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Learn How to Address Today’s Most Relevant Workplace Concerns With a Master’s in HRM

Recognized by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the Master of Arts in Human Resource Management at National University provides tools to address today’s most relevant workplace concerns. Throughout the Master’s in Human Resource Management program, you’ll explore issues including recruitment, benefits, labor relations, technology, ethics, and safety through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Current and prospective human resources professionals can select an area of specialization in Organizational Leadership. National University offers both on-site and online Master’s Degrees in Human Resource Management.

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Course Details

Core Requirements

11 courses; 49.5 quarter units

A comprehensive management/practitioner-level overview and appraisal of current practices, trends, and applied theory in the era of strategic alignment between employees, jobs, systems, technology, policies, procedures, training, and organizational development. Students will evaluate and analyze theory as it relates to practical application in the workplace.

A comprehensive analysis of the laws and regulations, both federal and state, that impact human resources management. The course emphasizes equal employment opportunity affirmative action, health and safety, privacy of information and methods of liability prevention in employment matters. Integrated into the course are aspects of ethical considerations as related to Human Resources Management, including employer use of power, organizational business practices, and safety concerns.

A comparison and evaluation of planning, organizing, directing and monitoring of human resources planning processes, including recruiting, selecting, placing and integrating individuals within organizations. A key aspect of the course is the selection process (testing and assessment of skills and traits that influence work performance), employee orientation and integration (employee development and career planning), and aspects of performance management. The course also covers current trends in employee outsourcing.

Employee development is the responsibility of the line manager, the human resources professional, and the employee. This course provides essential managerial-level comprehension of training theory and its practical applications in the business and management environment. Students learn the functions and duties of training: trainer/developer, the identification and assessment of training needs, program design and development, selection of delivery methods and means of instruction, the implementation of training programs, and evaluation. The course integrates training and development, organizational development and career development, critical components of Human Resource Development.

This course provides an overview of the latest technology as it applies to the human resources function and its impact of human resource management administration and organizational development. The course also integrates and assesses fundamental aspects of wage, salary, benefit administration, and employee rewards and incentives as they are becoming increasingly supported by automated systems.

The course provides students with both the day-to-day realm of common and complex issues related to human behavior in the workplace as it relates to employee relations, and an examination of relationships among unions, workers, management and the government. The course assesses legal restraints (i.e., negotiation, contract administration, decertification) and preparations and techniques for dealing with negotiations, strikes, and lock outs, as well as grievance handling and arbitration.

An in-depth review of current organizational behavior issues in the areas of workforce planning and performance management is covered as it relates to employee diversity. Using case studies, the course provides an integrated perspective of theory and practical aspects of interpersonal and group communication, organizational structures and system, and employee performance in the diverse workplace.

The course overviews how, why, and when to integrate the behavioral sciences with human resource management principles to increase individual and organizational effectiveness. Students will analyze, evaluate, and design relevant theories as they relate to practical application in the workplace.

PrerequisiteODV 600

This course examines and assesses how technology can best be integrated into and utilized in the workplace to maximize human performance. Implications for information management and organizational communication are investigated and classified. A key aspect is how the two components are impacted by organizational communication. It examines current trends in enterprise-wide technology solutions, specifically as they relate to HRM and OD, implementation of technology, productivity as it relates to use and misuse, and how it facilitates change in human performance and organizational growth.

This course is focused on developing a student’s research skills in preparation for the HRM670 Capstone Thesis Project. Students will be guided through research of peer-reviewed journal articles and research methodologies as they relate to the field of Human Resource Management and Organizational Development. Faculty will guide students through written review of research and current practices in preparation for the HRM670 Capstone Thesis Project.

PrerequisiteHRM 669 and Must complete at least 7 core courses.

The project course consists of a Master’s Thesis Project in the area of HRM or ODV. Students work under the guidance of an assigned faculty member. Students clarify research topics and identify data sources in preparation for the project. Students gather data and present their research in both written and oral form to faculty and classmates. This course lasts two months and encompasses integrating critical components and learning experience into a deliverable that meets academic guidelines for program completion and may be applicable to the workplace to build a student’s portfolio. Grading is H, S, or U only. Course is eligible for an In Progress (IP) grade.

Specialization in Organizational Leadership

Specialization Requirements:

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

The formation and development of groups through effective leadership is the focus of this course. Team communication styles and roles within teams are examined. Strategies that foster creativity in groups are discussed. The impact of technology on teams and communication styles is evaluated. Students learn experientially about groups and teams and the impact of diverse ethical perspectives by participating in group activities and observing leadership in small groups.

