Whether you are just entering the field of human resources or moving into an executive position in HR, earning your Master’s in Human Resources Management can help you fulfill your professional goals.

Walden’s human resources degree program can help you gain the strategic, organizational, management, and analytical skills that today’s employers are seeking. With three optional specializations, students can deepen their knowledge in the area of human resources to meet their individual career goals.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) acknowledges that Walden’s M.S. in Human Resource Management fully aligns with the SHRM’s 2014 edition of HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates, which helps define HR education standards and help business schools develop degree programs that follow these standards. Walden’s human resource master’s program provides practical experiences to help prepare you to develop the skills needed to become a functional specialist or a strategic HR leader supporting small and large organizations.

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Walden’s M.S. in Human Resource Management offers a General Program as well as a variety of optional specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

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General Program

Gain the foundational human resource management and leadership skills you need to advance your career and help organizations manage their most valuable asset—their employees. With a focus on addressing an organization’s strategic business goals, you’ll learn to develop and manage performance systems; negotiate and resolve conflict; attract, develop, and retain talent; build trust; achieve credibility with the executive team as a strategic and valued partner; prioritize and manage budgets; and plan for future organizational needs.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 20 months, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Core Courses

Functional Human Resource Management

If you are ready to begin a career or broaden your functional skills in the field of human resource management, this specialization provides a solid foundation. Study ways to create an environment that nurtures productivity and growth. Discover how organizations can use training and development, effective compensation models, and employee recognition programs to improve individual performance. At the culmination of your program, you can complete a capstone course that reviews functional decision making in the human resource management environment.

This specialization can help you prepare for entry-level and mid-level positions in:

  • Employee recruitment, staffing, and workforce planning
  • Training and educational program development
  • Compensation, benefits, and rewards administration
  • Employee relations or labor relations
  • Safety, health, wellness, and security
  • HR information systems (HRIS)
  • HR metrics

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 22 months, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Integrating Functional and Strategic Human Resource Management

If you’re a mid-career professional who wants to move from your role as a human resource generalist or functional specialist toward taking on more strategic responsibilities in your organization, this specialization may be right for you. Explore the essentials of functional human resource management combined with strategic human resource elements. Study ways to think and plan strategically as you broaden your understanding of legal and regulatory issues and acquire skills in building vibrant and diverse teams. At the culmination of the program, you can complete a capstone course that examines core management challenges faced by general human resource managers.

This specialization can help you prepare for a mid- to senior-level position in:

  • Workforce planning and staffing, including organizational structure, design, and redesign
  • Training, appraisal, and development program planning and administration
  • Compensation, benefits, and rewards planning and administration
  • Employee relations, labor relations, including arbitration, and contract negotiations
  • Safety, health, wellness, and security, including workers compensation and (OSHA) Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • HR Information Systems (HRIS) development and/or coordination
  • Internal consulting with mid- or senior-level management

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 22 months, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Organizational Strategy

If you’re an experienced human resources professional preparing for a more senior-level position, this specialization can help you gain the tools and skills you need to contribute to your organization’s long-term strategy and success. Study ways to become involved in executive-level decision making and policy for human resource management. Explore how to deploy strategic and systems thinking capabilities to analyze issues in critical areas, such as succession planning and mergers and acquisitions. At the culmination of your program, you can complete a hands-on capstone course that examines strategic challenges faced by executives in human resource management.

This specialization can help you prepare for senior management or executive level HR positions:

  • Senior Specialist Management
    • Talent acquisition
    • Talent management
    • Total Rewards
    • Safety, health, wellness, and security
    • HR information systems (HRIS) planning
    • Labor contract negotiations
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Organizational effectiveness
    • Organizational design/development
    • Long-range organizational strategy

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 22 months, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 30 total semester credit hours  $880 per semester hour 

$26,400

Books and Materials Estimated costs  included

$0

Technology Fee  Per semester

$160

$800

   

Total

$27,200

   

Transfer up to 15 credits 

$13,520

   

Total with Transfer Credits

$13,680

* Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee and books and supplies as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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The need for human resource (HR) management professionals is on the rise. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HR profession will grow 21% by 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.*

With Walden’s M.S. in Human Resource Management, you will be competitively positioned for a variety of opportunities in the field. Potential career options include: 

  • Compensation manager
  • Benefits manager
  • Human resource manager
  • Training and development manager
  • Organizational development manager
  • Organizational development specialist
  • Human resource specialist
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialist
  • Training and development specialist
  • Business teacher, postsecondary

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13 Edition, Human Resources Specialists,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists.htm (viewed online April 12, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Capstone

Apply the theory, knowledge, and skills gained in the program to real-world challenges as you develop an evidence- and research-based human resources plan for an organization or nonprofit of your choice.

Graduate Certificate

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management after completing certain specified courses within the master’s degree program. Gain a valued credential that can help advance your career while still completing your master’s degree. For more information on this program or the transfer of credit policy for this program, please contact an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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SHRM Alignment

Benefit from coursework that meets the suggested guidelines of SHRM.

Conferences and Real-World Insights

Benefit from access to live streaming presentations of prestigious international events and conferences, such as the World Innovation Forum, World Leadership Forum, World Business Forum, and Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Learn from today’s most innovative authors, business executives, and thought leaders in our Inspiring Today’s Leaders webinar series.

WOBI Membership

Receive a complimentary membership to WOBI|World of Business Ideas, a stimulating online environment where you can explore innovative ideas from industry leaders and business icons who are shaping our global marketplace.

