Earn Your Master’s in Human Resources (MSHR) Online from Pepperdine University

Become a Business-Oriented HR Professional

People are the most valuable asset of any organization. The online Master of Science in Human Resources program from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School will prepare you to integrate best business practices into essential human resource functions, so you can become a key contributor in the strategic planning and management of your organization.

Through this specialized master’s program, you will learn how to align talent with your company’s mission by leveraging the strengths of employees and better understanding what motivates them.

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Accredited by the prestigious AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—the Graziadio Business School has a long-standing tradition of producing values-centered leaders driven by personal integrity, compassion, and holistic thinking.


Complete in as Few as 12 Months

No GRE/GMAT Required for Admission

AACSB-Accredited

Our Program Aligns with SHRM Requirements

The online Master of Science in Human Resources program aligns with official curriculum requirements of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which helps ensure program excellence and professional readiness.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. It serves the needs of HR professionals worldwide and advances the interests of the HR profession.

Admissions

At Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, we value diversity of experience. Our online master’s in human resources program is ideal for those who are currently professionals in the HR field or work closely with the HR team within their organization.

To be considered for admission, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. A minimum of two years of work experience is recommended but not required.

No GRE or GMAT scores are required for admission.

See application requirements.

Program Start Dates and Application Deadlines
Classes Start Early Priority Deadline Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Monday, January 4, 2021 Friday, September 18, 2020 Friday, October 9, 2020 Friday, November 6, 2020
Monday, May 3, 2021 Friday, January 15, 2021 Friday, February 5, 2021 Friday, March 5, 2021

On-Campus MS in Human Resources

The immersive, full-time MS in Human Resources program introduces the foundational scopes of talent management to meet organizational objectives as a strategic business leader, guiding students to become strategic partners that understand how the human resources function supports business objectives.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year is $1,650 per unit. Our online Master of Science in Human Resources program is 39 units. Additional fees can be expected each semester, including travel and accommodations for two required on-campus immersions.

You may be eligible to apply for federal financial aid to help fund your graduate education. To learn more about financing your education, visit our tuition and financial aid page.

Build Your Business and HR Acumen

Learn how to align talent management and business strategy with an online master’s from Pepperdine University.

Build Your Business and HR Acumen

Learn how to align talent management and business strategy with an online master’s from Pepperdine University.

An Integrated Curriculum

Through our 39-unit curriculum, you will learn to maximize employee performance, strategically lead teams, and manage organizational change. The inclusion of business courses helps prepare you to engage in strategic decisions that drive the best possible outcomes for both employees and organizations. View the course list and course descriptions.

Course Sequence

The MS in Human Resources can be completed in as little as one year on an accelerated schedule or 24 months part time. As part of the program, you will also attend an immersion in Los Angeles during the first and last terms.

Curious to know what your schedule might look like? Check out our sample course sequence options (PDF).

Immersions

As a student in the program, you are required to attend two immersion experiences in Los Angeles. The first immersion takes place during your first term, allowing you to meet fellow students and professors, and network with other HR professionals early on in the program. The second immersion takes place in your last term, allowing you to apply what you have learned to help drive positive outcomes at an organization.

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Community-Focused Capstone

Nonprofit organizations are looking for experienced talent that can provide fresh thinking and insight to address complex organizational issues. The Education to Community (E2C) capstone gives you the opportunity to fill that need. Working in small teams under the supervision of program faculty, you will gain experience addressing real organizational opportunities and challenges, while helping a nonprofit organization achieve its mission-driven goals.

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Distinguished Faculty

Pepperdine faculty are distinguished business leaders, educators, and HR consultants who are passionate about their work and their students. Our 13:1 student-faculty ratio means your professors can take the time to truly get to know you, mentor you, and support you at every step of your academic and professional journey.

Meet our acclaimed faculty.

Drive Better Business Outcomes

Learn how you can become an effective HR leader in today’s business world with Pepperdine.

Drive Better Business Outcomes

Learn how you can become an effective HR leader in today’s business world with Pepperdine.

Benefits of Earning a Master’s in Human Resources

A Master of Science in Human Resources can help you expand your role beyond basic HR functions. If you are already working in the HR space or looking to make a career change, this degree will prepare you to play a lead role in training, leveraging, and retaining your company’s greatest asset: its talent.

With a specialized master’s from Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School, you will be equipped to lead your own team and act as the bridge between human resources and other business areas within your organization.

HR Career Growth and Opportunities

The need for effective HR professionals spans every industry. Earning your master’s in HR online will give you a competitive edge in this growing field. As a graduate of the program, you will be prepared to pursue a variety of positions that can benefit every organization.

HR business partners align business objectives with employees and management in designated business units, serving as a consultant to management on human resource–related issues within an organization.

HR business managers lead an organization's HR programs and policies as they apply to employee relations, compensation, benefits, safety, performance, and staffing.

Organizational development consultants help clients improve their businesses by providing services that include change management, group problem-solving, and talent management.

Training and development managers plan, coordinate, and direct programs for the purpose of enhancing the skills and knowledge of an organization’s employees.

California Roots. Global Reach.

The network you gain is as important as the skills you learn. When you choose Pepperdine, you join a diverse community of 40,000 students, faculty, and alumni around the globe who are thinking boldly about business while leading with purpose.

Take the next step today toward earning a specialized business master’s degree from Pepperdine University—named a top-50 national university in 2020.1

Are You Ready to Become a Strategic HR Leader?

Learn more about the online MS in Human Resources program from Pepperdine University today.

Are You Ready to Become a Strategic HR Leader?

Learn more about the online MS in Human Resources program from Pepperdine University today.

1 U.S. News & World Report, 2020 National University Rankings (visited June 17, 2020) Return to footnote reference