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Invest in your long-term career success with an MS in Human Resource Management degree from Walden. A master’s in human resource management program focuses on harnessing the power of people to meet complex business goals and challenges.

Pursue a Valuable Credential

Our program aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Virtual Reality Simulation

This MS in HRM includes Mursion, a cutting-edge virtual reality simulation tool. Mursion allows you to practice having difficult, high-stakes conversations in a safe environment.

Expert Faculty

This program is taught largely by doctorally prepared, SHRM-certified business professionals with extensive experience in their fields.

Marketable Skills

Develop strategic planning skills to address complex, real-world HR problems. Get relevant training and development you can apply on the job.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on March 8, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Choose the Track That Is Right for You

TRACK I: Choose this track if you do not have a recognized human resource professional certification. 
TRACK II: Choose this track if you’re an experienced HR professional and would like to tailor your program to your goals and interests.


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on March 8, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Get Started Now

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Choose From Two Capstone Options

You’ve got choices with Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management program. If you’re looking for hands-on experience as an HR strategist, opt for our traditional capstone format. If your focus is pursuing SHRM certification, the Meeting SHRM Competencies capstone can help set you up for success.

Capstone Option 1: Strategic Human Resource Management

Learn how today’s HR leaders can make significant contributions to the executive strategic planning process. Discuss how to align human resource strategies with the organization’s overarching business goals. Examine how HR can help create a competitive advantage in order to drive organizational success.

Capstone Option 2: Meeting SHRM Competencies

Explore the content outlined in the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK)™. Work on mastering all SHRM competencies within the four SHRM Certified Professional modules: HR Competencies, People, Organization, and Workplace. Take a sample exam reflecting actual SHRM certification exams.

Gain In-Demand Skills and Credentials

Whether you want to be a functional specialist or HR leader, Walden’s master's in human resource management program positions you for the next level of your career. We’ve combined practical learning experiences and SHRM-aligned coursework to put you at the forefront of an evolving field. Gain the advanced skills you need to be a business change-maker and blaze a successful path forward.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online MS in Human Resource Management program will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate human resources knowledge in relation to being an internal strategic partner.
  • Evaluate the strategic role of human resources in creating organizational capacity and agility.
  • Examine the role of human resources in legal and regulatory compliance of an organization.
  • Appraise the role of human resources in change management.
  • Evaluate the role of human resources in facilitating social change opportunities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human resource leadership responsibilities as an internal strategic partner.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MS in Human Resource Management?

Wanted: HR Innovators

Between high-tech advances, changing workforce demographics, and fluctuating economic conditions, the human resources field is undergoing a transformation. This spells opportunity for employees with the specialized knowledge and skills to lead their company through these sea changes.

Employment of human resource managers is expected to grow 9% from 2016 to 2026—particularly in new and expanding companies.1 HR managers will also be needed to help organizations navigate complex and ever-evolving employment laws.

Find Your Opportunity in a Changing Field

An MS in Human Resource Management from Walden can empower you to think bigger and go further. You'll be competitively positioned for a variety of opportunities in HR as well as other areas of business. Potential career options include:

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

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

Boost Your Earning Potential

A Walden MS in Human Resource management degree can potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for human resource managers was $113,300 in May 2018.1


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