Get your M.A. Human Resource Management from IU
Human Resource Managers are an important resource to every company as they manage the professional goals of a company with its employment force. They play a dual role of both representing the company while at the same time advocating for the employees. The M.A. in Human Resource Management course at IU prepares you to be a leader in this field. You will gain an in-depth understanding of human resources while having a firm grasp of key characteristics of management and business. Our aim is to make you a first-rate business leader, able to make tough decisions and implement them too. Our curriculum deepens your knowledge in recruiting, employer branding, talent management and human resources development and sharpens your profile as a human resources manager. The IU M.A. Human Resource Management will provide you with cutting-edge theory along with hands-on experiences to shape you as a future leader of global industry.
All the important details about this programme
Master of Arts (M.A.)120 or 60 ECTSStudy format: Online
Duration of study
24 or 12 monthsPart time models available
From 489 98 euros per month
120 ECTS - English - OnlineOnline study programmes are accredited in line with German and European standards60 ECTS - English - OnlineCurrently in accreditation process
Completed Undergraduate Degree
Field Specific Knowledge
Scholarship Programme Option
1 Year of Work Experience
Reduce your study fees
Many scholarship options available
Don’t yet meet the requirements for work experience, English language skills or level of education? Not a problem – IU’s Scholarship Programme gives you the chance to start your online degree and fulfil the eligibility criteria while you study, just get us your proof of work experience, English language skill and education certificates to us before you complete 50% of your ECTS.
Your Master's degree in Human Resource Management offers you a specialised knowledge of human resource management. In addition, you have the opportunity to specialise individually in the extensive and attractive elective area. We placed particular emphasis knowledge-based elements being closely linked to practical examples of application, meaning you will benefit from the direct reference to industry practice and the world of work. You will deal with current trend topics such as demographic change, changing values, digitalisation and internationalisation in modules such as People Analytics and Big Data, New Work, Diversity Management, Work and Organisational Psychology and Human Performance.
Human Resource Management I
Human Resource Management II
Advanced Research Methods
Aspects of International Labor Law
Seminar: Current Issues in International Labour Law
Employer Branding and Recruiting
Talent Management & HR Development
Project: Human Resources Management
People Analytics and Big Data
Seminar: International Human Resource Management
Master Thesis and Colloquium
In this programme, you can choose electives in order to specialise in a field you’re interested in. Here’s a short introduction to some electives:
Globalisation, demographic changes, and digitalisation mean that diversity in organisations is constantly increasing. This makes diversity management all the more important. In this module you will learn how to tap into and use the diversity of individual competences, characteristics, attitudes and cultural backgrounds of employees by means of various methods and concepts for the success of the organisation. The focus is on recognising and respecting differences in all their forms, such as origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, etc., in order to develop the ability to understand, engage and integrate people with different backgrounds and world views.
The module focuses on biohacking—a new approach to optimising health and output. You get an overview of how biohacking can contribute to these factors as well as empirically supported results on the influence of diet, exercise, sleep, and light on health and performance. You will learn both how to apply these to your own life and how to advise clients and colleagues.
Postgraduates specialising in Human Resource Management are in high demand in almost every industry globally. Our graduates have the option of choosing from career paths such as HR Business Partner, Recruiting Manager, People Development Manager and many more.
As an HR Business Partner, you are the first point of contact for managers with all enquiries concerning their employees. You take care of labour law issues and provide employees with advice at all times. As an executive coach, you also identify potential or undesirable developments in the team and work out appropriate solutions together with those responsible. In addition, you support the introduction of new products or processes and maintain communication between HR and other departments.
As a Recruiting Manager, you act proactively to recruit new employees. Active sourcing, forward-looking talent acquisition and networking are part of your tasks. You also create talent pools, review application documents, organise job fairs and conduct preliminary interviews with promising candidates.
As a People Development Manager, you are responsible for ensuring the professional development of employees, analysing personnel development needs and implementing the necessary measures. In addition, you develop and monitor personnel development tools with regard to quality, sustainability and costs. In order to promote and motivate your employees in the best possible way, you train them in the development of social skills with the help of mentoring, coaching and seminars and develop integration events and improvement measures in the workplace.
