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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers often prefer an advanced degree for human resources roles, especially top management positions.1 Our Master’s in Human Resource Management is a valuable credential for graduate students embarking on a new career as an HR professional or taking a transformative next step in their professional development. With an emphasis placed on both broad human resource application and leadership management, Saint Mary’s HRM degree provides you with the versatility to focus your professional efforts where you need it the most.

When you graduate with a human resources degree from Saint Mary’s, you will have acquired the career skills and experiences needed to be competitive for top management positions, including:

  • A thorough understanding of the foundations of human resource management and the role they play in organizational strategy and good business practice.
  • Familiarity with how good research design and performance analysis should be used to measure outcomes, and evaluate human resource programs
  • Conflict management and professional communication skills necessary to improve human resources development
  • Ability to exercise management principles and strategies in order to lead a team, direct an operation or initiative, and advocate for employees and business leaders.
  • Completion of a final capstone course that prepares students for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification exams.

An Evolving Field and the Promise of Growth

Employment of human resource managers is projected to grow 13 percent through 2022. As new companies form and organizations expand their operations, the need for human resource staff to oversee and administer their programs and careers will increase. There will also be an increasing need for specialists in training and development departments to teach employees new skills as jobs become more complex and technology advances. Saint Mary’s online HRM degree program will provide you with the skills and competencies needed to fill these roles.

If you are changing careers and entering the human resource field for the first time, a Master’s in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s can help distinguish you from other job seekers and can also give you an advantage in the marketplace. If you have experience in the field, the coursework can also prepare you for management and executive positions.

Human Resource Management Jobs

Graduates of Saint Mary’s HR degree program leave school prepared to enter into human resources leadership roles including executive positions and management careers across a wide range of industries and sectors. Examples of positions that may be open to you with this degree include:

  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Administration Services Manager
  • Compliance Officer
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialist
  • Compensation and Job Analysis Specialist
  • Job Recruiter
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Human Resource Analyst
  • Human Resource Generalist
  • Human Resource Administrator
  • Human Resource Coordinator
  • Human Resource Director
  • Recruitment Manager
  • Employment Manager
  • Staffing Manager
  • Personnel Manager
  • Personnel Training and Development Manager
  • Manager of Compensation

Below are links to industry resources for Human Resource Management and related careers:

Request a free brochure today or call us at 877-308-9954 to speak to an enrollment counselor to learn more about Saint Mary’s online Master's in Human Resource Management.


1 Statistics and salary information on this page are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, accessed 8/8/11.