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Master's in Human Resource Management (MSHRM)

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Drive Organizational Change with a Master’s in Human Resources

Human resource managers play a crucial role in organizations, helping to create a positive, productive workplace culture. If you want to develop your skills in talent acquisition and development, and impact organizational success, TROY's Master of Science in Human Resource Management is for you. With TROY’s MSHRM, you’ll strengthen your HR expertise and leadership skills. You’ll also learn how to help organizations compete strategically and ethically in the global business environment — and advance your career in the process.

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“TROY’s Master’s in Human Resource Management provides a solid foundation across all aspects of HR and empowers you to understand more deeply how Human Resources can serve as a strategic partner for the business. The program puts theory into practice and prepares you with the tools and resources needed to add value to any organization.”
Lucy-Jane Baxley | 2021 graduate | HR Program/Project Manager, USAA

Prepare for Advanced Human Resources Careers

Whether you already work in HR, want to transition into the field or own a small business, TROY’s M.S. in human resource management will position you for success. You’ll develop knowledge in areas such as employment law, ethical leadership, organizational development and other advanced concepts. You’ll also become skilled in interpersonal communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and business, preparing you for roles such as HR analyst, HR business partner, HR manager and HR director.

A Flexible, Online Master’s in Human Resources

Earn your master’s in human resources online at the pace that works for you. TROY’s MSHRM is designed for working professionals looking for a flexible HR graduate program. Offering five start dates, a fully online curriculum and supportive faculty, the MSHRM program provides a manageable way to earn a graduate degree. Our program has been recognized among the “Best Online Master’s in Human Resources,” ranked #4 In 2021 by Best Value Schools, an online organization devoted to providing independent, evidence-based rankings of schools, degrees, and programs. The program is also aligned with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) guidelines and templates for educational programs in human resource management, ensuring it aligns with the needs of businesses.
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Master of Science in Human Resource Management Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, coursework for the M.S. in human resource management includes:
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Get the flexibility you need by earning your master’s in human resources online. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756

A Human Resource Management Graduate Program Led by a Diverse Faculty

At TROY, you’ll learn from faculty with diverse academic and business backgrounds. Our faculty bring years of real-world experience to the classroom, having worked in HR in fields such as defense, engineering, nonprofit, recreation and events planning. They’ve held executive roles in private business, owned small businesses and taught at universities all over the world. They prioritize the practical application of course concepts through case studies, individual and group exercises and your capstone project. 

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Master’s in Human Resources Careers

The master’s in human resource management prepares you for a successful human resources career in almost any sector, including business, government, nonprofit and higher education.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. William Heisler

Dr. William Heisler

Dr. William Heisler is Professor and Director of the MSHRM graduate program. He earned his Ph.D. and MBA from Syracuse University. Dr. Heisler taught at the University of Notre Dame and served as director of the Executive MBA program at Wake Forest University before holding management and executive positions in HRM with a major defense contractor. He is the founder and editor of the Journal of Human Resources Education and a U.S. member of an ISO technical committee developing international human resource standards. His research interests include all areas of HR, with an emphasis on compensation and staffing.
Dr. John Haymore

Dr. John Haymore

Dr. John Haymore, Assistant Professor, earned his Ph.D. in human resource development from the University of Texas at Tyler. He also has an MBA degree and holds PHR, SHRM-CP, OSHA-30 and Lean SixSigma certifications. He has worked as head of HR and safety in many industries, including engineering, manufacturing and health care. Dr. Haymore was recognized as HR Professional of the Year 2022 by the HR Association of Palm Beach County, Florida. Dr. Haymore’s research interests include strategic HRM, workplace violence and employee coping.
Dr. David Hoover

Dr. David Hoover

Dr. David Hoover, Associate Professor, earned his Ph.D. in business from Virginia Tech, specializing in human resource management, labor relations and industrial/organizational psychology. He has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including holding positions at GM, the YMCA and the Department of Labor. Dr. Hoover served as HR director at Virginia Transformer Corp. and has owned several businesses. He has also taught at universities in Austria, Bosnia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Russia, and traveled in 34 countries. His teaching interests are labor relations and international HRM.
Dr. Laura Walker

Dr. Laura Walker

Dr. Laura Walker, Assistant Professor, earned a Ph.D. in management from the University of North Texas and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in parks, recreation and tourism management from Clemson University. Before joining TROY, she was a lecturer at the University of North Texas and held professional roles in recreation and special events planning and programming. Dr. Walker teaches courses in talent development, compensation and benefits, and workforce planning and staffing. Her research interests include turnover/retention, organizational justice and favoritism.

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FAQ About the Human Resource Management Graduate Program

Learn more about the HR field and the M.S. in human resource management degree.
What does HRM stand for?
HRM stands for human resource management, which is the process of managing people, culture and workplace activities. The primary goal of HRM is to attract, hire, train, engage and retain employees to ensure they are as effective and productive as possible.
What is an MSHRM degree?
An MSHRM degree is a Master of Science in Human Resource Management. This graduate degree prepares you to manage people within a business or organization. An MSHRM degree teaches you about employee recruitment and selection, workforce planning, training and development, compensation and employment law. It equips you to take on the complexities and challenges of today’s workplace.
Why get a master’s degree in human resources?
Increasing your earning potential is one of the biggest reasons to earn a master’s degree in human resources. A master's in human resources creates more career opportunities than a bachelor’s degree alone, allowing you to move into leadership roles or work toward The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification.
Is a master's in human resources worth it?
Whether a master’s in human resources is worth it depends on your career aspirations, educational background and skill set. While no single path leads to HR jobs, a master’s degree in human resources gives you an advanced understanding of HR practices, networking opportunities and a competitive advantage in the job market.
How long does it take to get a master's degree in human resources?
Time to degree depends on the program and whether you pursue your MSHRM full time or part time. TROY’s master’s in human resource management requires 30-33 credit hours, which takes about two years to complete.
What can I do with a master’s in human resources?
If you don’t have prior HR experience, a master’s degree in human resource management can prepare you to work as a recruiter, trainer, compensation and benefits analyst, employee relations specialist or HR generalist. With prior HR experience, you can lead organizations as a human resource manager, compensation and benefits manager, employment manager, labor relations manager, diversity and inclusion officer, training and development manager or director-level positions.
How does the MSHRM degree compare to certification in HR?
Both the MSHRM degree and HR certification demonstrate your competence in the field to prospective employers. The MSHRM, however, helps you develop that competence while certification proves your competence. They complement each other, and many HR professionals pursue both.

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