Master of Science in Human Resource Management

Prepare to become a successful, strategic business partner and leader.

This program emphasizes critical thinking, data analysis, and tangible results in human resources management (HRM). Strengthen your ability to effectively address real-world challenges from both a business and HRM perspective. This program is designed to teach you to translate strategic plans into workplace practices that deliver positive business results.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

A new capstone course was launched in 2015 and we have not collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Management (HRM) specialization

  • General Human Resource Management

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) has affirmed that 3 Capella Human Resource Management specializations, including the MS General Human Resource Management specialization, fully align with SHRM's® HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
  • The Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) has accredited Capella University business programs and specializations. Full accreditation statement including list of programs and specializations is available.
  • Capella's HR specializations at the MS, MBA, and BS levels are highly relevant and reflect the guidelines outlined by the leading association for HR professionals.
  • In 2006, and again in 2008, Capella was recognized as one of the top 5 SHRM® Learning System® providers online.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Lead and collaborate globally and with culturally diverse stakeholders.
  2. Apply foundational knowledge of higher education systems, theory, and processes to address professional challenges and change.
  3. Apply foundational disciplines of human resource management to be an effective HR practitioner.
  4. Employ strategic thinking and business acumen in order to be an effective strategic partner.
  5. Utilize leadership, change management, and consultation in the roles of an HR practitioner.
  6. Apply and interpret the law and the legal responsibilities of a human resource manager.
  7. Analyze data and metrics to support and evaluate HR programs.
  8. Apply the SHRM code of ethics to decision making and practice.
  9. 7. Communicate in a manner that is appropriate for the profession.

Master's Business Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business Master's programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015

Master's Business Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Business Master's programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Business & Technology Doctoral Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Business & Technology Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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See Gainful Employment data for this program's specializations

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