A Quality Graduate HR Program
Did you know that an HR manager can earn a base salary of $85,000 and is included among Glassdoor's 25 Best Jobs in America report?
Through SMLR's Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) degree, you will gain the key, professional skills needed to become an organizational leader.
Rutgers' MHRM program is internationally renowned for its research and teaching in the areas of strategic human resource management, global employment strategies, new approaches to worker involvement, and the transformation of work. In addition, we have a 95% placement rate.
Watch as one of our graduates explains describes her experiences in Rutgers SMLR's MHRM Program.
Top Ranking Faculty With Applicable Research For Today's Practitioners
Our faculty have the most citations per publications amongst peers.*
You will be able to pull from our faculty's research, which is applicable to today's workers. You'll learn how to strategically align employees with business objectives and spearhead organizational goals. *Source: Academic Analytics
Our faculty is also frequently mentioned in the press. In an article for nj.com, Charles Brown, SMLR's adjunct professor, shares eight potential options to help students avoid taking on more loans and manage their time.
Convenient Location Near Major Cities, Cultural Centers, & Employers
Rutgers is conveniently located to major east coast metropolitan cities, diverse cultural centers, and corporate employers. We leverage our locale to offer courses off-campus in partnership with a variety of organizations.
We also offer a new affiliation program with Gettysburg College to elevate a pathway for undergraduates to further their education.
Competitive Internships Leading To An HR Career: A True Career
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Paid internships are available and are strongly recommended for students without prior experience in HRM. These opportunities have resulted in robust careers for many of our graduates.
Each year, our students are placed in esteemed organizations. SMLR alumni are employed in leading corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations around the globe, including: GE, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
Networking Opportunities With Senior HR Professionals
You will have the opportunity to join the award-winning, Rutgers Society of Human Resource Management's (RUSHRM) graduate chapter. RUSHRM is a student unit of the national Society for Human Resource Management—the world's largest association devoted to human resource management, representing more than 200,000 individual members.
The graduate chapter has received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award, a national recognition, for the sixth time in seven years. Among its achievements, RUSHRM organizes an annual conference attended by more than 200 senior, HR professionals in top corporations. View a photo gallery and slide show from our conference, which is typically held in March.
Courses in the Master of Human Resource Management Program are heavily focused on HR strategy and business fundamentals. Students are required to take 12 courses in four broad areas: HR Strategy, HR Decision Making, HR Functional Areas, and HR Context Areas. An additional four elective courses can help to customize their experience.
Required Courses (12 courses, 36 credits)
- HR Strategy I: Introduction
- HR Strategy II: Business and Competitive Strategy
- HR Strategy III: Measurement Issues
- HR Strategy IV: Global Workforce Strategy
HR Decision Making:
- HR Decision Making: Financial Decisions
- HR Decision Making: Data-Based Decisions
HR Functional Areas:
- Managing Workforce Flow
- Developing Human Capital
- Managing Rewards Systems
HR Context Areas:
- Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets
- Employment Law
- Managing the Global Workforce
Electives (4 courses, 12 credits)
- Corporate Governance
- Employee Benefits
- Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Executive Compensation
- Financial Fundamentals
- HR Analytics and Issues
- HR Consulting Skills
- HRM and Health Administration
- Human Resource Information Systems
- Managing Diversity
- Organizational Behavior
- Strategic Organizational Change
(Master of Labor and Employment Relations (MLER) courses can also be taken as electives.)
Cognitive Skills and Process
The cognitive skills and process area reflects the goal for SMLR programs to help students develop skills central to lifelong learning and participation in society and the workplace.
- Written & Oral Communication - Communicate effectively at a level and in modes appropriate to an entry-level professional
- Quantitative Skills - Apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods for research workplace issues
- Research Skills - Demonstrate an ability to collect, analyze, and synthesize information to make logical and informed decisions impacting the workplace
Knowledge of Theory, Practice and Application
The knowledge of theory and application area reflects the goal for SMLR programs to ensure that students learn the key theoretical and foundation areas of study in their domains and realize opportunities to apply that knowledge to practice situations
- Theoretical Perspective - Demonstrate an understanding of relevant theories and apply them given the background context of a particular work situation.
- Understanding Context - Evaluate the context of workplace issues, public policies, and management decisions.
- Application - Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply knowledge necessary for effective work performance.
- Professional Development – Demonstrate an ability to interact with and influence others in a professional manner
Courses in the Master of Human Resource Management Program are heavily focused on HR strategy and business fundamentals. Students are required to take 12 courses (36 credits) in four broad areas: HR Strategy, HR Decision Making, HR Functional Areas, and HR Context Areas. An additional four elective courses (12 credits)can help to customize their experience.
