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Master of Human Resource Management Degree Program

© Dr. Nina A., 2021 Graduate and Dr. Sylvia C., 2021 Graduate, Military Veteran

Develop Critical Job Skills for Human Resource Professionals

The field of human resources used to focus primarily on recruiting, hiring, and terminating employees. Over the years, however, this role has evolved and expanded to keep pace with technology, the needs of business, and the challenges inherent in managing a more diversified workforce. Modern human resource professionals must not only understand how to attract skilled employees, but they must also take on additional responsibilities that directly impact a company’s culture, reputation, and overall success. This enhanced role requires leadership skills and an education aligned with the needs of industry today.

Northcentral University’s Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) degree program covers foundational concepts and theories along with effective human resource practices. Students will explore employee recruitment, retention strategies, staffing models, and compensation issues, and learn how to manage labor relations. Additional areas of focus include training and development, global talent development, and employment law. Those in this program will also acquire the skills needed to effectively manage a diverse, global workforce.

The MHRM program fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidelines. The program is designed to prepare students for a range of roles within domestic or international organizations, including leadership positions. Upon graduation, students will have a deep understanding of the positive impact human resources has on both the employment lifecycle and strategic organizational goals.

This program is also approved by the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). With this certification, the students receive their degree and earn recertification credits (recertification requires 60 PDC every three years). All 10 courses of the MHRM are approved and awarded 30 credits per course, totaling 300 PDC from HRCI®. In addition, this HRCI® approval can be applied to all master’s programs with an HRM specialization, allowing students to maintain their recertification.

ACBSP AccreditedSHRM RecertificationHR Certification Institute Seal

*The use of this official seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

*Every year, the School of Business does an assessment to improve the educational outcomes in the school’s programs. Continuous assessment is a form of feedback that evaluates and assures the quality of our programs.

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  • NO Residency
  • NO Group Work
  • 100% Online Learning
  • 100% Doctoral Faculty

Master’s in Human Resource Management Degree Program Outcomes

At Northcentral University, you can earn your master’s in human resource degree online, when it’s convenient for you. And although you attend class online, you still receive the personal support and guidance you deserve thanks to our one-to-one learning model. We also have no residency requirements, no GRE/GMAT requirements, and no group projects. This offers the flexibility you need to fit higher education into your busy schedule.

Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 16 Months
Next Start Date:Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

MHRM Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of Northcentral University’s Master of Human Resource Management program, you will be able to:

  • Apply human resource management concepts to addressing issues and challenges in domestic and global organizations
  • Evaluate an organization’s human resources capacity
  • Analyze the challenges of managing human resource operations in domestic and global organizations
  • Create employee compensation, benefits, and classification plans


Global Business Management

NCU’s Master of Human Resource Management with a specialization in Global Business Management covers the essential elements required to understand and manage global organizations. Individuals interested in global management positions and/or teaching in post- secondary institutions of higher education would benefit from this program. The specialization focuses on topics such as global leadership issues and characteristics, trends and strategies in global business strategic management, and the challenges of positioning global brands and pricing approaches.

General Human Resource Management

Learn the skills to become a dedicated HR professional with Northcentral University’s Master of Human Resource Management with a specialization in General Human Resource Management. This specialization focuses on the interrelationships between human resource capital, leadership, and the business organization. Throughout this program, you will explore all aspects of human resource management and address the increasing human resource issues in the global economy.

Public Administration

With 14% of the American workforce now in the public sector* according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCU’s online MHRM specialization in Public Administration positions graduates to lead. In our 100% online program, you will acquire the administrative knowledge and skills needed by public administrators who oversee local, state, and federal government agencies. You will explore diverse areas, such as budgeting, government relations, personnel policies, politics, and urban planning. Graduates pursue a variety of related positions, including business analyst, policy analyst, budget analyst, budget director, evaluation consultant, program evaluation director, economic research analyst, and economic development director.

