Master of Science in Human Resources


Master of Science in Human Resources

Effective human resources management is vital to an organization's success. Lasell's Master of Science in Human Resources imparts critical learning and preparation, paving the way for graduates to recruit, train, and lead the workforces of the future.

Why Lasell's M.S. in Human Resources? 

  • Globally accredited program: 
    ACBSP The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.

  • Complete your program in 12-24 months
  • Tuition is a competitive $600 per credit
  • Classes are capped at 23 students
  • No GRE/GMAT requirement

Gain the knowledge and experience to manage a dynamic workplace
Topics addressed in the MS in Human Resources include:

  • Recruiting, maintaining, and nurturing high-quality employees
  • Developing organizational policies and procedures
  • Understanding human rights legislation in the workplace
  • Comprehending the importance of employee engagement

The right resources for Human Resources
In the MS in Human Resources program, you will complete coursework incorporating financial management, operational strategy, and human resources law, positioning you to employ a wide variety of skills for a successful, meaningful career. Faculty with rich industry experience will guide you through relevant and realistic case studies, challenging you to build management skills applicable to a diverse, evolving workforce and positioning you to assume leadership roles in the field.

Personal, professional, and fulfilling
Classes at Lasell - both online and in person - are capped at 23 students, which enables highly collaborative, personalized learning. Lasell graduate students are respected for their experience and expertise, and throughout classes and group projects they are engaged, challenged, and motivated to succeed. In the program's final semester, you will participate in a Capstone experience: an internship or research project designed to align with your specific goals and enrich your resume.

Career advancement
Thanks to a vibrant community of working professionals and a wide range of available services, graduate students are positioned to develop their expertise and advance their career. As a Lasell graduate student you will have the opportunity to:

  • Benefit from the experience of your faculty and peers, who bring deep expertise and a unique point of view to every class discussion and group project
  • Expand your network and learn to position yourself as a leader in your field
  • Engage with an active alumni community
  • Participate in career services programs that include webinars on salary negotiations, developing a career plan, and utilizing LinkedIn to launch a job search

Career Opportunities:

As of May 2017, the annual median income of Human Resource managers was over $100,000.

  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Benefits Specialist
  • Director of Talent Management
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Organizational Development Specialist
  • Client Facing Human Resources Specialist
  • Compensation Analyst
  • Talent Acquisition Manager

Advance your career—apply today!


MGMT 700 Global Leadership
This course considers the key aspects of what it means to be a leader in our ever-changing global business environment. Best practices and key considerations for developing global strategy, driving change around the world, managing multicultural teams, addressing the intricacies of a global supply chain, and the challenges we face from macro trends, such as climate change and sustainability.
MGMT 702 Business Research Methods
This course introduces both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, providing the student with an overview of the different steps in the research process. The course evaluates common methods of data analysis, develops skills in critical thinking, and provides experience in data analysis using SPSS.
MGMT 703 Strategic Information Management
This course presents the conceptual foundations of information technology and examines the development, application, and advances of information technology resources in organizations. With a focus on the managerial perspective, students investigate issues related to the development of contemporary systems development approaches
MGMT 704 Financial Management
This course focuses on understanding the fundamental principles of finance, including financial statement analysis, present/future value/ NPV/discounted cash flows, capital budgeting, and risk analysis.
MGMT 707 Operations Strategy
This course involves the study of concepts relating to the operations function in both manufacturing and service organizations. Students study how the operations process is responsible for planning, organizing, and controlling resources in order to effectively and efficiently produce goods and services.
MGMT 728 Human Resources Management
This course examines the staffing function of management including planning, recruiting, selection, training, motivation, appraisal, compensation, labor laws, and organizational development. The course also addresses the current issues affecting the human resource manager including the changing work force and need to increase productivity as well as changes in the areas of unions and affirmative action.
MGMT 731  HR Law & Compliance 
This course introduces students to individual employment law, which is concerned with rules that govern the relations between employers and employees, primarily as applicable to non-unionized workers. The course includes such subject areas as identifying a contract of employment, creation and modification of the employment relationship, the common law obligations of employee and employer, the employer's statutory obligations to its employees, privacy in the workplace, human rights legislation in the workplace, and the termination of employment.
MGMT 761 Performance MGMT & Employee Development
Employees and managers often complain about the effectiveness of performance management systems, performance appraisal and employee development. Whether it's a lack of clear performance goals, honest feedback or technology issues, complaints can center around the system's tools and processes but often meet resistance because of its personal and sometimes threatening nature. In this course, students will consider functional best practices to develop a performance management system that considers not only the organizational goals but the human factor in its design.
MGMT 762 Employee Relations, Engage & Retention 
Employee relations initiatives which considers engagement and retention leads to enhanced employee involvement and dedication to the organization. Employees who are engaged are more productive, content and more likely to be loyal to an organization.  This course provides a practical view of how employee relations, engagement and retention initiatives have grown to become a strategic foundation for today's organization with a focus on the most recent tools and best practices.
MGMT 763 Employee Learning & Development
Human resource development is critical to the success of today's organization.  Whether learning and development is needed to increase overall effectiveness, retain and motivate employees or drive innovation, a well-designed learning and development initiative can create a competitive edge.  In this course, students will learn how to build learning and development programs that address the needs of the organization in the context of its business model and growth objectives.
MGMT 764 Diversity, Inclusion & Countering Bias
In today's increasingly diverse, global, interconnected business world, diversity and inclusion is no longer just the right thing to do, it is a core leadership competency and central to the success of business.  This course provides a foundation for human resource professionals to best handle current issues of diversity, inclusion and countering bias.  It provides a basic understanding of the tools and best practices that will foster a culture that respects individuality, encourages belonging, and focuses on the strengths of differences.
MGMT 798/799 Capstone Project/Internship
Capstone: In this course, students undertake comprehensive research projects under the direction of a faculty mentor. The project is an intensive study based on action research models from the behavioral sciences enabling the student to demonstrate the mastery of the concepts, ideas, knowledge, and insights implicit in the Master of Science in Management curriculum. No later than the semester preceding the undertaking of the Research Project, the student should present to the designated faculty mentor a two-page summary of the proposed research. Each student makes a public and professional presentation of their Capstone Project findings. This course is taken during the student's final graduate semester.

