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Master of Science in Human Resources Management

Program Overview

Become a strategic asset as an HR leader.

Help your organization meet operational goals through employee development and strategic staffing plans.

Gain the knowledge and skills prescribed by the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook, only students attending a SHRM aligned program, like The University of Scranton’s MS in Human Resources Management, will be eligible to apply for the Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam.*

Help your organization meet operational goals through employee development and strategic staffing plans.

Gain the knowledge and skills prescribed by the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook, only students attending a SHRM aligned program, like The University of Scranton’s MS in Human Resources Management, will be eligible to apply for the Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam.*

Quick Facts

21-22

months to complete

33

total credit hours

$875

per credit hour

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Expand Your Skills, Network and Possibilities

Ranked as one of the top-10 master’s universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report, The University of Scranton provides you with the education, resources, and networking opportunities you’ll need to succeed after graduation.

In addition to common HR skills like compensation and benefits, you’ll learn to drive your organization’s performance with effective decision-making and strategic planning.

Take advantage of the same benefits that on-campus students enjoy: access to networking opportunities including correspondence with fellow online HR degree program graduates — as well as membership to the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Career OutLook: Six-Figure Median Incomes

The career outlook for human resources managers is steady, with an expected 7% increase from 2018 to 2028 — faster than national average. Human resources managers currently make a median annual income of $113,300. The top 10% of earners in this role make over $201,380 annually.1

With your master’s degree from Scranton and a potential SHRM certification, you’ll be well-positioned to seek these top roles.

Career Outlook

Curriculum: SHRM-Aligned for Success

Offered in a flexible online format, the Master of Science in Human Resources Management program integrates up-to-date industry research to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills an HR professional needs. Our curriculum aligns with standards established by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), with an emphasis on development, strategy and communication

You’ll gain a mastery of HR topics such as collective bargaining, compensation, ethics, and the strategic development skills needed to achieve organizational goals, all through the perspective of Scranton’s Jesuit tradition and commitment to ethics.

Curriculum

Program Outcomes: A Well-Rounded HR Skill Set

You’ll complete this program able to:

Admission Requirements

To apply for the Master of Science in Human Resources Management from The University of Scranton, you’ll need:

Admissions Info

Tuition Details

The Master of Science in Human Resources program at Scranton consists of 33 credit hours and costs $875 per credit hour.

We strive to provide you with an affordable, high-quality education. That’s why we’re ranked a Best Value School, Regional Universities North, by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.2

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Faculty: Helping You Succeed

Led by program director Dr. Ken Zula, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the Master of Science in Human Resources Management is taught by a team of engaged, energetic faculty members who are experts in the field — as well as passionate about helping students take the next step in their careers.

Faculty at Scranton

Why Learn Online?

Earn a degree without interrupting your career. You’ll be part of an online learning community led by a diverse and expert faculty. Online programs reflect the same rigorous standards as our on-campus programs.

Scranton Online

Financial Aid

Financial aid options are available to help you pay for your education. A personal financial aid counselor will assist you in identifying and taking full advantage of all opportunities.

Financial Aid Details

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-373-9547.

This program takes an average of 26 months to complete.

Human resources management is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our human resources graduates go on to work in a wide range of industries including government, healthcare, enterprise management, and more.

In your role, you can expect to perform tasks like coordinating your organization’s employees, connecting managers and team members, and engaging in workplace conflict resolution. Learn more on our career outlook page.

No. You do not need to have a background in human resources to apply for this program.

The MS in Human Resources Management costs $875 per credit, with an estimated total cost of tuition of $28,875.

It’s up to you. Students can choose to take this program either full- or part-time.

This program is comprised of 11 courses, with 33 total credit hours. Courses include:

Foundation Courses:

  • HR 500: Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • HR 501: Human Resources

Core Courses:

  • HR 503: Control and Budgeting Systems
  • HR 504: Strategic Planning
  • HR 505: Recruitment and Staffing
  • HR 506: Workplace Learning & Performance
  • HR 510: Organizational Change
  • HR 511: Total Rewards
  • HR 512: Employee and Labor Relations
  • HR 516: Ethics in Human Resources

Capstone Course:

  • HR 520: Applied Human Resources

Learn more about the MS in HR Management courses on our curriculum page.

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Footnotes:

*To qualify for the SHRM-CP exam, students must be in their final year of the HR program and must be able to provide proof of a minimum of 500 hours of relevant HR experience. For full details, visit the SHRM website.