Earn Your Master’s in Human Resources 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.

Complete in as Few as 12 Months

No GRE/GMAT Required for Admission

Accredited by the prestigious AACSB International

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), has a long-standing legacy of teaching professionals to lead intelligently while demonstrating personal integrity, sound decision making, and broad thinking.

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.

On-Campus MS in Human Resources

The on-campus, full-time MS in Human Resources program introduces the foundations of talent management for meeting organizational objectives, guiding students to become strategic partners that understand how human resources supports business.

Visit our on-campus site to learn more and apply to the on-campus program. Note that on-campus and online MS in Human Resources program applications are separate. Access the online application here.


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.

  • A bachelor’s degree is required to apply.
  • GRE or GMAT scores are not required.
  • Applicants should have at least 1 year of work experience, 2+ years is preferred.

Learn more on the Online Application Requirements page.

Upcoming Cohort Deadlines

There will not be a May 2022 cohort for the M.S. in Human Resources program, if you have any questions please reach out to your admissions counselor or email the admissions team at admissions@onlinebusiness.pepperdine.edu.

Classes StartEarly Priority DeadlinePriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
Monday, January 3, 2022Friday, September 10, 2021Friday, October 8, 2021Friday, November 19, 2021

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2021–2022 academic year is $1,695 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.

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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 Sequences

The MS in Human Resources can be completed in as few as:

  • 12 months on an accelerated track
  • 16 months on a standard track

Curriculum Requirements







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


As a student, you will attend two immersion experiences in Los Angeles, during the first and last terms of the program. Immersions allow you to meet fellow students, professors, and other HR professionals. During the second immersion, you will apply what you have learned to help drive positive outcomes at an organization.

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.

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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 2021.1

1 U.S. News & World Report2021 National University Rankings (visited February 1, 2021)arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference