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Your master’s degree in Human Resource Management can help you establish yourself as a leader in the field.


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Through the hiring and development of staff, you are consequently setting up your organization for success. Learn to become a leader in the field of human resources with your online Master of Human Resources Management degree at Colorado State University-Global Campus and gain advanced knowledge of the art of managing employees.

This program is designed to prepare you for a wide variety of leadership roles within the field of human resources. In the program, you will learn how to lead dynamic and diverse teams, understand legal and ethical decision making, manage performance to achieve results, and strategically plan and execute human resource initiatives.

Earn Your Master's Degree In Human Resource Management

With CSU-Global's Human Resource Management graduate program, you can grow to become a leader among leaders in the field of human resources.

Students will learn to manage complex operational and strategic issues in both public and private contexts; create guidelines for conduct and behavior expectations; study law, ethics, and corporate responsibility; resolve conflicts; employ performance appraisals; train employees in a diverse workplace; and much more. Additionally, this program is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Master of HumanResource Management Onetonline.org, 2016. $106,910 Average Salary for Human Resources Managers

Ensure Quality with a ACBSP Accredited Degree

CSU-Global's master's degree in human resource management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).

The ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body which means your degree will be recognized and respected by employers.

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The Master of Human Resource Management program provides students with the comprehensive theories, programs, and practices associated with human resources. This knowledge is leveraged to create innovative and inspiring strategies that maximize the potential and utilization of an organization’s human assets and employees. Students learn to become strategic partners with senior management as they compete in a global workplace. Specific topics include talent development, human resource leadership in a global environment, and maximizing human capital. This program is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The Master of Human Resource Management is additionally accredited by ACBSP, which accredits quality business programs across the globe.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop creative and innovative management strategies that utilize employee resources to maximize organizational effectiveness.
  • Manage employee relations and resolve conflicts in the pursuit of creating a collaborative and diverse workforce.
  • Critically analyze and create relevant programs to address human resource-related legal, ethical, and corporate social responsibilities that impact an organization.
  • Strategically staff and develop organizational talent to maximize employee productivity and performance.
  • Utilize human resource metrics and systems, including performance appraisals and compensation, to enable an organization to meet its goals and objectives.
  • Broaden employee cultural knowledge and global skills to assist the organization in excelling in a globalized economy.

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To ensure that you are learning the human resources management practices relevant today, all courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in their fields, and are specially trained to teach online, so you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.

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SHRM Certification and Membership

CSU-Global is committed to ensuring our students remain knowledgeable and competitive in the human resources industry. We’ve partnered with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the largest global network of human resource professionals, to offer students phenomenal enhancements to their education and careers.

This means not only is our Master’s of Science in HR Management aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates, but students can take advantage of special membership and offers related to the SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification exams. *

  • Become a SHRM Member for only $40 per year! That’s a $150 discount on their $190 membership fee. Student SHRM members can take advantage of the network’s scholarship opportunities, conferences, HR news, research reports, and networking events. They also have access to HR publications, webcasts, information, tools, and how-to guides, along with a global network of over 275,000 contacts!
  • Discounted SHRM Certificate Study Materials! When you are getting close to sitting for your certification exam, you can benefit from $250 off the SHRM study materials if you are an existing student SHRM member.**
  • Get reimbursed for up to $300 of your SHRM certification exam! If you take and pass your SHRM certification exam within 12 months of graduation and it is your first time attempting the exam, CSU-Global will reimburse up to $300 of your exam fee. Exam fees range from $300-$400 meaning you could add the SHRM certification to your resume for FREE or a minimal cost- all in addition to earning your accredited degree in HR from a state university! **

CSU-Global firmly believes in the value of earning a SHRM Certification, which is why we’ve worked to make the their network so accessible to our students. Contact your student advisor or the SHRM advisor (shrm.advisor@csuglobal.edu) to take advantage of these exclusive discount opportunities.

*Please note: Students must be existing SHRM members to receive reimbursement and other benefits. Students requesting the SHRM Learning System must be in their capstone/last HRM course to apply for the program (or within 12 months of graduation).

**Subject to change at any time.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for human resources managers is 13%, compared to the all-occupations average of 10%. This is only slightly above average, which means that if you're looking for a job in the field, you will want to stand out. That's where your online Master of Human Resource Management degree comes in.

