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Master of Science in Human Resources

Program Overview

School: Graziadio Business School
Cost: $1,600-$1,895 per unit*
Units: 39 units
Terms: 12 -19 months
Location(s): West LA
Accreditation: AACSB, WSCUC
  • Fall 2019 (Full-Time)
  • Round 4: June 10, 2019
  • Term Begins: August 24, 2019
  • Spring 2020 (Part-Time)
  • Round 1: October 5, 2019
  • Term Begins: January 4, 2020
*Cost of tuition is in effect for the 2019-2020 academic year and is subject to change at the University's discretion.

MS Programs at Graziadio Business School

Our immersive Master of Science in Human Resources program introduces the foundational scopes of talent management to meet organizational objectives as a strategic business leader. Offered in both a full-time, part-time, or online format, students in our MS in Human Resources program will earn a degree focused on leadership development, values-based change management, and the practical application of human resources theory to real-world scenarios.

Students in the program become strategic partners who understand how the human resources function aligns with and supports business objectives. Aligned with SHRM HR Curriculum Guidelines, courses such as Talent Management, Total Rewards, and Human Resources Consulting and Managing Change will give you the knowledge and skills you need to apply your expertise to real-world consulting projects in coordination with global powerhouses, regional brands, and startups.

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Quick Facts

  • West LACampus Location
  • 2 yrsAvg. Work Experience
  • GMATor GRE Not Required
  •  Online Option


Mark Allen Practitioner Faculty

If people are truly our greatest asset, then Human Resources becomes the most influential lever for organizational success."


What is the difference between the full- and part-time program?

The full-time MSHR can be completed in 12 months and only requires one year of work experience. The part-time program can be completed in 19 months and requires 3-6 years of full-time work experience. Both programs are offered at the Pepperdine West Los Angeles graduate campus.

Students also have the option of enrolling in our online program. Visit our website to get more information.

What are your admission deadlines?

Fall 2019 (Full-Time)
Round 1: November 1, 2018
Round 2: February 1, 2019
Round 3: April 1, 2019
Round 4: May 15, 2019
Classes Begin: August 24, 2019

Spring 2019 (Part-Time)
Round 1: October 5, 2018
Round 2: October 26, 2018
Round 3: November 29, 2018
Classes Begin: January 4, 2019

Is the GMAT required for admission?

No. The GMAT or GRE is not required.

What is the MBA pathway opportunity?

An expedited path to the MS in Human Resources degree is available to Fully Employed MBA students or graduates, requiring as few as 31 units for completion. Up to 8 units of MS in Human Resources coursework may be waived for students who earned a grade of “B” or higher in the following FEMBA courses:

  • BSCI 651 Behavior in Organizations (4)
  • ACCT 652 Accounting Information and Control Systems (4)
  • ECNM 657 Prices, Profit, and the Market Economy (4)

What are the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidelines?

In an effort to define a common set of parameters for HR education, The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were first published in 2006 by SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management), the world’s largest HR professional society. 

Based on extensive research, these guidelines were the result of a highly interactive, ongoing process involving academic communities and are revalidated every three to five years. They define the minimum HR content areas—commonly agreed-upon by academics, students, and HR practitioners—that should be included in an accredited Human Resources degree program.

Throughout the world, 371 programs in 277 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates.

View the Pepperdine MSHR Curriculum

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Pepperdine University
Graziadio Business School
6100 Center Drive, Ste 400
Los Angeles, CA 90045