Jul 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Human Resources Management (HRM) MS


Program Coordinator: Kristi Yowell

Program Delivery Format: 100% Online, 8-week sessions

Total Credits: 30

Average Completion Time: 12-18 months

Admission: Fall, Spring and Summer (2 entry points per semester, six entry points per year)

For more information contact:

Graduate Admissions: Colin Hoover, Admissions Counselor, Graduate Enrollment Management
(410) 871-3139

McDaniel Graduate and Professional Studies - gpsadvising@mcdaniel.edu or 410.857.2500.


The Master of Science in Human Resources Management provides students with opportunities to study the theories and practices of human resources management and prepares them for management positions in a variety of organizational and industrial settings as an HR professional. The program content is founded in competencies defined by professional organizations in the field of HR, such as ATD and SHRM. Through content courses in human resources management and related topics – such as organizational theory and behavior, organizational change and development, and research methods  – and through workplace experiences, students will acquire the necessary skills to be successful human resources professionals. Organizations, the marketplace, and societies in general are experiencing rapid change, and organizations must prepare to adapt to those changes.

The program in Human Resources Management is offered entirely online, primarily in an asynchronous format to meet the need for a healthy personal and professional life balance for working professionals.  Courses are offered in 8-week sessions allowing students to focus on one course at a time while maintaining a two course per semester courseload, a popular format for working adults. This program can be completed in 18 months taking two courses per semester or as little as 12 months if taking 3 courses a semester.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates are selected for the Human Resources Management program based on review of a complete application packet, including the following criteria:

  • Completed application for graduate study. https://admission.mcdaniel.edu/apply/
  • Official transcript verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Students with a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 will be admitted provisionally which requires a student to maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first 9 to 12 credit hours. Students with less than a 2.75 GPA can be considered for provisional admission on a case-by-case basis but may be required to provide additional documents or participate in an interview. Admission may also require additional conditions.
  • A professional resume highlighting related work experience.
  • Goal statement detailing personal and professional goals relative to the program of study.



Required Capstone:

Students will have the choice of a capstone project or internship.  McDaniel is a member of SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and may offer this program via distance education to students in any state except for California. Students completing an internship in lieu of the capstone course will be required to receive approval prior to entering internship in a state outside of Maryland. Request for internship must be made to the Program Coordinator prior to enrolling in the internship course.  Students who live or will be studying in a state outside of Maryland may be required to complete the capstone project if the internship is prohibited by the state reciprocity regulations.

Total Credit Hours: 30

State Authorization

McDaniel is an approved institutional member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership in SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses/programs offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. For more information about SARA, including the states currently participating in the agreement, visit http://www.nc.sara.org.

SARA membership allows McDaniel to accept and deliver our programs/courses online to students in 49 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students who reside in California, currently the only state not a member of SARA, should contact the admissions office prior to application to verify if you are eligible to participate in the online program of interest.

For more information about state authorization requirements and complaint resolution, visit https://www.mcdaniel.edu/academics/graduate-professional-studies/state-authorization-requirements-complaints-resolution