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Expand Your Potential With a Master’s in Human Resource Management

Do you want to grow as an HR strategist and pursue higher-level roles in the field? Unlock your future with Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management program.

Our online master’s in human resource management program is focused on helping you graduate with the confidence to excel in your career. Explore the latest human resource (HR) strategies with SHRM- or HRCI-certified faculty who are current in the field. Use cutting-edge tools that empower you and practice tough conversations you may face in the workplace.

A master’s degree in human resource management focuses on leadership development and HR strategy to help students prepare for real-world HR challenges.

Train With Realistic Scenarios

Benefit from a digital program design that incorporates AI-driven simulations to help you build practical, applicable skills.

Prepare for SHRM Certification

Get all of the necessary materials to prepare for this career-boosting industry credential at no additional cost.

Learn From HR-Certified Faculty

Most of our instructors have SHRM or Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) credentials and are ready to help you prepare for certification.

Program Savings

*Course-Based: Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 27, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Two Ways to Learn

Choose from two degree completion options that are both designed for working nurses.

The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule.

Walden University Tempo Learning® Tempo Learning® is an alternative way to earn your Walden degree. It’s different from our standard course-based learning because you can work at a pace that makes sense for you, and progress once you’ve shown you understand a subject. With Tempo Learning®, you have the flexibility of online learning, plus the ability to personalize and control the length, cost, and pacing of your program.

Choose the learning path that fits your life and experience. Here are the two ways to earn your degree:

  Course-based learning
Tempo Learning®
   The standard, guided pace to earn your degree
 The flexible pace, ideal for some students
Time Structured schedule
Flexible schedule
Pace Deadlines to make steady progress
Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Tuition Pay by the course
All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Support Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree
Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty

Payment Plans and Scholarships*


*May not be available for all programs

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

*Course-Based: Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 27, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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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.

Become an Impactful HR Leader

Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management program can empower you to go beyond the transactional HR role and make a strategic contribution to your organization’s success. Learn from curriculum that is aligned with the SHRM competency model1 and explore key HR topics such as conflict resolution, workforce training and development, and organizational development. Practical learning experiences and expert instruction can potentially position you for the next level of your career.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • John McDonald

    Jack McDonald

    Program Director

    Dr. McDonald has held a variety of managerial positions in marketing and marketing research consulting fields, including being the president and partner in a large, closely held firm. His experience includes all facets of marketing as well as strategic management and operational roles.

  • Shannon Lynch

    Academic Coordinator

    A certified human resources professional through SHRM, Dr. Lynch has served in various capacities at Walden for more than 17 years. Having also been a school administrator for a number of years, she has the unique background of being both an educator and a human resource practitioner.

  • Lila Jordan

    Lila Jordan

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Jordan has been teaching in higher education for more than 10 years. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR) and an SHRM Senior Certified Professional certification (SCP). She is also a Certified Coach Practitioner (CCP) and a licensed school counselor.

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 can help position you for the next level of your career. We’ve combined practical learning experiences and SHRM-aligned coursework to help put you at the forefront of an evolving field. Gain the advanced skills you need to be a business change-maker and blaze a 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.

Career Impact – Online MS in Human Resource Management

Between high-tech advances, changing workforce demographics, and fluctuating economic conditions, the human resources field is undergoing a tremendous transformation. There is significant opportunity for those with the specialized knowledge and skills to lead global organizations through these changes. HR professionals with certification or a master’s degree are expected to have the best job prospects.2

An online master’s in human resource management can also potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for human resource managers was $116,720 in May 2019, with overall salaries ranging from $68,300 to $205,720 depending on skills and years of experience.2

An MS in Human Resource Management degree can prepare you to pursue career options such as:3

  • Human resources/labor relations specialist
  • Human resources manager
  • Training and development specialist
  • Compensation/benefits analyst
According to the BLS, employment of human resource managers is expected to grow


through 2029—faster than average for all occupations.2
According to the BLS, the median annual wage for human resource managers was


in May 2019.2

An MS in Human Resource Management degree can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Finance and insurance
  • Educational services
  • Manufacturing

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


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