Your browser does not support JavaScript! or JavaScript is currently disabled.

Human Resource Management Master of Science in Human Resource Management

School of Business and Technology

Put Yourself in a Position to Lead

Whether you’re an experienced HR professional or new to the field, our online Master’s in Human Resource Management degree can give you the skills and knowledge to help you shape organizational success. This degree program will increase your understanding of management strategies and analytics, sharpen your business acumen, and even prepare you for HR certifications along the way.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that Capella University’s MS in Human Resource Management fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

In compliance with an ACBSP requirement that we notify the public of student achievement, Capella University is reporting performance analysis and number of graduates in each of the accredited programs and specializations in 2017.

At a Glance

  • 100% Online
  • 11 Core Courses
  • 4 Elective Courses
  • 1 Capstone

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Sharpen Your Leadership Skills

Understand the leadership skills needed to consult with internal customers and partner with business leaders.  

Manage with Insight

Gain a better understanding of HR management to make informed decisions in collaborative, global work environments. 

Lead with Perspective

Use your business knowledge, partnerships, consultation skills, and effective communication to effectively lead.   

Understand the Numbers

Develop a better understanding of the role that systems and metrics play in human resource management.  

Use Data to Make Decisions

Increase your data analysis skills to help make better decisions on behalf of your organization. 

Prepare for the Real World

Our state-of-the-art, virtual simulator, CapraTek®, allows you to practice fulfilling HR needs, even in a challenging work environment. 

MS in Human Resource Management Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

HR Compass Support

Whether you’re a skilled HR professional or new to the field, you’ll benefit from HR Compass, which sets you up to succeed.

Unique Learning Experience

You’ll focus on networking, resume development, certification preparation, and career support—incorporated in your coursework.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$710 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Faculty Interview

"We have to teach leaders to be more nimble."

Shelley Robbins, PhD
Human Resource Faculty Chair

Save more than $13,000* with a Prior Learning Assessment. We can help you find the maximum number of credits you can use toward your degree. Savings toward your MS in HRM can be up to $13,870 with your SHRM®-SCP or $11,086 with your SHRM®-CP.

* Savings inclusive of fees charged by Capella to evaluate and award academic credit for your prior learning. The documented credit fee of $50 is assessed each quarter you request documented credit. Capella reserves the right to change fees at any time.

Earn a certificate as you work toward your master’s. Build knowledge you can immediately apply in the workplace. Differentiate yourself in the job market with a Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate.  

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Master's in Human Resource Management Sample Courses

The coursework for our online Master's in Human Resource Management Degree includes a core foundation in employee acquisition and engagement, training and development, HR strategy, and more.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
HRM5015 Leading and Managing Workplace Learning
HRM5025 Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning
HRM5035 Analytics, Metrics, and Decision Making for Human Resource Management
HRM5065 Employment Law in the Successful Workplace
HRM5122 Developing an Effective Workplace

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Human Resource Management Career Insights

MBA vs. MS in Human Resource Management

Here are three questions to help determine your path for choosing an advanced degree in human resource management.

The Value of Competency-Based Education for HR Professionals

Competency-based education is valuable for human resource professionals, as students and in the hiring process.

MS HRM Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our Master of Science in Human Resource Management.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Human resource manager
  • Director, human resources
  • Talent acquisition specialist and manager
  • Talent development specialist and manager

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Corporation
  • Health care organization
  • Retail
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Consulting firm
  • Nonprofit organization

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Other Programs to Explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals. 

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.