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Human Resource Management

Master of Science
  • 36 Credits
  • School of Business
  • Online
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Human Resource Management Overview

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management is designed to prepare managers to participate effectively in the management and development of human resources in business and across industries. The program provides instruction to prepare students for careers as professionals in the field of human resource management. Offers theoretical background, concepts and skills to those already in the field so that they may enhance their positions and facilitate their development within the profession. As well as presents an application-oriented, real-world focus for those wishing to build highly developed management skills.

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Career Opportunities

Human Resource graduates may seek positions such as:

  • Corporate recruiter
  • Training and development specialist
  • Compensation planning specialist
  • Benefits administration and planning
  • Legal administration


6% Growth

Career Outcomes

Job growth expected to rise 6% through 2029*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

$110K+ Salary

Average Pay

For human resource managers*

36 Credits

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree

Classes in labor relations and employment, law, management in a changing environment.
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The Mercy Advantage

  • Flexible scheduling designed for professionals with courses taught in Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan and online
  • Taught by an executive faculty in Fortune 500 Network
  • Active "learn by doing" institutes:
    • Strategic Consulting Institute
    • Center for Entrepreneurship
    • Center for International Business
    • Women's Leadership Institute
  • Use certificate program to get specialized, specific human resource management education or to learn if the full degree program is right for you

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Human Resource Management Objectives

The Mercy University Master of Science in Human Resource Management is dedicated to providing an educational experience of academic excellence that is both practical and theoretical. The program includes elements of management, psychology, law, statistics, computer applications and accounting as well as actual business problems presented by faculty who are, or who have been, practicing professionals.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Submit a completed application
  2. Submission of baccalaureate transcript
  3. Submit a current résumé
  4. A personal interview with the director of the Graduate Program in Human Resource Management (for applicants with GPA between 2.50 and 3.00).

All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. The evaluation must measure reading, writing, speaking and an understanding of the spoken language at a level appropriate for graduate studies. Proficiency will be determined by a standardized test such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a test(s) approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

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Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, students should be able to:


Apply the essential skills and competencies related to the management and administration of human resource functions

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Apply techniques to enhance worker satisfaction, creativity and productivity


Participate in human resource management research by using applied research methodology, quantitative analysis, and data base technology to evaluate and support management strategies and processes

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Analyze the dynamics of an organization's systems at all levels individual, peer group, intergroup, and the total organization thereby affording students the opportunity to develop critical competencies required to be internal consultants and change agents


Develop basic training within organizations in personal and professional development, stressing communications, leadership, team effectiveness, conflict resolution, problem solving and human resource planning


Design mediation strategies for an organization, dealing with such ethical issues and dilemmas as social and environmental responsibility and employee rights and responsibilities


Explain the importance of professional values and ethics in the practice of human resource management

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s a 36-credit program. The curriculum is comprised of core courses in major human resource functions, elective courses in major specializations (research techniques and thesis preparation) and a capstone course.

Depending on the appropriateness of the course content and the grade achieved, up to six credits can be applied to the MS in HRM.

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There are a limited number of scholarships available for graduate business students. 

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Program Details & Curriculum

Introductory Core: 12 Credits
Advanced Core: 6 Credits
Elective Courses: 12 Credits
Research Techniques and Thesis Preparation: 3 Credits
Capstone: 3 Credits

Total: 36 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.


Transfer Credits

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management program will accept a maximum of six transfer credits. Transfer courses must be substantially equivalent to core, advanced core, or elective courses in the program, and the student must submit course descriptions when requesting a transfer of courses. The courses must have been completed within the last five years of the students first quarter of enrollment in the program with a grade of B or higher. For transfer credits to be accepted they must be credits attained at the graduate level, in an accredited graduate program.

Maintenance of Matriculation

It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registering over successive sessions. For cohort programs, registration is required during summer session(s). For non-cohort programs, summer registration is not required.  Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintenance of Matriculation fee is $100 per session and is processed as a registration. Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintenance of Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed session. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.

Capstone Advisement

It is expected that Capstone students shall make satisfactory progress with their program's culminating activity. After the student registers for all sections of their Capstone requirement, they will be given one subsequent term to complete their work. The Maintaining Matriculation registration must be completed for this subsequent term if no other courses are to be taken. After this period, a Capstone Continuation fee (equal to the cost of one graduate credit) will be charged for each additional term required to complete the project. Students can only register for Capstone Continuation for two terms. 

A student's degree will not be released until all Maintenance of Matriculation and Capstone Continuation registration and fees are recorded appropriately on a student's record.

Maintenance of Good Academic Standing

The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0. A student admitted as a Special Matriculant is required to achieve a 3.0 average or better after completing a certain number of credits as stipulated by their respective program. Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and program director at the end of each term. If the academic average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation.

Academic Probation

All students who have a cumulative GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course, the student may be subject to dismissal from the University. 

For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the director of the student's program as well as the school dean. 

In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or better. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once.

Degree Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, students must complete all 36 credits of the program with a GPA 3.0 or better. The words "With Distinction" will appear on the diploma of a student whose GPA, upon meeting all requirements for graduation, is at least 3.75.

Time Limit

Requirements for the M.S. degree must be completed within five years from the candidate's date of matriculation (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). Exception may be made by the director of the Graduate Program if the candidate's request demonstrates circumstances beyond the student's control that temporarily interfere with the ability to complete the program on time. 

Students must begin the capstone no later than one year after completing their coursework. Students must complete the capstone within 18 months of registering for the thesis or the project.


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