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MS in Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management Program Overview

Manhattanville University’s Master of Human Resource Management program trains students to become successful HR professionals. Employees are said to be an organization’s greatest asset and competitive advantage. It’s critical to attract, train, develop, and retain the best people.
In today’s global and complex markets, human resource professionals are taking a more strategic role than ever. Graduates of Manhattanville’s master’s program know how to communicate effectively, manage ethically, and bring strategic vision to a diverse workforce. They serve as the key link between an organization’s management and its employees.
With courses offered in the evenings and on weekends, you can earn your master’s degree while still continuing to grow in your career.

By studying Human Resource Management, students prepare to become an HR business partner who manages a broad range of HR activities in an organizational setting. As part of this program, you’ll delve deep into total rewards, employee and labor relations, HR legal and regulatory environments, HR technologies, and more. Classes in HR management include Employee and Labor Relations and HR Technologies.

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Our Master of Science in Human Resources Management program offers a new curriculum that aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The coursework integrates the most up-to-date research and incorporates human resource best practices to prepare you as an HR professional to meet organizational talent goals. 

This program opportunity allows students enrolled in their final year of an HR degree program to apply for and take the SHRM-CP exam (after a minimum of 500 hours of relevant HR experience). Learn more about the Society for Human Resource Management.
Our Master of Science in HR Management program is taught by the area’s leading practitioner faculty and industry partners. Graduates in this program have found careers in human resources as HR management advisors and as compensation administrators. View our testimonials to learn more about what makes our graduates so successful.

Employees are said to be an organization’s greatest asset and its most valuable competitive advantage. In today’s global and complex markets human resource professionals are taking a more strategic role than ever. It’s critical to understand how to attract, train, develop and retain the best people. Accelerated weekend format. 36 credits.

The program is ideal for individuals who want to acquire or update their core competencies and general business education while equipping themselves with the specialized tools to thrive in their career path as HR professionals. Courses are taught with academic rigor by an outstanding faculty who are practicing leaders in their fields and exceptional educators who bring real-world experience and networking opportunities into the classroom.

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This 12 credit (four courses) certificate program in Human Resource Management provides the core knowledge needed in the dynamic HR area. Employees are said to be an organization’s greatest asset and competitive advantage. It’s critical to attract, train, develop, and retain the best people. In today’s global and complex markets human resource professionals are taking on a more strategic role. Successful HR professionals know how to communicate effectively, lead and manage ethically, bring strategic vision to a diverse workforce and understand how to manage talent.

Advance Your Knowledge. Advance Your Career.
Take four courses as a standalone credential or apply all the courses toward the Master of Science in Human Resource Management degree. Students select from four classes out of seven options to focus their studies on their job and/or interests.

Graduate Advanced Certificates

  • Are in great demand by employers because they offer focused knowledge in a given business discipline.
  • Geared for different levels of employees; those looking to deepen their knowledge in a specific subject area, those seeking to gain a new area of expertise and credential, or for those needing to update their skills.
  • Provide learning opportunities for those who already have a master’s degree or for those students looking to try a few classes before committing to an entire degree.

For more information on the Master of Science in Human Resource Management, degree see the program page.

Starting Terms
Graduate Program Modules and Advanced Certificates
Spring, Summer and Fall

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Graduate International students please see this additional information.
(Advanced certificates are not eligible for international admissions).

All Applicants

1. Online Application

2. Personal Essay 
In a candid personal essay of 500-750 words, explain:

  • How and why did you decide to pursue this program?
  • Why the selected academic program is a good match for your future goals?
  • What you as a candidate can bring to our classroom?
  • What special skills, leadership abilities, volunteer or other life experience make you a good overall fit for the selected program?

3. Resume
Submit a current resume indicating educational and business experience.

4. Transcripts
Graduate Domestic (All Master of Science and Advanced Certificates)
An earned undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0* is required. Please send official transcripts from every school attended to date sent directly to the Admissions Office. Student copies are not acceptable. Admissions will consider a slightly lower GPA with significant workplace history. 

5. Recommendations
Two letters of recommendations, either academic or professional, from a reference writer who can speak to the candidate’s intellectual capability and ability to handle the rigors of the applicant’s program. Letters can be uploaded via the online application. References writers may provide their own letter or you may forward our standard Professional Letter of Recommendation form available on our website if you prefer.

6. Application Fee
Fee waivers are available for attending Open Houses. Please check the website for our next available dates and to RSVP. Please note that paying the application fee must be the last step you complete prior to submitting your application. Visit the PayPal page and click return to MVille Application page to complete the submission.

Graduate and Advanced Certificate: $75

7. Health Records
Due at the time of enrollment, Adult students please submit the Health Form with proof of immunization against measles and rubella, in compliance with New York State regulations. This requirement applies to only students born on or after Jan. 1, 1957.

