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Establish Yourself as a Leader with a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management

Growing organizations need leaders who can help effectively guide them through adjustments and manage more robust teams. That’s where you come in. Getting your Human Resource Management Master’s Degree online from CSU Global will assure these organizations that you’re the right person for the job.

If you’re passionate about human resources and you feel invigorated when working to solve complex institutional problems, then consider earning your Master’s of Human Resources online.

As a Human Resource Manager, your job responsibilities could include tasks like creating and managing effective teams through motivation, culture and change management, addressing the legal and ethical implications of HR and administration, understanding and enforcing employment and compensation requirements, and developing business policies and strategies. 

CSU Global’s Human Resources Master’s program is designed to prepare you for a wide variety of leadership roles within the field of human resources. This program offers a chance to take your rewarding career to the next level. 


Career Outlook

99% OF ALUMNI WORKING IN THEIR FIELD Alumni from CSU Global’s online HR Management Master’s program report extremely high rates of working in the field after graduation.

$76,786 ESTIMATED STARTING SALARY According to the BLS, the average annual salary for Corporate Recruiters, HR Directors, and Employee Relations Managers is over $76,000.

HR DIRECTOR, CORPORATE RECRUITER, EMPLOYEE RELATIONS MANAGER Top three titles as reported by CSU Global’s Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management.

ACBSP-ACCREDITED & SHRM-ALIGNED CSU Global’s online Master’s in HR Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs and aligned with the Society for Human Resources Management HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

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Watch a Quick 2-Minute Overview

This quick video covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Why you should consider getting an M.S. in HR Management.
  • What you’ll learn in our online Master’s program in HR Management.
  • Why you should pick CSU Global’s HR Management Master’s program.

What Will You Learn From Our M.S. Program in Human Resource Management?

Getting your Master of Science in Human Resource Management from CSU Global will help you learn the comprehensive theories, programs, and practices associated with human resources.

You’ll graduate prepared to leverage the foundational knowledge you gain to create innovative and inspiring strategies that maximize an organization’s human assets and employees, and you’ll feel comfortable fostering and utilizing strategic relationships with senior management to advance the organization.

Specific topics of study include:

  • Talent development.
  • Human resource leadership in a global environment.
  • Maximizing human capital.

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Skills You’ll Develop in Our Online Master’s in HR Management Program

CSU Global’s graduate degree program in Human Resource Management will give you the tools needed to develop and create management strategies that maximize organizational effectiveness. Additional learning outcomes you’ll achieve through related coursework include:

  • Creating management strategies that impact organizational effectiveness and culture.
  • Analyzing global and technological challenges leaders in HR might encounter.
  • Evaluating human resource-related legal, ethical, and corporate social responsibilities that impact an organization.
  • Creating initiatives to manage organizational talent to maximize employee engagement.
  • Implementing human resource metrics and systems to strategically advance growth and development in an organization.
  • Applying human resource theories and models to assist organizations in achieving optimal performance.

ACBSP-Accreditation & SHRM Alignment

CSU Global’s Master's Degree Program in Human Resource Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) and its curriculum is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. SHRM is the world's largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries.

CSU Global students are eligible to be a student member of SHRM at a discounted cost. CSUG’s alignment with SHRM potentially allows a CSUG student to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam. Contact your student success counselor or the SHRM advisor ( to learn more.

What HR Management Graduate Courses Will You Take?

CSU Global’s online Master’s in Human Resource Management requires the completion of 36 total credits, including a mix of Core Degree Courses and Degree Specialization Courses.

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Core Degree Courses (24 Credits)

