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 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.

    required course work

    Core Courses: 18 units

    To receive the M.A. degree in Human Resources Management, students must complete 36 units of graduate-level course work with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

    Course work must meet the following distribution requirements:

    • 21st Century Perspectives on Organization and Human Resources (U87 506)*
    • Integrative Capstone Project for Human Resources (U87 514)*
    • Organizational Behavior (U87 520)
    • Strategy Formation and Organizational Effectiveness (U87 559)
    • Principles of Finance (U87 582)
    • Human Resources Metrics (U87 558)

    * 506 and 514 are taken towards the end of the program.

    Focus Areas: 18 units

    Students must complete 18 units of elective course work chosen from the following focus areas, with a minimum of six units from each:

    • Professional Human Resources Management (minimum of 6 credit units)
    • Management and Organizational Development (minimum of 6 credit units)

    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, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

    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.

    Personal statement

    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? What do we need to know 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.

    $35 application fee

    You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

    This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

    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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    "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 WardM.A. in Human Resources Management

    Still have questions?

    Program Coordinator: Jennifer Fickeler | (314) 935-6700 | jfickeler@ustl.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