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Master's In Human Resource (HR) Management Online

Empower Others To Reach Their Full Potential With Our HR Master's Degree

Take your career to the next level and become a strategic partner within any organization when you graduate with a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In this program, you’ll learn how to help your organization’s leadership and talent navigate changes big and small.

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be a versatile HR professional ready to lead the heart of a company. You’ll understand rewards systems, conflict management, and goal assessments as they relate to a company’s planning, execution, and successful completion of objectives. You’ll also be confident in training management-level staff in negotiation, communication, strategy, and ethics.

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36

credits

$730

per credit

1-2

years*

SeptJanMay

start dates

Online

36

credits

$730

per credit

1-2

years*

SeptJanMay

start dates

Online

Succeed in Human Resources Management

Prepare to achieve your goals in human resources management with Saint Mary’s online program. You’ll complete online coursework that provides the flexibility that busy professionals expect. While learning from expert faculty, you’ll explore concepts related to areas where human resources managers thrive, including training and development, labor relations, compensation and benefits, and HR analytics.

SHRM Academically Aligned

Program Highlights

  • Receive HRCI and SHRM Certification Preparation  
  • The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the Master’s in Human Resource Management program at Saint Mary’s University fully aligns with SHRM’s Human Resources Curriculum Guidebook and Templates
  • Earn digital badges and customize your degree with a Graduate Certificate for just two additional courses.  
  • Access to a global network of 50,000+ alumni
  • Discover scholarships available through our partnerships with several regional and national employers. See if your employer is part of our Trusted Partnership Program. Learn more.

Course Requirements

The coursework for the human resource management master’s program allows you to enhance your breadth and depth of knowledge while acquiring skills that apply to multiple industries. Saint Mary’s SHRM-aligned curriculum has a management focus, giving you the tools to lead teams in any environment.

“There is a lot of interaction between professors and students. Even though it’s an online course you will gain a lot of knowledge and build up the confidence in yourself when engaging in this field professionally.”

– Jessica Alcazar, 2023 M.A. in Human Resource Management Online Graduate

 

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.

Admissions

Applying for an online master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is the first step in securing a sound and successful future. Our admission requirements help us learn more about you and how your goals align with the online HR master’s program. We consider each part of the application as part of a holistic representation of your unique background.

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale (If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive provisional status in the program at the discretion of the MAHRM program director.)

    • No prerequisite coursework is required for the online MAHRM other than the general requirements listed above
    • A background in human resources is not required to be considered for admission. We welcome students who are interested in joining this growing field. You don’t need prior work experience or an HR-related bachelor’s degree to be accepted

  • GRE and GMAT scores are not required to apply.

  • You can transfer a maximum of six credits you’ve earned before admittance to Saint Mary’s. Transfer credits are subject to graduate school and program criteria, as well as the recommendation of the program director and approval by the dean. Work experience is not accepted as credit for this program.

    Students entering the MAHRM program with either the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification or the SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resource Management, Senior Certified Professional) certification do not need to take the HRM601 Human Resource Management Strategy course.

    Certifications must be earned and current before the student’s admission into the MAHRM program. Students must request the waiver, provide documentation evidencing the date that the certification was earned, and provide their current certification standing. Students receiving the HRM601 waiver will take one more elective course in the program, keeping the 36 total credits requirement.

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing.

    Saint Mary’s accepts:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Whether you apply through our online application, via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s enrollment counselor, your application must include the following items:

    • Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to oladmissions@smumn.edu or mailed to: Transcript Processing Center
      Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
      851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
      Maitland, FL 32751
    • A written statement: As you prepare your written statement, consider your prior experience, your strengths, and the unique attributes that make you a great fit for the online MAHRM program and a career in human resource management. Share your career goals and why you seek admission to Saint Mary’s
    • Two references: Please provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, and phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you professionally, such as current or former supervisors
    • An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online MAHRM program:

    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Summer: April 22, 2024
    • Fall: August 20, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s online MAHRM program:

    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024
    • Fall: September 3, 2024

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing an accessible, quality education that is focused on enhancing your personal and professional growth.

Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees of the HR Management program.

Careers & Salary

Saint Mary's online master's degree program in human resource management can help you take your passion to the next level. As a strategic organizational thinker, you can facilitate success within your company by being the link between management and employees. You'll empower colleagues to use their full potential while you pursue your own in a myriad of career options:

Human Resources Specialists

$64,2401

Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists

$67,7802

Human Resources Managers

$130,0003

Compensation and Benefits Managers

$131,2804
Explore HR Management Careers
5%

growth is projected for human resources managers from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations3

What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the role of human resources in supporting an organizational strategy
  • Develop interdepartmental relationships to further strategic leadership goals
  • Evaluate human resource programs in key functional areas
  • Create systems for talent management in partnership with organizational leaders
  • Collect and interpret data for organizational assessment
  • Model and teach effective, cross-cultural competence
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills
  • Incorporate ethical and legal perspectives into all human resource activities

Frequently Asked Questions

No, a background in human resources is not required to be considered for admission. We welcome students who are interested in joining this growing field.

No. SHRM certification is not automatically conferred upon your graduation. However, the Master’s in Human Resource Management is aligned with SHRM’s core knowledge areas, so it serves as a foundation for certification if you decide to pursue it. In addition, the Capstone course in the program is designed to help students prepare for both HRCI and SHRM certification exams.

The age range among students is wide, from recent college graduates to individuals in their 50s. Some students have worked in HR for a few years; others are interested in making a career change. Part of the online experience includes learning from peers with different perspectives. As long as you are committed to the program, you will fit in no matter your background.

You must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, where you maintained an overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, and be able to demonstrate language proficiency.

To earn your degree, you will complete 12 graduate-level classes equaling 36 credit hours of program work. You can complete the 12 classes at your own pace. With one course per 8-week term, you will complete your course work in two years. If you would like to go more quickly, you can take up to two courses per term and complete the program in one year.

This program is ideal for students transitioning into the HR field because it helps create a professional portfolio you can share with prospective employers.

Assignments are designed to help students become strategic business partners within their organizations.

Saint Mary’s University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certifies that coursework in the online master’s in Human Resource Management program is aligned with SHRM’s core knowledge areas.

Instructors who teach the online MA in Human Resource Management are currently working in the field so that they can offer you a current picture of issues, challenges, and developments facing human resource managers today. What you will learn isn’t limited to the classroom — they are also available for extra support and guidance whenever you need it.

Saint Mary’s programs are open to individuals of all faiths and beliefs. As an HR professional, you have a zeal for helping employees work more effectively and improving organizational performance. At Saint Mary’s, we imbue our programs with that same enthusiasm and a passion for service to the community. We believe that our graduates can help make the world a better place through their expertise, professional and personal fulfillment, and ethical leadership.

No. Coursework is completely online and is asynchronous, meaning you do not have to be online at a certain time on a certain day. As long as you complete your assignments according to the schedule set by your instructor, you can log in whenever it is convenient for you.

Students entering the MAHRM program with either the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification or the SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resource Management, Senior Certified Professional) certification do not need to take the HRM 601 Human Resource Management Strategy course. Certifications must be earned and current before the student’s admission into the MAHRM program.

The human resource management program director selects faculty based on previous online teaching and industry experience. The faculty members currently work in the human resource industry so they can offer you the most relevant industry perspective and knowledge. The faculty encompasses an extensive wealth of human resource knowledge, educating you on current issues, challenges, and developments faced by human resource professionals today.

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Sources & Disclaimers

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Human Resources Specialists.” Retrieved September 6, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists.htm.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists.” Retrieved September 6, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/compensation-benefits-and-job-analysis-specialists.htm.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Human Resources Managers.” Retrieved September 6, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/human-resources-managers.htm.
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Compensation and Benefits Managers.” Retrieved September 6, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/compensation-and-benefits-managers.htm.

*Complete the program at your own pace in 12-24 months.