West Chester University's 100% online Master of Science in Human Resource Management is a 10 course, 30-credit program . You are required to complete 8 core level courses (HRM 601-607, HRM 699), and 2 elective courses. HRM 601 is the first course in the program, and HRM 699 is the final course. Every other course may be taken in any order. 

West Chester University’s 100% online 12-credit Certificate in Human Resource Management is designed for both HR and non-HR professionals across industries and organizational types seeking to advance their skillset within the field of human resources.

Both the online MS and HRM Certificate are structured to help students develop core competencies in critical areas of HR management such as employment and labor relations; compensation and benefits; ethics; global human resources; human resource metrics; leadership and change management; and workforce planning. Both programs are delivered entirely online in a seven-week format to meet the needs of working professionals.


We are accredited by AACSB International - the premier global accrediting body for business schools. "AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates that are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools."

SHRM Academically Aligned

We are aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, 440 programs in 331 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines -- created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013 -- are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards. 

Students enrolled in an HR or HR-related degree program at an educational institution aligned to SHRM’s core curriculum guidelines are eligible to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam. Eligible students must be in their final year of study, be in good standing (as defined by their university), and possess a minimum of 500 hours of relevant HR experience.


SHRM Recertification Provider

Students enrolled in either the West Chester MSHRM or Graduate Certificate in HRM programs who already possess a valid SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP may count program credits toward SHRM Recertification as Professional Development Credits (PDC). SHRM Recertification requires continued development of competencies in the field for a total of 60-credits within every 3 year recertification cycle.


10 courses



The MSHRM is a 10 course-30 credit program. All courses are required, and all requirements for the MSHRM must be completed within six years.

100% online



Your entire degree is delivered in a 100% online class format.  You can take one course at time, part time, and graduate in less than two years!   Many students complete their entire degree online in less than one year as a full time student.  You never need to come to campus


601 Components of effective leadership

HRM 601:

Components of Effective Leadership

602 Employment Law & Labor Relations

HRM 602:

Employment Law and Labor Relations

603 strategic talent management

HRM 603:

Strategic Talent Management

Compensation Analysis

HRM 604:

Compensation Analysis

605 HR information Systems and Analytics

HRM 605:

HR Information Systems and Analytics

Ethics, Social Responsibility, and sustainability in HRM

HRM 606:

Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability in HRM

Managing global and diverse workforces

HRM 607:

Managing Diverse and Globalized Workforces

Issues of  employee health in the work place

HRM 608:

Issues of Employee Health in the Workplace (Elective)

Training and organizational development

HRM 609:

Training and Organizational Development (Elective)

Workplace negotiations

HRM 610:

Workplace Negotiations (Elective)

HRM Internal Business Consulting

HRM 611:

HRM Internal Business Consulting (Elective)

Internship in HRM

HRM 690:

Internship in HRM (Elective)


Capstone Seminar

HRM 699:

Capstone Seminar - Strategic HRM Challenges