The Online Master of Science
in Human Resources from Pepperdine University

Become a Successful HR Professional with a Master’s in Human Resources

People are the most valuable asset of any organization. The online Master of Science in Human Resources from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School will prepare you to become a key contributor in the strategic planning and management of your organization by integrating best business practices into essential human resource functions.

Through this specialized master’s program, you will learn how to align talent with your company’s mission by leveraging the strengths of employees and better understanding what motivates them.

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University will prepare you to lead with purpose and serve your community through responsible business practices. We will challenge you to think boldly and drive positive and meaningful change in the world.

Complete in as Few as
12 Months

No GMAT/GRE Required for Admission


Our Program Aligns with SHRM Requirements

The online Master of Science in Human Resources program aligns with official curriculum requirements of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which helps ensure program excellence and professional readiness.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. It serves the needs of HR professionals worldwide and advances the interests of the HR profession.

Build Your Business and HR Acumen

Learn how you can connect talent management and business strategy with an online master’s from Pepperdine University.

A Curriculum That Integrates Business and Human Resources

Through our 39-unit curriculum, you will learn to maximize employee performance, strategically lead teams, and manage organizational change. The inclusion of business courses helps prepare you to engage in strategic business decisions at all levels of your organization.

The program can be completed in as few as 12 months; however, most students will take up to 20 months to earn their degree.







Course Sequence

The MS in Human Resources can be completed in as little as one year on an accelerated schedule or up to 24 months part time. As part of the program, you will also attend an immersion in Los Angeles during the first and last terms.

Curious to know what your schedule might look like? Check out our sample course sequence options.

Course Descriptions

Behavior in Organizations (BSCI 651) - 4 units

Learn to apply behavioral sciences to management issues through integration of conceptual and experiential approaches to self-awareness, perception, communication, motivation, productivity, group behavior processes, leadership, organizational change, diversity, ethical issues, career planning, and the management of personal and organizational stress.

Managerial Creativity and Innovation
for Leadership (OTMT 678) - 4 units

This course focuses on imagination and invention (“creativity”) and on the productive results of such processes (“innovation”). To enhance business problem-solving and effective leadership, you will learn to integrate linear methods with nonlinear, imaginative tools.

Total Rewards (OTMT 674) - 2 units

You will explore key issues and challenges facing compensation managers as they strive to attract, motivate, retain, develop, and engage high-performance talent in today’s global economy. This course will also provide an overview of statutory and voluntary benefits, health and welfare benefits, ERISA, and elements of administration.

Financial Accounting (ACCT 591) - 2 units

This course presents accounting principles and concepts that provide the foundation for the measurement and communication of financial data. Specific topics include valuation of resources, accounting for debt and equities, income determinants, and analysis of cash flow.

Organizational Dynamics and Managing Change (OTMT 672) - 4 units

In this course, you will examine how to manage change by looking at strategy, organization design and processes, and multi-organizational systems. Specific topics include traditional and contemporary approaches to change management, organization learning, consulting skills, and organization development.

Talent Management (OTMT 676) - 4 units

Talent management can drive the management of human capital and create sustained competitive advantage for organizations. This course provides an in-depth analysis of the talent management functions of workforce planning, talent acquisition, learning and development, performance management, career planning, employee engagement, and retention.

Global Human Resources and Inclusion (OTMT 677) - 2 units

In this course, you will explore standardization vs. localization of human resource policies; cultural differences in how management and leadership are viewed; and the social, political, and cultural issues facing global human resource managers.

Economic Concepts (ECNM 592) - 2 units

This course introduces the principles and application of microeconomic analysis. You will gain an understanding of and ability to apply economic reasoning and decision-making to both your personal and professional life. Topics include supply and demand, elasticity, production and cost analysis, and competition and monopoly.

Leadership and Ethics (BSCI 635) - 2 units

This course will provide a foundation for the art of value clarification and responsible leadership within organizations and society. By experiencing and working through scenarios and case studies, you will isolate the ethical issues, both pro and con, and propose viable alternatives consistent with ethical and moral values.

Employment Law (LEGL 632) - 2 units

This course not only introduces you to a more detailed study of employment law but also demonstrates how Rule of Law in the United States works. You will gain an understanding of discrimination based on race and color, religion, national origin, and sex; laws regarding sexual harassment; and the legal framework of age discrimination, disability discrimination, and affirmative action.

Human Resources Analytics and Insights (DESC 638) - 2 units

This course focuses on the tools and skills needed to make evidence-based links between HR and organizational performance, including data analytic techniques, interpretation, and reporting of analyses to decision makers. You will learn how to apply statistical techniques for the types of data and decisions they need to address.

Digital Platforms for Human Resources Processes and Information Management (ISTM 629) - 2 units

In this course, you will be introduced to contemporary digital technologies to support the various processes along the HR value chain and how these individual technologies must integrate into a coherent digital platform. You will learn how to conceptualize the information needs for the HR function and how to capture, analyze, and interpret data to satisfy those needs.

Organization and Job Design (OTMT 675) - 2 units

This course examines the interaction among human resources and job design for sustainable global organizations by considering the impact of organization design, external forces, and management practices from a macro-organizational perspective.


As a student in the program, you are required to attend two immersion experiences where you will participate in an in-person workshop and network with peers and faculty. Immersions are held on Pepperdine’s campus.

Personal and Leadership Development Workshop (BSCI 650) - 1 unit

Engage in exercises and reflection that are meant to enhance communication, ethical decision-making, career development, and other relevant skills for interpersonal effectiveness in business.

