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The Master of Human Relations is a program that requires 36 credit hours. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) emphasis requires 60 credit hours.

Core Courses

Eighteen hours of core courses are required for the Master of Human Relations.

  • HR 5003 Theoretical Foundations of Human Relations
  • HR 5013 Current Problems in Human Relations
  • HR 5023 Research in Human Relations
  • HR 5093 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Human Relations
  • HR 5200 Internship (6 semester hours)

Elective Courses

All Master of Human Relations students must take a minimum of 18 hours of elective credit. Nine of those hours must be Human Relations courses. Below are some of the Human Relations courses that serve as elective credit.

  • HR 5033 Seminar in Leadership in Organizations
  • HR 5043 Seminar in Organizational Change and Development
  • HR 5063 Seminar in Strategies of Social Change
  • HR 5073 Creative Problem-Solving
  • HR 5083 Seminar in Group Dynamics
  • HR 5100 Advanced Theories in Human Relations (variable titles)
  • HR 5110 Advanced Seminar in Current Problems (variable titles)
  • HR 5113 Seminar in Local Issues in Human Relations (variable titles)
  • HR 5153 Human Emotions
  • HR 5163 Seminar in Non-Verbal Behavior in Human Relations
  • HR 5173 Seminar in Applied Interpersonal Dynamics
  • HR 5183 Seminar in Issues in Human Relations Training
  • HR 5193 Intervention and Practice in Training
  • HR 5403 Psycho-Social Development
  • HR 5413 Chemical Dependency
  • HR 5423 Family Systems and Family Reconstruction
  • HR 5433 Group Counseling in Human Relations
  • HR 5443 Adolescent Issues in Human Relations of Human Relations
  • HR 5453 Ethical Issues in Human Relations Counseling
  • HR 5463 Counseling Skills in Human Relations
  • HR 5473 Women and Mental Health
  • HR 5613 Human Relations in Education


Human Relations
Cathy Yeaman
(405) 325-4715

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Katie Allen
(405) 325-2402

Main Campus Department


The Comprehensive Examination (Comps):

This is the final examination for your MHR degree (unless you have chosen the thesis option, which is available only on Norman and Tulsa campuses).

There are two forms of the comprehensive examination:

Option One: 

Consists of two questions, with a choice in each of three categories: theory, research, and applications. Essays must be 10-12 pages in APA format. APA (American Psychological Association) style is the accepted standard for formatting written papers in the Department of Human Relations. All the papers you submit for your classes should follow this format, and the comprehensive examination requires APA style.

The official guide to the APA style is contained in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, and you may wish to buy your own copy to keep as a desk reference. The manual is available in most bookstores and all OU bookstores.

Students may choose an alternate comps option if the student meets the criteria until the instructions for the comps and questions are sent. Once the student has received Option One instructions and questions, they may not change the option.

Option Two:

Is a paper integrating your internship and coursework. The assignment is posted on the HR website. Note: FEMA certification is not allowed.

Thirty days are allowed to complete the exam and the exam is graded “Pass” or “Fail.”

If you do not pass the exam on the first attempt, you are allowed a second opportunity in a subsequent semester. You will still be required to enroll in at least two OU graduate credit hours in the semester in which the exam is retaken. Students have only two attempts for the comps, regardless of the options chosen, and a second failure will result in a permanent enrollment stop.

Before you take the comprehensive examination you must complete certain eligibility requirements:

  • Your Program of Study form must be on file at the Department of Human Relations and the Graduate College by the specified deadline.
  • Program of Study form must be current
  • You must successfully complete 75% of the coursework that counts towards your degree requirements.
  • All of your core HR courses must be successfully completed.
  • You must be enrolled in at least two OU graduate credit hours in the semester in which you take the exam.