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Human Resources (MS)

Human Resources (MS)
Human Resources (MS)

Learn to shape the workplace of the future

Managing the modern organizational workforce is critical to every company's success. DePaul’s master’s degree in Human Resources (HR) will help you develop skills and knowledge to oversee all core HR functions.

You'll develop your expertise in one of four career tracks: compensation and benefits; coaching and leadership; diversity, equity and inclusion; and HR/people analytics. You’ll also explore a variety of core HR functions, including:

  • Labor relations
  • Talent management and recruitment
  • Employment law and ethics
  • Workforce training programs
  • Organizational development
  • HR information systems

DePaul’s master’s in Human Resources program offers flexibility and convenience to meet the needs of busy professionals. You can pursue your degree part-time or full-time with courses in the evenings and weekends.

For international students: this program is a STEM-designated program, which can qualify you to extend your post-graduation stay in the United States.

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Study and work in the heart of Chicago’s business district

Chicago is home to over 30 Fortune 500 companies, hundreds of national and local companies, offering numerous opportunities for human resources professionals seeking management roles. 

Join the ranks of other MSHR graduates who have landed roles like: Diversity Equity and Inclusion Director, Global People and Talent Leader, Talent Acquisition Manager, and Compensation Analyst.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment Quarter Domestic Student Deadline International Student Deadline
Fall August 15 August 15
Winter December 1 October 1
Spring March 1 February 1
Summer June 1 April 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, essay, résumé and official transcripts.

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Required Courses

You’ll complete a total of 12 courses.

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of Kellstadt graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The median salary for master's in Human Resources graduates was $60,000.

Advance your career in Human Resources

DePaul’s master’s in human resources curriculum is aligned with the educational guidelines of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and prepares you for the SHRM-CP exam. Becoming a certified professional in human resources shows employers that you are ready to be a leader in transforming the workplace.

Go beyond the classroom

Gain leadership skills and connect with HR leaders with unique professional development opportunities at DePaul:

“Deciding to pursue DePaul's MSHR was one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself professionally and personally. Additionally, getting involved with DePaul’s chapter of SHRM opened the door to an incredible community of faculty and peers who still support me today. I feel confident my degree, along with the connections I’ve made, have aided in better career options, continued professional guidance, and increased financial stability.”

Jennifer (MSHR ’21)

Sr. Associate, Professional Development, Huron Consulting
Jennifer, DePaul MSHR alum  

“I transitioned from being a U.S. Army Officer to being a human resources professional in corporate. I decided to attend DePaul and its MSHR program to fill the gaps I still had and to strengthen my knowledge and skills with their world-class program. The smaller classes as well as the caring and accessible professors really made the experience a great one and provided me what I needed to excel in my career. I highly recommend DePaul and its MSHR program!”

David (MSHR ’18)

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, WIPFLI LLP
David, DePaul MSHR alum

Alumni Network

Leverage DePaul’s wide-ranging network of alumni and HR business leaders. You’ll join the network of over 74,000 DePaul business alumni. In addition, you’ll be connected to the more than 210,000 DePaul University alumni across colleges, of which 122,500 are right here in the Chicago area.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Kellstadt awarded more than $3 million to incoming students last year. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact the Kellstadt office at (312) 362-8810 or

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