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Master of
Human Resource Management

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Set the standard for excellence in human resources with the award-winning Master of Human Resource Management degree from accredited Ashford University:

  • 100% online coursework
  • 6-week classes taken one at a time
  • No GRE requirement
  • $705 per credit
  • Aligned with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Curriculum Guidelines
  • ​Eligibility to apply for the SHRM exam during your final year of study (if you've completed 500 hours of relevant experience)*


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HR.com, an online resource promoting education, career development, and compliance in the HR field, awarded this program with a Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD) Award for 2018. The program was cited as one of the top 15 degree programs with an emphasis on Human Resources.



Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wscuc.org.



*Successful completion of this program by itself does not provide SHRM HR certification or the SHRM Assurance of Learning® Assessment Certificate of Learning. Students seeking SHRM HR Certification, or other such industry related certifications, are encouraged to carefully research requirements prior to enrollment. Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization or certifying entity will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purposes of professional certification.

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

What you will learn

The Master of Human Resource Management offers HR-specific curriculum to develop your competencies and make you a valuable HR strategist. As a graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Evaluate organizational needs as a strategic business partner in the core areas of Human Resource Management
  • Assess change management initiatives to fulfill strategic organizational objectives
  • Analyze internal and external business environments and HR management strategies of virtual, domestic, and internationally focused organizations
  • Assess issues of diversity as they affect the human resource function
  • Construct strategies for planning, recruiting, selecting, training, and retaining employees to ensure human resources support organizational goals
  • Evaluate regulatory, legal, and ethical issues when developing and administering policies and procedures in the workplace

HR Taught in the Business Context

Ashford’s Master of Human Resource Management degree prepares you to be an asset in any business. The SHRM-aligned curriculum covers critical content areas:

  • Change management
  • Compensation and benefits 
  • Employee and labor relations 
  • Globalization 
  • HR information systems 
  • Legal and ethical issues 
  • Training and development 
  • Workforce planning and talent management
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Your Courses in Human Resource Managment

Prepare to take on real-world HR tasks. Your human resource management courses cover the traditional, transactional human resource role, as well as the financial, leadership, strategic, and change management aspects of modern HR.

Graduation Requirements at a Glance

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Complete all 13 major course requirements for a total of 39 credits (all courses are 3 credits each)
  • Satisfactorily complete a comprehensive final examination and a capstone project
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Major Course Requirements

Careers in Human Resource Management

Every industry needs HR professionals. Some of your potential human resource management career options include:

  • Benefits manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Compensation Director
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Labor Relations Specialist

Beginning or Continuing Your HR Career

Whether you have current HR experience or are new to the field, pursuing your master’s degree in human resource management can give you the necessary skills and knowledge to take your career to the next level. A master of human resources can be excellent preparation for many different professional organizations, as businesses need someone with the skills to manage and direct others to help create organizational success and promote better working environments. If you are mid-career or have recently completed your bachelor’s degree, consider pursuing your master’s in human resource management online from Ashford University, in order to take the next steps in your career.

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This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.