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Earn Your Human Resource Management Master’s Online

Employees are the human resources who often propel organizational success. Individuals with advanced knowledge of human resource management can provide strategic value and positively impact an organization’s bottom line. American Public University's (APU) online master’s in human resource management sharpens key competencies in HR management aimed at contributing to the strategic direction of an organization and more complex problem-solving.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

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Tuition for master’s degrees and graduate certificates. We offer many grant options. These grants represent a savings on our standard tuition rate. Request information to learn more.

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For master's programs with APU’s Preferred Military Rate for eligible students.

Entrance Exams

No GRE®, GMAT™, or other standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

Application Fee

There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.

Affordable Ebooks

Some master's-level courses provide no-cost ebooks to minimize your expenses.

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Why You Should Earn This Master's From APU

Comprehensive Curriculum

You will cover the essential topics of the discipline: organizational behavior, employment law and labor relations, strategic HRM practices, diversity and inclusion, and legal and ethical issues.

Key Takeaways

Through case studies and research, you will explore how the human resource function supports the strategic direction of an organization. You conclude your studies by developing a portfolio to demonstrate your mastery of the field.

Focused Coursework

This program goes beyond a concentration found in traditional MBA and Management programs to provide a deep dive into HR practices and strategies. Courses cover compensation and benefits, workforce planning, and crisis management.


APU’s online master’s in HR management aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management’s core curriculum. Successful completion of a SHRM-aligned program constitutes one element of eligibility toward taking SHRM’s Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam.

Expert Insight

Faculty bring their field-tested knowledge from Fortune 500 companies, government, and the military to enrich your learning with real-world perspective.

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families, (parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents) are eligible for the Preferred Military Rate of $250/credit hour for undergraduate and $290/credit hour for master’s-level courses. The Preferred Military Rate, which is applied automatically, supersedes all other university grants and special rates, and cannot be combined with any other special promotions.

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