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Online Master of Science in Management: Human Resource Management

Management: Human Resource Management
Master's Specialization
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • $524 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Earn an online Master of Science in management with a specialization in human resource management at University of Maryland Global Campus. Gain career-relevant skills that can help you stand out in today’s competitive market. Study in a convenient online classroom with knowledgeable faculty members who are valued leaders in the field. Take advantage of our lifetime career services, which are comprehensive and available to all UMGC alumni at no cost. Why wait? Enroll today and advance your career in human resources! 

Learn the Latest in HR Best Practices

Today’s employers are on the hunt for HR professionals with the ability to make decisions. UMGC’s online master’s specialization in HR management is the perfect fit for working adults looking to increase their marketability in this fast-growing field. During our 36-credit program, you’ll take career-relevant courses designed to build your skills and expand your knowledge base. This program is designed to prepare you for relevant HR-related certification exams.

Our HR management program was designed with your needs in mind and is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) guidelines for graduate education. Here are a few of the ways we gear our curriculum toward working professionals:

  • As one of only 275 approved SHRM Education Partners in the world, we are committed to helping HR professionals advance their knowledge and competencies. 
  • This program is aligned with higher education standards set by the HR Certification Institute, the premier credentialing organization in the HR profession. 
  • You may be able to earn credit from multiple sources, including industry certification exams or related UMGC undergraduate or graduate coursework. 
  • You can join one of our HR- or business-focused student organizations, including the UMGC Chapter of SHRM.

See HR Courses & Program Info

View a complete list of program courses, program-specific and degree-level requirements, recommended previous experience, and more.

Gain Career-Focused Human Resource Experience

The workforce of tomorrow will require human resource professionals who are innovative, collaborative, and ready to contribute their knowledge to the workplace. That’s why our online human resource program is designed to help hone your skills in several in-demand areas, including talent acquisition, performance management, data analytics, data-driven and evidence-based business analysis, strategic decision-making, problem-solving, and employee relations.

Our program directors refresh and update the curriculum regularly, with a focus on helping students achieve these learning goals:

Prepare for a Human Resource Management Career

This program is designed to help you prepare for HR careers in a variety of professional contexts. The skills you learn in this program will translate over to industries in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. UMGC courses are taught by experienced faculty and address competencies that are highly valued by today’s employers.

Julieta R. (second from left), Miami, FL

Annual Job Growth
Employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 7 percent (or 16,300 openings) by 2031.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Occupational Outlook Handbook” | 2023
Pros with HR Certs
More than 30 percent of HR professionals reported they have at least one HR certification.
Source: Payscale | HR Certifications: How they Impact Pay and Career Trajectory | 2018
Important Employees
According to a recent SHRM report, 68 percent of HR professionals felt they were recognized by senior leaders as crucial to their business.
Source: SHRM | “2022-2023 SHRM State of the Workplace Report” | 2023

Practice Real-World Skills in Your HR Courses 

Throughout your HR curriculum, your instructors will assign coursework that will help you prioritize real-world experience. In past courses, students have been able to complete the following course projects: 

  • Develop a detailed group consulting plan for a stakeholder that addresses a current issue related to global and virtual team productivity and team dynamics. 
  • Create a comprehensive talent management plan, which includes writing a job description, a sourcing plan, and developing an onboarding process. 
  • Build a survey to assess employee satisfaction and performance. 
  • Critique an existing training plan and develop a comprehensive new one, including delivery methods and training assessment. 

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