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Master of Science

Human Resource Management

Alvah H. Chapman Graduate School of Business


Small steps can lead to big changes. As you think about the next move in your HR career, consider where a master’s degree from FIU can take you. Our fully online Master of Science in Human Resource Management can accelerate your career and prepare you for a leadership role in an increasingly diverse and international workplace.

Take the next step. 

Learn to develop a strategic staffing vision, shape corporate culture and empower organizational change. Our innovative, career-relevant courses are developed with input from HR industry executives, and taught by world-class professors. Designed with working HR professionals in mind, our online HR master’s program is convenient and flexible, enhanced by innovative, collaborative technology that is accessible anywhere.

You’ll learn from practitioners in the field – the experts who understand the changing calculus of the human resources industry as it transforms. With our renowned faculty providing feedback and guidance every step of the way, your FIU Online experience is one we share with you. 

Why Apply?

This intense HR program can be completed in only 12 months and fully online puts students on the fast track to obtaining SHRM’s PHR or SPHR certifications – the most valued credentials in the field.  This program also fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates – another designation that sets participants in this program apart from the rest. 

Our experienced faculty, including many well-known scholars in the discipline and members of editorial boards of the most prestigious HR journals, teach in this program. 

Degree Objectives

Upon completion of the program, you should be able to independently:

  • Develop and understand how to implement legally sustainable and ethical HR planning, recruitment, selection and retention processes; training programs; performance management and appraisal systems, feedback and disciplinary measures; implement compensation, benefit, and reward systems; and personnel policies and labor-management practices
  • Recognize opportunities and understand how to implement activities that foster constructive organizational change through commitment, motivation, teamwork, wellness, safety and values
  • Contrast international HR practices across various cultures and recognize necessary adjustments for cross-cultural differences
  • Utilize technology in HR practice
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication, including presentation skills and interpersonal skills
  • Discuss the role of HR as a partner in the corporate strategy formulation and implementation
  • Critically analyze and form action plans to address HR operational issues and implement sound solutions

Industry Statistics

Candidates with a certification or a master’s degree – particularly those with a concentration in human resources management or an MBA – have the best job prospects. In 2010, the median annual wage of human resources managers was $99,180.  The employment of human resources managers is also expected to grow 13 percent from 2010 to 2020.  Therefore, those with a solid background in human resources programs, policies and employment law should have better job opportunities (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics).


The Online MSHRM program begins every Fall semester (August) and every Spring semester (January) and is offered fully online. Cohorts are structured into “blocks” or sessions, with each block consisting of two courses and lasting approximately eight weeks.

Critical Thinking in Human Resource Management MAN 6317
This course focuses on developing critical thinking skills to solve complex and multidimensional human resource management problems. It will emphasize the analysis and discussion of real cases and scenarios about human resource disputes.

Employment Law and Human Resource Management MAN 6403
This course focuses on the legal and regulatory factors surrounding human resource management. The emphasis will be on creating awareness of legal risks and legal constraints when making HR business decisions.

High Involvement Human Resource Management MAN 6327
This course focuses on human resource practices that motivate and empower employees by fostering their participation and involvement in organizational decision-making. Motivational and leadership theories, including participatory decision-making, self-managed teams and total quality management will be reviewed.

Human Resource Knowledge Management MAN 6359
This course focuses on the management and development of an organization’s human capital. Topics include the identification of learning needs in line with the corporate strategy, current and future performance problems, and individual development of a culture.

Human Resource Management Metrics MAN 6316
This course focuses on the links between human resources and an organization’s financial plan. The processes of analyzing, benchmarking, controlling, and measuring the effectiveness of human resource programs will be discussed.

Human Resource Strategy and Planning MAN 6385
This course discusses strategic planning in the context of human resource management. Topics include the development of mission statements, the identification of the organization’s competitive advantage and core competencies, and the development of corporate and business strategies.

International Human Resource Management MAN 6626
This course looks at decisions about how to recruit, train, compensate, and manage global employees. Topics include cross-cultural differences in values, and managing international assignments.

Labor Issues and Conflict Management MAN 6297
This course offers students techniques and skills to enhance conflict management of disputes. It is designed to teach methods to manage interpersonal disputes between/among parties productively, with emphasis on building partnerships and long-term positive relationships.

Performance and Talent Management MAN 6347
This course focuses on the development and implementation of effective performance management systems. Topics include the design of valid performance management measurement systems, electronic performance monitoring, diagnosing performance problems and implementation issues.

Reward Systems Management MAN 6336
This course covers all aspects of compensation and reward systems, such as the strategic alignment of compensation and other HR systems, job evaluation, merit- and skill-based pay, cost-effective benefit programs, and the increasingly flexible compensation systems demanded by today’s dynamic and diverse work force.

Staffing Organizations MAN 6365
This course focuses on the identification, recruitment, selection, and promotion of successful employees. The development of systems that comply with regulatory issues, such as equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws, while satisfying business goals, will be covered.

Wellness Management MAN 6157
This course focuses on managing employee safety, security, mental, attitudinal, and health-related outcomes. It also discusses managing absenteeism, turnover, and counterproductive behavior. The course covers attitude surveys, OSHA, and security and safety audits.

