Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development Degree

M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development (HRMD) program gives human resources practitioners the leadership skills to help build organizations that maximize the effectiveness of human capital and prepares students for entry into this profession. From planning to hiring, retaining, and developing top talent, the HRMD program prepares students to accommodate changes in the economy, technology, globalization, and demographics.

Choose NLU's master's of human resources degree if you:

  • Are ready to advance from a support or line role in human resources to a management position
  • If you work in a different field and want to take a new direction in your career.
  • Need the knowledge base to stay up to date in the regulatory and legal framework for human resources
  • Want to develop your communications skills to influence and lead in human resources practices across an organization
  • Seek to be a change agent who can advocate for the “people strengths” essential to making an organization great
  • Hold HR certifications and would like to apply them towards a graduate degree and complete in less time.
  • Concepts, theories and practices of human resource management and development
  • Technical skill sets for Human Resource planning and forecasting, talent acquisition and retention, employee relations and the law, total rewards, performance management, organizational effectiveness and development, organizational culture, diversity and inclusion and HR strategy.
  • How to integrate Human Resource knowledge and skills to impact organizational mission and effectiveness
  • The opportunities and challenges presented by the regulatory and legal environment of business
  • Critical thinking, leadership and problem solving skills

The Master’s in Human Resource Management and Development at NLU is newly designed as a 100 percent online program to meet the flexibility needs of today’s busy professionals. Or if you prefer, you can select our blended format which combines face-to-face learning with online coursework. Both formats deliver the same professionally relevant curriculum to help you earn the in-demand credentials necessary for today’s HR professionals.

Employment in human resource management is projected to grow by 9 percent between 2014 and 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Increasing government legislation and rising healthcare costs will increase demand for human resources, training, and labor relations experts to manage recruitment and benefits functions.

Graduates are prepared to advance in a wide range of management positions including:

  • Compensation Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist/Manager
  • Director of Training and Development
  • Director of Benefits
  • Director of Labor-Management Relations
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Recruiter

NLU’s Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development program offers a practical, applications-oriented curriculum that builds leadership skills and knowledge that managers can implement in real time in their working environments. The program aligns with the professional standards of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Body of Competency and Knowledge. This includes the knowledge domains of people, organization, workplace and strategy.

Courses will prepare you to sit for HR Certification Institute and SHRM’s professional certification exams in:

  • Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) from HRCI: No additional experience is equired.
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from HRCI: Upon acquiring one year of experience in a professional-level HR position.
  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP): Upon becoming employed in an HR role.

This program is tailored to meet the needs of busy adults juggling personal and professional commitments. Fellowship with classmate-colleagues is also promoted. HRMD students progress through the program with one group of classmates, though the schedule permits some flexibility to allow students to start at any time and take the classes they desire. Students still benefit from developing a professional network with their peers, as well as gaining an understanding from peers of their organizations’ environments.

NLU’s HRMD program is professionally accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

To view the Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development curriculum click on the CURRICULUM DETAILS above, right-hand column. The program requires 12 courses and can be completed in 20 months. The College of Professional Studies and Advancement will review graduate hours completed at accredited institutions and may transfer up to a maximum of 9 hours of credit toward the Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development.

Some or all of those hours may also be awarded through a Certification-to-Credit Pathway, in which NLU will award Prior Learning credit for certain Human Resources certifications, including: Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR), Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM Certified Professional (CHRMCP), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Certified Benefits Professional (CBP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP), and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS).

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements, as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.

Get more information today about enrolling in NLU's M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development program. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU has a proud history of serving graduate students in southeastern Wisconsin. We currently offer all Wisconsin residents online programs in non-licensure education as well as a variety of business-related degrees.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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