MS in Human Resource Management and Development


The MS in Human Resource Management and Development (HRMD) prepares students to become strategic business professionals with specialized expertise in effectively leading and managing talent in today’s global organizations. Taught by leading scholar-practitioners in human capital management, the program explores the principles of management and organizational behavior, introduces students to data-driven metrics and managerial decision making, and delves into business strategy and ethics to provide students with a significant competitive advantage to succeed in the fast-changing world of business.

The Human Resource Management and Development master's is offered through the Human Capital Management department within the Division of Programs in Business.

SHRM Alignment

Our curriculum aligns with the SHRM professional body of knowledge, science, and field tested competencies targeted for a successful human capital management career.


Cutting-Edge Curriculum

Our curriculum incorporates real-world trends and solutions, allowing students to effectively integrate learning from the classroom into the workplace.

Award Winning SHRM Student Chapter

Since its inception, our student chapter has won the SHRM Superior Merit award for the past five years due to their professional outreach, programming, and networking events.

Program Structure

Core Courses

All students take a set of eight core courses, which provide a solid foundation of business knowledge and skills.



Students will take one elective course as part of the degree program. This elective can be in any subject matter within the four concentrations or an internship course (if applicable).



Some students choose to pursue internships for academic credit (conditions apply). This provides them the opportunity to acquire professional experience and add a real-world perspective to their studies. The course complements on-site work at a corporation, nonprofit or governmental organization, educational institution, or small and medium sized company that provides an educational experience for the student, under faculty supervision. Students apply the knowledge acquired through their coursework to industry practice and explore career options.



Students apply knowledge from the core curriculum towards one of four areas of concentration. Selection is based upon a student’s personal interests and professional goals.



The Capstone experience allows students to synthesize the knowledge which they have acquired either through an extensive business simulation conducted in the Special Projects course or by completing a thesis.


Capstone- Special Project: Applied HR Strategies

This requirement will consist of an intensive exploration of the applied aspect of human resource strategy. Students will be assigned to teams each of which manages an organization that competes against one another in a Human Resources Management simulation. This affords students the unique opportunity to make decisions, assess outcomes, and make adjustments when necessary. The simulation can be programmed to simulate a profit or nonprofit organization that is in manufacturing or service. Typical decision variables involve wages, replacing employees, hiring, promoting from within, training costs for promotions, fringe benefits, budget for other activities, safety, employee participation programs, grievances, human resources information systems, performance appraisal programs, affirmative action program, production levels, overtime, employee morale, turnover, and absenteeism. Finally, students will be required to submit a detailed, written report on a case study analyzed over the course of the semester.


Capstone- Research Project: Thesis

Upon approval of a research proposal, the student works with a qualified faculty advisor to research and write a thesis paper on a topic in his/her selected concentration area. The finished thesis must demonstrate the student’s ability to conduct comprehensive research and articulate original ideas and thought processes that make a practical contribution to the existing body of knowledge in the field of human resources. All final papers must be of an academic and research standard that is consistent with the requirements of current journals and publications.

Core Requirements

This degree is a 42-credit program consisting of a required set of core courses (8 courses, 24 credits total), a student-selected elective course (1 course, 3 credits total), and a required capstone special project or capstone research project thesis (1 course, 3 credits total)

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is designed to provide you with a deep and broad foundation that supports concentration course work and serves you throughout your career. Students are required to take all of the following courses.


Students select one additional course from any of the concentrations, an internship, the course listed below or from the special topics courses offered periodically.


Students are required to select one of the following capstone courses.


Students select one of the following concentrations. Within each concentration students complete a series of required and elective credits.

Human Capital Management

For students who intend to work for start-ups or small organizations and aspire to advance their HR generalist skills and competencies.


Global Talent Management

For students, especially those who currently work for, or intent to work for, multinational companies, and wish to develop competencies in global talent management processes and techniques.


Organizational Effectiveness

For students who aspire to advance their skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, assessment and analysis planning, organizational alignment and development, and alignment of HR metrics with strategic corporate objectives.

Learning, Development, and Executive Coaching

For students who intend to aspire to advance their skill-sets in adult learning theory for the workplace and creating internal or external executive coaching programs.


Sample Schedule

View the Capstone Special Project full-time sequence for a recommended schedule.

View the Thesis full-time sequence for a recommended schedule.


Visit the Admissions Deadlines page to view the application deadlines.

Admissions Criteria

The NYU SPS Admissions team carefully weighs each component of your application during the admissions review process to evaluate your ability to benefit from and contribute to the dynamic learning environment and the challenging curriculum that the NYU School of Professional Studies offers.


The NYU SPS Admissions team is here to help you navigate the admissions process and ensure that all of your questions and/or concerns are addressed. Call or email to set up a Zoom or Skype appointment.

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Career Success

95.3% of NYUSPS Human Resources Management and Development graduate students reported being employed within six months of graduation.


Alumni of the NYUSPS Human Resources Management and Development program land opportunities across a wide range of levels, organizations, and geographic locations. Below are sample employers and job titles reported over the last five years:






Axin US

Bridgewater Associates

Christian Dior


Columbia University

Estee Lauder



Getty Images

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (USA)


Marina Maher Communications

Marvel Entertainment


New York Times

New York University

NORGES Bank Investment Management

Oxford University Press


Rite Aid

Shearman & Sterling LLP
Tiffany and Co.

United Nations
Weight Watchers International

Whole Foods Market




Job Title

Administrative Coordinator

Global Senior Director

HR Business Partner

HR Consultant

HR Coordinator

HR District Manager

HR Generalist

HR Manager

HR Operations Analyst

HR Recruiter

HR Specialist

Lead Program Associate

Learning and Development Specialist

Operations Manager

Recruiting Coordinator

Senior HR Representative 

Senior Leader, Talent Management

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Talent Coordinator

University Recruiting Lead



As professional relationships are an essential part of student success, the NYUSPS Wasserman Center for Career Development and the Division of Programs in Business partner on a variety of career initiatives.

Financing Your education

Click the link below to find important information regarding the federal aid process, NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) department and divisional scholarships, private loans, and the NYU payment plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

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