Human Resource Management

Human resources is the business field that deals most directly with any organisation’s greatest asset: its people.

Marymount’s Master of Arts in Human Resource Management prepares professionals to become strategic business partners with leaders, managers, and staff – all of whom must work together to ensure the high performance of their organisation.

Marymount’s curriculum focuses on practical skill application in today’s workplace. It equips students with the full set of human resource competencies – from compensation and benefits to organisation development and strategic planning.

MU’s Human Resources faculty is well known in the field for producing graduates who get the job done with excellence. Faculty members bring both academic and professional expertise and provide students with a network of contacts, as well as potential internship and job opportunities. Their scholarship is consistently evidenced by work they publish and present in journals, books, and conference settings worldwide.

Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in human resources at Marymount have many options:

  • The M.A. in Human Resource Management, completed in a self-paced format at Marymount’s Ballston Center. The master’s degree can be combined with any HR certificate options.
  • the M.A. in Human Resource Management offered in a six-semester cohort format through MU’s Reston Center.
  • a Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts in Human Resource Management dual degree program.
  • a graduate certificate in Human Resource Management.
  • a graduate certificate in Knowledge and Learning in Organizations.
  • a graduate certificate in Organization Development.

Marymount’s affiliation with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) provides students with the opportunity to gain credit toward SHRM and ASTD certification while pursuing an academic degree.

Marymount’s Human Resource Management programs offer flexible course schedules with evening and weekend offerings as well as connections with program alumni.


The Human Resource Management program prepares students to be well-equipped HR generalists. In addition, it provides the opportunity to specialize in the following areas within the HR field:

  • compensation
  • strategic human resource management
  • HR information systems
  • global human resources
  • organisation development
  • training and development
  • coaching and consulting

Degree Requirements

36 credits

Courses are listed in a recommended, but not required, sequence of enrollment.

  • HRM 538 HR Selection and Recruitment
  • HRM 539 Performance Management
  • HRM 534 Total Pay Perspective
  • LA 535 Employment Law
  • MSC 515 Research Methods
  • MGT 511 Business Essentials
  • OD 521 Organization Development and Change Management
  • MGT 515 Leading and Managing Teams
  • HRM 533 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Three (3) elective courses
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