MS in Human Resource Management

Master's in Human Resource Management

Changes in technology, the mobilization of a multigenerational workforce and a rapidly changing economic landscape are evolving the role that human resources professionals play. HR professionals are increasingly finding themselves in key leadership positions, shaping businesses by developing and harnessing talents of the people who work for them. Southern New Hampshire University’s Master's in Human Resource Management is designed to equip managers with the creative problem-solving skills, data-driven decision making, strategic management skills, empathy and ethics they need to forge a path for themselves and the organizations they represent.

SNHU’s online masters in HR aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) guiding principle – that human resource professionals must be prepared to be a key part of the success of today’s agile companies. This degree focuses on the critical competencies identified by SHRM, including employee and labor relations, legal and ethical issues, recruitment and technology, and the changing workforce. It is designed to reinforce the knowledge that HR professionals are key business partners supporting the vision and mission of the organization and modeling the entire talent landscape within that organization to be brand stewards.

Why an Online Masters in Human Resources?

The Master's in Human Resource Management was developed for aspiring business leaders who see human resources in terms of a strategic business partnership. Students learn to be HR experts and business leaders within the framework of relationship management, talent development, legal and ethical practices, and communication.

The combination of specialty HR classes with management courses provides an in-depth study of human resources that includes project management, business ethics and culture, organizational dynamics, strategic leadership, total rewards compensation, risk management and employee labor relations.

Advantages of an Online Masters in HR degree from SNHU

  • Earn a degree from a respected, private, nonprofit traditional and online university with an 80-year history of graduating successful business professionals
  • Preparation to sit for PHR/SPHR by taking the SNHU Online HR Certification Prep course in addition to the MS in Human Resource Management degree, which enjoys a 96% pass rate
  • One of the most affordable online Masters in Human Resources programs in the country
  • Recognized with "Best of Business" Awards for Best Online Degree Programs
  • Ranked 12th on Fast Company’s list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, the only university to earn this distinction
  • No GMAT or GRE required for admission
  • Graduate in as few as 15 months with two courses per 10-week term

Masters in HR vs. an MBA in HR

Unlike an MBA in human resources, which focuses more on a broad business education, the online Masters in Human Resources provides an in-depth study of the HR field purpose-built to SHRM standards. One degree is not better than the other, simply better aligned to your needs and career goals.

For those seeking in-depth study of human resource management, the MS in Human Resource Management may be the best choice since it offers 36 credits specific to Human Resource Management and is geared to the HR professional seeking to advance in the profession. Earning the Master's in Human Resource Management is also a great choice for students who want to enter a Ph.D. program in the future, rather than getting a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). Those students seeking a broad business degree that includes traditional business administration topics and three human resource courses that illustrate real-world HR applications may opt for the MBA in Human Resource Management. Both are quality, affordable degrees that align well to varying career paths.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates are also required to submit a resume.

University Accreditation

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