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Human Resources (MS)

The Master of Science (MS) in Human Resources degree provides a real-world education that will prepare you to manage the modern organizational workforce. You will develop skills necessary to succeed in areas of human resources that include benefits, compensation, labor relations, recruitment and workforce training programs. 

You'll learn from faculty members who have won numerous teaching awards and bring many years of management experience into the classroom, which will help you see the connection between theory and practice. Industry guest speakers, business cases, simulations and internships will enhance your practical understanding of the HR field. The program leverages DePaul's wide-ranging network of alumni and HR business leaders to create opportunities for students to engage in professional development activities and community outreach via service learning. The program also is aligned with the curriculum standards set by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the most influential human resources association. 


Students in this program develop skills and knowledge to manage core HR functions, including: 

  • Workforce planning, staffing, performance management, total rewards, talent management, and training and development. 
  • Change management, downsizing/rightsizing, and mergers and acquisitions
  • Internal consulting and organizational development
  • Employment law, ethics, and employee and labor relations
  • Globalization, outsourcing and managing a diverse workforce
  • Metrics, data analytics and human resource information systems
  • Organizational succession planning and personal career growth and development
Students have landed internships at a variety of organizations, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, BMO Harris, Chase Bank, Chicago Cubs, Discover Financial, Menards, Nordstrom, Sherwin Williams, Siemens and United Airlines, among others.

​Career Outlook

The MS in Human Resources will prepare you for career paths that include compensation and benefits consultant, HR analyst, recruiter and labor relations director.  Alumni work at organizations that include Aon, Hewitt, Aramark, Baxter, Boeing, CarMax, Hays Companies, Huron Consulting Group, JLL and National Institutes of Health. 

Ben Jaehning

"The main reason I chose the DePaul MSHR was the ability to simultaneously apply what I’m learning in the classroom to a real-world project that helped the community. Another large factor was the professors. Most have backgrounds in industrial psychology, which was extremely important to me."

— Benjamin Jaehning, MS '14
Regional HR Business Partner, Amazon

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