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 MS 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.


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.

SHRM logoSHRM Virtual Student Chapter
Join Walden’s virtual student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Gain access to a wide network of human resource professionals and stay current on the best practices in the field.

SHRM Alignment
Benefit from coursework that meets the suggested guidelines of SHRM.

Conferences and Real-World Insights
Meeting. Learn from today’s most innovative authors, business executives, and thought leaders in our Inspiring Today’s Leaders webinar series.

Accelerated Path to a Doctoral Degree
When you complete your MS in Human Resource Management, you may be able to receive credit for four courses when enrolling in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and for two courses when enrolling in the PhD 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.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.


LaShona Patton Jones

LaShona Patton-Jones

MS in Human Resource Management Graduate
As a human resource professional, I am passionate about helping others reach their full potential through effective training and development. I decided to pursue a second master’s degree and felt the program at Walden was aligned with my professional goal: to enhance my leadership skills to secure a leadership role within the organization.
The mentorship at Walden has been the greatest value. It’s consistent, ongoing, empowering, and encouraging. It’s a network that has provided a wealth of resources.
With an MBA, I now have the knowledge and skills to manage an entire organization, including finance management, acquisition, human capital, technology management, and marketing.
Chandra LaTrelle Porter MS in Leadership Graduate
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Andre Lynch BSBA and MBA Graduate
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Celeste Steele MBA Graduate
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