Online MS in Human Resources Curriculum

The online Master of Science in Human Resources curriculum at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School will prepare you to maximize employee performance, strategically lead teams, and manage organizational change.

The MS in Human Resources program gives you the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that aligns with your personal and professional commitments. The program can be completed in as few as 16 months on a standard track.

Check-out a sample course sequence (PDF).

Curriculum Requirements

30 Units

14 Courses

2 Immersions

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Updated curriculum. Fewer credits. More course options.

  • New curriculum with the same intentional focus in business
  • New course in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Updated course offerings in global HR topics
  • Now 30 credits instead of 39


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During your time in the program, you will attend two immersions in Los Angeles.

Personal and Leadership Development Workshop
Engage in exercises and reflection that are meant to enhance communication, ethical decision-making, career development, and other relevant skills for interpersonal effectiveness in business.

Human Resources Capstone
In this course, you will learn to formulate and execute a business-focused HR strategy that drives value for an organization. Topics include the social, ethical, and legal environment of an organization; diversity in the workplace; organizational culture; and business strategy.

You are required to complete two immersions. The first immersion will take place during your first term in the program. The first immersion will be held over a weekend within the first three weeks of the start of your term. The second immersion will take place during your final trimester in the program.

Global Learning Opportunities

The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School gives students the unique opportunity to expand their business savvy abroad. Students who choose to join us for a one-week global intensive can expect a combination of collaborative learning, immersive course work, and enriching cultural experiences.

The global intensive is optional and can be taken as an elective for academic credit. Students will need to pay for their flight, as well as a program fee that covers room and board, most meals, and all planned academic and cultural activities during the week.


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Core Courses

Elective Courses

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the online MS in Human Resources program students will emerge with modern-day HR skills.

Communication and Collaboration

  • Communicate ideas with clarity and composure in business settings.
  • Collaborate effectively and encourage participation in team settings.

Knowledge of Human Resources Concepts

  • Develop a comprehensive talent management plan and create a strategic HR plan that aligns with business strategy.
  • Assess the appropriate workplace-related employment laws relative to human resources issues.

Business Acumen

  • Analyze multiple sources of information to promote effective HR management and draw evidence-based business decisions.
  • Propose change intervention strategies as an internal or external change leader.

Global and Ethical Perspectives

  • Develop an ethical basis for fostering global, diverse, and inclusive organizational environments.
  • Lead the conversation on ethical considerations for HR managers and leaders.