Masters in Human Resource Management

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Offered Online?
Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

Offered Blended?
Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Master of Arts in Human Resource Management

Course Length: 7 Weeks
Total Credit Hours: 36
Cost Per Credit Hour: $475


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Resource Management program consists of 36 credit hours and is offered fully online.  The masters in human resource management is designed for busy adult students who are interested in obtaining their degree and require the flexibility of attending class on their schedule. Blended and on-campus options are also available.

The M.A. in Human Resource Management program, offered online and on-campus, provides students with courses focused on developing human resource (HR) leadership, financial and strategic thinking skills, and innovation within their realm of duties as an HR manager. As with other  human resources graduate programs, the courses are centered on the idea of human resource professionals as strategic partners in their respective organization. Graduates of the program learn how to maximize their human capital’s return on investment in their organization.

Concordia University, St. Paul’s online Master of Arts in Human Resource Management fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) “HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.” Concordia joins 329 programs in 248 educational institutions around the world that also meet SHRM’s academic standards and have been acknowledged as being in alignment with the Society’s suggested guides and templates.

About SHRM and HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates

SHRM developed “HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates” in 2006 to identify core content areas that should be studied by human resource students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines were revalidated in 2010 and 2013 and are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define human resource education standards for instruction in business schools. The initiative is also focused on helping colleges and universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

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HR Leadership & Ethics

This course examines the full scope of human resources activities. It covers a broad list of key Human Resources competencies including strategic management, teaming, problem solving, conflict management, and creativity. This course will also focus on understanding the value and connection between morality, ethics, and values as they relate to the role of Human Resources leadership in our capital system.


Strategic HR and Measurement

This course examines the role of the Human Resources leader in the development of vision, mission, values, and coherent strategic plans. Students will diagnose their strategic abilities and develop a plan for increasing their personal and team strategic capabilities. Students also will explore the importance of developing a global talent management and metric driven mindset.


Recruitment, Selection & Ret

This course will explore the full spectrum of the talent acquisition process with a focus on making an effective business case for implementing talent acquisition strategies. The course also will cover testing methods, applicant assessment, and employment engagement methods and the laws and regulations impacting staffing in organizations.


Compensation and Benefits

This course explores employee performance methods, pay and reward systems, employee benefits programs, and total compensation systems. The focal point of the course is on designing pay structures that support organization values and strategic objectives. Topics include the strategic role total compensation plays in organizations, the dynamics of alternative pay systems, sales compensation, executive compensation systems, and employee benefits.


Org Dev for HR Professionals

This course will help Human Resources leaders understand organization development from a leadership and HR perspective. Students will build their capacity to facilitate complex change initiatives using change theories, models, and concepts. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how a complex business environment is driving the need for continuous change.


HR Research Methods and Design

This course provides concentrated learning in action research methodology. The course provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, analysis, intervention selection, and evaluation. The philosophy, ethics, and politics of organizational research are introduced. Students will complete the first phase of their final capstone paper during this course.


Finance for HR Leaders

This course will focus on developing Human Resources business acumen as well as a quantitative mindset. Moreover, the practical aspects of strategic and operational roles of accounting and finance are explored. In addition, applications for forecasting, budgeting, financial performance, and fiscal and ethical responsibilities in a global context will be explored.


H R Legal Environment

This course covers legal employment issues that Human Resources leaders face in operating organizations in today


HR Action Research at Work

This course will offer students an opportunity to leverage their learning from the entire curriculum and demonstrate their competence in Human Resources problem-solving and leading change. Students will select a topic related to Human Resources leadership. Furthermore, they will use an action research framework and create a high impact deliverable for increasing organization effectiveness.


1. Apply Online

2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.

3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

4. Submit a current, professional resume.

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in a graduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Start Dates

Spring 2015 Term

Start Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Delivery: Blended
Class Day: Monday
Chat Time: 5:30-9:30 p.m. CST

Summer 2015 Term

Start Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Delivery: Online
Class Day: Tuesday
Chat Time: 7-8 p.m. CST