As organizations grow and face increasingly complex and global challenges, they are seeking leaders who can help guide their futures, and who will help them thrive during difficult times. A master's degree in the field is a great way of demonstrating that you're the right person for the job.

CSU-Global's accredited Master of Human Resource Management program is specifically aligned with approved SHRM curriculum. If you're serious about a strong career in human resources, ensuring that your education is aligned with SHRM best practices is a great way to achieve your professional goals.

The most effective human resources managers are interested in...

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Human Resource Management is one of the most valuable and indispensable skills in any organization. From government to manufacturing to non-profit, and everything in between, effective human resource management is essential. 

If you are the person who can best guide an organization forward through training, staff management, and problem solving, fill out the short form on the right-hand side of this page to request more information. We'll work with you to help you hone and demonstrate your abilities with a master's degree. 

Degree Optimization

We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. Foundations of Human Resource Leadership and  Strategic Human Resources Leadership for the 21st Century are two of the awards you can receive as part of our human resources program. 

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CSU-Global’s accredited Online Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management is designed to provide you with a practical knowledge of the field. The program consists of eight three-credit core courses as part of a full 36-credit master’s degree. (Some Master of Human Resource Management students may also be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.) 

  • RES501*: Fundamentals of Research and Writing

    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00.

    The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.

  • BUS500**: Foundations of Business

    This course provides a foundational survey of business topics including marketing, finance, accounting, management, law, economics, ethics, information systems, quantitative methods, and policy within domestic and global perspectives. The broad focus of the course provides students without a business undergraduate degree with foundational background information in business terminology and concepts that support entry-level knowledge for graduate-level study.

  • ORG502: Effective Organizations—Theory and Practice

    In this course, students gain an understanding of leading operational and strategic issues in public and private organizations facing accelerated social, economic, and technological changes. Students will examine organizational theory, strategic thinking, and theories guiding decision making, leadership, organizational culture, and change management.

  • HRM500: Managing Human Resources

    Analyze the implications of the recruitment, staffing, evaluation and development of employees in the strategic management of a high performance workforce. Examine the economics of labor and the effects of legislative and legal decisions in the administration and management of employees.

  • HRM515: Legal and Human Resource Dimensions of Business Management

    This course emphasizes the legal, human resource, and regulatory controls that define, promote and limit business practices. The legal ramifications are presented as a mechanism managers can use to resolve conflict, infer guidelines for conduct, and create bases for expectations. Fundamental interactions of law, ethics, and corporate social responsibility are emphasized. Topic areas include the business legal system, ethics, employer-employee relationship, contracts, small business ownership, and the legal environment of international business.

  • HRM540: Maximizing Human Capital

    This course explores the value, utilization, and development of human capital, with a specific concentration on structuring an organization and developing innovative training programs that maximize organizational and human potential. Students explore strategies human resource professionals can utilize to raise employee motivation and job satisfaction, as well as assist employees in achieving the proper life/work balance. A key focus is to research concepts and practices that adapt organizational structures and processes to better conform to, utilize, and take advantage of employee potential. Recommended Prior Course: HRM500.

  • HRM550: Strategic Labor Relations

    This course provides a comprehensive and exhaustive analysis of labor relations in terms of its history, regulations, and current environment. The broader relationship between unions, organizations, and employees is explored, along with dispute and conflict resolution techniques including grievances and arbitration. This course addresses the importance of teams and managing diversity through unique dialogue and a collaborative lens. Students learn to enhance and promote diversity as managers and leaders and effectively resolve conflict and disputes in a variety of complex scenarios. This course is an equivalent of HRM516 and MGT516; earning credit for both courses is not permissible.

  • HRM560: Staffing and Talent Development

    This course is an examination of the managerial and leadership responsibilities related to employee career management as well as personal and professional growth. Students explore strategies for training and staff development in order to better understand the importance of deploying human resources, developing core competencies, and promoting a learning culture to better compete in a competitive economy. This course also explores the changing educational, demographic, economic, and societal factors that impact recruitment, and students develop a comprehensive and innovative strategy to recruit the most talented applicants in the workplace.

