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Master of Human Resource Management (with specialisations)

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Master of Human Resource Management (with specialisations)

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How do you get from being an HR administrator to an HR professional?

CSU's Master of Human Resources Management, accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute, is designed for human resources (HR) practitioners wishing to accelerate their career progression through tertiary qualifications.

A Masters-level qualification in HR is necessary to compete in a highly competitive marketplace and can be transformative in challenging your personal and professional learning. Shift your way of thinking and add real value to your organisation with CSU's Master of Human Resource Management.

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  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Master of Human Resource Management provides students with the breadth and depth of human resource (HR) knowledge required by HR professionals. The course offers significant scope in addressing fundamental human resource management practices, as well as depth in the form of human resources specialisations.

    Our course presents the human resource professional with the latest suite in human resource management best practice to deliver benefits at individual and organisational levels. At an individual level, the course will advance students' knowledge and skills in key human resource areas, which can assist in progressing the students' careers. These new skill sets can also add value at an organisational level, as students will be expected to apply their understanding within the context of their workplace.

    To ensure the knowledge and skills you gain through the program are relevant, we maintain close links with industry. The Master of Human Resource Management Advisory Committee consists of 13 senior executives, working mainly in senior HR roles who provide specialist professional advice to our academics, aimed at making our course relevant and contemporary. The quality of member representation adds significant value in terms of industry insights, including commercial trends and employee expectations. The members represent considerable depth of experience and HR specialty.

    Flexible study options

    This course is available online and is offered across a three-session academic year with sessions commencing in February, July and November. The course has a minimum full-time duration of three sessions, however the actual duration is dependent on subject availability and the session of commencement. Students can choose to study just one subject a session, or with approval, fast-track completion by studying two or more subjects in a session. Our subjects are taught using a range of blended learning techniques, which include online education study materials, online meetings and subject forums.

    Overseas study opportunities

    CSU aims to provide students with the opportunity to experience the world through a broad range of international study experiences. International study trips are academically challenging as well as culturally engaging, helping to prepare graduates for careers and leadership positions in the global economy. Through undertaking an overseas study trip, students will have the opportunity to learn about the local culture and business practices and experience first-hand the challenges of doing business overseas. Information on these study tour programs can be found on the CSU Global website.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Master of Human Resource Management is a high quality course with a reputation for excellence in providing learning, professional and career development opportunities for graduates. Recent graduates from the program include human resource directors, consultants, and senior managers involved in training and development, industrial relations, change management and other professionals who wish to enter the human resource profession.

  • Professional recognition
    Professional recognition

    AHRI logoThe Master of Human Resource Management, Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management and Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management are accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute. Accreditation is reviewed every three years.

    AHRI organisational logoCSU is pleased to be an AHRI Organisational Member.
  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Students who have completed CSU's Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management or the Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management will receive full credit for the subjects studied.

    Applicants who have successfully completed the Australian Human Resource Institute Professional Diploma in Human Resources or the AHRI Practicing Certification will receive four subjects' credit into the Master of Human Resource Management program.

    Candidates may receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the course for prior study if they can demonstrate that such study was completed at a recognised higher education institution within the last 10 years at postgraduate level. To apply for credit, candidates are required to submit with their Application for Admission a certified transcript of results and subject outline or curriculum of those subjects.

  • Subjects


    Business Partnership

    The Business Partnership specialisation provides students with an overview of the knowledge and skills required to research, monitor, analyse and make effective decisions in relation to the complex issues confronting managers at both strategic and operational levels. It is critical to an organisation’s success that managers understand the principles of a range of functional areas of management and apply these principles to the analysis and management of organisational situations and lead effectively.

    In this specialisation, you will study subjects in the areas of business economics, strategic management, marketing management and business accounting and finance.

