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Master of Science in Human Resource Management

Expand your reach as an HR professional

Our flexible, online MS in Human Resource Management can help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to lead and manage as a career professional in human resources. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the field of human resources, including applied experience in dedicated areas of practice.

Our curriculum is fully aligned to the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates and will develop the critical-thinking skills needed to make informed decisions in collaborative global work environments.

Earning a master’s in HRM can help you build on your professional experience. Or, if you’re just starting out in the human resources field, it’s a great way to develop foundational knowledge and leadership skills.

At a Glance

  • Online & in-person
  • FlexPath available
  • SHRM alignment
  • 7 Core courses
  • 3 Elective courses
  • Capstone
  • 45 total credits

Classes Start November 9th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo FALL20).

MS in Human Resource Management program highlights

Save $14K

We can help you find the maximum number of credits you can use toward your degree, with potential savings of $14,450* toward your MS in HRM with your SHRM®-SCP or SHRM®-CP.

Hands-on learning

Virtual, hands-on HR scenarios help you gain real-world experience in making decisions and solving the kinds of problems that you might encounter as a human resources professional.

Earn up to 20 credits with your certifications and demonstrated knowledge on your MS in Human Resource Management.**

Aligned with SHRM

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that Capella University’s MS in Human Resource Management fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Skilled faculty

Courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on experience in their fields—90% of our MS in HRM faculty have doctorates.

Certification exam prep

Students in this master’s program can take elective courses to help prepare for industry-relevant certifications: SHRM®-CP and SHRM®-SCP, PHR, SPHR, aPHR.

*Savings inclusive of fees charged by Capella to evaluate and award academic credit for your prior learning. The documented credit fee of $50 is assessed each quarter you request documented credit. Capella reserves the right to change fees at any time.

**Tuition savings and potential credits represent the maximum savings with a single credential submission. Savings inclusive of fees charged by Capella to evaluate and award academic credit for your prior learning. The documented credit fee of $50 is assessed each quarter you request documented credit. Capella reserves the right to change fees at any time.

Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$26,100$32,625* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$725 per credit, 45 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Take one or two courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$10,000$17,500* ACCELERATED PACE–TYPICAL PACE
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 23 total program points, 6 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our prior learning assessment process.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

MS HRM Program Guide

Explore what online learning at Capella offers and see how earning a master’s in human resource management can help you gain the essential skills in strategic leadership in human resources.

MS in Human Resource Management sample courses

The coursework for our online Master's in Human Resource Management degree includes a core foundation in employee acquisition and engagement, training and development, HR strategy, and more.

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HRM5060 *
Sourcing and Managing Talent in the Workplace

Learners in this course examine contemporary perspectives in recruiting, talent mobility, workforce planning, and performance management. Learners select and develop approaches which support employee mobility and performance to advance organizational goals. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in HRM5002; or HRM5310. 

4 quarter credits
HRM5065 *
Employment Law in the Successful Workplace

In this course, learners gain an understanding of the application of U.S. law and legislation to human resource management theory and practice in the modern workplace. Learners evaluate historical perspectives on law and labor relations and the impact of context on practice. Learners focus on the value of aligning organizational mission, legal compliance, and ethical practices. Learners also assess methods by which the HRM professional can resolve conflict and defuse or mitigate potentially litigious situations while enhancing productivity. Prerequisite(s): HRM5002.

4 quarter credits
HRM5070 *
Workplace Learning in the Digital Age

Learners in this course gain an understanding of the role of the HR professional in talent development, theories and models of learning, learning styles, and ways to design and manage the learning process. Learners apply a strategic approach to workplace learning to align the organization’s strategy with learning programs and demonstrate learning strategies and practices which meet the needs of employees and the organization. Prerequisite(s): HRM5002.

4 quarter credits
HRM5080 *
Evidence-Based Decision Making for HR Professionals

In this course, learners apply evidence-based models of decision making to advocate and support HR strategies and practices. Learners use qualitative and quantitative data in HR decision making to influence organizational stakeholders and incorporate storytelling to provide compelling advocacy for HR programs, practices, and projects. Prerequisite(s): HRM5002.

4 quarter credits
HRM5120 *
Global Human Resource Practice

In this course, learners navigate the global legal and regulatory environments and their application to HR practices. Learners apply HR principles and models to multiple contexts within the global environment. Learners develop an awareness of global cultures and best practices for working across cultures. Prerequisite(s): HRM5002.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

  • Develop a strategic perspective to guide human resource decisions and grow organizational effectiveness.
  • Expand leadership skills to build relationships and influence change.
  • Apply the SHRM code of ethics to decision-making and practice.
  • Build skills in interpreting the law and applying legal responsibilities.
  • Use evidence‐based decision-making to inform and support human resource management.
  • Communicate in a clear, accurate, and professional way within the field of human resources.

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Get the support you need for success

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Financial aid counselors

Our financial aid team knows how to run the numbers and help save on tuition.

Career center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

MS HRM professional paths

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our Master of Science in Human Resource Management.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Human resources manager
  • Director of human resources
  • Human resources generalist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Human resources consultant
  • Vice president of human resources
  • Human resources business partner
  • Human resources analyst
  • Employee relations manager
  • Adjunct or part-time human resource management faculty
  • Training and development manager
  • Compensation or benefits manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Hospital
  • Government - local, state, and federal
  • Accounting, Tax, and Payroll Services
  • Manufacturing organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • Insurance carriers
  • Human services agency

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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