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Human Resources (MS)

The Master of Science (MS) in Human Resources degree will prepare you to manage the modern organizational workforce. You will develop skills necessary to succeed in specific areas of human resources, such as benefits, compensation, labor relations, recruitment and workforce training programs. You'll gain a real-world education in HR management in a stimulating program that combines high-quality teaching with evidence-based recommendations from leading scholars in the field.

Faculty members have won numerous teaching awards and bring many years of professional experience in a range of management-related fields into the classroom, which will help you see the connection between science 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 MS in Human Resources curriculum is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates, which are part of SHRM's Academic Initiative to define the highest HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards. The MS in HR Advisory Board, comprised of HR professionals and graduates of DePaul, provides another point of contact for the program and its students to the industry.


In this program you will develop the skills to manage core HR functions, including workforce planning, staffing, performance management, total rewards, talent management, and training and development. You'll address current topics encountered by human resource professionals, such as:

  • 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

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.

MSHR alumni have earned full-time employment at organizations that include: AbbVie, AonHewitt, Aramark, Baxter, Boeing, CarMax, Hays Companies, Huron Consulting Group, IDEX Corp., JLL, National Institutes of Health and Paylocity.

MSHR students have landed internships at a variety of organizations, including Archdiocese of Chicago, Blue Cross Blue Shield, B96 Radio, BMO Harris, Chase Bank, Chicago Cubs, Discover Financial, Menards, Niagara, Nordstrom, Pandora, PAWS Chicago, Rainbow Hospice, Sherwin Williams, Siemens, The Standard Club, United Airlines and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

What Alumni Say

Ben Jaehning
Benjamin Jaehning (MS '14), Human Resources Business Partner, Ford Motor Co.

"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...The final factor was the flexibility to simultaneously work full time and attend classes on nights and some weekends. This allowed me to immediately apply what I was learning in the classroom to my daily work."

Nicole Green
Nicole Green (MS ’15), Human Resource Administrator, Youth Guidance

“DePaul's MSHR program truly provides students with an excellent foundation for a successful career in Human Resources. I was so impressed by every professor, and I found that each course provided the ability to test and practice the material through relevant projects and case studies. The courses I took throughout my MSHR program were directly applicable to the job tasks I was performing daily as a new HR professional.”

Paulina Dunham
Paulina Dunham (MS ’14), Onboarding and Compliance Specialist, Baylor Scott & White Health

"One aspect of DePaul’s MSHR program that has been very important to my career was the service-based learning projects we did as part of our coursework. These projects gave me a way to practice what I had just learned and were a nice bonus to my resume.”

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