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MS in Human Resource Management

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The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) program is a flexible, part-time program designed to prepare students for successful careers in human resource management. Compared to the MBA program, which offers a broad-based business education, the MSHRM is a specialized program focusing exclusively on the major aspects of human resource management.

MSHRM courses are offered in an evening format at both our San Marcos and Round Rock campuses. The program provides a high degree of flexibility in order to accommodate working professionals.

Admission to the MSHRM program at Texas State University is highly competitive. The application process is designed to identify applicants who have the characteristics to excel within the rigors of the HR profession. The admissions committee will assess all aspects of an applicant’s professional and academic backgrounds. The committee looks for applicants with strong academic performance throughout their undergraduate careers and competitive scores on all components of the GMAT (or GRE) exam.

An undergraduate degree in business administration or related discipline is preferred. Knowledge of business functions (management, marketing, finance, accounting, CIS/MIS) through previous course work and/or work experience should be demonstrated.

The committee also considers important qualitative elements such as the applicants’ written essays, relevant work experience, extracurricular and community activities, honors and achievements, and letters of recommendation.

The McCoy Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) is a  30-hour graduate program consisting of 18-hours of core courses and 12-hours of electives.


The curriculum has been designed to adhere to educational guidelines established by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the premier professional association for the human resource field.

  • compensation and benefits
  • recruitment and selection
  • training and development
  • international human resource management
  • organizational behavior
  • employment law and relations

Career Perspectives

The MSHRM program graduates pursue careers in the field of human resource management as a human resource generalist or a human resource specialist in areas such as:

  • corporate recruiting
  • staffing
  • benefits administration
  • compensation
  • employee relations
  • human resource development
Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard June 1 June 1
Spring October 1 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.


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Helpful Links

The McCoy College wants to make applying for graduate school as easy as possible. Below are a few links we hope you will find helpful including the application process, information on graduate funding available to students and program curriculum.