  • HRM570: Global Human Resource Leadership

    This course focuses on the concepts and theories associated with managing a global workforce, including the complexities of outsourcing, expatriate challenges for employees and their families, coordinating training and development within differing cultures, and international issues associated with compensation, employee evaluation, and discipline. Students gain a solid understanding of the rise and importance of international business, the knowledge and skills employees need to compete internationally, and how human resources can play a strategic role in collaborating with senior management to build a productive and profitable global business.

  • HRM580: Capstone - Human Resource Management

    This capstone course provides students with the opportunity to apply the advanced theory and practice learned in the Human Resource Management graduate program. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the legal and human resource dimensions of business, effective labor management, leading diverse teams in a dynamic results oriented environment, and other key HR Management principles through the development of a comprehensive capstone project.

  • HRM595***: Human Resource Management Internship

    The internship provides students with practical experience in Human Resource Management. Each student works under the direct supervision of a senior-level professional at an approved organization or company, and applies and integrates what they have learned during the core courses of their program. Each student is required to participate in coursework that allows them to demonstrate what has been learned through the internship experience. The emphasis of the internship is on the student assuming a professional role within the organization. Students complete their internships over a period of eight weeks during one CSU-Global course. A minimum of 80 hours of internship fieldwork must be completed during the course.

*Master’s Plus – Some Masters students may be required to take RES500 as part of their program if they have been provisionally admitted with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00.

** Students who do not have a previous degree from an ACBSP, IACBE, or AACSB accredited program must complete BUS500 before completing other program requirements. Students must successfully pass BUS500 within three terms. Provisionally admitted students required to complete BUS500 are not required to take RES500 or RES501. Provisional students who have completed a prior degree from an accredited business program will complete RES500 or RES501, rather than BUS500.

*** HRM595 is an optional course that will provide students with practical experience in human resource management. This course may not be available in all states, see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admissions Policies.


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    The criminal justice field includes careers in security, courts, corrections, and forensics, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The graduate level Criminal Justice Leadership program provides advanced management skills to further your professional development.

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  • Finance

    In this program, students are prepared for careers as financial managers and leaders in the corporate world. Advanced financial areas of study include economics, decision making, risk and return, global market analysis, strategic planning, reporting, and more. With a master’s degree from CSU-Global featuring a specialization in finance, students are prepared for careers as financial managers and leaders in the corporate world.

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    The Fraud Management program is ideal for financial specialists focused on the prevention of deceitful practices and activity through the effective management and protection of sensitive information.

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  • Global Management

    The Global Management program facilitates student’s awareness of topics present in global business, including communications, international accounting and finance, and economic aspects related to business decisions.

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    Professionals interested in the management of healthcare facilities and departments should consider CSU-Global's online Healthcare Administration program in order to acquire knowledge and best practices for effective supervision and decision making in the healthcare field.

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    Managers, directors, and senior executives in information technology can gain vital knowledge to increase an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness in the marketplace through the advanced IT strategies and implementation training provided by this program.

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    In today’s global marketplace, effective leadership in any industry requires special skills. Students interested in pursuing a career with multi-national strategic vision benefit from the skills and application of knowledge obtained in the International Management program.

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    This specialization is designed to provide existing K-12 math teachers with the graduate level credit in mathematics necessary to be qualified to teach dual enrollment courses.

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    Students of the Online Learning program gain the knowledge and skills necessary to create a powerful and engaging learning experience. Areas of study include the practical application of innovative and original instructional delivery, virtual learning environments, and evaluation of learning outcome achievement.

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    Managers, at any level or tenure, must be able to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of business. Students in this program gain the tools for career advancement by learning to thrive through market innovations and handle rapid organizational growth and change.

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    This graduate level program in project management offers extensive leadership and skill development regarding improved organizational efficiency and performance. These courses include topic areas, practical skills, and knowledge aligned to professional certifications associated with the Project Management Institute (PMI) including the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and the Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

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Earning your master’s degree shows you have excellent critical thinking and decision making skills. Earning it at CSU-Global means you are already have a grasp on the key skills you need in the human resources industry. Our promise to you is an affordable education with low tuition rates guaranteed not to increase for as long as you are enrolled, with no student fees or out-of-state tuition up charges. 

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