MS in Human Resource Management

*The MS in Human Resource Management has been discontinued. Applicants interested in this program may want to apply to the MBA program with a concentration in Human Resource Management.

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Advance your career with a master of science in human resource management (MSHRM) degree from the Texas State’s McCoy College of Business. The MSHRM program is distinctively flexible, offering both part-time and full-time course work at our San Marcos campus for traditional students or working professionals. 

A specialized program, you will be equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to be an effective HR professional in both the public and private sectors. Develop the conceptual, technical, interpersonal and communication skills needed to develop exceptional HR management practices. 

The 30-hour HR graduate program adheres to the educational guidelines established by the Society for Human Resource Management, the premier professional association for the HR field. 

Students in the MSHRM program at McCoy College come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, and leave with the leadership skills to be successful in their organizations. 

AACSB Accredited

Flexible Schedule

Growing Field

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  • Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option


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    No minor

  • Core Courses - 24 hours

    _____ BA 5351: Organizational Performance and Competitive Advantage*

    _____ MGT 5314: Organization Behavior and Theory

    _____ MGT 5330: Seminar in Human Resource Management

    _____ MGT 5336: Compensation and Benefits

    _____ MGT 5337: Organizational Staffing

    _____ MGT 5338: Human Resource Development

    _____ MGT 5339: International Human Resource Management

    _____ MGT 5390: Managerial Data Analysis

    *must be taken in the first semester

    Elective Courses – 6 hours

    Six (6) hours of advisor-approved elective courses



    This program has a firm deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.


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


    This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

    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

    Application Fee

    • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
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    Transcripts & GPA

    • baccalaureate degree (preferably in business administration or a related field) from a regionally accredited university
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • a competitive GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
    • knowledge of business functions (management, marketing, finance, accounting, MIS) demonstrated through previous course work and/or work experience

    Texas State undergraduate management majors with at least an overall 3.2 GPA and a 3.4 GPA in upper-level management courses may apply to the program if at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework has been completed.

    GRE or GMAT Scores*

    • Official GRE (general test only) or GMAT required with competitive scores

    A GRE or GMAT waiver may be available for Texas State undergraduate management applicants with at least 90 hours completed who have: 

    • earned a minimum of a 3.2 overall GPA
    • earned a minimum of a 3.4 GPA in upper-level management courses taken at Texas State University
    • provided at least two references from Texas State faculty


    • responses to specific essay questions (two essays are required):
      • Why have you chosen to pursue a graduate business degree at Texas State University? What do you hope to accomplish during your time in the program?
      • Tell us about your three most significant accomplishments. Why do you view them as such? What lessons did you learn from them?
      • optional personal statement: In cover-letter format, you may address the admissions committee about anything related to your background, application, and/or desire to attend graduate school at Texas State University.
    • resume/CV detailing work experience, extracurricular and community activities, and honors and achievements
    • two letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess the student's ability to to succeed in graduate school
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    TOEFL or IELTS Scores

    Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of:
      • 19 listening
      • 19 reading
      • 19 speaking
      • 18 writing
    • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
      • minimum individual module scores of 6.0
    • This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
    • Review important information about official test scores.


Changes in the workforce, technology and the global economy have created the need for agile HR professionals. By aligning with SHRM’s guiding principles, our students can obtain the critical competencies to be creative, problem-solving HR leaders. 

Our human resources management graduate program includes courses in: 

  • compensation and benefits
  • recruitment and selection
  • training and development
  • international human resource management
  • organizational behavior
  • managerial data analysis

Career Perspectives

Career opportunities for those entering or advancing their role in HR are favorable. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average of all other occupations. 

Of course, a MSHRM degree is versatile and can be utilized in a wide range of positions, depending on where you want to take your career. Students in the human resource management graduate program often pursue careers in areas such as: 

  • corporate recruiting
  • staffing
  • benefits administration
  • compensation
  • employee relations
  • human resource development

*The MS in Human Resource Management has been discontinued. Applicants interested in this program may want to apply to the MBA program with a concentration in Human Resource Management.

Fund Your Studies

If you are passionate about becoming a leader in your organization, then we want to do everything we can to help you fulfill your dream. While the cost of a graduate degree may seem overwhelming, there are plenty of financial resources available to you at Texas State.

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