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Champion a Diverse Workforce With a Master’s in Human Resource Management

Do you want to take a seat at the table, be a voice for others, and make a positive social impact? Unlock your future and join a new generation of HR leaders with Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management program.

In our online master’s in human resource management program, you’ll build the confidence you need to lead and empower others in diverse environments. Explore the latest HR strategies and use cutting-edge tools to practice tough conversations HR professionals face in the workplace.

Our master’s degree in human resource management focuses on leadership development and business social responsibility to help students prepare for real-world HR challenges.

Why Choose Walden?

Train With Realistic Scenarios

Benefit from a digital program design that incorporates AI-driven simulations to help you build practical, applicable skills.

Prepare for SHRM Certification

Get all of the necessary materials to prepare for this industry credential at no additional cost.

Learn From HR-Certified Faculty

Prepare for SHRM or Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) certification with the help of certified faculty.

Program Savings

Tempo Learning®: Receive up to a $500 Grant and fourth subscription period at no tuition cost based on your progress if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on October 3, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Program Details

Learning Tracks

We have a path to success for every level in your career.

Flexible Learnings

Two Ways to Learn

Choose from two degree completion options that are both designed for working professionals.

The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule.

Walden University Tempo Learning® Tempo Learning® is an alternative way to earn your Walden degree. It’s different from our standard course-based learning because you can work at a pace that makes sense for you, and progress once you’ve shown you understand a subject. With Tempo Learning®, you have the flexibility of online learning, plus the ability to personalize and control the length, cost, and pacing of your program.

Choose the learning path that fits your life and experience. Here are the two ways to earn your degree:

  Course-based learning
Tempo Learning®
   The standard, guided pace to earn your degree
 The flexible pace, ideal for some students
Time Structured schedule
Flexible schedule
Pace Deadlines to make steady progress
Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Tuition Pay by the course
All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Support Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree
Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty

Payment Plans and Scholarships*


*May not be available for all programs

With Tempo Learning, you may be able to complete your MS in Human Resource Management degree in 15 months for under $16,000.*

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* Based on the fastest pace of our top 25% transfer students. Your actual total program time and costs will depend on your individual pace and transfer credits. A student’s pace is usually determined by their experience with the subject, ability to work independently, and available time.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

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.

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Capstone Option 2: Meeting SHRM Competencies

Explore the HR content outlined in the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge (BASK) competencies within the four SHRM Certified Professional Domain modules: Leadership, Interpersonal, Business and Human Resources Knowledge. Complete a sample exam reflecting actual SHRM certification exams.

Tuition and Fees

Paying for Your Education

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.

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Program Savings

Tempo Learning®: Receive up to a $500 Grant and fourth subscription period at no tuition cost based on your progress if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on October 3, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Program Outcomes

Build Business Skills for Good

Whether you want to be a functional specialist or HR leader, Walden’s master's in human resource management program prepares you to be a force for change—in your career, in your workplace, and in your community. We’ve combined practical learning experiences and SHRM-aligned coursework to help put you at the forefront of an evolving field. Gain the advanced skills you need to empower your organization and create a more diverse and equitable world of business.

Career Impact – Online MS in Human Resource Management

As companies prioritize social responsibility and seek to build more inclusive cultures, socially minded HR professionals have a major opportunity to guide them through these changes. HR professionals with certification or a master’s degree are expected to have the best job prospects.2

An online master’s in human resource management can also potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for human resource managers was $121,200 in May 2020, with overall salaries ranging from $71,180 to $208,000 depending on skills and years of experience.2

An MS in Human Resource Management degree can prepare you to pursue career options such as:3

  • Human resources specialist
  • Human resources manager
  • Training and development specialist
  • Compensation/benefits analyst
According to the BLS, employment of human resource managers is expected to grow


through 2030—faster than average for all occupations.2
According to the BLS, the median annual wage for human resource managers was


in May 2020.2

An MS in Human Resource Management degree can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Finance and insurance
  • Educational services
  • Manufacturing

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

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s online MS in Human Resource Management program, you’ll 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.


Meet Your Academic Team

  • John McDonald

    Jack McDonald

    Program Director

    Dr. McDonald has held a variety of managerial positions in marketing and marketing research consulting fields, including being the president and partner in a large, closely held firm. His experience includes all facets of marketing as well as strategic management and operational roles.

  • Shannon Lynch

    Academic Coordinator

    A certified human resources professional through SHRM, Dr. Lynch has served in various capacities at Walden for more than 17 years. Having also been a school administrator for a number of years, she has the unique background of being both an educator and a human resource practitioner.

  • Lila Jordan

    Lila Jordan

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Jordan has been teaching in higher education for more than 10 years. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR) and an SHRM Senior Certified Professional certification (SCP). She is also a Certified Coach Practitioner (CCP) and a licensed school counselor.


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