Continuing your journey as a Human Resource Professional

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management at Charleston Southern University provides current and aspiring human resource practitioners with the insights and practical tools necessary to distinguish themselves in the field and, in partnership with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), to prepare themselves for professional certification. The program was created with working professionals in mind offering courses online and in the evening on campus. Courses are offered year-round with the options of on-campus, online or hybrid delivery methods each semester.

Charleston Southern University is committed to providing students with a faith-based community, so that they might learn in a safe, productive environment. As a University, we promote the establishment of growth, change and purpose in the hearts and minds of students. Specifically, regarding the Human Resource Management program, we feel motivated to teach students practical lessons from the field, while placing an emphasis on integrity in both their academic and professional work.

Students in the MS program often find opportunities for leadership advancement within their firm and opportunities for positions such as: HR Manager, Benefits Specialist/Manager, Recruiter/Recruiting Manager, Employee Relations Manager, and Training and Development Specialist.

Charleston Southern University has partnered with SHRM®, a globally recognized HR professional organization, to provide current, relevant, and industry specific information for the aspiring HR leader. The SHRM Learning System® is incorporated into the program’s capstone class preparing graduates to sit for the SHRM-SCP or SHRM-CP certification exam.

As of February 1, 2022, Charleston Southern University’s Nielsen College of Business has aligned its Master of Science in Human Resource Management with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, over 500 programs in approx. 425 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines — created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010, 2013 and 2017 — are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

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Application Requirements

  • Graduate Application 
  • Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended 
  • Resume 
  • Academic Statement (300-500 word essay explaining why the student chose to attend CSU from a servant leadership perspective and how you intend to help your community with this degree.)
  • Two signed letters of recommendation
  • Official test scores, if requested*

*A GMAT may be required to determine whether the applicant has the potential to successfully complete the program.

In the Human Resource Management program, you’ll take courses like…

  • Managing with Excellence and Integrity
  • Business Ethics from a Christian Worldview
  • Employee Training and Development
  • Human Resource Law and Ethics
  • Executive Communications
  • Employee Compensation and Benefits

Program Director

Maxwell Rollins

Maxwell Rollins

Tenured Professor of Business, Director of Graduate Programs
Jones Hall


Jones Hall houses the Nielsen College of Business and the Office of the President. It was one of the first buildings on CSU’s campus.