Human Resource Management is a growing field with an increasing influence on organizational strategy and practice. In its Occupational Outlook Handbook, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a robust 17% job growth in human resource management between 2006 and 2016. CUA's Master of Arts in Human Resource Management (M.A. in HRM) program provides excellent preparation for careers in this growing field. Not only does the program provide a curriculum addressing the primary functional areas of HR, preparing students to assume increasing responsibilities in HR management, but also it offers students a tuition-free course to prepare for PHR or SPHR certification, the highest demand certifications in the HR profession. As stated in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, college graduates with professional certifications will likely have the best job opportunities, with a master's degree in human resources highly recommended for those seeking general and top management positions. CUA's M.A. in HRM program provides superb preparation for aspiring and current HR managers.
The program is primarily offered as a part-time, evening program that enables working professionals to pursue their academic goals while balancing personal and professional demands. The emphasis of the program is on developing an academic foundation that provides current and aspiring HR professionals with the skills and knowledge both to perform their jobs more effectively and to understand better the organizational context within which they operate.
While the program incorporates theoretical concepts, the focus is squarely on providing a practical, applications-oriented education. Course work incorporates a range of pedagogical styles - including traditional lectures, team work and group projects, field research, experiential activities, and the like - to provide a rich, diverse educational experience.
In keeping with such a program, the program's faculty bring outstanding academic credentials coupled with significant real-world work experience. Students in the program enjoy courses led by senior-level HR executives, seasoned consultants, and other highly-qualified instructors.
The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management program is helping to meet the demand in the HR community for knowledgeable, well-educated HR professionals. To enhance service to this community, the Metropolitan School offers two concentrations:
- HR Generalist (relevant to both profit and nonprofit organizations)
- Federal HR (for aspiring and current HR professionals with the U.S. Federal Government)
(Click on the program names above to learn more about the options.)
The M.A. in HRM degree consists of 12 courses (36 credits) and typically takes 18-24 months to complete on a part-time basis, or as little as 12 months on a full-time basis. No comprehensive exams or thesis is required. Instead, consistent with its "applications" orientation, the program culminates in the Master's Capstone course. The Capstone course provides an opportunity for the student-practicioner to demonstrate the ability to synthesize the material and concepts from the entire program via completion of an applied project.
Admissions requirements and procedures for master's degree programs are outlined here.
In addition to our campus-based program, Catholic University offers students the opportunity to pursue their professional HR goals HR anywhere, anytime through our fully-online Master's in Human Resource Management.
Fall Semester - July 15 (International Applicants: July 1)
Spring Semester- November 15 (International Applicants: Nov. 1)
Summer Semester- April 1