Management of Virtual Organizations

As remote work has become immensely more common, so has the demand for skills in managing remote teams. The Master of Human Resource Management with a specialization in Management of Virtual Organizations focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills, and modifying existing skills, to effectively support and manage remote teams and organizations. You will focus on a wide range of topics relevant to a manager overseeing virtual organizations. From theory to tactics, experienced professionals and entry-level candidates will build expertise in such diverse areas as virtual leadership, building trust in virtual teams, and legal and other implications that may arise in virtual organizations.

Project Management

In NCU’s online MHRM specialization in Project Management, you will explore principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Under the guidance of mentoring professors, our Project Management specialization will have you examine all aspects of company projects, including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any organization.

Inclusive Leadership

This specialization will equip you with the insights, knowledge, and skills to go beyond traditional leadership and will prepare you to be a leader who can empower, energize, and inspire individuals, and unify diverse employees. You’ll become an agent of change who has the enhanced skills to lead an organization while being a champion and advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social and economic justice. After completing the program, you’ll be able to make decisions that help to advance a unified and collaborative global workforce that functions effectively and efficiently, optimizing the organization’s effectiveness.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Projections, the internet, at (viewed March 2, 2022). Cited projections may not reflect local and short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

  • HRM-5000 - Human Resource Management in the 21st Century
  • HRM-5001 - Recruitment and Human Resources Information Systems
  • HRM-5002 - Compensation Issues in Human Resources Management
  • HRM-5008 - Legal Issues in Human Resources Management
  • HRM-5010 - Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • HRM-5011 - Global Talent Development and Management
  • Specialization Course 1
  • Specialization Course 2
  • Specialization Course 3
  • HRM-5020 - Capstone

Students with SHRM-CP® (Certified Professional) may receive 6 credits toward the completion of their MHRM.

SHRM-SCP® (Senior Certified Professional) may receive 9 credits toward the completion of their MHRM.

With a master’s in human resource management, you can join or advance in the growing HR field. Between 2020 and 2030, the HR management field is expected to grow 9%, and the national median salary for human resources managers is around $121,220. * Employers in this field are looking for skills in employee relations, performance management, leadership, and communications.

Here are just a few career opportunities**:

  • Compensation And Benefits Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Training And Development Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Compensation, Benefits, And Job Analysis Specialist
  • Training And Development Specialist
  • Business Teachers, Post-Secondary
  • First-Line Supervisor Of Office And Administrative Support Worker

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, the internet, at (viewed February 16, 2022). Cited projections may not reflect local and short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

**Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program specific requirements with an NCU advisor. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

The Master of Human Resource Management program requires 30-credit hours for degree completion. The HRM program includes 27 credit hours of core curriculum. The core curriculum is taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree in order to form and strengthen fundamental business skills. Students end the program with a 3-credit-hour capstone course.

Students in the MHRM program are required to demonstrate competency in the areas listed below:

  • Research: MHRM students are required to show competency in writing skills for research purposes throughout their NCU coursework
  • Computer Competency: MHRM students are required to use appropriate computer skills that are necessary in writing research papers
    • Students must be able to prepare documents using APA formatting and advanced word processing skills, such as the creation of title pages, abstracts, tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, and hanging indents

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational, specialization, and capstone requirements of the program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours, and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Academic and Finance Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Human Resource Management for graduate course work completed at an external accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.

Admission to the Master of Human Resource Management program requires a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

NCU allows 5 years to complete all master’s programs of 36 credits or less. The median time to completion for this program is 23 months. Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 16 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

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Why Choose Northcentral University?

  • Classes Start Weekly: Your Master of Human Resource Management is flexible with NCU’s year-round enrollment and weekly class starts.
  • Certified Program: Certification from SHRM and HRCI®, two premier HR organizations that employers trust, means the quality of your education is ensured.
  • 1:1 Teaching Model: Our 100% doctoral faculty meet with you 1-on-1, so you can focus on what matters — making a difference with your degree.
  • Online Community: To help students feel less isolated in a virtual world, in January of 2021, we launched a community in The Commons (NCU’s online portal) with the purpose of creating an interactive space for students to provide real-time connections, meet, share ideas, and support each other through their academic journey on human resource management-related topics.

  • NO Residency
  • NO Group Work
  • 100% Online Learning
  • 100% Doctoral Faculty