This comprehensive master's degree program is designed to enhance students' understanding and experience in human resources management and prepare them to advance in their field.
Duration of Program
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The Master of Science in Human Resources Management program is designed to prepare students to make the connection between an organization’s strategy and its people. Available in two learning formats – on-ground in Boston and 100% online, the program focuses on emerging human resource competencies and skills needed to navigate the evolving human resources field, including the transformational impact of technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data.
The curriculum features six leading-edge concentrations that align with trends that are reshaping the human resources field - Digital HR, Artificial Intelligence for Human Resources, Global Talent Management, Project Management, Leadership, and Organizational Communication. Coupled with an emphasis on Northeastern’s signature experiential learning model where students have the opportunity to integrate material learned in the classroom with real-world experience, this program helps prepare students to be strategic business partners in their organizations.
The degree features leading-edge competencies that align with trends that are reshaping the human resources industry, including: Digital HR, Artificial Intelligence for Human Resources, Global Talent Management, Project Management, Leadership, and Organizational Communication – giving students the opportunity to tailor their studies to support their specific career objectives
In the Master’s in Human Resources Management program, students will gain real-world experience through Northeastern’s signature experiential learning model, which gives them a competitive advantage in the growing job market
XN/short-term consulting projects with employers as well as career coaching opportunities provide a differentiating experience to the program
Applicants with HR Certification Institute and the Society of Human Resource Management certifications can receive transfer credit for up to 6QH which maps to specific HRM courses
Courses taught by experienced human resources professionals
The Master’s in Human Resources Management program is available in a 100% online format, giving students the flexibility they need to master the complexities of the human resources field
Unique Transfer Credit Opportunities
About the SHRM, HRCI, and AIHR Certification Transfer Credit Opportunities:
Why consider a graduate degree in Human Resources Management from Northeastern University? We recognize the knowledge and HR competencies demonstrated by those who have earned their SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR or AIHR certifications. As a result, credential-holders have the unique opportunity to accelerate through a Northeastern University degree.
Successful applicants for a master's degree program with their SHRM-CP or PHR:
Will receive 3 quarter hours of transfer credit - a 6% savings in tuition.
Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15.
Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management.
Successful applicants for a master's degree program with their SHRM-SCP or SPHR:
Will receive 6 quarter hours of transfer credit - a 13% savings in tuition.
Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 13 courses, rather than 15.
Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management and HRM 6005 Creating a High-Performance Organization.
Successful applicants for a master's degree program with their AIHR:
Will receive up to 12 quarter hours of transfer credit - a 27% savings in tuition.
Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 11 courses, rather than 15.
Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: HRM 6025 Workforce Analytics, HRM 6035 Digital HR, HRM 6042 Strategic Workforce Planning, HRM 6020 Talent Acquisition.
"We know that digital technologies are rapidly changing jobs and the way we work in general. Our Master's in Human Resources Management program is designed to provide human resource professionals with the skills and competencies they will need to meet the challenges of the digital era and to nurture every organization's most valuable asset—its people."
Carl Zangerl, Faculty Director, Communication and Human Resource Management Portfolio
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.
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