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Master of Science in Human Resource ManagementTop Accreditation. Top Value. 100% Online.

Take your career to the next level with a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from West Chester University! The MSHRM at WCU features a dynamic curriculum that exposes students to the core human resource topics relevant to a global business environment.

We've been offering online programming for years.   We've been AACSB accredited and SHRM-aligned for years.   Our faculty have been teaching online classes since before the turn of the century.   We are here for you - and we know what works.    

Applications for 2024 are open. Apply now for preferential course selections for upcoming semesters.  Request more information now for the M.S. in Human Resource Management program or Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management program


We are accredited by AACSB International - the premier global accrediting body for business schools. "AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates that are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools."

SHRM Academically Aligned

We are aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, 440 programs in 331 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines -- created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013 -- are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards. 

Students enrolled in an HR or HR-related degree program at an educational institution aligned to SHRM’s core curriculum guidelines are eligible to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam. Eligible students must be in their final year of study and be in good standing (as defined by their university). Candidates for the SHRM-CP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree or previous HR experience to apply; however, a basic working knowledge of HR practices and principles or a degree from an Academically Aligned program is recommended.


SHRM Recertification Provider

Students enrolled in either the West Chester MSHRM or Graduate Certificate in HRM programs who already possess a valid SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP may count program credits toward SHRM Recertification as Professional Development Credits (PDC). SHRM Recertification requires continued development of competencies in the field for a total of 60-credits within every 3 year recertification cycle.

100% Online



Your entire degree is delivered in a 100% online class format.  You can take one course at time, part time, and graduate in less than two years!   Many students complete their entire degree online in less than one year as a full time student.  You never need to come to campus.

24/7 Any time


On Your Time,

Our online courses are asynchronous, which means that there are weekly deadlines and examination windows, but generally no other set time that you need to log into the course. This means that you can complete your classwork on your weekly schedule – around your work and family commitments. 

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for 2019-2024*

Our Tuition Rates have been frozen for five years in a row - through 2023-2024.  We are committed to delivering value to our students.  We are one of the best educational values in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. 

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Pennsylvania residents pay an affordable $1,548 in tuition per course. Out of state students pay just $1,578 in tuition per course. Your entire degree is estimated to cost less than $22,000, including tuition, fees, and allowances for book and graduation expenses.

Students who will be utilizing financial aid can review their Cost of Attendance in order to review both billable and non-billable expenses.



Related MBA and HRM Graduate Certificate Programs

West Chester University offers several other graduate programs related to our HRM program that may relate to your interests and professional career goals. Consider adding a Graduate Certificate to your plan of study to set yourself apart from the rest.


Education for Sustainability, Graduate Certificate in

Health Care Management, Graduate Certificate in

Human Resource Management, Graduate Certificate in


Public Management, Graduate Certificate in

Public Administration, Certificate in

Nonprofit Administration, Certificate in

HRM Program Outcomes

The WCU MS Human Resource Management program aims to develop students into leaders ready to tackle the challenges of today’s rapidly changing global business environment. This is accomplished through the following program learning goals and objectives.

HRM Knowledge: Our graduates will acquire advanced knowledge of key human resource management functions. Our students will understand and apply advanced concepts related to staffing, compensation, employment law and labor relations.

Analytical Skills: Our graduates will use critical thinking and analysis to make sound human resource management decisions. Our student will demonstrate thoughtfulness and analytical proficiency when solving human resource management problems.

Leadership: Our graduates will be able to lead in a rapidly-changing business environment. Our students will identify and develop leadership traits to manage change in organizations.

Ethical Mindset: Our graduates will understand the ethical and social dimensions of human resource management. Our students will analyze the ethical and social aspects of human resources management issues.

Diversity and Global Awareness: Our graduates will gain expertise making decisions in a diverse and globalized work environment.  Our students will articulate how diversity and globalization impact human resource decision-making.




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