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Online Master's Degree in Human Resource Management

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

Through the hiring and development of staff, you are consequently setting your organization up for continued success. As a leader in human resources you may be responsible for some of the following:

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Lead dynamic and diverse teams of employees.

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Make legal and ethical decisions.

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Manage performance to achieve results.

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Strategically plan and execute HR initiatives.


What will I learn by earning a Human Resource Master’s Degree online?

Learn the comprehensive theories, programs, and practices associated with human resources as a Master of Human Resource Management student. Leverage the foundational knowledge you gain to create innovative and inspiring strategies that maximize an organization’s human assets and employees. Foster and utilize 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

Additionally, CSU Global’s online Master of Human Resource Management is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. As the largest global network of human resource professionals, our partnership with SHRM gives students additional opportunities to enhance their education and careers.

CSU Global firmly believes in the value of earning a SHRM Certification, which is why we make the network so accessible to students.

Details are subject to change at any time, and there are restrictions and eligibility requirements. Contact your student success counselor or the SHRM advisor ( to take advantage of these exclusive student discount opportunities.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Tuition Rates

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Financial Aid

You may be eligible to receive financial aid to help cover the cost of your education.

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Your Master's in Human Resource Management from CSU Global is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.

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Online Course Report ranked CSU Global #2 of the 34 Best Online Master’s In Human Resources 2020

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Intelligent ranked CSU Global #5 Best Online Master's in Human Resources Degree Programs.

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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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Learn Valuable Skills

Your human resources management degree gives you the tools you need to develop and create management strategies that maximize organizational effectiveness. Additional learning outcomes you can achieve through coursework include the following:

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

Career Outlook

SHRM Certification and Management

Join the largest global network of HR professionals with membership, training, and certification discounts exclusively for CSU Global students.

99% of Alumni Working in Their Field

Master’s of Human Resource Management alumni from CSU Global report extremely high rates of working in the HR management field after completing the program.

$76,786 Estimated Starting Salary

According to the BLS, the average annual salary for corporate recruiters, HR directors, and employee relations managers is more than $76k.

HR Director, Corporate Recruiter, Employee Relations Manager

Some top job titles as reported by Master’s of HR Management alumni from CSU Global.

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