Professional Development Seminars

To strengthen students’ marketability and competitiveness, seminars are mandatory, 1-3 credit courses.

I. Finance for HR Professionals (Mandatory)
The purpose of this professional development seminar is to provide a broad overview of the key financial terms, tools, and reports used in organizations. Designed for an HR audience, this seminar focuses on the financial knowledge that is most critical for HR professionals. Through a series of tutorials and exercises, students will learn key finance terms, as well as how to read income statements and balance sheets.

II. Select one from the following options
Option 1: MAN 6356 Career Services Professional Development I
Professional Development Seminar focused on interviewing, resume and cover letter writing, and networking. Students will be advised by their career advisor on best practices to market themselves professionally.

Option 2: HR Internship (1-3)
An HR internship course will be required in place for MAN 6356 in order to provide an enriched learning experience. Internships are supervised by the Faculty Director who interacts with the student and the employer or organization that provides the internship. The internship should provide a new learning experience for the student intern (Effective Fall 2014).


To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

Admissions Guidelines

  • Five years of professional work experience (of which at least two are in the HR field) OR a score of at least 500 on the GMAT (www.mba.com) or 1000 on the GRE (www.ets.org)
  • An undergraduate degree equivalent to a US four-year degree
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended universities and proof of degree (official translation required if transcripts are not in English)
  • GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 3.0 in upper division coursework
  • Statement of Purpose (one-page essay describing your professional goals and reasons for pursuing a master’s degree
  • Résumé
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Proof of US residency/citizenship
  • Florida Residency Form along with two proofs of ID confirming you maintained residence in Florida for the past 12 months 
For international students:
  • The TOEFL, a comprehensive test of English language proficiency skills, is required of all applicants whose primarily language is not English and did not graduate from an English-speaking university
  • If you are an international student living outside the US, you do not need an F-1 student visa to complete the program. You may complete the program completely online at your home country.

Admissions Documents

To complete the online graduate programs admissions form, select 'Master of Science in Human Resource Management' from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it before taking the GMAT, GRE or TOEFL, if required.

For application inquiries, contact us: 
Phone: 305.348.3125 or 1-(855)-FIU-Online
E-mail: hronline@fiu.edu

Applicants should submit all supporting admissions documents to:
FIU Online Enrollment Office
Florida International University
6303 Blue Lagoon Drive
Suite 350
Miami, FL 33126

Admissions Interview

The admissions interview will be scheduled after all supporting documents have been received. It will be conducted online via Adobe Connect and candidates will be evaluated on their commitment to the program, communication skills and ability to follow directions.

Business Critical Thinking Exam

The Business Critical Thinking Exam tests basic knowledge mainly through business scenarios. Intended to measure progress, the exam will be administered before the program begins and again toward the program’s completion. It is not a factor in the admissions decision. Exam will be waived if student provides GMAT or GRE score only if student is being admitted through experience.

In order for the applicant to move forward to the Critical Thinking Exam portion, the interview must be satisfied and approved by the admission committee. Applicants will be provided with an access code by the MSHRM program coordinator to take the exam online.

Please note: Only those applicants who have submitted complete application packets will be considered. Meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.


Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

The cost of tuition starting fall 2014 is $35,000 for Florida residents, non-Florida residents and international students. Students pay for courses at the beginning of each semester. Please note, tuition and fee amounts vary by term and all amounts stated are subject to change.

Once a candidate is accepted into the Online MSHRM program, he or she will be required to submit a non-refundable $500 professional development seminar fee, which will be applied toward the total program cost (Effective Fall 2014).

Top Faculty

Carolina Gomez

Carolina Gomez
Prior to joining FIU, Carolina Gómez served as assistant professor at Towson University’s College of Business and Economics and at the University of Houston College of Business Administration. In the private sector, Dr. Gómez worked with Nortel in marketing and strategic planning. Her areas of expertise include empowerment, international entrepreneurship and cross-cultural issues. 

Professor Juan Sanchez

Juan Sanchez
Juan I. Sanchez is professor of management and international business and Knight-Ridder Byron Harless Eminent Chair of Management at FIU. He is a Public Member of the U.S. State Department’s Board of Examiners of the Foreign Service, and a member of the Social Security’s Occupational Information Advisory Panel. Professor Sanchez occasionally serves as an expert witness in cases involving human resource management disputes. He has consulted with multiple organizations and government agencies, including the National Academy of Sciences, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Veterans Administration.

Mary Ann Von Glinow

Mary Ann Von Glinow
Dr. Von Glinow is the Knight Ridder Eminent Scholar Chair in International Management and director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at FlU. She has authored over 100 journal articles and 11 books on her areas of interest, which include globally distributed work and organizational behavior. She heads an international consortium of researchers delving into “Best International Human Resource Management Practices” and has received an NSF grant to study globally distributed work. 

@ A Glance

39Credits Required

  • 12-month program
  • Fully online
  • Aligns with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates
  • Prepares for PHR and/or SPHR certifications
  • Program start date: Fall and Spring