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The field of human resources is evolving into a more strategic function that aligns with and supports organizational goals. Business leaders are starting to realize the importance of managing human capital across the entire organization, not just in terms of hiring and performance.

Today, human capital management requires a multilayered approach to workforce planning that integrates recruitment, management, reporting and analytics, job design and team building, training, professional development, and strategic forecasting. As a result, careers in human resources management and applications in other business areas are varied and wide-ranging. Below are a few career paths for MS in Strategic Human Resource Management graduates.

HR Management Job Titles

  • Director of Professional Development
  • Human Capital Analyst
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Training Manager
  • HR Analytics Manager
  • Director of Business Development
  • VP of Human Capital

HR Management Jobs and Salaries

  • Management Analyst: $91,7701
  • Human Resources Managers: 104,4402
  • Training and Development Managers: 102,6403
  • Compensation and Benefit Managers: $1111,4304
  • Top Executives: $102,6905

For Human Resources Professionals

The MS in Strategic Human Resource Management program can provide HR professionals with the advanced strategic skills they need to implement high-level plans and serve as a credential that distinguishes them from other job seekers and candidates for advancement. While many human resources jobs require only a bachelor’s, a master’s degree can provide you with expertise and knowledge that is difficult to gain on the job.

In addition, the fast-changing business environment requires HR professionals to stay current with complex laws and regulations related to healthcare, occupational safety and health, labor laws, and so on. A master’s degree can help you develop the comprehensive and forward-looking HR perspective to ensure that organizations are prepared to manage and adapt to shifts in the landscape.

Employees are the lifeblood of any organization. Without a talented, motivated workforce, businesses may be unable to achieve their goals. Consequently, organizations need human resources managers who have the skills to help them manage human capital effectively. This HR master’s can provide you with these in-demand skills.

For Department Managers and Business Leaders

A robust human capital strategy starts with managers across organizations, even those who aren’t in formal or dedicated HR roles. A master’s in strategic human resource management gives you the skills to ensure that you are approaching your teams in a way that contributes to a coordinated organization-wide strategy. You will learn how to:

  • Analyze employees’ strengths and deploy them effectively
  • Forecast future workforce needs
  • Develop and communicate an employment plan for your department or area of expertise
  • Identify potential future leaders for the organization

The median annual wage for management occupations as of May 2015 was $115,0206 — the highest wage of all the major occupational groups. A master’s degree in management can help show current and future employers that you have the skills to advance and thrive in roles where developing and cultivating talent is a concern to enhance your management skills, advance your human resources career or are joining the field, the MS in Strategic Human Resource Management paves the way for your success.

To learn about more career outcomes of the online Master of Science in Strategic Human Resource Management degree from Saint Joseph’s University, call (215) 473-2695 to speak with a Program Manager, or request more information below.


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