Online Master of Science in Human Resource Management

Tarleton State University offers a completely online master’s degree in Human Resource Management that prepares you to pursue career advancement and manage people in organizations. Highly relevant and specialized, the Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MS HRM) is focused on developing your competencies in current industry practices, including recruitment, hiring, compensation and benefits administration, training and development, risk management, and labor relations.

Recognized for quality and affordability, our online HR degree has been well-regarded. We have recently been listed as one of the Best Online Master’s in Human Resource programs by and Best Master’s in Human Resource Programs by We also ranked No. 18 among 2020 Best Online Master’s in Human Resources Degree Programs by

Designed for working professionals, our online human resources program is flexible and convenient. With courses offered entirely online, you can earn your accredited master’s degree in Human Resource Management in less than two years while balancing other responsibilities such as family and work.

What is Human Resource Management?

Human Resource Management involves the effective recruitment, management, development, and retention of employees in a business or organization. Intended to boost employee performance and productivity, Human Resource Management makes people top priority in developing a business’ strategic, marketing, or operational plan. Human resource managers keep up with trends in workforce demographics and needs while challenging and motivating employees in an environment with constantly changing laws and regulations. 

The profession is no longer just about what you know—facts and figures—but also how effective you are at implementing that knowledge in the workplace. Our Human Resource Management master’s program offers the concrete skills you need to advance in this competitive profession.

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Non-Thesis Track – 30 Credit Hours (12 months)

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What can you do with your master’s degree in Human Resource Management?

Most of our students are already working in the human resource field and are looking to increase their knowledge and skills. Earning an online HR degree from Tarleton is a cost-effective way to distinguish yourself in the job market while opening up opportunities for higher-level positions in human resources. 

With advanced knowledge and skills in Human Resource Management, such as cost-benefit analyses and training evaluations, you’ll be qualified to lead businesses, nonprofits, state and local governments, and military organizations in roles such as:

  • Human Resource Manager
  • General and Operations Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Administrative Service Manager

Our graduates work in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, health care, farm and ranch management, banking, insurance, travel and tourism, transportation, and more.

How much do Human Resource Management graduates make?

After completing their online Human Resources program, the average starting salary for Tarleton’s MS HRM graduates working as HR Specialists is more than $60,000. The median annual salary for Human Resource Managers is over $121,200 per year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why study Human Resource Management?

Throughout your online program in Human Resource Management, you collaborate with other HR professionals to solve real-world business problems under the guidance of experienced faculty. 

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With a broad range of backgrounds and professional interests, the Human Resource faculty have a wide range of industry experience, including item writing for professional certification exams, journal editing, and leadership in state, national, and international organizations. 

Our research topics include the value of HR professional certifications on employee outcomes, the effectiveness of strategic alignment of HR practices to address organizational goals, and the impact of leader-member exchange on employee job satisfaction and organizational performance. Together with our graduate students, we share experiences through a range of teaching methods to learn from each other about how we can positively influence everywhere our businesses reach.

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What classes will you take as a Human Resource graduate student?

The curriculum of our online human resource program is driven by business and industry, staying responsive to changes in best practices to provide students with applicable knowledge and skills in their current jobs and future careers. 

Aligned with Curriculum Guidelines set by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), our online courses provide in-depth coverage of the key strategic Human Resource Management functions. The master’s degree culminates in a capstone course that prepares graduate students to sit for one of the professional certification exams—Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or SHRM- Certified Professional (CP).

Through individual and group case studies, thought-provoking discussions, and the integration of current events into the curriculum, our online HR degree offers a variety of ways for you to apply course content, theory, and concepts to real-world business situations.

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By earning your online graduate degree through an accredited Human Resource Management program, you are guaranteed a high-quality education that prepares you for professional certification and growth. 

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What master’s degree programs are related to Human Resource Management?

Besides the online Human Resource Program, Tarleton offers a variety of management degrees including:

Earn an Online HR Management Master’s Degree from Tarleton

Tarleton’s Master of Science in Human Resource Management advances your leadership potential as a HR professional. Our fully online human resources program provides the career-focused skills and knowledge you need to excel in management through an affordable and flexible format.

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