Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM)


Programme Description

A Quality Graduate HR Programme

Did you know that an HR manager can earn a base salary of $85,000 and is included among Glassdoor's 25 Best Jobs in America report?

Through SMLR's Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) degree, you will gain the key, professional skills needed to become an organizational leader.

Rutgers' MHRM program is internationally renowned for its research and teaching in the areas of strategic human resource management, global employment strategies, new approaches to worker involvement, and the transformation of work. In addition, we have a 95% placement rate.

Watch as one of our graduates explains describes her experiences in Rutgers SMLR's MHRM Programme.

Top Ranking Faculty With Applicable Research For Today's Practitioners

Our faculty have the most citations per publications amongst peers.

You will be able to pull from our faculty's research, which is applicable to today's workers. You'll learn how to strategically align employees with business objectives and spearhead organizational goals. *Source: Academic Analytics

Our faculty is also frequently mentioned in the press. In an article for, Charles Brown, SMLR's adjunct professor, shares eight potential options to help students avoid taking on more loans and manage their time.

Convenient Location Near Major Cities, Cultural Centers, & Employers

Rutgers is conveniently located to major east coast metropolitan cities, diverse cultural centers, and corporate employers. We leverage our locale to offer courses off-campus in partnership with a variety of organizations.

We also offer a new affiliation program with Gettysburg College to elevate a pathway for undergraduates to further their education.

Competitive Internships Leading To An HR Career: A True Career

Interested in the on-site experience?

Paid internships are available and are strongly recommended for students without prior experience in HRM. These opportunities have resulted in robust careers for many of our graduates.

Each year, our students are placed in esteemed organizations. SMLR alumni are employed in leading corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations around the globe, including GE, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Networking Opportunities With Senior HR Professionals

You will have the opportunity to join the award-winning, Rutgers Society of Human Resource Management's (RUSHRM) graduate chapter. RUSHRM is a student unit of the national Society for Human Resource Management—the world's largest association devoted to human resource management, representing more than 200,000 individual members.

The graduate chapter has received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award, a national recognition, for the sixth time in seven years. Among its achievements, RUSHRM organizes an annual conference attended by more than 200 senior, HR professionals in top corporations.


Courses in the Master of Human Resource Management Programme are heavily focused on HR strategy and business fundamentals. Students are required to take 12 courses in four broad areas: HR Strategy, HR Decision Making, HR Functional Areas, and HR Context Areas. An additional four elective courses can help to customize their experience.

Required Courses (12 courses, 36 credits)

HR Strategy (click for details):

  • HR Strategy I: Introduction
  • HR Strategy II: Business and Competitive Strategy
  • HR Strategy III: Measurement Issues
  • HR Strategy IV: Global Workforce Strategy

HR Decision Making (click for details):

  • HR Decision Making: Financial Decisions
  • HR Decision Making: Data-Based Decisions

HR Functional Areas (click for details):

  • Managing Workforce Flow
  • Developing Human Capital
  • Managing Rewards Systems

HR Context Areas (click for details):

  • Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets
  • Employment Law
  • Managing the Global Workforce

Electives (4 courses, 12 credits)

  • Analytics
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employee Benefits
  • Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Executive Compensation
  • Financial Fundamentals
  • HR Analytics and Issues
  • HR Consulting Skills
  • HRM and Health Administration
  • Human Resource Information Systems
  • Managing Diversity
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Organizational Change

(Master of Labor and Employment Relations (MLER) courses can also be taken as electives.)


To apply to the MHRM program, you will need to submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Official transcripts for all college education
  • A personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably at least one academic reference)
  • GRE or GMAT test scores and dates

Admissions Standards

Our minimum standard for consideration for admission is a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores in the 50th percentile in both verbal and quantitative sections and 4.5 in the analytical writing section. We look for 50th percentile in both verbal and quantitative on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), which can be taken in place of the GRE.

Last updated Jun 2019

About the School

The Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) is the leading source of expertise in the world of work, building effective and sustainable organizations, and the changing employment relat ... Read More

The Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) is the leading source of expertise in the world of work, building effective and sustainable organizations, and the changing employment relationship. The school is comprised of two departments—one focused on all aspects of strategic human resource management and the other dedicated to the social science specialties related to labor studies and employment relations--with faculty from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Read Less
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