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Master of Science

Online Human Resource Management Degree

OVERVIEW

Earn Your Master's Degree in Human Resource Management and Make a Difference


 

This human resource management master’s degree is designed to help professionals working in human resources enhance critical leadership skills and earn the credentials they need to take their career to a higher level. If you're a current or aspiring HR leader, earning your master’s degree at WGU is a great next step in your own professional development. 

To be successful in the HR field, there are certain skills that are extremely valuable. You will learn many of these skills in your human resource management program, including: 

  • Talent management
  • HR technology
  • Policy and procedure strategy
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in growing organizations
  • Global HR practices

The online master's program in HR management from WGU helps equip you with the skills and credentials you need to be successful. And your master’s degree isn’t the only credential you will earn—this degree program contains a WGU certificate in HR Technology and Analytics for Decision Making, as well as the opportunity to earn the SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture specialty credential as part of your capstone experience, helping you boost your resume before you even graduate!

72% of graduates finish within 

23 Months*

WGU lets you move more quickly through material you already know and advance as soon as you're ready. The result: You may finish faster.

*WGU Internal Data

Tuition per six-month term is

$4,755

Tuition charged per term—rather than per credit—helps students control the ultimate cost of their HR degree. Finish faster, pay less!

Income growth after two years

$22,200*

Two years after graduation, WGU students report earning $22,200* more per year. Four years after graduation, they report earning $29,200* more than before they enrolled.

*Source: 2022 Harris Poll of 1,542 WGU graduates

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COURSES

M.S. HR Management Courses

Program consists of 10 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff.  What you learn in this program will often be directly applicable the next day at work—and what you’re doing at work will frequently inform the work you’re doing in your courses. It’s all about real-world applicability so every moment spent studying is time well spent.

This online program is composed of the following courses. Some may be waived through transfer from your previous college experience or if you are SHRM-CP/SCP or HRCI PHR/SPHR/GPHR certified. The rest you will typically complete one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and learn the material. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll pass the assessment, complete the course, and move on. This means you can finish as many courses as you're able in a term at no additional cost.

The M.S. in Human Resource Management is 100% online and SHRM- and HRCI-content aligned. It’s compact—10 courses—to help you quickly get the expertise you need to build your career. You’ll also be prepared to earn your SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture credential at no additional cost—it’s included in your tuition.

You’ll take courses boosting your expertise in management, communication, employment law, and more. Along the way, you’ll also earn a WGU certificate in HR Technology and Analytics for Decision Making.

Management
Business Acumen
Strategy
Human Resources

10 Courses

Program consists of 10 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff.  What you learn in this program will often be directly applicable the next day at work—and what you’re doing at work will frequently inform the work you’re doing in your courses. It’s all about real-world applicability so every moment spent studying is time well spent.

Capstone Project

Special requirements for this program

At the end of your program, you’ll complete a capstone course that includes the SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture content. After completing the course, you’ll be ready to sit for the SHRM exam and earn your credential/badge at no additional cost.

Skills For Your Résumé

As part of this program, you will develop a range of valuable skills that employers are looking for. 

  • Performance Management: Designed and implemented a structured process for the periodic evaluation of employee performance, enhancing accountability and productivity.
  • Communications: Effectively communicated HR programs, practices, and policies to both HR and non-HR employees.
  • Management: Analyzed operations to evaluate performance and identify potential improvements.
  • Planning: Assessed plans for efficiency and effectiveness in achieving specific goals, optimizing strategic initiatives for successful implementation.
  • Talent Acquisition: Developed effective strategies for sourcing, recruiting, and evaluating qualified job candidates, enhancing the quality of talent acquisition processes.
  • Human Resource Information System (HRIS): Managed all employee information through the HRIS, ensuring accurate and organized data management for efficient HR operations.

“In addition to advancing my career, having my education has been a huge asset for my kids. WGU has absolutely changed my life, and, more importantly, has changed the lives of my kids as well.”

—Misty Dieffenbach
B.S. Human Resource Management

WGU vs. Traditional Universities
Compare the Difference

Traditional Universities

 

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

Schedule and wait days or even weeks to meet with one of many counselors

Simply email or call to connect with your designated Program Mentor who supports you from day one

EXAMS

Scheduled time

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

TIME TO FINISH

Approximately 2 years, minimal acceleration options

As quickly as you can master the material, can finish programs in 1 year

Traditional Universities

 

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

TUITION STRUCTURE

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

Schedule and wait days or even weeks to meet with one of many counselors

SUPPORT

Simply email or call to connect with your designated Program Mentor who supports you from day one

EXAMS

Scheduled time

EXAMS

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

SCHEDULE

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

TIME TO FINISH

Approximately 2 years, minimal acceleration options

TIME TO FINISH

As quickly as you can master the material, can finish programs in 1 year

Why WGU?

Earning Potential

An online human resources degree can dramatically impact your earning potential. Two years after graduation, WGU students report earning $22,200* more per year on average.

