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 master's in human resources degree program prepares students for entry into this field. Students will acquire the skills and flexibility 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.
- 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.
Human resources degree holders 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
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.
Human resource management 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 required.
- 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 master's in human resources 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).