STUDY MODELS AND FEES
Find a plan to suit you: For our online programmes, you can easily choose whether you want to study full-time or part-time. This helps you fit learning to your schedule.
Duration 24 months
Perfect for those who want to hit the ground running and learn at the fastest pace possible. Starting from:
Duration 36 months
Great for all-round talents who want to go full throttle in their studies but also keep up with other commitments. Starting from:
Duration 48 months
Ideal for students with a lot of work or family commitments. This plan also reduces monthly study costs. Starting from:
For students in Asia, Africa, and South & Central America, the prices displayed show regular tuition fees including graduation fees, scholarships or other discounts. For students from Europe, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan & South Korea the prices displayed do not include graduation fees, scholarships or other discounts. Additional fees may apply.
Our IU study programmes include the following benefits
Take exams online
Access to partner network
Free extension of study period
Online library as well as podcasts and videos
Flexible payment options
Correction and assessment of module exams
Support and career services
What our students say
The university teaching at IU is characterised by a high degree of practical relevance.Diana Valdez, M.A. International Management
You can participate in IU events and establish an excellent network. My career proves it: networking is the key to success!Sandip Modha, MBA - Master of Business Administration
- Completed degree from a public or officially recognised university/higher education institution.
- For 60-ECTS programmes, you will need to have already acquired 240 ECTS credits.
- For 120-ECTS programmes, you will need to have 180 ECTS credits.
- At least a “satisfactory” or Grade C equivalent earned in your previous education
For 120 ECTS programme: If your first degree does not focus on economics or business administration, you can be accepted into our programme if your professional activity has a business background. The decision on admission to the Master's programme is then made on a case-by-case basis and on the basis of a discussion with our academic staff.
For 60 ECTS programme: Proof of at least one year of qualified professional experience in the health sector (This must be acquired after completion of the undergraduate degree).
Start your online degree with our Scholarship Programme and receive a scholarship up to 80%!
This helps you get started as a participant with immediate access to 50% of your courses even when you don't meet the full ECTS requirements yet. If you are lacking ECTS credits from your previous studies, you can demonstrate professional work experience instead.
- To start a 120-ECTS degree, you will need a minimum of 180 ECTS credits from your previous studies.
- To start a 60-ECTS degree, you will need a minimum of 240 ECTS credits from your previous studies but can “bridge” up to 60 ECTS with 2 years of professional experience.
Once all admissions documents are provided and any relevant admissions courses are complete, you can move forward and finish your degree.
Questions? Speak to one of our study advisors, they will guide you through every step of the process.
For our 60-ECTS programmes, you will need at least one year of professional work experience before starting your studies (achieved after previous studies).
At IU, we teach in English to prepare you for the international market.
We therefore ask for proof of your English language skills*. If English is your native language or you graduated from an English-speaking school/university, you don’t need to prove your English skills.
- Speexx B2.2 Certificate (complimentary when signing up with IU)
- TOEFL (min. 80 points) or
- IELTS (min. Level 6.0 out of 9 points) or
- Duolingo English test (min. 95 points) or
- Cambridge Certificate (min. B grade overall) or
- Equivalent proof
*Proof must be provided before the start of the study and must not be older than two years.
Study the Way You Want To
Schedule when you want to learn and study 100% online. At IU you have the possibility to complete your degree fully from home, whether full time or part time. You can even take your exams online whenever it suits you.
Accredited & Globally Recognised
IU International is accredited and certified with a seal of approval from the German Accreditation Council. All IU study programmes, materials, and services meet high internal and external quality standards, which are regularly reviewed and updated.
Gain Real Support
We provide you with innovative learning tools, digital study material, tutorial videos, student advice and support, and forums to exchange with other students. You also have full access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions.
The Ideal Mix of Theory & Practice
Our programmes provide you with essential theoretical knowledge and focus above all on practice-oriented studies designed to best prepare you for your future career. On top of their academic excellence, your professors have at least five years of industry experience.