Examination of emerging forms of leadership, influence and power, chaos and collaboration. The course will analyze multiple organizations within the private and public sectors, and will draw upon diverse perspectives, ethical considerations and applied approaches. Participate in experiential approaches to learning leadership skills which may include the classroom as a temporary organization to be examined in real time.

Course topics will focus on the dynamics of change, organizational redesign, and the essential skills necessary for leaders to initiate corporate and organizational transformations. Resistance and acceptance of change initiatives, including the impact of organizational culture will be examined. Students will strengthen their leadership skills and strategies in order to initiate and implement change through problem-solving experiences across a broad range of organizational contexts.

Integration of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to design, conduct, and evaluate effective conflict resolution and negotiation practices. Course topics include interpersonal and intra-group conflict resolution; persuasion, problem solving techniques and decision-making in conflict resolution; overcoming bias, anger, and retaliation. Students will develop leadership and dialogue skills used to navigate conflict situations, and begin to detect conflicts as potential clues of organizational challenges.

Degree and Course Requirements

To earn an MA in HR degree, students must complete at least 49.5 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credits may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree, and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should take the capstone project class as their last class in the sequence of the program.


The Organizational Leadership specialization prepares professionals to become proactive, problem-solving, change-oriented leaders in dynamic organizations. The instruction, experiential exercises, and capstone thesis are for those desiring to understand and apply the technical and reflective processes that accompany leadership opportunities in the modern workplace — whether business or nonprofit, domestic or international.

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With a master’s in HRM, you can expect to gain expertise in hard skills like talent acquisition, strategic planning, finance, and more, that are sought by professionals across industries. Upon graduation, your experience and skill set can prepare you for various markets, such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Educational services
  • Finance and insurance

MAHRM students will also have the skills and experience necessary to take on quite a few roles:

  • Human resources business partner
  • Director of human resources
  • Human resources manager
  • Human resources generalist
  • Vice president of human resources

The scope of the HR industry is wide, and those offering jobs are well-recognized names. Currently, top employers include Merck, IQVIA, Humana, Pfizer, and Anthem, proving that master’s in human resource management students have the opportunity to experience multiple job settings.

* SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: April 24, 2022.)

DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s Master of Arts in Human Resource Management program, you’ll be able to:

  • Complete a job analysis of a specific job for recruiting, selection, performance appraisal, training, and compensation.
  • Develop a recruiting plan and design a selection process for recruiting, interviewing, and selecting candidates for employment for jobs within an organization.
  • Conduct a needs assessment and design a training program for current employees on a specific topic related to organizational goals.
  • Assess benefits relevant to the employee population and organizational structure, and formulate a compensation system based upon merit, knowledge, and skill acquisition.
  • Assess and develop methods designed to prevent employer liability and labor relation issues (anti-discrimination statutes, employee and labor relations, union, and non-union environment issues).
  • Recognize, analyze, and effectively address ethical, legal, and safety challenges faced in the workplace.

Why Earn Your Master’s in Human Resource Management With National University?

Earning your degree is an important step, and your investment matters, so National University offers benefits for students that make earning an online master’s in human resources a positive, fulfilling experience.

  • Supporting Your Learning and Lifestyle: Students benefit from 1:1 mentorship with faculty and online or on-site options
  • Start Sooner, Finish Faster: Earn your degree in one year with our four-week course format
  • Recognized by Industry Professionals: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) — the premier national and international organization of human resources — recognizes NU’s MAHRM program, and it aligns with its curriculum guidelines


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Frequently Asked Questions

A master’s in HR can yield ample opportunities, and the job market is desirable for this field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, management jobs are set to grow at 5% over the next 10 years — faster than the average for all occupations.

Usually, students can expect to spend two years earning their degree (30 to 48 credits). However, thanks to our four-week course format and ample faculty support, those that choose NU can earn their online master’s in human resources degree within a year!

This largely depends on your focus and passions. Are you more interested in how the field of HR operates and business insight? Pursue an MBA in HR. If you are excited by the HR field as a whole and want to learn about various aspects of it, an MA in HR is likely to be a better match for you.

Earning your degree is an important step, and your investment matters, so National University offers benefits for students that make earning an online master’s in human resources a positive, fulfilling experience.

  • Supporting Your Learning and Lifestyle: Students benefit from 1:1 mentorship with faculty and online or on-site options
  • Start Sooner, Finish Faster: Earn your degree in one year with our four-week course format
  • Recognized by Industry Professionals: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) — the premier national and international organization of human resources — recognizes NU’s MAHRM program, and it aligns with its curriculum guidelines
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