Master of Arts in Management with an emphasis in
Human Resources (MAM-HR)

The Human Resources emphasis in the MA in Management program at Seattle Pacific University provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel as a professional in the human resources field.

The MAM-HR program enhances your past academic work and professional experience, preparing you to become more effective in current responsibilities or to open opportunities for new responsibilities. 

Who Should Pursue This Degree

If you are interested in human resources, and if you have a minimum of one year’s work experience after receiving your bachelor’s degree, SPU’s MA in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources (MAM-HR) is designed for you.

It is intended for HR professionals who recognize the need to develop and expand knowledge and expertise in HR, especially those seeking to enter the HR field or early career HR Specialists.


SPU’s School of Business, Government, and Economics is committed to providing an applied, experiential, and collaborative learning environment that integrates business competence and Christian character. As a student in the MAM-HR program, you learn to do the following: 

  • Provide values-based leadership to the management of human resources in organizations. 
  • Evaluate the effects of human resource management systems on organizations and personnel, with the specific aim of providing meaningful and creative work; respecting the dignity of persons; and acting with justice and integrity in relationships.
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of human resources management issues to real-world problems.
  • Communicate effectively, work in teams, use information technology, and self-assess personal abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.

“Another Way of Doing Business”

The MAM-HR program at SPU is built on an ethical foundation that offers a first-class business education through the lens of Christian faith and values. Among other things, you will take at least two ethics classes. And you will see that your professors integrate ethical issues throughout the curriculum.

The School of Business, Government, and Economics also operates the Center for Integrity in Business and publishes Ethix journal.

A Flexible Format

The MA program is responsive to the needs of working professionals, and courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate your work schedule. We're committed to keeping red tape, bureaucracy, and forms to a minimum. Classes are smaller, allowing you to get involved with your professors (no TAs) and fellow students in a cooperative and reciprocal learning environment. You can also personalize your degree through self-designed coursework to incorporate your real-time experience into program electives.

Mentor Program

To enhance your MA experience, we offer a Mentor Program that gives you access to more than 900 business people and professionals from a variety of companies, industries, roles, and levels of experience.

Mentors are available to meet with you one-on-one, as sources of information about their companies and as network resources for future contacts. You may participate with one mentor for one quarter or multiple mentors over multiple quarters.

Career Services

We offer a robust suite of career and professional development opportunities including career counseling, job-search coaching, résumé development, workshops and seminars, networking events, and mentoring through SBGE Career Services.

Program Outline

The program outline includes a description of program components and program schedule. The official degree requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted into this program.


What is required for admission to the MAM-HR program? Find information about admission requirements and procedures. The official admission requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you apply to this program. Additionally, for other questions, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) link.


MAM-HR: Our Mission

The MAM-HR program enables graduates to provide leadership in managing human resources in business, government, and civil society as impact-oriented, responsible professionals informed by a Christian perspective.

Open House

Graduate Programs Open House

Get the facts about our MBA, MS-IS, and MAM degrees at the next Graduate Programs Open House. You will have the chance to speak one-on-one with graduate program representatives, who will answer your questions and get you started in the right direction.

Open House and related events are listed on our Graduate Open House page.

Randy Franz

Why I Teach at SPU

Randal Franz, Associate Professor of Management; Joseph C. Hope Professor of Leadership and Ethics

"I love the students at SPU, and I want to be part of influencing the next generation of business leaders who will shape the world of commerce into a more just, humane, and sustainable system."