Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM)
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Human Resource Management Master's Degree Program
In order to position yourself as a leader in the field of human resource management, you need the credentials that show you have the distinct HR competencies companies are looking for. Our Master of Human Resource Management degree program will help prepare you to provide a strategic staffing vision across multiple disciplines in the business environment, and help you be able to assess and respond to your company's business goals to ensure that your most valuable asset — your people — are available, capable and effective. We are continually evolving our curriculum to ensure that the Master's in Human Resource Management program is aligned with the current HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to DeVry University's Human Resource Management Master's degree program.* ACBSP is one of three major accrediting agencies for business schools and is a leading specialized accrediting agency for business education. This recognition certifies that programs offered through DeVry University's College of Business & Management meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.
*For a full list of DeVry University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by ACBSP, please see the Accreditation page.
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At Keller, we've integrated on campus and online learning so you can attend any of our 85+ campus locations, take your graduate classes online or do a combination of both.
Study at Keller on campus, online or a mix of both
We give you the flexibility to attend classes at any of our 85+ campus locations, take all of your graduate courses online or even do a combination of both.
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At Keller, we offer online graduate classes taught with the same focus on personal attention and academic rigor as classes taught on campus. And because courses are offered online, you can schedule working on your education around working on your career not the other way around.
On campus and online
For those students who need the flexibility of studying online to balance work, school and life, but also want a classroom experience, we offer a mix of both on campus and online learning. Take some courses online and some at a location convenient for you, whichever best fits your schedule.
Tuition, fees and expenses†
Master of Human Resource Management1
- Total Required Credit Hours: 45
- Number of Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Courses: 15
- Tuition per Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Course: $2,298
- Textbook and Materials Expense2: $2,625
Note: Tuition for Canadian residents enrolled in U.S.-based programs delivered online is charged in Canadian dollars at rates shown.
† Effective beginning July 2012.
1 Availability varies by location.
2 At average estimated per-course expense for textbooks and materials of $175; average estimated per-course expense does not apply to exam-prep courses, the per-credit-hour cost for which includes textbook and materials expense.
Experience the real value of a graduate education
Not only will you be learning skills that could help you rise to the top of your field, you'll also be gaining a valuable credential that may affect your entire career. A graduate education could change your earning potential, ability to be promoted and more.
There are many scholarships and other financial aid options available for qualifying students that may help make your graduate education more affordable. Click one of the links below for more info.
If you're a DeVry graduate, you may be eligible for up to four course exemptions* through the Keller Fast Track.
*Course exemptions are not available in New York or New Jersey
MHRM Graduation Requirements
Total length of the Master's in Human Resource Managment degree program varies based on the number of courses taken per 8-week session. That means that if you take 1 class per session, you could complete your degree program in as few as 30 months.
- Total credit hours: 45
- Required program: 18
- Discipline-specific: 15
- Elective: 12
We are continually evolving the coursework in our Human Resource Management curriculum to ensure that our MHRM program is aligned with the current HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management.
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Required program courses (18 credit hours)
- Leadership and Organizational Behavior (MGMT591) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines inter- and intrapersonal dynamics as they affect achievement of corporate goals. Topics include theories of organizational behavior concepts and applications, including motivation, group dynamics, organizational communication processes, leadership, power, authority, team building and organizational development. Managing change in a complex domestic and international environment is also emphasized. Students are provided with a solid foundation for examining organizational behavior in a systematic manner. No prerequisite
- Managerial Applications of Information Technology (MIS535) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces structures, applications and management of corporate information systems. Coursework investigates how technology is changing the way we conduct communication, make decisions, manage people and improve business processes, as well as how it adds value to business. Students access the Internet to gather and use information, and analyze business decisions using decision support tools. No prerequisite
- Accounting and Finance: Managerial Use and Analysis (ACCT504) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces core accounting and finance concepts and tools needed by managers. Topics are presented from a user perspective and include transaction analysis; financial statement analysis and interpretation; financial ratio analysis; job-order costing; cost-volume-profit analysis; and operational, cash and capital budgeting. No prerequisite
- Legal, Political and Ethical Dimensions of Business (MGMT520) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces students to the legal, political and regulatory controls that define, promote and limit business practice opportunities. Fundamental interactions of law, politics, ethics and corporate social responsibility are emphasized. Topics include business and the legal system; foundations of business ethics; the constitution and business; regulatory and administrative agencies; regulation of private business conduct; the employer-employee relationship; formation and performance of contracts; ownership and control of business; antitrust, trade practices and consumer protection; land use and environmental protection; and the legal environment of international business. No prerequisite
- Marketing Management (MKTG522) - 3 credit hours
- Marketing Management presents a structured approach to understanding and managing the marketing function. Each student chooses a product or service and develops a written marketing plan to learn how to determine and integrate elements of a marketing strategy. Topics include market segmentation, targeting, positioning and research; product decisions; pricing; channels of distribution; sales management; advertising; new product development; and marketing budgets. Special attention is given to applied business research and to the roles international and ethical considerations play in making marketing decisions. No prerequisite
- Human Resource Planning (HRM600) - 3 credit hours
- MHRM students in this culminating course, intended to be taken as the last course, complete a comprehensive written plan for a company's human resource function. In preparing the plan, students review and integrate concepts and skills developed in other human resource courses. In addition to preparing the written plan, students make an oral presentation to the professor, the class and, when feasible, to a panel of human resource professionals. Prerequisites: successful completion of all other program core and MHRM program-specific courses, and permission from the appropriate academic administrator
Capstone Course: Human Resource Planning
The Capstone Course is a culmination of your prior coursework and is often taken toward the end of your program. It gives you the opportunity to utilize the hard-earned knowledge and skills you've developed as a Keller student in a real-world setting, whether that's at your current workplace or by developing and implementing a business plan. Each year, the most outstanding and successful Capstone Project in its category is recognized with an achievement award.
