Master of Arts in Human Resource Management

Today’s organizations need profession-ready global leaders who can master rapidly changing markets, new technologies, workforce needs and government regulation. The MAHRM degree program is a Human Resources Certification Institution (HRCI) pre-approved provider, authorized to offer recertification course credit for already certified HR professionals (PHR, SPHR, GPHR). Graduates of the MAHRM program can find many options for rewarding careers across a wide array of industries and organizations.

  • Credentialed HR professionals work not only in traditional HR capacities but also in project management, consulting, training, compliance, safety and other areas of business.

  • In addition to the full-time positions, HPU MAHRM alumni are also sought out by the boards of national and international non-profit organizations.



Using a multidisciplinary approach, the MAHRM program at HPU:

  • Prepares graduate students for career positions as human resource generalists;
  • Readies returning students for promotion to senior-level positions; and 
  • Assists seasoned professionals as they transition to senior management roles.

MAHRM faculty members are excellent teachers and engaged mentors for all students. Our professors bring real-world experience and relevant knowledge from business and organizations around the United States and the world.

As a Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) Approved Provider, the MAHRM program at HPU is authorized to provide courses for recertification credit for HR professionals. We also assist graduate students and non-degree seeking students who are preparing for HR certification. The MAHRM program can provide you with options and flexibility to fulfill continuing education requirements.

Individuals wishing to apply to the MAHRM degree program at HPU, are required to submit the following:

International Applicants: the minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the MAHRM program is a TOEFL (IBT) overall score of 80 with a Writing Score of 25, or IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a Writing Score of 6.5

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Human Resource Management


Interview with HRM Student on Ethics in the Workplace

Professor of Human Resource Management Cheryl Crozier Garcia, Ph.D. interviews student Matthew Yetter during a ThinkTech Hawaii broadcast.

Hawai‘i Pacific University Professor of Human Resource Management Cheryl Crozier Garcia, Ph.D., said Hawaii is a unique place to teach HR.

"We here in Hawaii have unique opportunities to share about social justice, compassion, dignity, and respect," she said.  HR is not just about following regulations. "You need to keep in mind equity, equality, and fairness."

Compassion helps to bring things in focus in HR. Growing up in Hawaii, she knows that local culture values compassion. "I want to train the best HR students I can," she said. "Students need to connect to their own ethical standards and apply them."

Crozier Garcia is the program chair of the master’s degree program in Human Resource Management, in the College of Business. In class, she takes the lessons she's learned about compassion and social justice and shares them with students so they remember that workers are people, too.

Recent MAHRM grads enjoy rewarding careers at companies around the world, including:

  • British Petroleum

  • Cargolux—Luxembourg

  • Cirque du Soleil

  • Drexel University

  • Hawai‘i Pacific Health

  • Irish Dairy Board, USA

  • Japan Travel Bureau

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Morgan Stanley

  • Pacific Guardian Insurance

  • Proservice Hawai‘i

  • Public Library System, Huntsville, Alabama

  • TGS Canada

  • U.S. Marine Corps

  • U.S. Navy

  • Wharton School of Business

Success comes naturally to HPU MAHRM alumni, including:

  • Marie Joyce Del Rosario (‘06), PHR, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Catholic Charities Hawaii

  • Karin Voellmer-Brumbaugh (’04), PHR, Huntsville, Alabama Public Library System

  • Nadav Scheinbach (’01), TGS Canada

  • Maria Wiharto (’02), British Petroleum, Indonesia

  • Maggie Kanka (’06), Ph.D. Candidate, University of Vienna

  • Leila Abid (’02), Cargolux– Luxembourg

  • Kimberly Guyer, Ed.D. (’02), Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, School of Media and Communication, Temple University

For Information on How to Apply, contact:

Jasmine Kauhane

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

808-544-0232 |