource Audit DHR 669 45 2 1
E- Human Resource Management DHR 670 45 2 1
Human Resource Management in Not-for-Profit Organizations DHR 671 45 2 1
Human Resource Management in the Public Sector DHR 672 45 2 1