Organizations face a more complex and competitive environment. Human resource managers must recruit, train and retain the best employees while balancing strategies for succession planning and organization growth with tactical aspects of administering benefits and compensation. Increasingly, Human Resources is taking a strategic leadership role in organizations.

Program Overview

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Resource Management degree program at Robert Morris University addresses the need for competent human resource managers with an advanced understanding of employee retention, development, succession planning, compensation, benefits administration, health care, retirement planning, pensions, finance and decision sciences.

The program combines the academic rigors of a master's degree with the practical skills needed to succeed in human resource management. You'll gain a strong theoretical foundation in the field while learning to apply theoretical concepts to the workplace.

While some human resource master's degree programs focus on functional areas such as labor or industrial relations, RMU's program provides a more strategic focus, preparing graduates for careers as successful HR managers and executives and key members of an organization's leadership team.

Program Objectives

Through the M.S. in Human Resource Management degree program at RMU, you will:

  • Learn to develop and manage effective human resource strategies in the current workplace environment;
  • Develop a framework for the competitive analysis of human capital and human resources;
  • Synthesize the theory and practice of human resource management to address the need of organizations to develop and retain human capital and prepare for succession planning;
  • Examine new and emerging developments in the field of human resource management and facilitate utilization in their own organizations;
  • Develop critical thinking and decision-making skills to address human resource issues faced by organizations.

Curriculum and Course Sequence

The 30-credit, part-time program consists of 10 required courses offered in eight-week evening sessions. Courses are delivered fully online. It is possible to complete the program in two years taking one course per 8 week session.  The recommended course sequence follows:

Fall Courses
Session 1
HRMG6100  Current Issues in Human Resource Management
HRMG6350  Compensation Management

Session 2
HRMG6500  Employee Rights Under Law
HRMG6700  Decision Sciences for Human Resources*

Spring Courses
Session 1
HRMG6150  Recruitment, Selection and Retention

HRMG6550  Finance and Accounting for Non Finance Managers*

Session 2
HRMG6900    Strategic Human Resource Management**
HRMG6250    Benefits Administration

Summer Courses

MBAD6073  Organizational Behavior Theory *                                                                                                                                             HRMG6200 Training and Development Through Performance Management

* Requires prerequisites.
** Capstone course; requires prerequisites.

Program Requirements and Prerequisite Courses

Once your undergraduate transcripts are received, they will be reviewed to determine if you will be required to take any undergraduate business courses before starting the program.  Prerequisite courses include accounting, finance, organizational behavior, and statistics.


Tuition information can be found at Tuition Fees & Schedules.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  2. Minimum undergraduate cumulative QPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Official MAT (Miller's Analogy Test), GRE (Graduate Record Exam), or GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score not older than five years.

Application Procedures

Students should submit the following credentials to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  1. A completed application and a non-refundable $35 application fee. Or apply online for free
  2. Official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. Two current letters of recommendation.
  4. Current resume.
  5. Official MAT (Miller's Analogy Test), GRE (Graduate Record Exam), or GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score not older than five years.


The MSHR program is a fully online program offered through the School of Business.

For More Information

Contact our Graduate Admissions Office at 800-762-0097 or Or visit our website at, where you can review course descriptions and submit your free application for admission.