Master's Degree in Human Resources Management


Am I qualified to get into an online human resources management master’s program?






2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations


Standardized test scores are not required for many human resources management master's programs, so the average scores are not available to report.

Additional Requirements

Work Experience

In place of standardized test scores, many schools and programs accept at least three years of professional HR experience for admissions.


Some programs require an internship as part of an online human resources management or human resources development degree program.

What undergraduate degrees do human resources management master’s students typically hold?

  • Finance
  • Business
  • Human Resources Management
  • Labor Studies and Employment Management
  • Project Management

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in human resources?

  • Take internships or entry-level positions related to the human resources field to gain practical experience before applying to a master’s program.
  • Shadow or interview a current human resources manager to learn what their job entails.
  • Join a professional organization or association, such as the NHRA and the SHRM, to stay abreast of current trends and issues facing human resources managers.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online human resources management master’s students?

  • Graduate Education Awards: Five student members of the Society of Human Resources Management, currently enrolled in human resources programs, win a $5,00 scholarship annually.
  • IPMA-HR Graduate Study Fellowship: Two scholarships of $2,000 are awarded to members of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources who are furthering their education through HR graduate programs.
  • HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington: The HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington award up to three $4,000 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students attending an accredited human resources management degree program in the Washington DC area.
  • JC Cote Scholarship: This $1,000 scholarship is open to graduate students in Arkansas colleges and universities if they meet certain requirements, including GPA and membership in an SHRM student chapter or SHRM National.
  • Drew Young Scholarship: Offered by DallasHR, the Drew Young Student Scholarship award is $2,000, payable to their school, and registration for the HRSouthwest Conference.
  • Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR: The Society for Human Resource Management offers a $10,000 fellowship for graduate students in human resources; the fellowship may be renewed for a second year.
  • SHRM Foundation Research Grant: Individuals involved in researching topics that have a general impact on the HR community are encouraged to apply for the SHRM Research Grant; requested funding should not exceed $200,000, and the results of the research should be easily generalized across populations.

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online human resources master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • A firm understanding of the role and function of human resources development in relation to business strategy
  • An understanding of how performance consulting works and what it is
  • The knowledge to use HR management or information systems to organize payroll, intra-office complaints, timesheets, performance reviews, and absences and scheduling reports

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in human resources management, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Labor Relations Specialist

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Minnesota — $76,470
    • City with Highest Pay

      Bellingham, WA — $98,050
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Ohio — $35,360
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Springfield, IL — $49,970
  • Human Resources Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $138,210
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA — $161,890
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Minnesota — $108,270
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Trenton-Ewing, NJ — $127,590
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $140,800
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA — $162,690
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Massachusetts — $122,690
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division — $128,680

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.


What are some of the most important publications in the human resources management field today?

  • Human Resource Management Journal: This journal provides an outlet for HR academics and professionals to discuss the implications of managing people.
  • HR Professionals: This magazine is published monthly and covers topics like benefits, talent management, leadership and employment law.
  • The International Journal of Human Resource Management: Providing a forum for HRM professionals to discuss latest trends in the field, the IJHRM presents human resources management on a global level.
  • HR News: HR News is a publication of HR Alternative Consulting, Inc. that includes discussion of trends and changes in human resources laws at multiple levels.
  • HR Professional Magazine: For a look at HR in Canada, this subscription-only magazine offering analysis of news and discussion of trends in human resources.

What RSS feeds related to human resources management are worth subscribing to?

  • Forbes: This magazine provides 24 different RSS feeds, including “Markets News,” “Sports Money,” “ForbesWoman,” and “Sales Leadership.”
  • Workforce Magazine: With the goal of providing HR professionals with the tools they need to do their job effectively, Workforce has 12 feeds that cover the topics found in the magazine.
  • Society of Human Resource Management: This member organization offers eight RSS feeds, including one that focuses specifically on HR news.
  • Human Resources IQ: Human Resources IQ offers 22 different RSS feeds on topics like HR technology, webinars, organizational development and talent management.
  • HR Magazine: This UK-based magazine provides 21 RSS feeds in addition to the magazine’s general feed.


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