DurationPart-time 2 years, Full-time 1.5 years or Part-time equivalent
Your global career in HR management
On completion of this degree, you will be well equipped to tackle common problems in the management of people across borders, in various legal and cultural contexts.
What you will learn in this degree
Examine human resource management issues in the context of global changes impacting on people in workplaces.
Study entirely online
The Master of Human Resource Management is also available via online delivery.
This degree focuses on a diverse global workforce. In particular, you will develop critical awareness of the legal, ethical, social, economic and environmental challenges and implications of HR strategy, operations, processes and decision making.
You will understand the application of HR practice within small and medium enterprises, including start-ups and entrepreneurial firms, and the public and not for profit sectors as well as multinational corporations.
This degree meets the needs of people with no previous formal HR qualifications who wish to enter the HR profession, as well as people with extensive experience who wish to update their knowledge of contemporary global thinking.
Your subjects may be offered during the day and late afternoon/early evening. Some advanced level workshops are offered over several days and/or weekends.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and group discussions. In addition you will have access to online and digital resources through myRMIT.
College of Business educational software, the Learning Hub, other online and digital resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.
Through myRMIT on-campus and online students can view online resources and learning activities created by lecturers, access course materials via Blackboard, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access their student email account.
Advisory boards consist of high-profile industry representatives who ensure links with industry standards and practice are reflected in the curriculum. Management practitioners, lecturers from industry, guest speakers and industry-relevant projects underpin the work-integrated learning components of this degree.
This Master's involves the use of authentic issues in the contemporary world of work to strengthen the links between theory and practice.
Study tours are a unique feature of the on-campus degree. You may be able to combine an overseas travel and cultural experience with coursework completed in intensive mode and have this credited towards your degree. Global intensives depart during the Australian summer or winter vacations and are usually undertaken in the final semester of the master degree.
If you are planning to include a study tour as part of your study, you are advised to check that you have the required number of student electives or credit points available.
- 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (with advanced standing)
- 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent (without advanced standing)
For further information about advanced standing see Credits and Masters exemptions.
Depending on your previous studies and experience you could also be eligible for credit towards your degree. Credit granted may reduce the amount of study you need to complete.
For more information please see RMIT’s credit transfer and recognition of prior learning policy.
- 1.5 years full-time (with advanced standing)
- 2 years full-time (without advanced standing)
The master degree comprises core and elective subjects.
- Case studies and interactive and experiential learning activities to help you develop the capacity to identify HR challenges, propose innovative solutions, and critically evaluate the impacts of HR decisions and practices in a variety enterprises and organisations.
- Demonstrate your ability to apply key concepts in the subjects Contemporary Issues in Strategic Human Resource Management and Professional Human Resource Management Practices.
Choose a program structure
Choose a program structure
Program code: MC263
Human Resource Management roles include diversity management, occupational health and safety, training and development, industrial relations roles as well as HR practice.
You may work in a range of industry sectors where your skills in contemporary business and HR practice, operational leadership, problem-solving, cross-cultural awareness and persuasive communication are required for the strategic management of people in a global context.
Roles might include diversity management, occupational health and safety, training and development, industrial relations roles as well as HR practice.
Course accreditation or membership offered by professional bodies signals to employers the quality and relevance of RMIT's courses and opens up career pathways and networks.
Professional bodies accredit or recognise courses as meeting professional and academic standards deemed to be essential for a new graduate entering into that profession. An accredited course will either enable the graduate to enter directly into a professional qualifications program or provide the graduate with exemptions or credit towards a post university professional qualification.
This type of accreditation is where a statutory body must approve a course of study in order for a graduate to practise in that profession.
Professional bodies or associations are representative organisations of professions that provide membership and other career development support to its members. Many professional bodies offer membership opportunities for students and new graduates with benefits such as career advice, networking within the profession and access to resources not available through the university. The aim of these benefits is to assist with your transition from university into the profession.
Master of Human Resource Management
Current course accreditations and information about membership and development opportunities for students and graduates.
Australian HR Institute (AHRI)
Course satisfies the standards defined by the AHRI HR Model of Excellence associated competencies and key practice areas for human resource managment professionals. (Accredited for course delivery in Melbourne and via RMIT Online.)
Membership and opportunities
- Students eligible for membership category: Student
- Graduates eligible for membership category: Graduate
- Graduates may be eligible for membership category: Professional Membership MAHRI or CAHRI depending on experience
- Graduates with requisite work experience eligible for direct entry into the Unit 4 Capstone: Applied Project in Organisational Capability of the AHRI Practising Certification (APC) Program and on completion awarded CPHR
- An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher level qualification, in a business (or related) discipline from a recognised tertiary institution; or
An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline and a minimum of three years full-time equivalent management experience*; or
- The RMIT Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management.
* Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV).
2 year duration
You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) or higher level qualification in any discipline.
1.5 year duration
You must have successfully completed:
An Australian Bachelor degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in Business (or a related discipline).
An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline and a minimum of three years full-time equivalent management experience*.
* Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV).
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
If you have completed an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher level qualification, in a business (or related) discipline from a recognised tertiary institution, you will receive exemptions from the four business enabling courses.
If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications you will be eligible for exemptions as detailed in the table below.
The masters exemptions listed indicate the maximum exemptions offered, including advanced standing and courses where content matches previous study.
|Qualification level||Masters exemptions offered||Remaining program duration*|
|Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) - any discipline and a minimum of three years full-time equivalent management experience||48 credit points (equivalent to one semester [6 months] of full-time study)||144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters [1.5 years] of full-time study)|
|Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) - business-related discipline||48 credit points (equivalent to one semester [6 months] of full-time study)||144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters [1.5 years] of full-time study)|
|Bachelor degree (Honours) (AQF level 8) - business-related discipline||48 credit points (equivalent to one semester [6 months] of full-time study)||144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters [1.5 years] of full-time study)|
|Graduate Certificate (AQF level 8) - in the same discipline||Up to 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters [1 year] of full-time study)||96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters [1 year] of full-time study)|
|Graduate Diploma (AQF level 8) - in the same discipline||Up to 120 credit points (equivalent to two-and-a-half semesters [1.5 years] of full-time study)||Up to 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters [1 year] of full-time study)|
|Master degree (AQF level 9) - business-related discipline||Up to 120 credit points (equivalent to two-and-a-half semesters [1.5 years] of full-time study)||Up to 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters [1 year] of full time study)|
* Duration indicated is the normal study duration; for some programs spring and summer semesters may be offered, reducing the study time.
If you have a major in a non-business discipline and do meet the management experience requirement, you will begin your studies at graduate certificate level. The graduate certificate provides an entry pathway that considers non-managerial work experience and tertiary studies other than in a business-related discipline.
Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management you will be admitted to the Master program, which requires the successful completion of further courses.
You may also be eligible for further credit. Learn more about eligibility for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.
Exemptions from this program will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
2022 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$32,640.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$42,240.
The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$85,440 (full 2 year program plan MC263).
For students who meet the entry requirements for the 1.5 years program (program plan MC263EXE), the total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$63,840.
If you do not meet the entry requirements, you will be offered a place in the full two year program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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