8. International Applicants
International students are eligible for Master of Science degrees only because of program and visa requirements. For admissions, if your undergraduate education was conducted at a non-US institution, we will require transcript credentials from either (WES) World of Education Services Inc. or a member of (NACES) National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Please review this list carefully as we cannot accept credentials from organizations not on this list. If your undergraduate education was not conducted in English, we will require a test of English language skills through any of the following sources: TOEFL, IELTS, ITEP. Please note that our minimum IBT TOEFL is 85, IELTS is 7 and ITEP is B2.

9. Optional
GRE, GMAT for graduate applications, and SAT & ACT test scores for undergraduate applications are optional and not a required component to determine an admissions decision, however, if you wish to submit any testing scores, we are happy to consider them as part of your overall application if you feel it will strengthen your application.


Submit all materials to:
Manhattanville College
Office of Admissions
2900 Purchase Street — Reid G5
Purchase, NY 10577


For any questions on the application or submission materials please contact:
Trisha Feliciano,
Assistant Director of Transfer and Graduate School of Arts and Science Admissions
914.323.1490 |


Please consult the website or Admissions Department for any deadlines and/or for questions regarding non-matriculated status.

Click here for more information on Tuition and Fees.

Merin Kovoor, '17, MS in Human Resource Management
“I’m glad to be a part of Manhattanville since it offers great courses that are relevant to today’s changing work environment. Each class has a professor who has tremendous industry experience which they blend meticulously into the curriculum. Each professor strives to bring out the best in each student with class interactions, projects, case studies and videos relevant to the course. The MS in Human Resources Management program has opened doors for me that led to better opportunities within the HR field and built up my career network.” ​

Nicole Davis, '17, MS in Human Resource Management
“My journey towards obtaining a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management has been amazing thanks to Manhattanville University. The classes for the graduate program are predominantly held on the weekends (three weekends per class) with a few classes available on weeknights. This allowed me to still work my job full-time and complete my course load in the timeframe I wanted. The professors are well-experienced professionals in the subjects they teach and prepare you with the information needed to succeed in your desired field/career. The MS in Human Resources Management program has added to my skills and knowledge made me more marketable and has aided in my growth as a professional. I continue to refer people to consider the graduate programs offered at Manhattanville. It’s great! Excited for graduation in May.”

Nicole Freeman, '17, MS in Human Resource Management
“The Manhattanville University, School of Business, MS Human Resource Management & Organizational Effectiveness Program aided me in my quest to attain a MS degree. This program is truly designed for the working professional- with great flexibility and a thoroughly constructed course structure. I enjoyed learning from industry leaders and greatly appreciate the wealth of knowledge professors were able to share. Professors at Manhattanville are truly accessible and take a great deal of pride in developing the next generation of leaders in the Human Resources space. As a Talent Acquisition professional, it is very important to develop metrics to measure the impact of the recruitment process. Human Capital Analytics was a course that helped me better my analytical skillset thus propelling me to better align data to business results.”

Theresa Volpe, '18, MS in Human Resource Management
“To graduate from Manhattanville with a degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Effectiveness will allow me the opportunity to transition into a new role in HR management. Over the course of my studies I have learned the importance of Project Management, HR technology and Strategic Planning. I have been able to truly analyze the inner workings of a company. I will certainly take away all I have learned from my graduate studies to make me a better coworker and leader in the workforce.”

1. What is the program format of the Human Resource Management program?
The Human Resource Management program is mostly a weekend format program. Most of the core requirements meet on weekends, but there are evening options through electives. Enrollment is flexible with classes starting fall, winter, spring and summer.  

2. How long will it take me to complete the Human Resource Management master’s degree?
The master’s degree can be completed in as little as 18 months of part-time study. This assumes two classes per term. 

3. What is the difference between a Master of Science and a Master of Business Administration?
Both are graduate degrees. A Master of Science degree serves as an alternate to an MBA degree. A MS degree will provide specialized skills in a specific business area. An MBA degree provides general knowledge in business. Some jobs may require or prefer one ovr the other.

4. Can I attend this program as an international student?
Yes, international students are welcomed to attend this program.

5. What is the classroom experience like?
Classes are small and highly interactive. This format is conducive to networking with fellow professionals and faculty in the classroom. 

6. What financial assistance is available?
Students are eligible to apply for Financial Aid. We work with students who are eligible for tuition reimbursement or veteran’s benefits. There are also a limited number of scholarships and graduate assistantships. 

7. What is a typical credit load per term?
The typical credit load ranges from 3 – 9 credits per term. This varies depending on the student’s employment status or term offerings.

8. When can I start?
Students can begin the program in any semester (Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter).

9. What are the steps in applying?
Interested students can apply online. A personal essay, resume, all transcripts, two letters of recommendations and an application fee of $75 are needed to fully submit the application.

10. Do I need to take a GRE or GMAT to apply?
Applicants are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores. It is an optional piece that will be considered during the admissions process if submitted.

11. Are classes online or classroom based?
Classes are mostly classroom based. Some classes are offered in hybrid or online formats. 

12. Are there any career or job placement services?
The Center for Career Development is available to all students for career assistance for life! This can include, resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, internship and job search strategies and more.


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    Jean Mann

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