    Conflict and Dispute Resolution

    Dispute resolution is a growing and constantly changing area that requires continual professional practice and networking to keep informed.This specialisation provides graduates with an understanding of the causes of conflict, and the availability and suitability of various methods of dispute prevention and resolution, and their differing results. Students learn the skills and ethics of conflict resolution and are able to apply them to mediation processes in different settings including their own workplace.

    Students will be exposed to the interdisciplinary nature of conflict theory and will learn to:

    • appreciate cultural approaches and differences in dealing with conflict and resolution
    • design and evaluate systems and methods to resolve complaints and disputes in various settings
    • become familiar with the foundations of law and legal processes
    • compare adversarial with non-adversarial legal systems and advise pathways for effective dispute resolution
    • be aware of theories of morality and how they can be applied in exercising moral judgement.

    Students will also practice skills and identify attitudes that contain and prevent disputes in workplaces and other specialised settings.

    In this specialisation you will study subjects in the areas of the theories and skills of conflict resolution, methods and results in dispute resolution and mediation processes and uses.

    Employment Relations

    Australia’s system of industrial relations has been designed in response to a rapidly changing contemporary context and reflects the impact of economic conditions and theories, as well as the social, political and structural transformation of the Australian economy and society. Since the beginning of last century, there has been an explosion of laws that govern the relationships between employers and employees in the Australian workforce. The aim of the specialisation is to give insight into the managerial and specialist roles in the industrial relations field within the private, public or trade union sectors.

    This specialisation provides students with an overview of the theory and practical knowledge of Australian industrial relations and covers issues such as the roles played by trade unions, employers and their associations, and federal and state governments. Students will also learn about contract of employment; employer liability for negligence; workers compensation; collective bargaining; compulsory arbitration; conciliation and negotiation; mediation and conflict resolution; the various types of industrial offensive and defensive actions taken by the parties; organisational behaviour theory; and the various controls and pressures that exist in Australian industrial relations today.

    In this specialisation you will study subjects in the areas of the industrial relations environment, industrial relations systems and issues, industrial relations practice, and industrial relations in the legal environment.

    International Human Resource Management

    In the initial stage of this specialisation students are introduced to the roles and functions of human resource management in organisations. Students investigate how human resource management can contribute to organisational performance and examine the ethical and moral implications of human resource functions and techniques. From this foundation, students then undertake studies of human resource management in the context of international business operations and the human resource practices which support the movement of businesses and managers into cultures that are both similar to, and foreign from, the home culture.

    Students then undertake studies in international management behaviour by examining a variety of management and leadership practices in organisations operating in cross cultural contexts from a behavioural perspective.

    The final subject in the specialisation examines human resource development from a cross-border perspective and identifies the changing role of the human resource development professional. It considers the effect on the workplace of globalisation and culture, and highlights the strategic importance of human resource strategies and practices in the competitive global business environment. 

    Management of Organisational Change

    In today’s business environment, organisations are required to undergo changes almost constantly if they are to remain competitive. Managing organisational change is the process of planning and implementing change in organisations and minimising employee resistance and loss to the organisation while simultaneously maximising the effectiveness of the change effort.

    The aim of the specialisation in Management of Organisational Change is to provide students with skills, knowledge and attributes needed for the facilitation of organisational change. It is designed for all managers and consultants working in private, public or not-for-profit organisations by providing them with a foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as a set of skills they can draw on in their roles as agents for change.

    In this specialisation you will study subjects in the areas of organisational politics, culture and change management, management theory and practice, management of change and management of sustainable business.

    To assist you with your subject selection you can download the Master of Human Resource Management (with specialisations) course structure summary.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate

    The course comprises four subjects:
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources
    LAW515 Law of Employment

    Graduate Diploma

    The course comprises four subjects, in addition to the completion of the Graduate Certificate:
    HRM514 International HRM
    HRM534 Contemporary Issues in HRM
    HRM563 Developing Workforce Capabilities
    MGT540 Management of Change

    Master degree

    The Master degree comprises twelve subjects. Students complete the subjects required in the Graduate Certificate and the Graduate Diploma, then choose an additional four subjects. These four subjects provide students with the option of specialising in a particular area, or completing subjects across a range of specialisations. Additional electives (non specialisation) are also offered in order to provide students with a broad range of HR related subjects.

