Online M.A. in HR Management Degree and Certificates

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Gain the HR Skills to Advance Your Career

Take your career to the next level and become a strategic partner within any organization with a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be a versatile HR professional ready to lead the heart of a company. You’ll gain an understanding of rewards systems, conflict management, and goal assessments as they relate to a company’s planning, execution, and successful completion of objectives. You’ll also have the confidence to train management-level staff in budgeting, communication, strategy, and ethics.

This flexible program can be supplemented by four online graduate certificates to enhance your breadth and depth of knowledge while also specializing in areas of interest such as payroll, counseling, and more.

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Deepen Your Knowledge with Graduate Certificates

Saint Mary’s offers four HR-related graduate certificates to help you accelerate your skills in just one year. This flexible 12-credit programs can be taken alone, or you can apply your credits toward related online master’s degrees at Saint Mary’s.

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12 credits; 2 semesters

Access a hands-on curriculum that provides specialized knowledge and training in essential finance skill sets, including financial markets, security analysis, and portfolio management. Courses are taught by experienced faculty who are industry experts.

12 credits; 2 semesters

Get the focused training you need to lead in a variety of healthcare settings and finish your program in just one year. Learn the fundamentals of modern health and human services delivery and study topics like health policy, finance, and administration to advance your career.

12 credits; 2 semesters

Study a specialized curriculum that provides a foundational study of the human resources skills and approaches you need to be successful, including HR management, compensation and benefits, consulting, and employment law.

12 credits; 2 semesters

Gain the foundational skills you need to excel in project management, including topics like project planning, resource management, stakeholder analysis, quality control, risk management, and more in this PMI-GAC accredited certificate program.

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Online Convenience, On Point Outcomes

Saint Mary’s online programs are designed to provide excellence in education beyond campus borders. With user-friendly formats and flexible scheduling, our commitment to delivering leading-edge knowledge and valuable credentials allows you to excel in your profession while balancing family and work responsibilities.

Think Strategically to Help People

The coursework for the online Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University allows you to enhance your breadth and depth of knowledge while also specializing in areas of interest including compensation and benefits,
developing human capital, internal consulting, and more. Saint Mary’s SHRM-aligned curriculum has a management focus, giving you the tools to lead teams in any environment.

Preview just a few of the courses in the online master’s degree program in human resource management:

HRM 601 Human Resource Management Strategy

Examine human resource management in the context of business policy and competitive strategy. Discuss the core competencies required to become a successful human resource manager. Topics include an overview of business policy, the role of human resource planning, strategic human resource management, and using technology for planning and administering human resource functions.

HRM 611 Globalization and Diversity

This course examines the interplay of various factors associated with evaluating managers, employees, and customers from different cultures. Students explore the varied components of expatriate recruitment, selection, orientation, and training strategies. International labor standards and public policy issues associated with trade agreements are explored to determine their impact on organizational strategy.

GM 675 Managerial Ethics and Issues

This course examines philosophical theories and ethical practices that can be used to resolve organizational dilemmas. The course emphasizes the role of managers to strengthen the ethical culture of the organization. Focus is given to the application of ethical principles and models to deal with complex organizational issues. Students develop skills in values-based decision making built upon integrity and accountability.

HRM 609 Labor Relations

This course provides an in-depth study of the history of collective bargaining including how changes in product and service markets affect the way labor and management relate to each other. State and federal employment laws and their impact on labor-management cooperation are explored. Students trace how collective bargaining has adapted to economic, social, political, technical, and sector-specific needs. Various dispute resolution mechanisms and bargaining strategies are examined.

“There is a lot of interaction between professors and students. Even though it’s an online course you will gain a lot of knowledge and build up the confidence in yourself when engaging in this field professionally.”
– Jessica Alcazar, 2023 M.A. in Human Resource Management Online Graduate

Step Up Your Career Game

In almost every industry—manufacturing, health care, education, finance, and insurance, to name a few—you’ll find HR professionals behind the scenes helping organizations thrive and being strategic partners to leaders in the organization. Saint Mary’s online Master of Arts in Human Resource Management can help you take your passion to the next level. As a strategic organizational thinker, you can facilitate greater success within your company by being the link between management and employees. You’ll empower colleagues to use their full potential while you pursue your own in one of a myriad of career options:

  • Human resource manager: $119,033/year1
  • Compensation and benefits manager: 134,057/year2
  • Labor relations manager: $146,771/year3
  • HR practice leader: $109,443/year4
  • Chief learning officer: $219,700/year5
  • Human resource director: $181,391/year6

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