Enhance your résumé with a master’s in human resource management that prepares you for SHRM certification.

Invest in your long-term career success with an MS in Human Resource Management degree from Walden. A master’s in human resource management program focuses on harnessing the power of people to meet complex business goals and challenges.

Why Earn Your Online MS in Human Resource Management With Walden?

  • Pursue a valuable credential: Our program aligns with the nine competencies required by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to qualify for professional certification.
  • Master skills essential to being an effective HR strategist: The MS in HRM experience includes Mursion, a cutting-edge virtual reality simulation tool. Mursion allows you to practice having difficult, high-stakes conversations in a safe environment.
  • Forge a career with staying power: Rather than focusing on one level or function, Walden’s human resources management master's program helps prepare you for a long-term career as an HR and business leader.
  • Learn from business leaders and industry experts: This program is taught largely by doctorally prepared, SHRM-certified business professionals with extensive experience in their fields.
  • Gain experience that makes you more marketable: In this MS in HRM program, you’ll develop strategic planning skills to address complex, real-world HR problems. Get relevant training and development you can apply on the job.

Earn Your Degree Your Way

Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management program offers two paths to completion:

Track I: Choose this track if you do not have a recognized human resource professional certification.

Track II: Choose this option if you’re an experienced HR professional and would like to tailor your program to your goals and interests.

Choose From Two Capstone Options

You’ve got choices with Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management program. If you’re looking for hands-on experience as an HR strategist, opt for our traditional capstone format. If your focus is pursuing SHRM certification, the Meeting SHRM Competencies capstone can help set you up for success.

Capstone Option 1: Strategic Human Resource Management

Learn how today’s HR leaders can make significant contributions to the executive strategic planning process. Discuss how to align human resource strategies with the organization’s overarching business goals. Examine how HR can help create a competitive advantage in order to drive organizational success.

Capstone Option 2: Meeting SHRM Competencies

Explore the content outlined in the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK)™. Work on mastering all SHRM competencies within the four SHRM Certified Professional modules: HR Competencies, People, Organization, and Workplace. Take a sample exam reflecting actual SHRM certification exams.


Your Degree. Your Future.

You already have the drive to succeed. Walden has the resources to help you get there. Learn from practicing business leaders while receiving exceptional student support designed to help you move your career forward.

Gain In-Demand Skills and Credentials

Whether you want to be a functional specialist or HR leader, Walden’s master's in human resource management program positions you for the next level of your career. We’ve combined practical learning experiences and SHRM-aligned coursework to put you at the forefront of an evolving field. Gain the advanced skills you need to be a business change-maker and blaze a successful path forward.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online MS in Human Resource Management program will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate human resources knowledge in relation to being an internal strategic partner.
  • Evaluate the strategic role of human resources in creating organizational capacity and agility.
  • Examine the role of human resources in legal and regulatory compliance of an organization.
  • Appraise the role of human resources in change management.
  • Evaluate the role of human resources in facilitating social change opportunities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human resource leadership responsibilities as an internal strategic partner.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MS in Human Resource Management?

Wanted: HR Innovators

Between high-tech advances, changing workforce demographics, and fluctuating economic conditions, the human resources field is undergoing a transformation. This spells opportunity for employees with the specialized knowledge and skills to lead their company through these sea changes.

Employment of human resource managers is expected to grow 9% from 2016 to 2026—particularly in new and expanding companies.1 HR managers will also be needed to help organizations navigate complex and ever-evolving employment laws.

Find Your Opportunity in a Changing Field

An MS in Human Resource Management from Walden can empower you to think bigger and go further. You'll be competitively positioned for a variety of opportunities in HR as well as other areas of business. Potential career options include:

  • Compensation/benefits manager
  • Human resource manager
  • Training and development manager
  • Organizational development manager/specialist
  • Human resource specialist
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialist
  • Training and development specialist
  • Business teacher, postsecondary

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online MS in HRM degree program.

Boost Your Earning Potential

A Walden MS in Human Resource management degree can potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for human resource managers was $113,300 in May 2018.1

Gain the Job-Ready Skills Today’s Employers Seek

Employment of human resource managers is expected to grow 9% from 2016 to 2026, according to the BLS.1
More than 97% of our graduates’ employers who responded to our survey say they would hire another Walden graduate.2


Celeste Steele

Celeste Steele

MBA Graduate
My social responsibility is lived out each day as I work in the community in the poorest wards in the Washington, DC, area and throughout Maryland. I help underrepresented and unemployed citizens find work and obtain training.
As a human resource professional, I am passionate about helping others reach their full potential through effective training and development. I decided to pursue a second master’s degree and felt the program at Walden was aligned with my professional goal: to enhance my leadership skills to secure a leadership role within the organization.
The mentorship at Walden has been the greatest value. It’s consistent, ongoing, empowering, and encouraging. It’s a network that has provided a wealth of resources.
LaShona Patton-Jones MS in Human Resource Management Graduate
LaShona Patton Jones
Chandra LaTrelle Porter MS in Leadership Graduate
Chandra La Trelle-Porter
Andre Lynch BSBA and MBA Graduate
Andre Lynch

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resources Managers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

2Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

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