  • RES501* Fundamentals of Research and Writing
    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.
  • BUS500** Foundations of Business
    This course provides a foundational survey of business topics including marketing, finance, accounting, management, law, economics, ethics, information systems, quantitative methods, and policy within domestic and global perspectives. The broad focus of the course provides students without a business undergraduate degree with foundational background information in business terminology and concepts that support entry-level knowledge for graduate-level study.
  • ORG502 Effective Organizations—Theory and Practice
    In this course, students gain an understanding of leading operational and strategic issues in public and private organizations facing accelerated social, economic, and technological changes. Students will examine organizational theory, strategic thinking, and theories guiding decision making, leadership, organizational culture, and change management.
  • HRM500 Managing Human Resources
    This course provides students with knowledge regarding the function of Human Resource Management (HRM). Students will review basic HRM concepts and functions. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to enhance their preexisting business/industry knowledge through exploring the behavioral competencies and knowledge required for HRM professionals. Students will understand the function of HRM from a leadership, interpersonal, and business perspective.
  • HRM510 Organizational Behavior and Development
  • HRM515 Legal and Human Resource Dimensions of Business Management
    This course emphasizes the legal, human resource, and regulatory controls that define, promote and limit business practices. The legal ramifications are presented as a mechanism managers can use to resolve conflict, infer guidelines for conduct, and create bases for expectations. Fundamental interactions of law, ethics, and corporate social responsibility are emphasized. Topic areas include the business legal system, ethics, employer-employee relationship, contracts, small business ownership, and the legal environment of international business.
  • HRM550 Strategic Labor Relations
    This course provides a comprehensive and exhaustive analysis of labor relations in terms of its history, regulations, and current environment. The broader relationship between unions, organizations, and employees is explored, along with dispute and conflict resolution techniques including grievances and arbitration. This course addresses the importance of teams and managing diversity through unique dialogue and a collaborative lens. Students learn to enhance and promote diversity as managers and leaders and effectively resolve conflict and disputes in a variety of complex scenarios. This course is an equivalent of HRM516 and MGT516; earning credit for both courses is not permissible.
  • HRM540 Maximizing Human Capital
    This course explores the value, utilization, and development of human capital, with a specific concentration on structuring an organization and developing innovative training programs that maximize organizational and human potential. Students explore strategies human resource professionals can utilize to raise employee motivation and job satisfaction, as well as assist employees in achieving the proper life/work balance. A key focus is to research concepts and practices that adapt organizational structures and processes to better conform to, utilize, and take advantage of employee potential. Recommended Prior Course: HRM500.
  • HRM560 Staffing and Talent Development
    This course is an examination of the managerial and leadership responsibilities related to employee career management as well as personal and professional growth. Students explore strategies for training and staff development in order to better understand the importance of deploying human resources, developing core competencies, and promoting a learning culture to better compete in a competitive economy. This course also explores the changing educational, demographic, economic, and societal factors that impact recruitment, and students develop a comprehensive and innovative strategy to recruit the most talented applicants in the workplace.
  • HRM580 Capstone - Human Resource Management
    This capstone course provides students with the opportunity to apply the advanced theory and practice learned in the Human Resource Management graduate program. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the legal and human resource dimensions of business, effective labor management, leading diverse teams in a dynamic results oriented environment, and other key HR Management principles through the development of a comprehensive capstone project.
  • HRM595*** Human Resource Management Internship
    The internship provides students with practical experience in Human Resource Management. Each student works under the direct supervision of a senior-level professional at an approved organization or company, and applies and integrates what they have learned during the core courses of their program. Each student is required to participate in coursework that allows them to demonstrate what has been learned through the internship experience. The emphasis of the internship is on the student assuming a professional role within the organization. Students complete their internships over a period of eight weeks during one CSU-Global course. A minimum of 80 hours of internship fieldwork must be completed during the course.

* Master's Plus - Some Master of Human Resource Management students may also be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.

** Students who do not have a previous degree from an an ACBSP-accredited program must complete BUS500 before completing other program requirements. Once the undergraduate program evaluation is completed, students whose prior degree does not meet the requirements will complete BUS500, rather than RES500 or RES501.  Provisionally admitted students whose undergraduate degree meets the requirements will complete RES500 or RES501, rather than BUS500.

*** HRM595 is an optional course that will provide students with practical experience in human resource management. This course may not be available in all states, see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admissions Policies.

Degree Specialization (12 Credits)

When you earn your master's degree through CSU Global, you will customize it with a graduate specialization in a subject that matches your professional goals or personal interests. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should You Consider a Master’s in Human Resource Management?

Getting your Master’s Degree in HR Management may help you climb the career ladder, making you eligible for better, more leadership-oriented roles at organizations of all types, including private companies, public corporations, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal government agencies.

HR Management master’s programs prepare you to become the person organization’s rely on for hiring and developing their staff, setting them up for continued success. As a professional HR Manager, you may be responsible for mission critical tasks, including:

  • Leading dynamic and diverse teams of employees.
  • Making legal and ethical decisions that impact the organization.
  • Managing employee performance to achieve desired results.
  • Strategically planning and executing HR initiatives. 

Whether you already have experience in HR management or leadership roles, or you’re looking to enhance your resume to improve the chances of landing one, getting your M.S. in HR Management may be an excellent way to improve your marketability with potential employers.

What Can You Do With a Master’s in HR Management?

Getting a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management will prepare you for a variety of leadership and management roles in the field of HR, ensuring you’ll bring value to any organization from day one.

The courses you complete will provide you with all the skills and abilities needed to take on the daily job duties required of professional HR managers, including overseeing:

  • Recruiting and hiring.
  • Organizational development.
  • Training, compensation and benefits.
  • Staff communications.
  • Policy administration.
  • Safety and wellness.
  • Organizational culture.

What Jobs Can You Get With a Master’s Degree in HR Management?

Completing an HR Management Master’s degree will help open up a variety of leadership and managerial roles from a variety of different industries, with options for career advancement into positions like:

Can You Get an Accredited HR Management Master’s Degree Online?

Yes. CSU Global’s online Master’s Degree in HR Management is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and it’s curriculum is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Our program was designed to be completed entirely online, with no set times or locations, monthly class starts, and accelerated courses to make it the perfect option for those who are attempting to juggle education, with work and family responsibilities.

Is a Master’s Degree in HR Management Really Worth It?

Yes. Completing a Master’s Program in HR Management is a valuable investment in your career, and could play a significant role in helping contribute to your overall career advancement.

HR Management master’s programs serve as preparation for leadership opportunities in a variety of different types of organizations, and earning your degree in the field may help you continue to climb the career ladder.

Why Should You Choose CSU Global’s Online Master’s in HR Management?

Why should you consider getting your Master’s in Human Resource Management online with CSU Global?

How much will my degree cost?

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Why You Should Earn Your Online Master’s Degree

Earning your online master’s degree through CSU Global provides you with more than just the diploma you need to get noticed. With an emphasis on real world concepts and career-relevant skills, you get training and experience along with your credit hours. Additionally, CSU Global strives to make your education as affordable as possible. With our Tuition Guarantee, your tuition rate won’t increase over time! Instead, you’ll enjoy the same low rate for the duration of your enrollment at CSU Global.

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