The Online Master of Science in Human Resources


Become a Business-Oriented HR Professional

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

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.

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.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Accredited by the prestigious AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—the Graziadio Business School has a long-standing tradition of producing values-centered leaders driven by personal integrity, compassion, and holistic thinking.

Complete in as few as 12 months



No GRE/GMAT required for admission



AACSB-accredited

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 to align talent management and business strategy with an online master’s from Pepperdine University.

Build Your Business and HR Acumen

Learn how to align talent management and business strategy with an online master’s from Pepperdine University.


An Integrated Curriculum

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 decisions that drive the best possible outcomes for both employees and organizations. View course list and course descriptions.

39 units

14 courses

2 immersions

Course Sequence

The MS in Human Resources can be completed in as little as one year on an accelerated schedule or 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 (PDF).

Immersions

As a student in the program, you are required to attend two immersion experiences in Los Angeles. The first immersion takes place during your first term, allowing you to meet fellow students and professors, and network with other HR professionals early on in the program. The second immersion takes place in your last term, allowing you to apply what you have learned to help drive positive outcomes at an organization.

Distinguished Faculty

Pepperdine faculty are distinguished business leaders, educators, and HR consultants who are passionate about their work and their students. Our 13:1 student-faculty ratio means your professors can take the time to truly get to know you, mentor you, and support you at every step of your academic and professional journey.

Meet our acclaimed faculty.


Admissions

At Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, we value diversity of experience. Our online master’s in human resources program 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.

See application requirements.

Application Deadlines

Applications are now being accepted for the following start dates:

Application Deadlines
Classes Start Early Priority Deadline Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Monday, May 4, 2020 Friday, January 10, 2020 Friday, February 7, 2020 Friday, March 6, 2020
Monday, August 31, 2020 Friday, May 8, 2020 Friday, June 5, 2020 Friday, July 3, 2020

Drive Better Business Outcomes

Learn how you can become an effective HR leader in today’s business world with Pepperdine.

Drive Better Business Outcomes

Learn how you can become an effective HR leader in today’s business world with Pepperdine.


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.

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. Additional fees can be expected each semester, including travel and accommodations for two required on-campus immersions.

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.


Learning Online at Pepperdine

The online Master of Science in Human Resources program is delivered in an engaging online learning environment that allows you to earn a degree from Pepperdine 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.

24/7 Access to Course Work


300+ WeWork Locations


Our Online Classroom

As a student in the program, you will meet with classmates and faculty in real time during weekly, face-to-face online classes. The online classroom has dynamic sharing and collaboration features that are designed to enhance your 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 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 meetups.
  • Workspaces that are available through the WeWork app or website.

Access to LinkedIn Premium Career

To help you apply the skills you will develop as a student in our online program, you will receive LinkedIn Premium Career access, allowing you to:

  • Send direct messages to job posters to make an impression before you apply.
  • See who’s viewed your profile in the last 90 days and how they found you.
  • Use Applicant Insights to apply with confidence and see how you compare to other applicants.
  • Learn in-demand skills through access to online courses taught by industry experts.
  • Receive instant access to salary insights without sharing your personal data.
  • Practice for job interviews through interactive interview preparation.
  • Obtain expert feedback to help you optimize your resume.

Are You Ready to Become a Strategic HR Leader?

Learn more about the online MS in Human Resources program from Pepperdine University today.

Are You Ready to Become a Strategic HR Leader?

Learn more about the online MS in Human Resources program from Pepperdine University today.