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Master’s Degrees in Human Resource Management

9,112 Yearly Graduations
$48,400 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
There are 317 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in HR. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 46% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 4.7% of HR graduates were international students.

Education Levels of HR Majors

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 9,112 students earned their master's degree in HR. This earns it the #5 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in HR at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 11,331
Master’s Degree 9,112
Basic Certificate 2,691
Graduate Certificate 1,700
Associate Degree 1,066
Undergraduate Certificate 427
Doctor’s Degree 289

Earnings of HR Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in HR is $48,400. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have. A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $44,900 and the high is $56,200.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in HR is $41,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $44,416 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $36,644.


Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $478.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in HR. About 73.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,376
Women 6,736

The racial-ethnic distribution of HR master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 429
Black or African American 2,073
Hispanic or Latino 1,372
White 3,904
International Students 431
Other Races/Ethnicities 903

There are 317 colleges that offer a master’s degree in HR. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

HR Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Human Resources Management 5,416
Organizational Behavior Studies 1,067
Human Resources Development 987
Other Human Resources Management 948
Labor & Industrial Relations 653

Below are some popular majors that are similar to HR that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 121,330
Management Sciences & Methods 23,091
Accounting 19,027
Business & Commerce 8,782
Finance & Financial Management 5,353


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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