Discipline-specific courses include five of the following (15 credit hours)
- Managing Organizational Change (HRM587) - 3 credit hours
- This course addresses concepts and techniques required to successfully implement change across an organization. Coursework focuses on identifying an organization's vision as well as opportunities that can align the vision with the organization's structures, processes, culture and orientation to the environment. Also addressed are opportunities for, and problems in, managing human dynamics in organizations, including intervention techniques, models, principles and values that indicate how to take charge of planned change efforts in order to achieve success. No prerequisite
- Human Resource Management (HRM590) - 3 credit hours
- This course surveys contemporary techniques for managing a strategically oriented human resources function. Topics include planning, staffing, rewarding, developing and maintaining organizations, jobs and people. No prerequisite
- Training and Development (HRM592) - 3 credit hours
- This course surveys training, employee and organizational development techniques organizations use to build group and individual skills while tying anticipated results to improvements in organizational effectiveness. Topics related to creating such a development strategy include conducting needs analyses, linking identified needs to business objectives, developing an implementation plan, implementing the plan using a variety of modalities and best practices, and assessing results. These aspects are covered for both individual and group enhancement. No prerequisite
- Employment Law (HRM593) - 3 credit hours
- Employment Law provides a comprehensive analysis of federal and state laws as they affect the human resource function, including equal employment opportunity, wage/overtime payment, employment agreements and other restrictions on management's rights. Emphasis is placed on applying employment laws to develop programs that enable organizations to be proactive in meeting both company and work force needs, with an eye to resolving workplace disputes, preventing litigation, and implementing and administering personnel policies and practices in compliance with applicable law. No prerequisite
- Strategic Staffing (HRM594) - 3 credit hours
- This course develops a strategic framework for providing corporations with the human resources needed to achieve corporate goals. The course focuses on policies and procedures for short- and long-range human resource planning, recruiting and selection. Rightsizing, employee separations and retention are also included. No prerequisite
- Compensation (HRM598) - 3 credit hours
- Compensation focuses on how organizations use pay systems as strategic tools for improving organizational effectiveness. Major systems of the design of pay, paying for performance, and administering and applying pay systems are appraised and assessed. No prerequisite
- Benefits (HRM599) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines, in-depth, employee benefits including legally required benefits (social security, worker compensation and unemployment compensation), as well as voluntary programs (health, disability, life, retirement, time-off, educational, work/life and others). The strategic importance of using employee benefits as part of the total compensation package is emphasized. In addition, financial, actuarial, administrative and legal implications of benefit plans are discussed. No prerequisite
Elective courses (12 credit hours)
You can take your electives in a variety of career fields. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy your elective requirements.
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Do certain programs require more credit hours than others?
Yes, credit hour requirements do vary among degree programs because the course requirements vary among degree programs. Visit the graduate degree program page and click on the degree program that you're interested in to see specific coursework requirements.
What's the difference between a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Specialized Master's Degree and a Graduate Certificate?
These offerings are all graduate-level areas of study, but the main differences are the coursework and required number of credits that you'll need to take. Depending on your career interests and goals, one area of study may be best for you. To find out more about our offerings, contact a member of our team.
Do I need to choose a concentration/emphasis for my MBA or Specialized Master's Degree?
To help you focus your MBA or Specialized Master's Degree, and take coursework that matches your interests and goals, you can choose one of 17 concentrations, but it is not a requirement to graduate. For our Specialized Master's Degree programs that have emphases, you will be required to select one that best aligns with your career goals.