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Human Resource Management

*The MS in Human Resource Management has been discontinued. Applicants interested in this program may want to apply to our MBA program with a concentration in Human Resource Management.

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The master of science in human resource management (MSHRM) program offers flexibility in preparing students for successful careers in human resource management. The program touts a diverse student population due to the curriculum design, which equips business and non-business majors with a fundamental human resources skill set without the need for prerequisite or leveling courses.

The program offers flexibility in preparing students for successful careers in human resource management. Courses are taught primarily on the San Marcos campus.

All McCoy College degree programs are accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The accounting degree programs also hold separate accreditation by AACSB.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Kay Nicols
McCoy Hall (MCOY), Room 524

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Diego Vacaflores
McCoy Hall (MCOY), Room 530

“The intimate size of the MSHRM program allows for a hands-on learning style for students. It allows the student to apply both work experience and educational experience in furthering growth in human resource skills, to meet future demands of the field.ˮ

– Taylor Teis Bennett, MSHRM ’17

Course Work

The 30-hour graduate curriculum consists of 24 hours of core courses and 6 hours of electives. Required course work covers the core human resource functional areas of compensation and benefits, recruitment and selection, training and development, international human resource management, and employment law and relations, as well as business research methods and organizational behavior. Electives may be chosen from other management courses such as organizational change management, cross-cultural management, managing the communication process, business ethics, and labor relations and negotiations. Students may also elect to utilize an internship as an elective.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 30 Non-Thesis No minor
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The MSHRM curriculum has been designed to adhere to educational guidelines established by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the premier professional association for the human resource field.

Program Mission

The McCoy College of Business fosters an engaged learning community that prepares a diverse student population for successful business careers as responsible global citizens. The college complements these efforts with research that adds to knowledge, provides solutions to business challenges, and contributes to pedagogical advances.

The McCoy College of Business strives to continue to lead in experiential business education and business-relevant, socially significant research.

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Program Faculty

The McCoy College faculty aspire to create value through business-relevant and socially significant research. The intellectual contributions produced by faculty members add to knowledge about business practices, provide solutions to business challenges, and contribute toward understanding and improving the relationship between business and society. Students often have the opportunity to work with faculty on research through course work and several graduate research assistantships offered by the college.

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Career Options

MSHRM graduates pursue careers in the field of human resource management as a human resource generalist or a human resource specialist in areas such as:

  • corporate recruiting
  • staffing
  • benefits administration
  • compensation
  • employee relations
  • human resource development

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard June 1 June 1
Spring October 1 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


  • completed online application

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Application Fee(s)

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree (preferably in business administration or a related field) from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • a competitive GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • knowledge of business functions (management, marketing, finance, accounting, MIS) demonstrated through previous course work and/or work experience
  • Texas State undergraduate management majors with at least an overall 3.2 GPA and a 3.4 GPA in upper-level management courses may apply to the program if at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework has been completed.

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE or GMAT Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) or GMAT required with competitive scores

A GRE or GMAT waiver may be available for Texas State undergraduate management applicants with at least 90 hours completed who have: 

  • earned a minimum of a 3.2 overall GPA
  • earned a minimum of a 3.4 GPA in upper-level management courses taken at Texas State University
  • provided at least two references from Texas State faculty

For potential test waiver information, please visit the McCoy College of Business GMAT/GRE Waiver website.

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  • responses to specific essay questions (two essays are required):
    1. Why have you chosen to pursue a graduate business degree at Texas State University? What do you hope to accomplish during your time in the program?
    2. Tell us about your three most significant accomplishments. Why do you view them as such? What lessons did you learn from them?
    3. optional personal statement: in cover-letter format, you may address the admissions committee about anything related to your background, application, and/or desire to attend graduate school at Texas State University
  • resume/CV detailing work experience, extracurricular and community activities, and honors and achievements
  • two letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess your ability to succeed in graduate school

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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Additional Information

  Admissions Review Process
Admission to all graduate business degree programs is competitive and designed to identify those who have the ability, interest, and maturity to manage the rigors of the programs as well as potential for future professional growth; therefore, the admissions committee will carefully consider all aspects of your professional and academic background. The admissions committee will also closely review the qualitative elements of your application, such as letters of recommendation, quality of written essays, relevant work experience, extracurricular and community activities, honors and achievements, and other personal characteristics that will enhance diversity in academic programs.

*Applications are no longer being accepted.