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Human Resources Management, M.S.

The Master’s in Human Resources Management prepares you to help organizations run more efficiently and to help people reach their professional goals.

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Why McDaniel for Human Resources Management

We’ve designed our program to make sure it meets the needs of real people trying to advance their careers.

  • Convenience: Classes are offered online. Most students with full-time jobs complete the degree within 12-18 months.
  • Classmates & Alumni: You’ll progress through the program building lasting relationships and an important professional network, including access to program alumni in a variety of positions and industries.

How it Works

We’ve thoughtfully designed the program to be accessible and practical for working adults. Here’s how it works:

  • The HRM Program is 100% online and asynchronous, allowing students the flexibility to attend class when it best fits their schedule from any location.
  • The HRM Program offers several consecutive 8-week courses per-semester. This approach allows students to complete two courses in each semester without course overlap or three with minimal overlap.

The 30-credit hours (including all coursework and the required capstone) are designed to be completed within a 12-18 month period.

Requirements for an M.S. in Human Resources Management

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must submit:

  • Completed application for graduate study.
  • Official transcript verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Students with a GPS between 2.75 and 2.99 will be admitted provisionally which requires a student to maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first nine to 12 credit hours. Students with less than a 2.75 GPA can be considered for provisional admission on a case-by-case basis but may be required to provide additional documents or participate in an interview. Admission may also require additional conditions.
  • A professional resume highlighting related work experience.
  • Goal statement detailing personal and professional goals relative to the program of study.

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of 30 semester hours of prescribed and elective credits in the program.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average, with no more than one course at or below the “C” level.
  • Successful completion of a capstone experience.


The Master of Science in Human Resources Management (HRM) provides students with opportunities to study the theories and practices of human resources management and prepares them for management positions in a variety of organizational and industrial settings as human resources HR) professionals. The program content is founded in competencies defined by professional organizations in the field of HR, such as ATD and SHRM. Through content courses in HRM and related topics – such as organizational theory and behavior, organizational change and development, and research methods – and through workplace experiences, students will acquire the necessary skills to be successful HR professionals. Organizations, the marketplace, and societies in general are experiencing rapid change, and organizations must prepare to adapt to those changes.

The program in Human Resources Management is offered entirely online, primarily in an asynchronous format to meet the need for a healthy personal and professional life balance for working professionals. Courses are offered in 8-week sessions allowing students to focus on one course at a time while maintaining a two course per semester course load, a popular format for working adults. This program can be completed in 18 months taking two courses per semester or as little as 12 months if taking three courses a semester.


Foundations (9 credits)

HRM 501

Organizational Theory and Behavior

HRM 502

Introduction to Human Resources Management

RSM 540

Applied Research in Human Resources or

RSM 550 Introduction to Research Methods

Core Requirements (15 credits)

HRM 513

Talent Development

HRM 520

Organizational Change and Development

HRM 532

Employee and Labor Relations

HRM 541

Talent Acquisition

HRM 542

Total Rewards

Standard Electives (3 credits)

ANA 500

Foundations of Data Analytics

ETM 521

Culturally Reflective Instruction

HRM 530

Strategic Planning

HRM 534

Conflict Resolution and Management

HRM 538

Performance Management

HRM 543

Applied Business Ethics

PUA 505

Leadership in Public Administration

PUA 539

Communication for Public Administration

Capstone Experiences (3 credits)

HRM 595

Capstone in Human Resources

Required Capstone:

Students will have the choice of a capstone project or internship.  McDaniel is a member of SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and may offer this program via distance education to students in any state except for California. Students completing an internship in lieu of the capstone course will be required to receive approval prior to entering internship in a state outside of Maryland. Request for internship must be made to the Program Coordinator prior to enrolling in the internship course.  Students who live or will be studying in a state outside of Maryland may be required to complete the capstone project if the internship is prohibited by the state reciprocity regulations.

HRM 595 - Capstone in Human Resources