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Master of Science in Human Resources Management-Online

This comprehensive master's degree program is designed to enhance students' understanding and experience in human resources management and prepare them to advance in their field.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

1.5-2 Years

Overview

The Master of Science in Human Resources Management program is designed to prepare students to make the connection between an organization’s strategy and its people. Available in two learning formats – on-ground in Boston and 100% online, the program focuses on emerging human resource competencies and skills needed to navigate the evolving human resources field, including the transformational impact of technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data.

The curriculum features six leading-edge concentrations that align with trends that are reshaping the human resources field - Digital HR, Artificial Intelligence for Human Resources, Global Talent Management, Project Management, Leadership, and Organizational Communication. Coupled with an emphasis on Northeastern’s signature experiential learning model where students have the opportunity to integrate material learned in the classroom with real-world experience, this program helps prepare students to be strategic business partners in their organizations.

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Unique Features

  • The degree features leading-edge competencies that align with trends that are reshaping the human resources industry, including: Digital HR, Artificial Intelligence for Human Resources, Global Talent Management, Project Management, Leadership, and Organizational Communication – giving students the opportunity to tailor their studies to support their specific career objectives
  • In the Master’s in Human Resources Management program, students will gain real-world experience through Northeastern’s signature experiential learning model, which gives them a competitive advantage in the growing job market
  • XN/short-term consulting projects with employers as well as career coaching opportunities provide a differentiating experience to the program
  • Applicants with HR Certification Institute and the Society of Human Resource Management certifications can receive transfer credit for up to 6QH which maps to specific HRM courses
  • Courses taught by experienced human resources professionals
  • The Master’s in Human Resources Management program is available in a 100% online format, giving students the flexibility they need to master the complexities of the human resources field

Unique Transfer Credit Opportunities

About the SHRM and HRCI Certification Transfer Credit Opportunities:

Why consider a graduate degree in Human Resources Management from Northeastern University? We recognize the knowledge and HR competencies demonstrated by those who have earned their SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, or SPHR certifications. As a result, credential-holders have the unique opportunity to accelerate through a Northeastern University degree.
 
Successful applicants for a master's degree program with their SHRM-CP or PHR:

  • Will receive 3 quarter hours of transfer credit - a 6% savings in tuition.
  • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management.

Successful applicants for a master's degree program with their SHRM-SCP or SPHR:

  • Will receive 6 quarter hours of transfer credit - a 13% savings in tuition.
  • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 13 courses, rather than 15
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management and HRM 6005 Creating a High-Performance Organization.

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

Learn About Getting Real World Experience

Get Set with a Custom Course Plan

General Requirements

Required Courses

Based on your experience, complete one of the options below:

Two or more years of human resources experience:

3.00
3.00

Fewer than two years of experience:

3.00
3.00
3.00

Core Electives

Complete four of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Capstone

4.00

Electives

Complete a minimum of 5 quarter hours to reach 45 quarter hours.

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
2.00
2.00
3.004.00

 

Concentrations

Artificial Intelligence for Human Resources

Required Courses

3.00
3.00
3.00

Electives 

Select two from the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Digital Human Resources

Required Course

3.00

Electives

Complete two of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Global Talent Management

Required Courses

3.00
3.00
3.00

Electives

Complete two of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
4.00

Leadership

Required Courses

3.00
1.00
3.00

Electives 

Complete three of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Organizational Communication

Required Courses

3.00
3.00
3.00

Electives 

Complete two of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Project Management

Required

4.00
3.00
3.00

Note: PJM 5900 Foundations of Project Management is required for students who do not have at least two years of professional experience working on projects. This course is only intended for those who are not familiar with professional project work. Students with two years or more of professional project experience should not take Foundations of Project Management (PJM 5900)

Electives 

Complete three of the following (Students who take Foundations of Project Management (PJM 5900) are required to take two courses in this section.):

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Fall 2020 Deadline
July 13, 2020 International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 14, 2020)
August 10, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: September 14, 2020)
September 4, 2020Domestic application complete (first half start: September 14, 2020)
October 16, 2020Domestic application complete (second half start: October 26, 2020)
Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 11, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 11, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 11, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Management alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.

 

  • Where They Work

    • State Street
    • Fidelity Investments
    • Dell EMC
    • IBM
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • What They Do

    • Business Development
    • Sales
    • Operations
    • Finance
    • Entrepreneurship
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Management
    • Leadership
    • Customer Service
    • Microsoft Office
    • Project Management

 

Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.

Career Opportunities and Services

Overview

Did you know?

Employment of human resource managers is expected to grow by 12% from 2017 to 2027—from ~136,000 to ~152,000—which is faster than the average growth rate of 10% projected for all occupations over this period. - Emsi Analyst’s database

Did you know?

The Master of Science in Human Resources Management fosters a deep understanding of organizational development and effective change management; workforce planning and strategic recruitment; and training and performance management.

Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for human resources managers is upwards of $110,000 (BLS, 2017).

From Our Alumni

"Northeastern's programs are led by skilled and experienced industry leaders who are committed to the engagement and growth of their students." — Stephen O'Halloran, '14

From Our Faculty

"Northeastern is a world-class university with a tremendous trajectory. It's a wonderful institution where faculty can make a significant impact." — Associate Professor Stratis Ioannidis

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