Master of Science in Human Resources

The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Science in Human Resources degree program is offered full- and part-time to provide a flexible schedule for graduate students. As human capital is increasingly recognized as a competitive advantage, leading firms are focusing more on talent acquisition and development, leadership training, and culture shaping.

Students can complete this program in as few as nine months or two semesters. The Lindner College of Business also offers assistance for students looking for job placement after graduation. The program's advisory board consists of HR professionals who work or have worked at high-profile organizations such as Macy’s, Procter & Gamble, and First Financial Bank.

Why earn a Human Resources master’s degree?

Career opportunities

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in Human Resources are expected to grow 7% from 2016 to 2026. On top of the growth in job opportunities, HR professionals with a master’s degree earn more on average than those with only a bachelor’s degree. Earning a master’s degree is often also required for more significant roles such as director, manager, VP, and officer positions.

HR is a crucial part of any successful business. From successfully onboarding employees to managing an office environment, earning a master’s in Human Resources provides the skills and training necessary for succeeding in the field. Students benefit from access to the Lindner Career Services office to help with placement after graduation.

Real-world experience

HR alum Yashkumar Patel's Capstone project helped Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center make a major compensation change.

Employers who have hired recent Lindner MS in Human Resources graduates include:

  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • General Electric
  • Health Carousel LLC
  • Intelligrated
  • Market6 Inc.
  • Medpace Inc.
  • PNC Financial Services
  • SK Hynix Inc.
  • University of Cincinnati

Jessica Bacher
SVP, Workforce Talent and Strategy
ProLink Staffing

Robin Throckmorton
Owner and CEO

Joe Filigno
System Director, Workforce Insights and Activation
Bon Secours Mercy Health

Jimmy Duncan
Chief Human Resource Officer
UC Health

Stacy Lynch
SVP, Human Resources
Fifth Third Bank

Michelle Keating
Senior Human Resources Director

Bill Neese
Senior Director, Talent Acquisition

Sheri Harper
Chief Human Resource Officer
Tire Discounters

David Romp
Faculty Advisory Board Member
University of Cincinnati

Tamie Grunow
Chief Human Resource Officer
University of Cincinnati

What format is the MS in Human Resources program offered?

The MS in Human Resources program is offered only in an in-person format. Students will need to meet on campus for their core classes for the Human Resources program. Electives and business foundations courses may be offered in a hybrid or online format.

When do in-person courses in the MS in Human Resources program usually begin?

Each course in the Human Resources program starts at no earlier than 6 p.m. during the week. There may be weekend offerings available as well, but this will vary from semester to semester. 

Are international students able to be considered for the MS in Human Resources program? 

Yes, international applicants are able to be considered for the MS in Human Resources program. However, students seeking a visa are not eligible for part-time status and must begin in either the fall or spring term each year. 

What terms are open to admitting new students? 

New students are admitted in any term, however, full-time course work is only available in the fall and spring terms. International students seeking a visa must start in either the fall or spring terms. 

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Michael Wagner, PhD

Assistant Professor-Educator, MS in Human Resources Program Director

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