To apply to the MHRM program, you will need to submit the following:
- Official transcripts for all college education
- A personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation (preferably at least one academic reference)
- GRE or GMAT test scores and dates
Our minimum standard for consideration for admission is a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores in the 50th percentile in both verbal and quantitative sections and 4.5 in the analytical writing section. We look for the 50th percentile in both verbal and quantitative on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), which can be taken in place of the GRE.
Please reference the Rutgers Graduate and Professional Admissions website for up-to-date deadlines.
International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimally acceptable score is 575 for paper and pencil tests and 233 for computerized tests and 90 for internet based. We also accept IELTS with a minimum score of 7. In all cases, GPA and test scores are reviewed in the context of the whole. For example, excellent grades in quantitative courses might offset a marginal quantitative score in the GRE/GMAT, or a good TOEFL/IELTS score might offset a low verbal GRE/GMAT.
Available scholarships and awards for the 2018-2019 academic school year are listed below. Please contact Divine Tabios, Director of Development, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying to be considered for a scholarship or fellowship.
*Limited funding available*
Harry and Vera Stark Fellowship
The Harry and Vera Stark Fellowship aims to encourage and support International Students, enrolled in a SMLR graduate program with either the Human Resource Management Department or the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department, to gain exposure to U.S. culture and values and educational experiences in labor relations and human resource management. All international students must be enrolled in a Master's Degree program.
Pamela Sue Schmidt Award for Outstanding Service to the Community
Pamela Sue Schmidt was a bright and energetic undergraduate at Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR). Pamela epitomized an image of a remarkable SMLR student with her impending graduation from the SMLR Human Resource Management Undergraduate Program and enrollment in SMLR’s Human Resource Management Graduate program. In Pam’s honor, friends, family, and members of the local and university community came together to create the Pamela Sue Schmidt Award for Outstanding Service to the Community. This scholarship provides much-needed support to SMLR students who embody Pam’s legacy of outstanding service to the community.
School of Management and Labor Relations Alumni Association Scholarship & Fellowship
Created by various alumni of the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, students enrolled full-time in the undergraduate or Masters program from either the HR or LSER departments are eligible.
The School of Management and Labor Relations Annual Fund Scholarship
Eligible students must be working towards any of the degree-granting programs at the Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations.
HR Analytics Course Track
The Rutgers Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) program is excited to announce the development of the HR Analytics Course Track option as part of the MHRM program curriculum. Data analytics is fast becoming a centerpiece within the HR leadership agenda. This new HR Analytics concentration provides knowledge and skill in analyzing data to interpret trends and predict outcomes related to the HR practices driving workforce success.
The following courses comprise the HR Analytics concentration. A grade of B+ or better in the Data-Based Decisions MHRM graduate course is needed as a registration prerequisite for these electives.
Advanced Statistics for HR Managers (3-credit elective course) 38:533:542
This course is designed to extend the basic research design and statistics curriculum offered in the HR Decision Making: Data-Based Decisions course. It will focus on topics such as designing organizational research; measurement strategies; data management (e.g. collecting, cleaning and merging data; managing data in multiple formats and from different databases); answering questions with data analysis; and an introduction to common data analysis packages.
Applied Analytics (3-credit elective course) 38:533:616
This course is designed to focus on the application of skills from the HR Decision Making: Data-Based Decisions and Advanced Statistics for HR Managers courses. It will focus on topics such as: program evaluation; predictive analytics; presenting data in an actionable manner; project management; and research ethics.
Human Capital Analytics Practicum (3-credit elective special topics course) 38:533:613
This Special Topics course is designed to allow students to practice applying human capital analytics skills in an applied project conducted in collaboration with a faculty advisor.
Tuition and Fees
Graduate Programs (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)
Full-time Tuition & Fees
- New Jersey Residents (12 credits or more): $10,248.00
- Out-of-state Residents (12 credits or more): $17,244.00
- Campus fee (9 credits or more): $840.00
- School fee: $85.50
- Computer fees (9 or more credits): $166.50
Part-time Tuition & Fees
Nondegree students are considered part-time because they may take up to 6 credits per term. They are not eligible for federal aid but can apply for a bank loan if they are registered for 6 credits. Many of our students participate in their employers' tuition assistance programs.
- per credit, New Jersey Residents: $854.00
- per credit, Out-of-state Residents: $1,437.00
- Campus fee: $248.50
- School fee: $46.00
- Computer fees are based on the total number of credits per semester: 3 credit $99.00 or 6 credit $121.50
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