*WGU Internal Data

On Your Schedule

Competency-based education means you can move as quickly through your degree as you can master the material. You don't have to log in to classes at a certain time—you are truly in the driver's seat of your education

Entirely Online

The human resource master's degree at WGU is 100% online, which means it works wherever you are. You can do your coursework at night after working at your full-time job, on weekends, while you're traveling the world or on vacation—it's entirely up to you.

Accredited, Respected,
Recognized™

WGU’s online HR degree program has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as fully aligned with their HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates, preparing students for the SHRM-CP exam. WGU has its own online, SHRM virtual student chapter that all school of business students at WGU are welcome to join. This SHRM virtual student chapter will help students continue learning and networking within the HR profession. WGU has also aligned its curriculum to the body of knowledge created by HR Certification Institute and prepares students for the PHR exam.

COST & TIME

An Online HR Management Degree That's Affordable

By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees.

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An HR Management Degree Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2022 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.

*WGU undergraduate students have approximately half the debt at graduation compared to the national average, according to the Institute for College Access and Success (2022).

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

What Makes Us Different: An HR Management Degree Designed to Fit Today’s Busy Lifestyles

WGU was built for the busy student. Study whenever and wherever works best for you while managing your existing job and family responsibilities. Your effort, not class time, determines the pace of your progress. No interrupting your work or family obligations. No rigid class schedules. No barriers to earning your degree on your own terms. Just a solid, career-focused education that dovetails seamlessly with your current lifestyle. 

This online M.S. in Human Resource Management degree program is designed for working professionals, so you don't have to quit your job or leave your other responsibilities behind to get an online HR degree. You don't have to log in to classes, your assignments don't have due dates—you're in charge of your education.

“My degree from WGU helped me advance from an entry-level position. WGU has a spokesperson in every alumnus—their job knowledge gained from their coursework speaks for itself.”

—Megan Elizabeth Darveau,
Human Resource Generalist,
Phoenix Healthcare Management Services

CAREER OUTLOOK

Strengthen Your Strategic Business Skills with a Degree in HR Management

Organizations largely succeed or fail based on the employees they hire and their engagement—talented, happy employees deliver much better outcomes. That is why hiring skilled, qualified HR managers and professionals is essential for every organization. HR professionals help find the right employees, train them, and ensure they have a positive experience.

With your master’s degree in human resources management, you will gain the critical skills and credentials that will help you stand out from the competition in an exciting and lucrative field. Some of the critical skills you will develop focus on include workforce planning, training, development, benefits, compensation, and more. Get started on your educational journey with a master's degree today!

Return on Your Investment

On average, WGU graduates see an increase in income post-graduation

Average income increase from all degrees in annual salary vs. pre-enrollment salary. Source: 2022 Harris Poll Survey of 1,542 WGU graduates.

Survey was sent to a representative sample of WGU graduates from all colleges. Respondents received at least one WGU degree since 2017.

7%

Human resource management professions are expected to grow by 7% by the year 2031, which is faster than the national average for job growth.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

An Online Human Resource Degree That Helps You Focus on Helping Others

Relevant HR Skills

  • Talent Acquisition
  • HR Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Training and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Total Rewards Management
  • Change Management

Employment Opportunities

  • VP of HR
  • Recruitment Manager
  • HR Manager
  • DE&I Manager
  • Learning and Development Manager
  • Director of HR
  • VP of People and Culture
  • Employment Law Specialist
  • Talent Acquisition Manager

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers

ADMISSIONS

Admissions Requirements—HR Management

To be considered for this M.S. Human Resource Management program, students must:

  • Submit a transcript verifying receipt of your bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited institution.

NOTE: You do not need to take the GRE or GMAT to be admitted to this program. Learn why we don't require these tests.

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MORE DETAILS

Additional Credentials


 

The Human Resource Management Master's degree program allows students to earn valuable credentials on their path to a degree, including the WGU HR Technology and Analytics for Decision Making Certificate, and the SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture credential. These credentials allow you to demonstrate mastery and add impact to your résumé before you even graduate with your degree. Additionally this program is SHRM and HRCI aligned, preparing you for the SHRM CP and HRCI PHR if you have not already earned those credentials.

Commonly Asked Questions About the HR Management Degree

In a Human Resource Management master's degree program you'll study a variety of subjects, including:

  • Managing and leading people
  • HR compliance and employee relations
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Management communication
  • Talent acquisition and development
  • HR technology
  • Inclusive workplace culture

Earning your master’s in HR management equips you with the in-demand skills and expertise you need to be a leader in your organization and in your field. It opens up new career opportunities and higher salaries. This makes pursuing this degree an ideal choice for those who are ready to boost their career. 

You’ll be prepared for a variety of roles in Human Resources, DEI, and Organizational Culture, such as:

  • HR Business Partner
  • HR Manager, Director of HR
  • VP of People and Culture
  • VP of HR
  • Total Rewards Specialist
  • Talent Acquisition Manager
  • Learning and Development Manager
  • Chief HR Officer
  • DEI Manager
  • HR Compliance Specialist
  • Employment Law Specialist

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2022, the national median salary for a human resource manager was $130,000. Salaries ranged from $76,600 to $224,360.

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