    1) Core subjects

    Group A:

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources
    LAW515 Law of EmploymentGraduate Diploma

    Upon completion of the above four subjects specified for the Graduate Certificate, students may elect to exit from the Master degree and graduate with the award Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management.

    Group B:
    HRM514 International HRM
    HRM534 Contemporary Issues in HRM
    HRM563 Developing Workforce Capabilities
    MGT540 Management of Change

    Students who have completed the eight subjects specified for completion of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma may elect to exit from the Master degree and graduate with the award Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management.

    2) Specialisations

    Management of Organisational Change

    HRM531 Organisational Politics
    MGT583 Managing for Sustainability
    MGT503 The Social and Economic Environment
    HRM552 Organisational Behaviour

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Management of Organisational Change) MHRM(MgtOrgChge).

    Employment Relations

    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    INR502 Industrial Relations Systems & Issues
    INR503 Industrial Relations Practice
    INR510 Comparative Labour Relations

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Employment Relations) MHRM(EmpRel).

    International Human Resource Management

    HRM516 International Management Behaviour
    HRM532 International Human Resource Development
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT530 International Business

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (International Human Resource Management) MHRM(IHRM).

    Conflict and Dispute Resolution

    HRM540 Theory of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Conflict and Dispute Resolution) MHRM(Conflict&DispResoln).

    Business Partnership

    ACC501 Business Accounting and Finance
    ECO501 Business Economics
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MKT501 Marketing Management

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Business Partnership) MHRM(BusPship).

    3) Restricted Electives

    Students who choose not to complete a specialisation can choose four subjects from:

    • any subjects listed in the specialisations, and / or
    • any subjects listed below

    HRM501 Labour Market Studies
    HRM507 Research Methods
    HRM512 Values and Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    HRM560 Training and Development Environment
    HRM561 Developing Training Capabilities
    MGT501 Management, Theory and Practice
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT536 Leadership - A Critical Perspective
    MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance
    MGT553 Project Management
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics
    PAD591 Public Sector Management

    Upon satisfactory completion of  the required twelve subjects, students graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management MHRM

    Enrolment pattern

    Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any pre-requisites.

    It is recommended that students complete HRM534 Contemporary Issues in HRM as their final core subject.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

  • Admission information

    For entry to the Master of Human Resource Management applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent).  Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience.  Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will then be eligible for admission to the Master Human Resource Management and receive credit for applicable subjects.


    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Free textbook - online students receive one free textbook per subject.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJBMH
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBMH

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

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  • About the School
    School of Management and Marketing

    The School of Management and Marketing is a multi-campus school with staff and students on each of the University’s main campuses: Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; and Wagga Wagga. The School also has many online students from across Australia as well as internationally located.

    Academic staff within the School teach and research in the discipline areas of Management and Marketing and many have extensive business and practical workplace experience that informs their teaching and research.

    We seek to nurture a culture of excellence in teaching, research and professional practice. With a strong focus on quality work-integrated learning and teaching, the School seeks to produce graduates who are highly knowledgeable, insightful, reflective, ethical and workplace capable. The School offers generalist business courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the Bachelor of Business Studies and the Master of Business Administration (with specialisations). We also offer specialist courses that build core knowledge and skills in particular discipline areas such as Management, Leadership, Organisational Change, Strategy, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Staff in the School are also actively engaged in research and higher degree supervision. Research from our marketing staff has been ranked as internationally significant by Excellence in Research Australia.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINKThis School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • Academic Writing Skills - SSS031 (intensive face-to-face weekend workshop only)
    • Transition to University Study - SSS021
    • Transition from TAFE / VET to University - SSS033
    • Writing at University - SSS022

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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