Internship: The internship is a hands-on working experience in the student’s field of concentration requiring a minimum of 150 hours of placement under the supervision of both an employer and a faculty member. Beginning in the semester preceding the internship placement, the student identifies what type of organization they desire for their internship. The student holds primary responsibility for obtaining a field experience site and is responsible for setting up interviews with prospective internship sites Students may not perform internships at their current place of employment without prior consent of the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. This course is taken during the student’s final graduate semester

The program has two prerequisites:

  • Students must complete MGMT 702 prior to taking the Capstone.
  • Students are required to complete 27 credits prior to taking the Capstone.  However, this requirement can be waived depending on special circumstances (i.e. student gets an offer of an internship prior to completing the 27 credits)   Students must have a GPA of 3.0 in order to graduate.  They must complete at least 30 credits, including the capstone, at Lasell. 
  • Total credit hours required for degree: 36

Course Schedule

Fall 2019

Course Number Name Format Instructor
FALL MAIN: 9/9 - 12/20
MGMT700 Global Leadership Hybrid McGeough, Robert
MGMT702 Research Methods Hybrid Obeng, Ray
MGMT703 Strategic Information
Hybrid Pineault, Gerald
MGMT728 Human Resources Management Hybrid Doherty, Susan
MGMT740 Consumer Behavior Hybrid Staskawicz, Cheryl
MGMT746 Digital Marketing Hybrid Plumb, Chelsey
MGMT752 Change Management Hybrid McKinnon, Bruce
MGMT764 Diversity, Inclusion & Countering
Hybrid Howard, Kim
MGMT766 PM Tools & Technology Hybrid Willett, Michael
MGMT798 Research Project Capstone TBA TBA
MGMT799 Internship Capstone TBA Aldrich, Nancy
FALL 1: 9/9 - 10/29
MGMT705 Organizational Theory Online Carvalho, Katherine
MGMT714 Principles of Project Management Online Willett, Michael
MGMT741 Marketing Research & Data
Online McGeough, Robert
MGMT745 Strategic Marketing Online Huetteman, Janet
MGMT749 Ethical Theory & Management Online Carvalho, Katherine
MGMT761 Performance MGMT & Employee
Online Howard, Kim
MGTM768 Quantitative Anlys for Manag
Online Borden, Daniel
MGMT771 Accounting for Manag Online Guida, Leonard
FALL 2: 10/30-12/18
MGMT700 Global Leadership Online McGeough, Robert
MGMT703 Strategic Information
Online Pineault, Gerald
MGMT704 Financial Management Online Hannon, James
MGMT707 Operations Strategy Online Pineault, Gerald
MGMT740 Consumer Behavior Online Staskawicz, Cheryl
MGMT743 Fundraising Concepts & Practices Online Field, Juliana
MGMT744 Global Marketing Online Arons, Pamela
MGMT751 Business Strategy Online Carvalho, Katherine
MGMT762 Employee Relations, Engage &
Online Aldrich, Nancy
MGMT763 Employee Learning & Development Online Aldrich, Nancy
MGMT765 Project, Program & Portfolio
Online Willett, Michael
MGMT769 Stat Tech & Analysis for Decision
Online Borden, Daniel
MGMT772 Financial Analysis for Managers Online Hannon, James

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University's MS in Human Resources must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission.  The TOEFL may be waived for international applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. All other applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.

The program has two prerequisites:

  • Students must complete MGMT 702 prior to taking the Capstone.
  • Students are required to complete 27 credits prior to taking the Capstone.  However, this requirement can be waived depending on special circumstances (i.e. student gets an offer of an internship prior to completing the 27 credits)   Students must have a GPA of 3.0 in order to graduate.  They must complete at least 30 credits, including the capstone, at Lasell.

Admission Requirements Checklist:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts of all college-level coursework*
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from either faculty or employers
  • A one page personal statement describing your goals, strengths and potential for achievement in graduate school
  • Resume

* A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended for recent college graduates withfewer than 3 years of professional work experience.

Materials should be addressed to:

The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell University
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466

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