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Master of Arts in Human Resources Management


Human resources managers are an integral part of the leadership team charged with directing complex organizations and a diverse workforce. Managing people and organizations requires both functional skills in human resources as well as expertise in strategic planning and organizational development. The Master of Arts in Human Resources Management prepares individuals in a variety of employment settings to join other organizational leaders at the table of decision makers.

Program Objectives

The Human Resources Management graduate program provides students with skills and information in key operational areas such as human relations and communications, compensation and benefits, training and development, employee and labor relations, and staffing and retention. Additionally, the program teaches professionals how to contribute to organizational development, change, risk management, and strategic planning.

Who Should Apply?

The master's degree in Human Resources Management is designed for experienced human resources leaders and professionals seeking skills for advancement in the field. It is also for new or experienced professionals from a variety of other fields who wish to transition into human resources and managers who would like to explore leadership development in the workplace.


    Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

    • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
    • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
    • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

    Schedule an Appointment

    We have suspended in-person advising appointments temporarily according to the university’s response to COVID-19. Students should not come to campus, but advisors are still available to help you by email, phone or Zoom.​​​​ 

    Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

    Elisa Wang
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    required course work

    Required Courses: 21 units

    • Organizational Behavior and Management (U87 520)
    • Human Resource Management (U87 531)
    • Compensation Management (U87 543)
    • HR Metrics (U87 558)
    • Strategy Formation and Organizational Effectiveness (U87 559)
    • Legal Aspects in Human Resources (U87 571)
    • Integrative Capstone Project for HR (U87 514)
    Elective Courses: 15 units

    Choose from the following:

    • SHRM Learning System (U87 402)
    • Individual and Organizational Introspection (U87 435)
    • Consulting Skills for HR and OD Professionals (U87 504)
    • Executive Coaching (U87 513)
    • Organizational Communication (U87 523)
    • Organization Development (U87 530)
    • Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (U87 544)
    • Managing Dispersed and Global Teams (U87 5461)
    • Building High Performance, Team-Based Organizations (U87 565)
    • Principles of Finance (U87 582)

    admissions requirements

    Admission to the program is on a selective basis. Applicants should have strong writing skills and a strong undergraduate record. Qualified students may take up to nine units on a non-degree basis.

    Transferring Credit

    A maximum of six units of related, comparable graduate-level course work may be transferred from another university or from a related graduate program at Washington University with the approval of the program director. These must be graduate-level units not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Transfer credit may be granted only for authorized courses for which the student received a grade of B or higher. 

    Bachelor's Degree

    Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Although no specific undergraduate major is required for admission into the program, course work in psychology, economics, and accounting is useful.

    application requirements

    Application Deadlines

    Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

    • SPRING 2021: DEC. 30, 2020
    • SUMMER 2021: APRIL 15, 2021
    • FALL 2021: JULY 15, 2021
    Completed application form

    The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.

    Official transcripts from all previous college work

    Transcript from the institution where you received your bachelor's degree or a higher-level degree was conferred. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at

    Non-United States course work transcript verification
    If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES) or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

    Personal Essay

    Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

    TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable)

    All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

    • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
    • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

    This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

    If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, the TOEFL or IELTS is then required for admission. 

    For international student application deadlines, please click HERE.

    Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on University College’s International Student Information webpage.

    Three Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. Letters can be submitted through the online application or mailed by the recommender.

    Writing Sample

    Please describe two significant challenges that are facing the future of the human resources profession. Explain how you will respond to these challenges as an HR professional.

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    Jeremy Ward

    "The small classes and opportunities to interact and take an active role in learning are what made University College the smartest choice for me."

    ―Jeremy WardMA in Human Resources Management

    Still have questions?

    Program Coordinator: Jennifer Fickeler | (314) 935-6700 |

    Academic Advisor and Student Services Coordinator: Elisa Wang | (314) 935-6793 |