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A future-focused change

The Master of Human Resources explores the critical role of workplace analytics in informing evidence-based organisational change. Learn through professional development opportunities and industry projects.

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HR Managers report very high job satisfaction

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Learn workplace innovation

Careers that inspire innovation

Lead organisational change using modern engagement strategies.

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Study that’s flexible

Coursework and assessments designed to fit around your needs.

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Learning advice and study assistance

Dedicated support services designed for your study discipline.

Engage with challenge and implement future-focused organisational change

Rapid change and disruption continue to change the face of the global economy. As a HR professional, it’s essential that you’re equipped with the skills and knowledge to adapt people management practices, address sustainability issues, technology, and ethical questions alongside the human element of organisational success.

The Master of Human Resource Management addresses the core functions of HR management and provides you with a forward-focused and evidence-based exploration of HR’s updated role in the new normal and future of work.

This advanced course provides you with the ability to deliver organisational and broader community value with a focus on the future of HRM.

What you will learn 
  • Contemporary HR
    Learn about the future challenges HR professionals will face and develop your own effective and progressive responses
  • Change Management
    Learn how to address rapid change within modern workplaces to ensure your employees can readily adapt to new circumstances
  • Diversity, inclusion and wellbeing
    Focus on inclusive and progressive practices that place the wellbeing of its employees at the forefront
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Pathways to a master degree

You can graduate with a Master of Human Resource Management in approximately 2 years part-time, after completing 12 units (72 credit points total).

You can also exit the course after completing approximately:

  • 0.7 years part-time, 4 units (24 credit points), and you’ll receive a Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management; or
  • 1.4 years part-time, 8 units (48 credit points total), and you’ll receive a Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management*

*Exit point only

The Master of Human Resource Management comprises twelve units in three parts. Each unit is worth 6 credit points.

Part A. Contemporary application
These units provide coverage of theories, models and frameworks to apply to contemporary practice of human resource management. They are designed to introduce foundational knowledge of key human resource management activities.

Part B. Advanced application
The focus of these units is to deepen and extend understanding and practice of contemporary human resource management. They are designed to provide advanced knowledge of complex human resource management challenges and practical approaches to engage with them effectively.

Part C. Professional application
The focus of these units provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge to their professional practice. The units feature professional development, application of HRM knowledge in practice and opportunities for students to direct their learning to thrive and maintain currency in an uncertain business environment.

Part D. Industry project
You must complete one or both of the following units.

You must complete either one or two elective units, depending on whether one or both industry project units listed above were chosen.

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You must complete the following units.

People and change

Ethics and legal issues in human resource management

Sustainability and performance in human resource management

Diversity and inclusion

You must complete the following units.

Engagement and talent management

Workforce and employment analytics

Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

Disability and inclusive practice

You must complete the following unit.

Professional development

You must complete one or both of the following units.

Industry project 1

Industry project 2

You must complete either one or two elective units, depending on whether one or both industry project units listed above were chosen.

Elective units to be chosen from the units offered across the Monash online programs as long as you have the prerequisite and there are no restrictions on enrolling in the units.

There are two entry pathways into the Master of Human Resource Management.

Eligible entrance via Graduate Certificate

Commence your studies via the Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management, a post-graduate qualification that can lead you to further studies in the Master of Human Resource Management.

Entry level 1 – 72 points to complete

Duration: 2 years part-time.

An Australian bachelor degree, or an equivalent qualification, with at least a credit (60%) average, or an equivalent Grade Point Average, plus two years relevant work experience*.

Entry level 2 – 48 points to complete

Duration: 1.4 years part-time.

A Monash University Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management with at least a credit (60%) average.

*Applicants applying on the basis of work experience are required to provide a detailed curriculum vitae, outlining their employment history and professional experience.

English Requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

Do you qualify?

Enquire with our student consultants and schedule a call to run through the Master of Human Resource Management’s entry criteria.

For the Master of Human Resource Management, the estimated cost is $4,375.00 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

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Your Monash Master of Human Resource Management is designed to accommodate your busy life, with built-in flexibility through six teaching periods each year.

You’ll complete your world-renown qualification in a dynamic virtual classroom and access course material when and where it suits you, taking advantage of a dedicated support network available extended hours, 7 days a week.

Undertake the same qualification as on-campus student, but 100% online. You’ll gain the skills required by the digital workforce and study in a way that suits your lifestyle.

Discover more about online study.

When you study online with Monash, you’ll experience the same level of flexible support as your degree offers. Course consultants can answer your questions about online study and guide you through your course selection and enrolment. Student advisers are available 7 days a week to assist with everything from enrolment queries to academic and study skills, with subject matters experts in each of your units to help you through unit content and assessments.

Career outcomes

The workplace of the future is an exciting and dynamic place. The Master of Human Resource Management degree is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in a constantly changing global environment.

What does the future look like for Human Resource Managers?

Skilled Human Resource Managers are in demand and well-paid, especially those who can lead businesses into the digital space.



The most common salary for a Human Resource Manager in Australia.

Star rating

4.1 / 5

Human Resource Managers rate their job satisfaction as very high.

Industry Growth


Projected job growth for Human Resource Managers over five years.

Human resource management online at Monash

Help shape people’s careers with a future-focused qualification that inspires innovation. The Master of Human Resource Management will equip you with a digital and people-centric skill set that will advance your HR career.

Your fully online course runs across a streamlined six-week teaching period and gives you the opportunity to engage in the learning material and study anywhere in Australia, whether you are inner-city, rural or remote.

Meet your academic team

Associate Professor Jonathan Matheny

Jonathan Matheny is the Director of Program Development for Leadership and Executive Education. He leads the development of new programs and teaches personal development, leadership and organisational change. He has led academic programs and lectures across North America, Europe and Asia.

Dr Susan Mayson

Dr Mayson is Director of Education in the Department of Management. She is an associate Fellow in the Monash Education Academy, a Dean’s Teaching Award (2011) winner and she received a Dean’s Commendation for Teaching Excellence in 2009. She teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whereas standard human resource management courses will focus on basic function-based learning for recruitment, renumeration and organisational development, Monash’s Master of Human Resource Management looks at the future of HRM with an emphasis on its continuously changing nature. It focuses on enhancing the skills that will take you far into the future.
Monash online’s Master of Human Resource Management focuses on:
  • Digital and virtual transformation
  • The different kinds of relationships with employees and contractors
  • How HRM roles and approaches have changed over the years and in more recent times.
The future HRM won’t look like how it looks today. That’s why our course aims to prepare you for this new future by equipping you future-focused skills that will stand out to potential employers.
The Master of Human Resource Management will explore the following key theories, models and frameworks:
  • people and change
  • sustainability and performance
  • ethics and legal issues
  • diversity and inclusion
  • engagement and talent management
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • workforce analytics
  • workplace capability
  • disability studies.
Professional Application unit invites students to put theory into practice by applying their knowledge and professional experience into practical experiences.
This unit aims to help students achieve their career goals, market themselves effectively, enhance their value to potential employers and become successful employees or leaders.
  • Students looking to begin/pursue a career in HR
  • Students looking to upskill their HR skillset
  • Students in management positions already
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