Drive organizational change and performance as a strategic business partner.

The organizational context in which human resources operates has become more complex. This complexity results from diverse factors—including changing workforce demographics, evolving technology, and increasingly global operations. It requires a new approach to Human Capital Management (HCM) that combines traditional human resources skills with foundations to enhance HCM’s strategic role in driving business organizations.


of business and HR leaders rank organizational design as the most important human capital trend.

Source: Deloitte, Global Human Capital Trends Report (2016)


of CEOs are concerned about finding the right talent with the right skills.

Source: PwC, The Talent Challenge: Adapting to Growth (2014)


Columbia University’s Master of Science in Human Capital Management focuses on talent management and strategic business partnership, theoretical analysis, and targeted practical application through simulations and business case studies.

Coursework covers the full HCM traditional spectrum and beyond, including foundations of HCM and business partnerships, learning and development, and global talent management. Taught by world-class scholar-practitioner faculty, the curriculum is flexible, with a range of electives for focused study.

Program Features

Students will be prepared to:

  • Analyze issues and design organizational solutions informed by human capital and business strategy methodologies
  • Design and evaluate programs and initiatives that address diverse talent needs of an organization, including acquisition, development, and retention
  • Demonstrate leadership and communication skills necessary to build support and buy-in for human capital management initiatives
  • Leverage human capital analytics and technology to support decision making that advances the strategic goals of an organization
  • Partner with organizational leadership to leverage Human Capital Management initiatives for competitive advantage

Who Should Apply

  • Emerging professionals with 3 to 6 years of experience who want to enhance their skill set and solidify a career in managing human capital or in HR.
  • Individuals with 3 or more years of professional leadership experience.
  • The program may be suited for individuals experienced in a more technical role (such as finance) who want to transition to a leadership role in managing human capital.
  • In some cases, we will consider recent undergraduates who have relevant professional experience through an internship or volunteer work.

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