Human Resources MS

About the Master’s in Human Resources at Loyola

Any organization is only as good as its most valuable asset: its people. In today’s diverse, complex, and increasingly global work environments, engaging, developing and keeping top talent is more challenging — and necessary — than ever. Human resource professionals play a critical role in organizational success and the need for skilled professionals who can meet these challenges continues to grow.

The Loyola MS in Human Resources gives you the in-depth analytical, leadership, and communication skills you need to recruit, develop, and reward the employees that ensure your organization’s success every day.

You'll be well-prepared to recruit, select, develop, and reward the employees that ensure your company's success every day. You'll also gain access to a strong alumni and human resources network in Chicago, as well as the mentor program run by Loyola's Institute of Human Resources and Employment Relations.

Whether you have a few years of HR experience and are looking to level up your career, or are a professional looking to transition to a new career challenge in the HR field, Loyola’s broad and flexible curriculum prepares you for human resource management positions in a variety of organizations and industries, from business to government to nonprofit.

Program Structure

The human resources master’s program can be pursued full-time or part-time. Classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, which is conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago.

The program is on a 10-week quarter system, and you can begin the program in the Spring or Fall quarter.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for Your Master’s Degree in Human Resources?

Established in 1941, Loyola's Institute of Human Resources and Employment Relations, part of the Loyola Quinlan School of Business, is the longest-established master's degree program of its kind in the U.S. The Quinlan School of Business is among the 5% of the world's business schools that meet the rigorous standards of AACSB international accreditation.

A tradition of academic excellence

You’ll earn your degree from a nationally ranked business school with a tradition of student success. Our full-time faculty are internationally-known scholars who are leading thinkers in the area. Adjunct Instructors are leading professionals and excellent teachers.

The MS in Human Resources offers hybrid and in-person options and can be pursued full-time or part-time. You can complete your master’s in as little as a year, or at a pace that fits with a full-time job. No previous HR experience is required.

The MSHR at Loyola is aligned with Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) guidelines and will help prepare you for SHRM Certification, a mark of distinction and leadership in the field that can give you an edge in the job market.

Relationship building is at the core of the Loyola experience. HRER mentors are proficient and well-placed alumni who work with students to improve their approach to real-life human resources challenges and help them better understand the employment relations profession.

Multinational companies require deep knowledge of working and managing staff around the globe. You’ll gain a global perspective through coursework, interactions with international students and faculty members, and through MSHR study abroad courses to countries such as India, China, Australia, and Ireland.

What kind of a leader do you aspire to be? Develop ethical and values-based leadership skills to meet today’s workplace challenges.

HRER courses prepare students for human resource management positions in a variety of organizations. Our Business Career Services team maintains relationships with area companies, ensuring that exciting and challenging internships/research opportunities are consistently available.

Join a network of 3,000 human resources Loyola alumni who work in nearly every major corporation in the Chicago metropolitan area, giving you opportunities to build your own strong network in the HR field. Networking and learning opportunities are also available through our HR Student Association and Society for Human Resource Management affiliations.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the Quinlan School of Business faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Human Resources MS program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Human Resources MS program may vary from quarter to quarter, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Human Resources MS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Human Resources MS totals $60660.00, or 36 credit hours at a cost of $1,685.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

Quinlan School of Business Scholarships

Dean’s Merit Scholarship

The Quinlan School of Business automatically considers each student admitted into Quinlan’s Next Generation MBA and MS programs for a Dean's Merit Scholarship. Eligibility is determined through a holistic review at the time of admission.

Graduate Business Student Scholarship

The Graduate Programs Office at Loyola University Chicago awards scholarships to Quinlan graduate students who demonstrate proven academic success and financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Please visit the Scholarships page on the Quinlan School of Business website for more detailed information about scholarships.

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Whether you’re just beginning your search, in the midst of the application process, or eager to explore our graduate and professional programs, our admissions staff is here to assist you every step of the way.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Human Resources MS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: July 15*
Spring: January 15

*Fall 2024 only: August 15

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Human Resources MS include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • Resume/CV

Statement of Purpose Details

Recommended for applicants with a cumulative GPA under 3.0 and for applicants who may feel that one or more parts of their application is weak, the personal statement provides the admission committee with more insight on your candidacy.

Please discuss how Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business degree program and our focus on responsible leadership will prepare you to achieve your career goals. Your statement should be 2-3 pages in length, double-spaced.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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More than ever before, finding, keeping and developing employee talent is a huge challenge for every organization. As multiple factors continue to shape and accelerate workforce development today, it takes a skills-based approach to build and manage a diverse and engaged talent pool that ensures that a business or organization will thrive. This certificate prepares professionals to gain theoretical and practical expertise to create an ethical and productive work environment.

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