Fulfilled Program

Enjoy the advantages of automatic registration and textbooks provided as part of your sequenced program.

Accelerated Path to a Doctoral Degree

When you complete your M.S. in Human Resource Management, you may be able to receive credit for four courses when enrolling in the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) and for two courses when enrolling in the Ph.D. in Management program, which can save you time and money. Call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 to determine eligibility and learn more.

Graduate Certificate

When you enroll in Walden’s M.S. in Human Resource Management program, you may be eligible to apply for the embedded Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management as you complete specified courses during the degree program.

For more information on this program or the transfer of credit policy for this program, please contact an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Which Human Resources Program is Right for You?

If you’re considering entering the field of human resources or want to advance your HR career, consider which features of the following programs best suit your learning style and career aspirations.

M.S. in Human Resource Management

Learning Styles

  • I want to explore theoretical and practical HR concepts that can help my organization achieve its strategic and operational goals.
  • I want to learn techniques to facilitate effective position planning, talent selection, placement, compensation and rewards, and retention.
  • I want to understand human resource metrics and analytics so that I can make informed decisions to improve the recruitment, training, development, and retention of human resources in my organization.

Career Focus

  • I want an entry-level, mid-management, or executive position in human resources, including the areas of compensation and benefits, labor relations, recruitment, and training and development.
  • I want to prepare for a more senior-level position in human resource management and contribute to the long-term strategy and success of my organization.

M.S. in Management with a specialization in Human Resource Management

Learning Styles

  • I want to gain a practical, integrated approach to management.
  • As I gain an integrated perspective, I want to develop my personal management skills to oversee budgets, resources, systems, and information.
  • I want to discover the strategic role of human resources in helping organizations gain a competitive advantage.

Career Focus

  • I want to become a manager and leader across functional areas and teams.
  • I want a management or executive position in which I work with others to strategically and effectively oversee projects, processes, and operations on a consulting basis or as an account manager, department manager, program manager, area manager, or plant manager.

Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management

Learning Styles

  • I want to gain discipline-based knowledge within multiple functional areas, such as marketing, accounting, information technology, and finance.
  • I want to develop courses of action based on analyses, plans, and decisions within specific contexts.
  • I want to gain the skills to lead a high-functioning team and counsel senior management on key personnel issues.

Career Focus

  • I want to direct a functional area within an organization.
  • I want to assume a leadership position in which I direct others to form and implement decisions.

M.S. in Leadership with a specialization in Human Resources Leadership

Learning Styles

  • I want to build my knowledge across disciplines.
  • I want to develop courses of action by leading, motivating, and influencing people and by establishing a context for problem solving.
  • I want to gain a strategic view of human resource management programs and how they align with organizational goals.

Career Focus

  • I want to build teams and provide leadership across an organization.
  • I want a leadership position in which I can help others move toward new or shared goals as I identify ways to implement solutions together.

Transfer of Credits

If you hold any of the following certifications, you may be able to apply credits toward the M.S. in Human Resource Management:

  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)

If you hold one or more of the following degrees from Walden, you may be able to apply credit toward courses in the M.S. in Human Resource Management:

In our MS in Human Resource Management program, you will work with expert faculty members who are scholars and leaders in their fields. Some of the esteemed faculty members in this program include:

Wanda Gravett

Wanda Gravett
Ph.D., University of Nebraska; M.H.A., University of Minnesota; B.S., The University of Texas

Eileen Domerchie

Eileen Domerchie
Ph.D., Capella University; M.B.A., University of Southern California; M.A., John F. Kennedy University; B.S., University of La Verne; B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Amy Puderbaugh

Amy Puderbaugh
Ph.D., Capella University; M.B.A., Baker College; B.A., Western Washington University

William Stieber

William Stieber
Ph.D., Temple University; M.B.A., La Salle University; B.S., The Pennsylvania State University

James Gillespie

James Gillespie
Ph.D., Northwestern University; MPA, Princeton University; B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michelle Preiksaitis

Michelle Preiksaitis
J.D., B.A., University of Illinois; M.A., Texas Tech University

Kelly Lambert

Kelly Lambert
Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Phoenix; M.S., Strayer University

 

 

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply the theoretical and practical aspects of human resource management to formulate strategies that will enable organizations to achieve both operational and strategic goals related to the organization’s human capital.
  2. Deploy appropriate HRM metrics and other HRM analytics to make informed decisions that enhance the effectiveness of the recruitment, training, development, and retention of human resources and align the HRM strategy with the overall organizational strategy and purpose.
  3. Appraise and apply techniques in talent management that human resource professionals may use to facilitate effective position planning, talent selection, placement, compensation and rewards, as well as retention.
  4. Propose mediation or negotiation strategies that lead to positive, ethical outcomes and demonstrate scrupulous consideration of perceived points of conflict; differences in values, beliefs, and cultures; or divergence of goals.
  5. Assess opportunities to improve and sustain organizational performance through strategic thinking and management, the development of human capital, and the allocation of physical and financial resources.
  6. Exhibit the ability to make reasoned, ethical decisions based on professional standards and practices for ethical conduct, legal requirements, and regulatory guidelines in human resource management that are in the best interest of the individual, the organization, the environment, and society as a whole.
  7. Propose systematic, systemic, and sustainable solutions to complex business problems related to human capital and human resources needs and issues by applying critical-thinking and analytical skills.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.