Master of Arts in Human Resources Management

Graduate

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.

    Advising

    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.

    Elisa Wang
    Elisa Wang
    Academic Advisor
    (314) 935-6793
    Meet with Elisa

    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

    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

    Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to ucollege@wustl.edu. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at paagnew@wustl.edu.

    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 scores (if applicable)

    If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

    Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

    Three Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. They can be submitted as part of your online application or mailed to University College.

    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 | jfickeler@wustl.edu

    Academic Advisor and Student Services Coordinator: Elisa Wang | (314) 935-6793 | elisa.wang@wustl.edu

    Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 | cschroed@wustl.edu