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.
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:
- one-on-one, hour long 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
Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, and at our Danforth Campus location from 2–6 p.m., Monday–Thursday, and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Friday.
required course work
- 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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at email@example.com.
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).
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?
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.
Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. Letters can be submitted through the online application or mailed by the recommender.
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.