The Master of Science (MS) in Human Resources degree will prepare you to manage the modern organizational workforce.  You will develop skills necessary to succeed in specific areas of human resources, such as benefits, compensation, labor relations, recruitment and workforce training programs.  You'll gain a real-world education in HR management in a stimulating program that combines high-quality teaching with evidence-based recommendations from leading scholars in the field.

Faculty members have won numerous teaching awards and bring many years of professional experience in a range of management-related fields into the classroom, which will help you see the connection between science and practice.  Industry guest speakers, business cases, simulations and internships will enhance your practical understanding of the HR field.  The program leverages DePaul's wide-ranging network of alumni and HR business leaders to create opportunities for students to engage in professional activities and community outreach via service learning.

The MS in Human Resources curriculum is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates, which are part of SHRM's Academic Initiative to define the highest HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.  The MS in HR Advisory Board, comprised of HR professionals and graduates of DePaul, provides another point of contact for the program and its students in the industry.


In this program, you will develop the skills to manage core HR functions, including workforce planning, staffing, performance management, total rewards, talent management, and training and development.  You'll address current topics encountered by human resource professionals, such as:
  • Change management, downsizing/rightsizing and mergers and acquisitions
  • Internal consulting and organizational development
  • Employment law, ethics, and employee and labor relations
  • Globalization, outsourcing and managing a diverse workforce
  • Metrics, data analytics and human resource information systems
  • Organizational succession planning and personal career growth and development

Career Outlook

The MS in Human Resources will prepare you for career paths that include compensation and benefits consultant, HR analyst, recruiter and labor relations director. 
MSHR alumni have earned full-time employment at organizations that include AbbVie, AonHewitt, Aramark, Baxter, CarMax, Hays Companies, Huron Consulting Group, IDEX Corp., JLL, National Institutes of Health and Paylocity.
MSHR students have landed internships at a variety of organizations, including the Archdiocese of Chicago, Blue Cross Blue Shield, B96 Radio, BMO Harris, Chase Bank, Chicago Cubs, Discover Financial, Menards, Niagara, Nordstrom, Pandora, PAWS Chicago, Rainbow Hospice, Sherwin Williams, Siemens, The Standard Club, United Airlines and the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Degree Requirements 48 hours
  Total hours required   48 hours