Online Master's in Human Resources Management


To earn an Online Master's in Human Resources Management, you must successfully complete 11 courses (33 credits total), including:

  • 2 core courses (6 credits total):
    • Workplace Ethics
    • HRM Capstone
  • 3 foundation courses (9 credits total):
    • Fundamentals of Human Resources Management
    • Research Methods and Data Analysis for HR
    • Human Capital Analytics
  • 6 elective courses (18 credits total):
    • The program offers over 20 electives, including Talent Acquisition & Management, Learning & Development, Total Rewards, Employment Relations & the Law, and a for-credit HR Internship program.  
    • For a current list of electives, visit the Course Schedule page.

Focus Areas

The Human Resources Management program offers five focus areas that enable you to tailor your studies and sharpen your expertise in a particular area of study. Below are examples of courses you could take should you choose to pursue a focus area:

  • Strategic Human Capital Management:
    • Strategic Thinking and Financial Acumen for HR
    • Strategic Planning and HR Strategy
    • Strategic Human Capital Development
  • Talent & Organization Development:
    • Organization Development and Change
    • Coaching Skills for HR Professionals
    • Creating and Maintaining High-Performance Organizations
  • Global Human Resources Management:
    • Global Human Resources Management
    • Global Immersion
    • Managing Diverse Organizations in a Flat World
  • Diversity & Inclusion Management:
    • Theory and Practice of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Creating and Sustaining a Climate of Inclusion
    • Organization Development and Change
  • HR Analytics & Technology:
    • People Analytics and Strategy
    • Managing Technology
    • Organizational and Technology Change Management

Program Formats

The Human Resources Management program is available in both an online format and an on-campus format. You can opt to take classes online, on campus, or through a combination of both.

  • On-Campus Format: In the on-campus format, classes are held at the same times every week at our downtown D.C. campus.
  • Online Format: The online master’s has the same curriculum as the on-campus format and offers access to all of the same University resources. In this format, you’ll be able to watch lectures and complete assignments on your own schedule.

You’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that suits your schedule. You can take up to 12 credits per semester and complete the degree in as little as 15 months, or you can take as little as one course per semester and complete it in five years. Here are what other students typically do:

  • Full-time students typically take 9 credits (3 courses) during the fall and spring semesters, and 6 credits (2 courses) during the summer semester.
  • Part-time students typically take 3 to 6 credits (1 to 2 courses) during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

SHRM Aligned

The curriculum for the Master’s in Human Resources Management fully aligns with the recommended requirements for degree programs as outlined in the latest HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Students in SHRM-aligned programs are eligible to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam in their final year under a special student eligibility provision.


All programs offered by Georgetown University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.