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Master of Science in Human Resources Management

Prepare to Lead HR Teams & Processes

Strategic Human Resources Management (HRM) is not just about hiring and firing; it’s about helping companies grow and succeed. In our MS in Human Resources Management program, you can build the skills and knowledge to assist senior leaders in achieving key business goals. Take the next step today!

Program is offered at the following campuses. Select a campus to learn more.

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Learn How Strategic HR Benefits Organization

Strategic HR management can be critical to an organization’s success. Those who understand HR trends and best practices—and who share this knowledge with senior leadership—have the power to influence a company's strategic direction and decision-making.

Those who understand HR trends and best practices—and who share this knowledge with senior leadership—have the power to influence a company's strategic direction and decision-making.

At South University, our master’s in Human Resource Management program explores how HR concepts, strategies, and structures can support or constrain organizations and stakeholders. In this program, you can learn how to apply HR management expertise to help meet business objectives and solve pressing organizational problems.

After earning your master’s degree in Human Resources Management, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Evaluate HRM practices—including employee and labor relations, workplace safety, health and security, and global programs—considering human and financial impact on the organization as well as the local, national, and global environments.
  • Follow ethical principles, accepted business practices, and employment and labor laws in making HR decisions.
  • Demonstrate the contribution of HR planning, management, and diversity initiatives to stakeholders using HR metrics and measurements.
  • Establish staffing, training, development, retention, and performance management processes to meet broad organizational needs and help the organization maintain a competitive advantage.
  • Develop classification, compensation, and benefits that meet the strategies and constraints of the organization and its environments.
  • Plan, manage, and consult on organizational development and change.

Study Essential Topics for HR Management

Led by instructors with industry experience* who offer one-on-one support and mentorship, the courses in our master’s degree in Human Resources Management explore:

  • Strategic HR management
  • Human resource planning
  • Labor laws and ethical standards
  • Organizational staffing
  • Classification, compensation, and benefits
  • Performance management
  • Training and development
  • Labor unions, workplace safety, and security
  • Organizational change and internal consulting
  • International HR management
  • Metrics and measurement of HR management
Our master’s in Human Resources Management is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidelines and Competency Model and includes an opportunity to take a SHRM-CP certification practice test.**

Flexible Options for Earning Your Master’s Degree

Our Human Resources Management master’s programs are available fully online or through a mix of on-campus and online learning. In the blended modality, students meet on campus every other week, while completing online coursework between these face-to-face meetings.

With the on campus + online master’s in Human Resources Management program, you can earn your degree in 18 months. Alternatively, the online master’s in Human Resources Management program can be completed in 12 months.

Master’s in Human Resource Management Admissions

Our requirements for the on-campus + online and fully online master’s degree in Human Resources Management programs include a completed admissions application and:

  • An earned undergraduate degree from an acceptable accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale
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  • An earned undergraduate degree from an acceptable accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale during the applicant’s last 60 semester or 90 quarter hours earned on the bachelor’s degree or subsequent graduate work
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  • An earned undergraduate degree from an acceptable accredited institution with a minimum combined GMAT score of 400 or GRE scores of 150 Verbal and 150 Reasoning
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  • An earned graduate degree from an acceptable accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0)
Scholarships and financial aid are available to those who qualify. For questions about financial aid or admissions, call 1.800.688.0932 or complete a request information form today.

What You Can Do with a Master’s in Human Resources Management

Working closely with senior leadership, HR managers can help to direct strategic planning and decisions across an organization, as well as design and execute plans to acquire and retain the top tier talent needed to maintain a competitive advantage. HR leadership can be especially valuable during mergers, company growth, or other organizational changes.

After earning a master’s in human resource management, jobs you may qualify for include:

  • Compensation and Benefits Managers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Human Resources Specialists
  • Labor Relations Specialists
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
  • Training and Development Specialists
For a professional with a master’s in human resources, salary can vary based on factors like experience level, employment type, industry, and geographic region. Request information to learn more about what you can do with a master’s in human resources management.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

**South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

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