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Master of Human Resource Management (with specialisations)

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    3 years part-time, 1.5 years full-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The human resources master's degree offered by Charles Sturt University is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute and is designed for both newcomers to the industry and HR professionals wishing to advance to the next level.

The course content is extremely industry-focused, thanks to an expert panel of senior human resource management professionals on CSU's Industry Advisory Board. This means graduates are not only learning industry standards, but are also privy to the most relevant and up-to-date strategies being used in today's organisations.

Students can tailor their study program to suit their career needs, choosing to either gain a broad foundational understanding of human resource management, or specialise in a number of niche areas. Specialities range from employment relations and international human resource management, to management of organisational change and business partnership.


Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution and/or an equivalent qualification; OR
  • Applicants with other academic and/or professional qualifications and work experience will be considered

Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.

Areas of study

In this postgraduate HR course, the subjects you will study include:

Core subjects - complete all of the following units:

  • Human resource management
  • Advanced studies in industrial relations
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Law of employment

Restricted elective - complete four subjects:

  • Labour market studies
  • Values and conflicts in organisations
  • Evaluating human resources
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Developing organisational capabilities
  • Management theory and practice
  • Management of change
  • Leadership and business ethics

Specialisation - Management of Organisational Change:

  • Organisational politics and culture and change management
  • Managing sustainability effectively
  • The social and economic environment
  • Management of change

Students who complete this specialisation will be awarded a Master of Human Resource Management (Management of Organisational Change).

Specialisation - Employment Relations:

  • Industrial relations environment
  • Industrial relations systems and issues
  • Industrial relations practice
  • Comparative labour relations

Students who complete this specialisation will be awarded a Master of Human Resource Management (Employment Relations).

Specialisation - International Human Resource Management:

  • International human resource management
  • International management behaviour
  • International human resource development
  • Law of international business

Students who complete this specialisation will be awarded a Master of Human Resource Management (International Human Resource Management).

Specialisation - Conflict and Dispute Resolution:

  • Theory of conflict resolution
  • Skills of conflict resolution
  • Dispute resolution: methods and results
  • Mediation: processes and uses

Students who complete this specialisation will be awarded a Master of Human Resource Management (Conflict and Dispute Resolution).

Specialisation - Business Partnership:

  • Business accounting and finance
  • Business economics
  • Strategic management
  • Marketing management

Students who complete this specialisation will be awarded a Master of Human Resource Management (Business Partnership).

Student who choose not to complete a specialisation can choose four subjects from the following:

  • Any remaining restricted elective subjects and/or
  • Any subjects listing in the specialisations and/or
  • Research methods
  • Human resource development
  • Training capabilities
  • The learning organisation
  • International business
  • Business ethics
  • Leadership and entrepreneurship
  • Ethics of corporate governance
  • Project management
  • Public sector management
One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Master of Human Resource Management (with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University.

The online Master of Human Resource Management course offered by CSU is highly regarded within the industry, as proven by its accreditation with the Australian Human Resources Institute, and will help advance your career. The course not only teaches industry standards and best practice, but gives students the opportunity to network with professionals working in the sector.

Curious about where a career in human resources could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Human Resources Officer
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Workplace Relations Officer
  • Human Resource Advisor
  • Recruitment Officer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Courses that are not Commonwealth support places require students to contribute the full cost of their course. You may be eligible for a loan to help pay for tuition fees through the Commonwealth Government FEE-HELP program.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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