M.S. in Human Resource Management

Develop your own talent with a master’s in human resources

Human Resources is a complex animal, impacting both organizational performance and personnel. Franklin’s M.S. in Human Resource Management degree prepares you to become a strategic partner to the C suite – affording you the opportunity to advance your organization’s mission as well as your career. Our online Human Resource master's degree program can help you advance your leadership capabilities, including overseeing complex employee benefit plans, dealing with changing labor laws, and developing a talent management strategy.

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Master's in Human Resources Program Overview

Secure top talent and lead global workforce initiatives

The online master's in Human Resources program from Franklin University prepares graduates for overseeing complex employee benefit plans, understanding changing labor laws, and becoming "strategic partners" to CEOs - providing an opportunity to advance your career and your organization’s mission.

Tap into the extensive real-world expertise of Franklin’s highly qualified instructors to help guide you through our HR graduate program curriculum and complete your online master's in Human Resources Management degree in as few as 16 months.

  • Develop and implement training, performance management, and total reward systems
  • Manage change and labor-management practices in a global environment
  • Recognize international human resources management practices, making adjustments for cross-cultural differences
  • Critically analyze and recommend strategic action plans to implement strategies that foster collaboration, work/life balance, and commitment
  • Apply learning and new insight immediately at work

Earn your Human Resources master's online from a university built for busy adults

Earn your Human Resources master's on your terms by taking classes 100% online. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.

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Angela B.

M.S. Human Resource Management '20

"I'm overjoyed. In just a short time, I was able to transition from my previous job, to a career in HR. Make a plan and turn it into reality."

SHRM Aligned

The master's in human resource management program fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. 

IACBE Accredited Program

The Ross College of Business at Franklin University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. For a listing of accredited programs, click here.

Master's in Human Resource Management Courses & Curriculum

36 Semester Hours
Major Area Required
HRM 701 - Human Resource Management (4)

This course provides a framework for an in-depth understanding of day-to-day, practical approaches/aspects of problems/challenges that impact the human resource management field. Topics include recruiting, hiring, training, retaining, rewarding, and promoting employees; compensation and benefits; employment planning, performance management systems, and succession planning; labor relations; and managing organizational relationships.

HRM 702 - Employee Rights, Responsibilities, Discp (4)

The primary purpose of this course is to introduce the principle theories and practices in the area of employment and workplace law. Topics include the federal and state laws associated with hiring, firing and discipline, medical leave (including FMLA, ADA and worker's compensation), discrimination, harassment, immigration, labor law, unemployment compensation, workplace privacy. Additional topics may include workplace investigations, workplace violence and employment-related legal processes, including EEOC Charges and lawsuits.

HRM 703 - Labor Relations: Process & Law (4)

This course examines employment relations from a historical perspective including the creation and rise of unionism, the evolution of collective bargaining, recent civil rights acts affecting the workplace, and concludes by envisioning what the future may hold regarding employee, employer relations. Topics include the role and responsibilities of the HR manager with regard to employment relations, the legal framework of contract negotiations and administration through the lens of the National Labor Relations act and strategies and tactics used for union avoidance.

HRM 704 - Performance Appraisal Systems (4)

This course provides an in-depth understanding of performance appraisals and related issues. Topics focus on goal-setting, feedback and the rating process.

HRM 705 - Compensation Design & Administration (4)

This course examines compensation and benefits administration and design of compensation systems, job evaluation, internal and external pay equity, wage and salary surveys, pay-for-performance plans and other forms of financial and non-financial incentives. Topics include the pay model, the role of unions, benefit options, pay for performance plans, appraisals, benefit options, and legal issues surrounding wages and benefits in domestic and international settings.

HRM 706 - Organizational Development/Intervention (4)

This course addresses the need for planned change focused on an organization's ability to compete strategically. The framework of consultation as helping organizations reach a level of optimum performance will be applied. Topics addressed include individual, team, and organization-wide interventions that can raise productivity/quality, improve competitiveness, increase skills, morale, and commitment.

HRM 708 - Strategic Human Resource Planning (4)

The course will introduce students to the field of strategic human resource management (SHRM). Current topics in SHRM that have resulted from environmental and organizational challenges, e.g., technology, globalization, legislation, restructuring, work/life balance, changing labor markets, are discussed Emphasis will be placed on problem solving issues, policies, and practices affecting HR specialists, practitioners, and managers.

HRM 709 - International Human Resource Management (4)

This course examines the major factors involved in managing international assignments including strategic selection, training, organizational development, cultural adjustment, repatriation, and immigration.

HRM 710 - Capstone Project (4)

Directed research allows the students an opportunity to conduct an independent research project or examine a specific area of interest under the mentorship of a professor. This course also equips students to conduct the types of research and information-gathering projects that are a significant part of the organizational life of most HR managers and leaders. Students will submit a proposal to formulate and develop a project.

Microcredentials Align with Job Essentials

In today’s dynamic work environments, adaptive professionals thrive. A microcredential - either as a stand-alone course or integrated into your degree program - is a short, skill-specific recognition that enables you to demonstrate your competency in a distinct area. Like Franklin’s degree programs, microcredentials are aligned with market and industry demand to ensure what you learn can be put to use right away. Microcredentials are easily shared via digital badges and can be stacked to create a unique portfolio of in-demand skills.


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Human Resources Employment Outlook


From 2021-2031 jobs in Human Resources Management are expected to increase by 8%

All Occupations

3,244,241 jobs
3,488,363 jobs
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Compensation and Benefits Managers

16,183 jobs
17,152 jobs

Human Resources Managers

178,831 jobs
191,405 jobs

Training and Development Managers

49,017 jobs
52,899 jobs

Human Resources Specialists

730,427 jobs
792,808 jobs

Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists

92,655 jobs
101,228 jobs

Training and Development Specialists

343,067 jobs
378,298 jobs

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).

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