MS in Human Resources

Gain the skills and tools you need to maximize employee engagement and address cultural, regulatory and behavioral issues in a diverse workforce. You’ll learn strategic management, staffing, training and development, conflict and negotiation, employee benefits and legal issues.

Master's Degree in Human Resources Overview

A master’s of science degree in human resources (MSHR) prepares you to attract, retain and develop collaboration among an employee base. You will focus on theoretical and practical application while examining the HR professional as a strategic partner within an organization, with the ability to make sustainable change in support of organizational goals.

As a student, you will:

  • Apply an integrated and systems-oriented approach to human resources that aligns and supports business strategy. 
  • Assess the impact of globalization, multiculturalism, and multi-generational workforces on organizational policy, practices and performance. 
  • Design strategies to ensure workforce capabilities are aligned with organizational needs.
  • Develop strategies to ensure workforce performance is continuously aligned with organizational needs.
  • Build strategic partnerships that address complex business needs and meet corporate social responsibility, ethical objectives, and legal considerations. 
  • Evaluate business data to make effective strategic decisions that align with support business goals.

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this master's degree program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted

    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    Graduate Level Exams

    Most of UMass Global’s Master Degree programs do not require a graduate level exam; however, there are a few that do. For detailed information about which UMass Global programs have graduate exam and minimum test score requirements, please reference the University of Massachusetts Global Catalog.


    MS in Human Resources Program Curriculum

    • Code Course Name Credits
      OLCU 501 Organizational Research


      HRCU 600 Human Resource Foundations


      HRCU 602 Strategic Business Concepts and Human Resources


      HRCU 603 Globalization and Diversity


      HRCU 604 Workforce Planning


      HRCU 605 Talent Management


      HRCU 606 Strategic and Legal Leadership


      OLCU 615 Leading Organizational Change


      Core Courses Subtotal


      Elective Courses


      The student may choose among human resources graduate courses as well as graduate courses in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, Marketing, Organizational Leadership and/or Public Administration.


      Elective Courses Subtotal


      Capstone Course


      HRCU 650 Strategic Management of Human Resources


      Capstone Course Subtotal


      Total Credits


    • Code Course Name Credits
      Specific Requirements  


      HRCU 600 Human Resource Foundations


      HRCU 605 Talent Management


      HRCU 607 Total Rewards


      Select two from the following:


      BUSU 510 Career Development & Management


      HRCU 612  Human Resources Management in Public Administration 3
      HRCU 622  Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining 3
      HRCU 630  Conflict and Negotiation 3
      Total Credits



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