Master of Science in Human Resource Management Human Resource Generalist
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
Why earn a degree in human resources from Strayer?
Our online MS in Human Resource Management, Human Resource Generalist degree can provide you with the skills to identify, recruit and retain high performers. You’ll learn how to staff for key positions, oversee employee performance management and ensure smooth compensation and benefits administration.
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The HR generalist master’s program overview
The Master of Science in Human Resource Management, Human Resource Generalist program can equip you to tackle the day-to-day functions of a company’s human resources department. You’ll develop skills in talent management, total rewards, employee and labor relations and performance management to prepare for a career in the human resources field.
Is an HR generalist master’s good to have? It depends on what you learn.
- Understand the basic functions of human resource management and how they fit into the general operations of a business.
- Review the processes and strategies for building and maintaining the workforce of a business environment.
- Apply total rewards approaches, employee and labor relations concepts, and performance management methods to increase employee motivation and create a better workforce culture of an organization.
Class size varies based on course objectives and the teaching demands of the subject matter.
How long does it take to get a master’s in human resources?
- There are 12 11-week courses in this program.
- How many courses you take at a time will determine how long the overall program will be.
- Strayer University credits are expressed in quarter hours.
- One quarter hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of 10 contact hours per course.
- The standard requirement for one course is for students to spend 10 to 14 hours in weekly work, including in- and out-of-classroom work. The Strayer course design uses this requirement to meet applicable regulatory standards.
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Strayer University has distinct accreditations and affiliations that attest to our academic quality. We’re committed to meeting quality standards, so you can earn a diploma you’re proud to display. View the ACBSP student achievement information.
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*Student is required to take two courses per quarter during disbursement period
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Program cost breakdown
The Strayer master’s in human resource management program consists of 12 courses, with the price of $2,490 per course. There are additional fees for textbooks and supplies, a $65 technology fee each term and a one-time $150 degree conferral fee.
Courses from another institution may be eligible for transfer credits to Strayer, which can help reduce the number of courses you need to graduate and your overall tuition. You can transfer up to four classes toward your master’s degree. The Strayer transfer credit page has more information as well as a tool to estimate how many transfer credits you may be able to apply to your Strayer degree program.
Scholarships and financial aid
There are a number of financial aid options worth exploring on our financial aid page. To apply for federal aid, prospective students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Stafford loans are available for graduate study. These are direct unsubsidized loans, not based on financial need. Unlike subsidized loans, Stafford loan interest will accrue while in the program. Making interest payments while in school will help reduce the amount of principal that would otherwise build up, reducing your end cost.
There are also scholarships and private loans available for Strayer students.
More than 500 organizations – including corporations and community colleges – invest in their employees by partnering with Strayer University to offer access to discounted education programs. If your employer is a Corporate Alliance Partner, you may qualify for programs that can help you discover career pathways in your field.
Nonfederal loans can help pay the difference between the cost of attendance and the total of loans and grants received from other tuition assistance programs.
Military tuition assistance
Scholarships are offered to eligible students currently serving in the military, as well as military spouses. Strayer is also approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Learn more about the Strayer University active military assistance program here.
In addition to participating fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Strayer is approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Student veterans can receive transfer credit for military training and life experiences.
What coursework do you need to specialize in human resource management?
Core coursework for a master’s in HR management with an HR generalist concentration includes topics such as talent management and employee and labor relations. Our faculty will help you explore all of the concepts and practices associated with the relationship between a company and its employees. View all courses.
Analyze the processes of selecting, developing and maintaining talent within an organization. Focuses on how the workforce is built and maintained to enhance productivity and effectively implement business strategy. Examine the activities of identifying, attracting and acquiring the optimum human assets who best fit the work needs and the organizational culture and who will enhance innovation and decision-making. Examine the processes by which human assets are retained and integrated into a company's operations so that cooperation and collaboration are maximized.
Examine the modern philosophy and approaches to total rewards. Analyze reward strategies and associated technical processes. Explore the available tools to attract, motivate and retain employees. Examine elements of a total rewards program that will drive desired behaviors in the workplace, reinforce overall business strategy and ensure organizational success by enhancing a company's competitiveness.
Explores traditional and emerging models, strategies and methods measuring human performance and productivity. Learners compare financial-based metrics to qualitative and blended measurement models to determine return on investment for human assets within an organization.
Examine the theoretical foundation of the human resource management field and the evolution of human resource management, labor and law, including human capital. Analyze trends and issues influencing the development and application of these elements within contemporary organizations. Explore the effects of regulation on businesses.
This course helps students prepare for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification exam and acquire critical thinking skills to demonstrate understanding of HR competencies. Students also gain knowledge in the SHRM technical competencies, including people, organizations and the workplace.
Analyze workforce management processes in light of their strategic importance. Examine the relationships between the traditional human resource functions and the various business functions so that efficiency and effectiveness are balanced and optimized. Review these processes and relationships in both the domestic and global environments, now and in the future.
Master of Human Resource Management admission requirements
Before you can pursue your master’s degree, you’ll need to enroll at Strayer. Here’s what you’ll need to get started for admission to the university.
Learn more about the admission process at Strayer.
Students applying to Washington, D.C., or New Jersey campuses must provide proof of proper immunization.
Transferring to Strayer from another university?
Some or all of the credits you’ve earned may be transferable.
International master’s students
We welcome international students.
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