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Online Master of Human Relations

The online Master of Human Relations (MHR) combines theoretical perspectives from social sciences, humanities and the world of work and service. With two specializations available, this degree gives you the knowledge and practical skills to work in careers related to human resources, leadership and talent management, general management and other human skills roles.

Benefits of the Online Master in Human Relations include:

  • Specialize your Degree
    OU’s MHR offers specializations in Inclusive Leadership, or Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice - so you can choose which option aligns with your passion and career goals.

  • Right Degree for Leading in Today’s World
    This program creates strong leaders that harness cultural differences, perspectives across age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds while adapting to constant change.

  • Accelerated, Fully Online Program
    Developed for working adults and delivered online, you can complete your coursework at your convenience in as little as 15 months.

  • Incredible Student Experience
    Gone are the days of the online student experience consisting of listening to recorded lectures and taking quizzes. OU’s graduate school experience is designed to mimic the collaborative on-campus program, while allowing the online flexibility.

  • Strong Career Growth
    You will be prepared to enter strong growth fields and apply for roles in Human Resources, Training and Development fields, as positions like Community Service Managers grow 13% over the next 10 years.


Inclusive Leadership

In the Inclusive Leadership concentration, you will learn to apply principles of inclusion as a lens to view relationships, processes, and interacting systems. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership competencies for understanding the interacting components of the organization’s systems, applying appropriate ethical frameworks for solving problems, identifying the pro-social and anti-social nature of organizational behaviors, and effectively implementing strategies that create and sustain intercultural awareness. Inclusive leaders espouse pro-diversity beliefs and behaviors; support an organizational culture of belongingness; recognize the unique value of the individual and the collective value of groups, and envision an organizational environment based on morality, impartiality, fairness, and respect. Students will learn fundamental theories of leadership and theories that are relevant to the study of human relations for practical application.

Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice

Students will learn to analyze structural inequality, identify societal problems, advocate for policy change, design programs as well as evaluate solutions and outcome-based assessments. Students will learn how to advocate for change in an ever-changing dynamic society. This emphasis is aimed at professionals in the field who seek to acquire the necessary skills, tools, and knowledge to advocate for diversity, equity, and justice in social policy and programming.

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