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SHRM Academically Aligned
Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Type: Master's

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) is designed to provide students with the critical competencies required to be a successful HR professional in today’s modern business landscape. We prepare our graduates to lead the creation and execution of effective HR policies and practices in either the private or public sector. The program’s curriculum provides graduates with both the knowledge base and applied skills to thrive in roles as HR specialists, HR generalists, HR managers, or beyond, whether working in a Fortune 500 company or a small enterprise.

Robert Tenuta
,  Department Chair
Erica Poremba
,  Schaumburg Advisor

What Differentiates Us



The program is designed with flexibility and convenience in mind to meet the needs of busy working professionals. The program can be pursued on either a full- or part-time basis, with courses generally being offered in the evenings and some on weekends. The complete program is available at both our downtown Chicago Campus and our suburban Schaumburg Campus locations.

Grad Hat


Our program is student-focused. That means a highly-regarded faculty whose primary focus is teaching and mentoring you, small class sizes which provide an intimate learning experience for students to help them develop lasting relationships with both classmates and faculty members, and the flexibility to choose from a range of elective courses so students can personalize their education to meet their career needs.



The diversity of our student body — the Midwest’s third-most diverse (U.S. News and World Report, 2018) — will expose you to myriad viewpoints and hone your skills interacting with people of all different backgrounds. In today’s interconnected global marketplace, a well-rounded perspective is paramount.

Expectations & Requirements


MSHRM students can expect to be challenged to think critically and apply the knowledge they have learned during their HR courses. Our SHRM-aligned curriculum will expose students to the essential body of knowledge for the HR field, and also build vital HR skills by forcing students to apply this knowledge in projects that assignments that simulate real-world problems faced by HR professionals. Team-based projects and case studies serve as the foundation for exploring these real-world problems, as well as helping students build crucial communication and team-building skills coveted by employers.

Sample Courses

The MSHRM degree offers the student a unique mix of courses that creates a curriculum that is comprehensive, but also flexible enough to meet specific student needs. The program’s core curriculum consists of three main dimensions:

  • Core HR Discipline courses: courses in staffing, compensation, training & development, and employee/labor relations build the specific knowledge and skills critical to developing and executing successful HR policies and practices in an organization
  • Organizational/Behavioral Science courses — courses in leadership, organizational behavior and organizational change provide the student with a foundation in behavioral science and management skills that are necessary to be an effective HR leader and business partner within an organization.
  • Strategic HRM courses — an introductory course in strategic HRM and an applications-based capstone HRM seminar challenge students to think critically about how the different HR disciplines fit together and also align with organizational strategy to create an HR system that is a valued business partner in an organization.


Grads of MSHRM program
High-paying career

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Clubs & Activities

Roosevelt has its very own college chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the primary professional association for the HR field. Dr. Carolyn Wiley ( is the faculty adviser for the chapter, while current RU students are elected to fill various leadership positions in the chapter. The RU SHRM chapter is very established and has been successful enough to have earned SHRM chapter merit awards for the past several years, as well as have multiple students win HR Leader of Tomorrow awards (including scholarships) given by the Chicago Society for Human Resources Professionals (SHRP) organization.


“The MSHRM program helped me to build on my day-to-day HR expertise with knowledge that has allowed me to grow my career in human resources. My core skills that were built through the program allowed me to have the confidence to approach tactical and strategic HR challenges effectively.”

Eric Cameron 2012

“I couldn’t be prouder to have a second degree from Roosevelt, which has prepared me well for a leadership role in the human resources world. I am armed with new knowledge, a lot of working experience, and I’m ready for the fight that will take me onward to new horizons.”

Judy Burton-Williams 2012

Admission Info

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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • Admission Interview
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement.