Senior Project

All MHR graduates must either complete a Senior Project or evidence career skills through internships. The Senior Project is an in-depth research-oriented undertaking that usually takes two quarters. Students work under the direction of Senior Project coordinators but also may involve other faculty mentors of their choice as project consultants. 

Students wishing to enroll in the Senior Project course must fill out and submit the MHR Senior Project-Approval Form via email (, fax, or by hand to the MHR Department.

Students are given permission via email by the department, NOT by the individual instructors. Permission is given on a first-come, first-served basis and priority is given to students within five courses of graduation.


Also, please note that students must enroll in both MHR 4610 and MHR 4620 in the same quarter. MHR 4610 requirements must be completed with a passing grade in order to continue in the course. A grade of RP (Report in Progress) is given in MHR 4620 until the Senior Project is completed. A student may take up to two quarters to complete the Senior Project.

The MHR curriculum requires that students complete 4 units in either Senior Project OR Internship. These units may not be split between the two different classes—they may only be applied toward one or the other.


There are several Senior Project options to choose from:

  1. Traditional Senior Project - It is a opportunitiy to learn more about a Management and/or HR topic by conducting a primary or secondary research study.
  2. Project-Based Senior Project - Completing a significant project for work under direct supervision of a manager. Some examples might include;
  • Training Manuals or programs
  • Employee related surveys
  • Feasibility Studies


Business Plan Senior Project - In this class you are working specifically on your/a buisness plan as your project.  You will have the opportunity to work with an expert in Business Plan Development.  You will also have the opportunity to practice your "pitch" to other students in this section of Senior Project. 


The Internship class (MHR 4410/4420) is an alternative to Senior Project. Many students get (or have) a job that is (a) MHR-related and (b) responsible enough and (c) new enough that the job is clearly helping them prepare for their careers. All 4 units may be earned in the same quarter, or in successive quarters, depending on the number of hours worked per week. See an MHR internship coordinator before preregistering for internship. Students pursuing the internship option are required to complete 4 units, though an additional 4 units may be earned as a substitute for other upper-division Career Track elective requirements.