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Master's in Human Resource Online MS in HR Management

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Register By: October 09 Classes Start: October 11

Earn Your Master's in Human Resources

  • $627/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • 24/7 access to online classroom
  • Built and aligned to SHRM standards
  • Prepare for the SHRM-CP or -SCP
  • $121,220 median pay for HR managers1

Online Master's in Human Resources Program Overview

Changes in technology, the mobilization of a multigenerational workforce and a rapidly changing economic landscape are evolving the role that human resource professionals play. 

Southern New Hampshire University's online Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Management program is designed to equip human resource professionals to become strategic leaders in HR 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.

Learn how to:

  • Deliver human resource solutions for organizational challenges
  • Recommend strategies that support the goals, vision and mission of an organization
  • Protect integrity through risk management and legal and ethical practices
  • Value both the likenesses and differences of organizational members
  • Foster collaboration, promote consensus and guide an organization through change
  • Build engaging relationships with stakeholders
  • Align employee competencies with business goals
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and accurately

Nancy Glasheen, a student currently working towards her master's in human resource management, feels the program's teachings extend well beyond the classroom. "I feel it has helped a lot to gain perspective and confidence in my abilities as an HR Professional and a human being."

The master's in human resources program also 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, technology and the changing workforce.

SNHU’s MS in Human Resources degree also helps prepare students for additional credentials through industry standard professional organizations like SHRM and HRCI, which can give students a competitive advantage in today’s job market.

Career Outlook

Deborah Gogliettino with the text Deborah GogliettinoIn today's HR roles, "we lead and design strategies [that] develop talent, respect diversity and equity and create personalized pathways for talent growth," said Deborah Gogliettino, SNHU’s associate dean for human resources. "Organizational learning goes beyond one size fits all. Human resource leaders need to assess the individuals’ alignment with organizational goals and provide opportunities to develop their own path forward." 

The outlook looks good for those entering a career or advancing their role in HR upon earning an online master's in human resource management.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, projected job growth through 2029 and May 2020 median salaries1 are:

  • Human resources managers: 6% employment increase and $121,220 median salary
  • Training and development managers: 7% employment increase and $115,640 median salary

Though those are popular roles in the workforce, the beauty of an HR degree is in its versatility. Not only can the skills you learn throughout the program – like communication, collaboration, problem solving and building relationships – apply to a wide variety of positions from managerial to executive, but they'll also be useful throughout your career, no matter where it takes you.

Common industries that employ HR and training and development staff, according to the BLS1, include:

  • Educational services – state, local and private
  • Employment services
  • Finance and insurance
  • Government
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Management of companies and enterprises
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

The responsibilities of human resources in a company have certainly expanded – especially when it comes to organizational strategy.

"Emerging human resource leaders can expect to expand their HR expertise with experiential learning focused on strategic HR, technology, HR policy, labor relations and negotiations, talent acquisition and development strategies, ethical and legal problem solving, workforce planning and effective models of human resource service delivery," Gogliettino said.

This includes:

  • Compliance and legal: Understand the legalities of contracts to ensure decisions are being made with your organization's best interests in mind.
  • Data: Take a role in understanding overall business performance so you can help improve success metrics, such as sales, revenue and employee satisfaction.
  • Hiring: Build a strategic team by understanding the scope of the role focused on.
  • Managing overall staff for efficiencies: Operationalize systems and tools to help employees do their jobs better.
  • Operations: Create and establish effective business flow by helping to put the right people and processes into place.
  • Strategic vision and goals for the organization: Work with leaders to determine how to achieve short- and long-term goals.

Overall, "your job is to build the workforce,” Gogliettino said. “And in order to understand how to build it, you have to understand the organization.”

If HR leadership is in your future, you may also want to consider an online MBA in Human Resources.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Human Resources Management Degree

Courses & Curriculum

The master's in human resource management degree curriculum gives you the skills that can help you climb the corporate ladder – even if you have your eye on a position in the C-suite.

The coursework at SNHU emphasizes the importance of ethics, legal practice and a global outlook on human resources and talent development.

“We build programs now with the business acumen students need,” said Deborah Gogliettino, SNHU’s lead faculty for human resources. “If you’re only going into HR because you like people, don’t bother. You should like to solve problems, build competencies, build career paths.”

You'll learn to approach HR initiatives from a strategic, data-driven, programmatic perspective and understand how HR impacts organizations systematically from instructors with real-world experience.

Nancy Glasheen with the text Nancy Glasheen"The courses challenged me to be creative, especially having to work from home online. Each class was fun and engaging with great insight from teachers," said Nancy Glasheen, who is currently pursuing her MS in Human Resources Management. "The professors were all such advocates for my success in their respective classes."

Plus, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that SNHU's MS in Human Resources Management fully aligns with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Choose to go further and establish yourself as a globally recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™). These professional certifications can open doors for professional advancement, serve to harmonize standards with changing expectations and signal to employers advanced professional development.

And why would you want to earn SHRM certification? According to the organization, it's recognized across industries, and it's offered by the world's largest HR membership organization.3 With over 5,000 employers seeking SHRM credentials each month, you'll likely want to enroll in a HR program that can set you up for success with SHRM.

Plus, certifications can always set you apart from competition, especially in a tougher job market.

Beyond completing education requirements for certification, you'll also complete a capstone project, which provides employers with an example of the skills you've developed throughout your online master's in human resources program. The course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.

Don't have a business background? This HR program is built to support students with or without prior business experience and education. For students without business background, this program begins with a Business Foundations course designed to give you the necessary background to understand the language and topics that can set you up for success in the master's in human resources program.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.

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