Strategic Human Resources (STGY 655) - 4 units

In this course, you will learn to formulate and execute a business-focused HR strategy that drives value for an organization. Topics include the social, ethical, and legal environment of an organization; diversity in the workplace; organizational culture; and business strategy.

You are required to attend your first immersion during your first term in the program. These dates are tentative and may change:

Immersion Schedule
Term Start Immersion Dates
January 6 January 24, 2020–January 26, 2020
May 4 May 15, 2020–May 17, 2020

Mark Allen, Academic Director, MS in Human Resources

Dr. Mark Allen is an educator, speaker, consultant, and author who specializes in talent management and human resources. In 2017, he was named among the Top 100 HR Influencers by Engagedly.

Meet our acclaimed faculty.


At the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, we value diversity of experience. Our online master’s in human resources is ideal for those who are currently professionals in the HR field or work closely with the HR team within their organization.

To be considered for admission, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. A minimum of two years of work experience is recommended but not required.

No GRE or GMAT scores are required for admission.

No GRE or GMAT scores are required for admission.

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Application Requirements

You must submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • Online Application: A nonrefundable application fee of $150 is required, however, you can get your application fee waived if you finish your application by the priority deadlines. Contact an admissions counselor before submitting your application in order to receive the waiver.
  • Statement of Purpose: This statement should outline your motivation for obtaining this degree and your three most important accomplishments to date.
  • Resume: Your resume should include a summary of your academic background and professional experience.
  • Official Transcripts: Transcripts from all schools that you have attended are required. Transcripts may be delivered electronically to or mailed to:

    Application Processing Services
    Suite 501
    7900 Harkins Road
    Lanham, MD 20706

Letters of recommendation are not required to apply to the program.

Classes Start



Early Priority Deadline
September 13, 2019

Priority Deadline
October 11, 2019

Final Deadline
November 8, 2019

Classes Start



Early Priority Deadline
January 10, 2020

Priority Deadline
February 7, 2020

Final Deadline
March 6, 2020

Upcoming Admissions Events

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School prepares students to work together for a brighter future, and our admissions events reflect the sense of community we foster. Hosted on the same platform used to deliver classes, our online information sessions offer you an opportunity to explore the online learning experience, connect with faculty and the admissions team, and learn more about our programs. As an added benefit, all attendees will receive an application fee waiver.

Admissions Events
Date Time Event
Wednesday, October 2 12:00 PM PT Program Overview Webinar

Drive Better Business Outcomes

Learn how you can become an effective HR leader in today’s business world with a master’s in human resources.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $1,600 per unit. Our online Master of Science in Human Resources program is 39 units, so you can expect to pay at least $62,400 in tuition over the course of the program.

You should expect to pay some additional fees each semester and a moderate tuition increase estimated at 4 percent to 6 percent per year. As a student in the program, you will be required to attend two immersions on campus and are responsible for associated travel and lodging costs.

You may be eligible to apply for federal financial aid to help fund your graduate education. To learn more about financing your education, visit our tuition and financial aid page.

The Online Student Experience

Our online Master of Science in Human Resources program combines self-paced course work with live online classes to create an engaging student experience. The convenience of our online learning environment allows you to earn your degree while managing your professional and personal commitments.

If you want to find out about all of our program options that are offered online and on campus, visit the Graziadio Business School website.


Access to Course work


WeWork Locations

Learning Through Our Online Platform

Each week, you will attend live online classes, bringing you face-to-face with your classmates and faculty in real time. The online classroom takes advantage of dynamic sharing and collaboration features that are designed to enhance each student’s learning experience. Tools and functionality include:

  • Small group break-out rooms.
  • Video-, document-, and screen-sharing capabilities.
  • Collaborative content annotation and full class recordings.
  • Live chats, surveys, and polls.

The entire suite of classroom features and functions is fully accessible from any desktop, tablet, or mobile device.

WeWork Membership

As a student in the online program, you will receive a Global Access membership to WeWork, a network of shared workspaces in hundreds of cities worldwide. With this membership, you will have access to:

  • Any WeWork location.
  • All WeWork amenities (work stations, Wi-Fi, power outlets, printing and copying, lounges and kitchens, private phone booths, refreshments, and on-site support staff).
  • WeWork events and meet-ups.
  • Workspaces that are available through the WeWork app or website.

Teresa “Teri” Tompkins, Department Chair, Applied Behavioral Science and Organization Theory and Management

Dr. Teresa Tompkins is an author and educator who consults with organizations in the areas of positive transformation and organizational learning.

Meet our acclaimed faculty.

Benefits of Earning a Master’s in Human Resources

A Master of Science in Human Resources can help you expand your role beyond basic HR functions. If you are already working in the HR space or looking to make a career change, this degree will prepare you to play a lead role in training, leveraging, and retaining your company’s greatest asset: its talent.

With a specialized master’s from Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School, you will be equipped to lead your own team and act as the bridge between human resources and other business areas within your organization.

HR Career Growth and Opportunities

The need for effective HR professionals spans every industry. Earning your master’s in HR online will give you a competitive edge in this growing field. As a graduate of the program, you will be prepared to pursue a variety of positions that can benefit every organization.

HR Business Partners align business objectives with employees and management in designated business units, serving as a consultant to management on human resource–related issues within an organization.

HR Business Managers lead an organization's HR programs and policies as they apply to employee relations, compensation, benefits, safety, performance, and staffing.

Organizational Development Consultants help clients improve their businesses by providing services that include change management, group problem-solving, and talent management.

Training and Development Managers plan, coordinate, and direct programs for the purpose of enhancing the skills and knowledge of an organization’s employees.

Are You Ready to Become a Strategic HR Leader?

Learn more about the online master’s in human resources from Pepperdine University today.