Master of Science: Human Resource Management

Sacred Heart University

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

Master of Science: Human Resource Management

Sacred Heart University

Get Acquainted with our M.S. in Human Resource Management

“Our people are our most valuable asset.”

It’s a message heard loud and clear from the highest ranks of today’s leading organizations. For executive leaders, attracting and retaining top talent is contingent upon having a highly qualified and effective human resource manager in place. After all, the role of the HR leader is evolving into that of a tightly integrated business partner — someone who can build a strong talent pool that yields significant competitive advantage.

"HR has just got to be as important as any other function in a company. In fact, why wouldn't HR be as important as finance? After all, if you managed a baseball team, would you listen more closely to the team accountant or the director of player personnel? Both the accountant and director of player personnel belong, alongside the CEO, at the table where decisions are made." - Jack Welch from "Winning"

‌Sacred Heart University’s Master of Science in Human Resource Management (M.S. in HRM) helps professionals develop the advanced quantitative skills and real-world knowledge it takes to contribute at the highest levels. Graduates are prepared for careers as HR managers and directors — high-growth positions that are projected to continue their upward climb.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.

Dig Deeper into the HRM Degree

The 33-credit part-time and 39-credit full-time M.S. in HRM operates on a trimester schedule, allowing students to graduate in less than two years.

  • The part-time program is suited for human resource professionals seeking advancement, or for business managers who wish to move laterally into the HR field.
  • The full-time program is suited for students who have an undergraduate degree in business, applied psychology, HR management or leadership and are interested in an advanced HR degree.

Designed to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals, the program’s blended format combines online-centric study with in-person classes that meet every other Saturday.

Alongside peers in your cohort, you will network, collaborate and gain valuable expertise from distinguished SHU faculty members, as well as senior-level HR executives who serve as guest lecturers.

Understand the HRM Graduate Program Delivery

Courses are taught in a blended format—part of the course is taught online with in-person classes every other Saturday at our Stamford, Conn. Graduate Center in Landmark Square from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Making use of online technology together with on-ground delivery will minimize travel requirements while bringing the students together.

Furthermore, the master's program is built around a cohort of students admitted together each fall. This is intended to create a student support system and a future peer network. Students who are accepted after a cohort has started may take elective classes while awaiting the start of their cohort.

Additionally, all students in the MS-HRM cohort are eligible to join the SHU SHRM student chapter if they are also full or student members of the National Chapter of SHRM.

Go Forward with Human Resource Management

The traditional HR role has been redefined. Graduates of advanced HR degree programs go on to become trusted advisors, diplomatic leaders and strategic trailblazers who excel in today’s complex business environment. The M.S. in HRM is:

  • Contemporary. Informed by the needs of progressive global organizations, the program prepares you to deftly manage people and processes within rapidly changing business, regulatory and social landscapes.
  • In demand. A rigorous focus on metrics and finance develops critical thinkers who can creatively tackle diverse challenges and thrive on the cutting edge of the HR field.
  • Connected. You will be part of a multifaceted learning environment, gaining valuable expertise from industry experts and forging important relationships with peers in your cohort.
  • Convenient. Blended-format coursework combines the convenience of online learning with the personal attention and interaction of in-class learning at SHU’s Stamford Graduate Center.
  • Accredited. The program is offered through SHU’s Jack Welch College of Business—one of only a select few elite business schools worldwide that are accredited by AACSB International. In addition, SHRM has announced that Sacred Heart University’s master’s degree in human resource management program successfully aligns with the SHRM Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Admissions Requirements

The following documents must be submitted and will be considered when applying:

  • Online Application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended. Sacred Heart University students and alumni may authorize the Office of Graduate Admissions to obtain their official SHU transcripts on their behalf
  • Personal statement - a one-page statement describing career goals and reasons for interest in the program
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Professional résumé
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 22, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
15 - 24 months
Part time
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USA - Fairfield, Connecticut
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