• The human resource management degree at Nazareth College is the only graduate program of its type in the Rochester area.
  • One of only two programs in upstate New York whose curriculum is approved by the Society for Human Resource Management as fully aligned with what HR graduate students should study.
  • Its rigorous curriculum was designed and stays relevant through a close partnership with the Nazareth College School of Business and Leadership's Human Resource Advisory Council, 20 senior human resource executives from leading employers in the region.


Evening classes


Traditional (on-campus), hybrid (half online), and online classes offered


Complete in as fast as 20 months full-time


Guest lecture series

Program is Ideal For

  • Human resource professionals who wish to advance in their careers and need a graduate degree to do so.
  • Career changers with a strong desire to enter the challenging and rewarding field of human resource management.

Curriculum Examples

  • Legal Environment of Human Resources
  • Talent Acquisition & Retention
  • HR Metrics and Analytics
  • Advanced Seminar in Human Resources Management

Value of Your degree

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs for human resource managers to grow 13% by 2022 as new companies form and organizations expand their operations.
  • Very strong competition can be expected for most positions; having a master's degree in the field makes you stand out.

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


Student's Perspective

"As a recruiter, I wanted to expand my breadth of HR knowledge and felt this degree was the best choice since it offered a 360 view of HR. The well-rounded knowledge I received helps me to be effective in my role as a strategic HR partner to the managers I support. I also gained a strong network of other HR professionals who I continue to connect with for benchmarking and idea sharing. The combination of the degree and my experience set me up for promotion to a senior recruiter. Attending Nazareth was a great decision!"

— Katie Scott '13G, senior talent management recruiter, ESL Federal Credit Union

What to Expect

  • Enhance your ability to lead your organization in attracting, retaining, and developing its human capital in an increasingly turbulent environment. Learn to effectively oversee HR programs ranging from compensation and compliance to organizational development and learning.
  • Learn to sustain productive work environments while balancing your employer's strategic and economic priorities.
  • Strong emphasis on peer learning and assignments that apply concepts to real applications ensure that you derive practical value for yourself and your organization.
  • This program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
  • Discounts for partners include National Human Resource Association (NHRA) members admitted to this program.
  • Learn from professors and peers, a diverse student population representing a range of organizations and sectors of the economy.
  • Apply concepts to practical applications that create value for the professional and the organization. Learn to use interventions, change initiatives, learning needs assessment, individualized training, career planning, leadership development, and problem-solving engagement.
  • Option to include an elective course to prepare for Professional in Human Resource Certification or Senior Professional in Human Resource Certification
  • Relevant courses, mentoring, and internships, supported by faculty and Nazareth's Human Resources Advisory Council — an engaged group of senior H.R. executives who provide ongoing support, guidance, and opportunities for this degree program.
  • Annual professional development and networking event for H.R. professionals is held at Nazareth and open to students in this degree program.

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Program Director

Albert C. Cabral

Albert C. Cabral

Program Director for Business Organization & Management, Human Resource Development and Human Resource Management Programs & Associate Professor of Management
Smyth Hall 147G

Education: M.B.A., Syracuse University; M.S. in career & human resource development from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Published and presented at the local and national levels on experiential learning, service learning, internships, and career decision making. Instrumental in developing the Experiential Education Academy for the National Society for Experiential Education and remains on NSEE’s Board of Directors. In 2010, Cabral received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor award from the National Academic Advisement Association. Professional management and career development experience from past roles includes directing internships for the college, working as a career services advisor for Rochester Works!, and serving as director of human resources for a mid-sized retail company.

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Professional Development

Nazareth College is recognized by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) to offer professional development credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, visit www.shrmcertification.org.