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. From planning to hiring, retaining and developing top talent, the HRMD program at NLU equips students to be experts in this essential foundation of successful organizations.

Choose NLU's human resource management and development master's degree if you:

  • Are ready to advance from a support or line role in human resources to a management position
  • 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 effectively 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

  • Concepts, theories and practices of human resource management and development
  • Technical skill sets for Human Resource planning and forecasting, talent management, employee relations and the law, compensation and benefits, labor/management relations
  • 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
  • Oral and written presentation skills

Employment in human resource management functions is projected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, much 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 HRMD degree program offers a practical, applications-oriented curriculum that builds leadership skills and knowledge that managers can implement in real time in their working environments. Students' own professional environments and challenges provide case study contexts for class learning. Course materials also expose students to developing human resources trends and forces operating in organizations today.

The program is tailored to meet the needs of busy adults juggling personal and professional commitments. Fellowship with classmate-colleagues is also promoted. Students in the human resource degree program at NLU generally stay with one group of classmates through the whole program, building a professional network and a deep understanding of comparative organizational environments from peers.

NLU's Master of Science in Human Resource Development 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, in right-hand column.  The program requires nine courses and can be completed in 1 to 1.5 years. 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.

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

Get more information today about enrolling in NLU's Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration program. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).


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