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MS in Human Resource Management Business

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

Put yourself in a position to lead

Whether you’re an experienced HR professional or new to the field, our online Master’s in Human Resource Management degree can give you the skills and knowledge to help you shape organizational success. This degree program will increase your understanding of management strategies and analytics, sharpen your business acumen, and even prepare you for HR certifications along the way.

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.

In compliance with an ACBSP requirement that we notify the public of student achievement, Capella University is reporting performance analysis and number of graduates in each of the accredited programs and specializations in 2017.

At a Glance

  • 100% online
  • 8 Core courses
  • 3 Elective courses
  • 1 Capstone

Classes Start June 8th

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 SPRING)

What you’ll learn

Sharpen your leadership skills

Understand the leadership skills needed to consult with internal customers and partner with business leaders.  

Manage with insight

Gain a better understanding of HR management to make informed decisions in collaborative, global work environments. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Understand the numbers

Develop a better understanding of the role that systems and metrics play in human resource management.  

Use data to make decisions

Increase your data analysis skills to help make better decisions on behalf of your organization. 

Prepare for the real world

Our state-of-the-art, virtual simulator, CapraTek®, allows you to practice fulfilling HR needs, even in a challenging work environment. 

MS in Human Resource Management program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

HR compass support

Whether you’re a skilled HR professional or new to the field, you’ll benefit from HR Compass, which sets you up to succeed.

Unique learning experience

You’ll focus on networking, resume development, certification preparation, and career support—incorporated in your coursework.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

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
$725 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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.

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Faculty interview

"We have to teach leaders to be more nimble."

Shelley Robbins, PhD
Human Resource Faculty Chair

Save more than $14,000* with a Prior Learning Assessment. We can help you find the maximum number of credits you can use toward your degree. Savings toward your MS in HRM can be up to $14,450 with your SHRM®-SCP or SHRM®-CP.

*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.

Earn a certificate as you work toward your master’s. Build knowledge you can immediately apply in the workplace. Differentiate yourself in the job market with a Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate.  

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

Master's 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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HRM5015 *
Leading and Managing Workplace Learning

In this course, learners focus on the theories and application of training to include needs assessment, program design and implementation, and the evaluation of training programs, including return on investment. Learners also study career planning and succession planning. Finally, learners review the strategic role of development in the long term functioning of the organization. Prerequisite(s): HRM5002.

4 quarter credits
HRM5025 *
Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning

In this course, learners analyze approaches for forecasting staffing needs, and attracting and retaining talent. Learners evaluate the metrics used to measure the effectiveness of both recruiting and staffing needs and processes. Learners also examine the impact of laws and technology on the staffing environment. Prerequisite(s): MBA learners must have completed HRM5310. MS in Human Resource Management learners must have completed HRM5002. 

4 quarter credits
HRM5035 *
Analytics, Metrics, and Decision Making for Human Resource Management

In this course, learners gain an understanding of the role of measurements and metrics in making informed decisions and aligning HRM strategies with business objectives. Learners examine Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS), performance management, and HRM Analytics, and the ways in which the HRM professional can utilize these tools to effectively contribute to their organizations. Prerequisite(s): HRM5002.

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
HRM5122 *
Developing an Effective Workplace

In this course, learners focus on the role of the HR professional in creating effective workplaces that support the needs of a diverse workforce and contribute to alignment with organizational strategy. Learners examine the elements of the organization which contribute to leading and managing today’s workforce and learn the essential skills for cultivating organizational commitment and facilitating employee engagement in the workplace. Prerequisite(s): MBA learners must have completed HRM5310. MS in Human Resource Management learners must have completed HRM5002.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

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


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

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

Career center

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

Human Resource Management career insights

MBA vs. MS in Human Resource Management

Here are three questions to help determine your path for choosing an advanced degree in human resource management.

The Value of Competency-Based Education for HR Professionals

Competency-based education is valuable for human resource professionals, as students and in the hiring process.

MS HRM professional paths

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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Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals.

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