M.S. in Human Resource Management

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Stamford Graduate Center
3 Landmark Square
Stamford, CT  06901

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Michael S. Carriger, M.S., D.Mgt.
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Get Acquainted with our M.S. in Human Resource Management:

“Our people are our most valuable asset.”

It’s a message heard loud and clear from the highest ranks of today’s leading organizations. For executive leaders, attracting and retaining top talent is contingent upon having a highly qualified and effective human resource manager in place. After all, the role of the HR leader is evolving into that of a tightly integrated business partner — someone who can build a strong talent pool that yields significant competitive advantage.

"HR has just got to be as important as any other function in a company.  In fact, why wouldn't HR be as important as finance? After all, if you managed a baseball team, would you listen more closely to the team accountant or the director of player personnel? Both the accountant and director of player personnel belong, alongside the CEO, at the table where decisions are made." - Jack Welch from "Winning"

‌Sacred Heart University’s Master of Science in Human Resource Management (M.S. in HRM) helps professionals develop the advanced quantitative skills and real-world knowledge it takes to contribute at the highest levels. Graduates are prepared for careers as HR managers and directors — high-growth positions that are projected to continue their upward climb.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.

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Dig Deeper into the HRM Degree:

The 33-credit M.S. in HRM operates on a trimester schedule, allowing students to graduate in less than two years.

  • The part-time program is suited for human resource professionals seeking advancement, or for business managers who wish to move laterally into the HR field.
  • The full-time program is suited for students who have an undergraduate degree in business, applied psychology, HR management or leadership and are interested in an advanced HR degree.

Designed to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals, the program’s blended format combines online-centric study with in-person classes that meet every other Saturday.

Alongside peers in your cohort, you will network, collaborate and gain valuable expertise from distinguished SHU faculty members, as well as senior-level HR executives who serve as guest lecturers.

Meet our Guest Lecturers

Featured Guest Lecturer

Jack Pettit

Jack Pettit | Senior Human Resources Executive at Purdue Pharma L.P.

Understand the HRM Graduate Program Delivery:

Courses are taught in a blended format—part of the course is taught online with in-person classes every other Saturday at our Stamford, Conn. Graduate Center in Landmark Square from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Making use of online technology together with on-ground delivery will minimize travel requirements while bringing the students together.

Furthermore, the master's program is built around a cohort of students admitted together each fall. This is intended to create a student support system and a future peer network. Students who are accepted after a cohort has started may take elective classes while awaiting the start of their cohort. 

A 12-credit graduate certificate in human resource management is also available through the Welch College of Business.

Know the Graduate Degree Requirements:

The program requires the completion of 33 credits. Those without an undergraduate degree in business may be required to take an additional 3 credit hours. Operating on a trimester schedule, students can complete the program in two years.

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HRM Job Outlook:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, a 21 percent job growth in HR employment through 2020 and the average annual salary for HR Managers is $99,180.

Go Forward with Human Resource Management:

The traditional HR role has been redefined. Graduates of advanced HR degree programs go on to become trusted advisors, diplomatic leaders and strategic trailblazers who excel in today’s complex business environment. The M.S. in HRM is:

  • Contemporary. Informed by the needs of progressive global organizations, the program prepares you to deftly manage people and processes within rapidly changing business, regulatory and social landscapes.
  • In demand. A rigorous focus on metrics and finance develops critical thinkers who can creatively tackle diverse challenges and thrive on the cutting edge of the HR field.
  • Connected. You will be part of a multifaceted learning environment, gaining valuable expertise from industry experts and forging important relationships with peers in your cohort.
  • Convenient. Blended-format coursework combines the convenience of online learning with the personal attention and interaction of in-class learning at SHU’s Stamford Graduate Center.
  • Accredited. The program is offered through SHU’s John F. Welch College of Business—one of only a select few elite business schools worldwide that are accredited by AACSB International. In addition, SHRM has announced that Sacred Heart University’s master’s degree in human resource management program successfully aligns with the SHRM Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. 

SHU HRM in the News

AACSB Accreditation

Among an elite membership of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide, the Welch College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, the premier global accrediting body for business and accounting programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level.

Sacred Heart University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked as a top master's level university by U.S.News and World Report.

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Latest News

Human Resources Master’s Program Aligns with SHRM Guidelines

July 24, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has announced that Sacred Heart University’s master’s in human resource management program (HRM) successfully aligns with the SHRM Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. SHU is one of only two universities in Connecticut to hold that distinction. “Everyone here is really excited about it, because it’s a significant advantage for the program,” said Leanna Lawter, assistant professor of management in HRM. “It’s a thoughtful process – one that I think is very worthwhile and that adds a lot of value to our program. It reinforces that our graduates have the tools that a business recognizes as necessary to being successful in human resources.”

SHU Launches New Graduate Center in Stamford

May 21, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University is significantly expanding its presence in Stamford and Fairfield County, launching new graduate degree programs and additional courses, moving into new classroom space in the center of the city and increasing its involvement and outreach within the Metro- and Stamford-area region and business communities.

The Welch College of Business to Launch Master's Degree in Human Resource Management

January 15, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In the fall of 2013, Sacred Heart University will launch its master’s degree in human resource management program. The 33-credit degree can be completed in less than two years and requires three years work experience.“The nature of human resources has changed in the past several years,” says Leanna Lawter, assistant professor of management and the director of the new program. “The human resource professional has gone from being a traditional ‘personnel manager’ who just coordinated people’s benefits, payroll and paperwork to someone who is much more senior-level. He or she is making strategic decisions, helping with work forecasts, figuring out the human capital needs for the organization and integrating these decisions into the actual strategy of the company. In this new role, analytical and strategic-thinking skills are critical for success.”