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Krannert’s MSHRM program has a rich history. The school’s Master of Science in Industrial Relations program was established in 1958, and was refreshed and renamed as the Master of Science in Human Resource Management in 1985. Necessary changes have been made since to remain relevant and to prepare Krannert graduates to make an impact in HR. Current demand pointed to another refresh.

The program changes that go into effect with the Fall 2022 cohort provide our students with more flexibility and reflect Purdue University’s emphasis on affordability.

The degree program now requires 36 credit hours, down from 48. Those students who wish to take more classes can discuss this option with their academic advisor.

Students have the option of completing the program in 11 months (two semesters) or 18 months (three semesters). Those professionals in the earlier stage of their careers should expect to complete the program in three semesters, as this schedule allows time for a summer internship and participation in a Human Capital Consulting project.

Also, the cost of the MSHRM program has dropped from $33,612 to $30,564 for in-state students; from $63,260 to $39,950 for out-of-state students; and from $63,696 to $39,950 for international students.

The final large change is that students now have the option to take classes in-residence (one class, or three credit hours, can be taken online per semester) or in a hybrid format (25% of classes taken online).

Answer: Due to the holistic evaluation process used by the Admission Committee, it is difficult to evaluate your chances for admission without having received your completed application. Please refer to our Admissions requirements for more information regarding our admission philosophy, guidelines, and application procedures.

Answer: Please visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Answer:  It is in the applicant’s best interest to apply with the strongest application possible rather than rush to meet an early round. There will be seats available throughout all rounds; however, the earlier you apply the greater your opportunity to be considered for a financial award.

To review the application deadlines for the MSHRM program please visit the Admissions page.

Answer: Please see our Application Requirements and International Requirements page for an overview of necessary application materials.
Answer: All applicants are considered for scholarships during the admission review process. Therefore, there is no specific application process for these awards. The Admissions Office will notify you if you are a candidate for these awards. For more information, please visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page.
Answer: We prefer that recommenders be employers or past supervisors who are able to render an opinion on the basis of close, current, and sustained observation. Recommendations from friends, family members, acquaintances, and other sources unable to evaluate professional or academic qualifications for our full-time programs are not acceptable.
Answer: First and foremost, Krannert seeks to enroll students who are academically prepared for the rigor of a master’s degree in business. We strive to enroll students who will add to the rich variety and diversity of the Krannert learning environment.  We prefer applicants to have completed four years of full-time post-baccalaureate work, with a minimum of two years, prior to applying to the MSHRM program.  We will consider relevant practical experience in the form of internships, military experience, etc.  A limited number of strong applicants with less work experience will be considered and potentially offered admission.
Answer: The GMAT/GRE is not required for admission to the MS Human Resource Management program.
Answer: Though the GRE can be considered, the GMAT is preferred as it is a test specifically designed to evaluate a person’s ability to be successful in business school.
Answer: The Graduate School accepts all valid forms of English language assessment testing, including TOEFL and IELTS. Please refer here for test requirements.

Please note: English language assessment test scores are valid for a period of two years. If the test is expired, you will be required to retake an exam. The test must be valid at the time your application is under review by the Purdue University Graduate School.

Answer: You will need to use institution code 1631; however, no department code is necessary. Please refer to  for information on how report your official scores.
Answer: Yes. If you were born in a country where English is not the native language of that country, you will be required to provide an English language assessment test, regardless of the language of instruction.
Answer:  Only if you have obtained a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree within the past 36 months from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, in a country where English is the native language. In order to meet this requirement, receipt of degree must fall within the 36 month period when your documents are under review by the Krannert School of Management and the Purdue University Graduate School. Test scores expire on the first day of the month in which they were taken.
Answer: No. Please do not submit your application unless test scores are provided. It is strongly recommended that you submit only the scores you intend to have reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Applications will not begin the review process until all application materials (including payment, test scores, transcripts, and recommendations) are received by the Purdue Graduate Programs Admissions Office. The Admissions Committee requires that all test scores be received before applications can be reviewed.
Answer: No. Proof of financial support is only required of international students who receive a favorable admissions decision. Please do not include proof of financial support with your application. Upon an offer of admission, students will work with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) to demonstrate eligibility for a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019).
Answer: Please see the Tuition and Financial Aid page.
Answer: Yes, a video interview is required.
Answer: If requested to interview, you will be invited by an Admissions representative through email which will include details regarding the interview process. The majority of interviews will be conducted virtually, with video capability.
Answer:  The Krannert School of Management will waive the application fee for domestic applicants of its MSHRM program who are permanent legal residents of the United States and/or those applicants who have successfully completed a Purdue University or Purdue Global baccalaureate degree. By removing the barriers of the application fee for qualified domestic students it is our goal to make the transformative experience available at the Krannert School of Management more affordable and accessible.
Answer: No. Not for the MSHRM program. Our MS Accounting, MS Economics, and MS Global Supply Chain Management programs do offer Spring enrollment.
Answer: No. The Krannert Master’s programs do not accept transfer credits at any time.
Answer: No, not at this time.
Answer: No. All applications must be completed and submitted online. We do not provide or accept paper applications.
Answer: Currently this is not an option for students. We strive to have an admissions decision within 60 days from the submission of your application.
Answer: There are no specific courses required in order to apply.
Answer: Applicants are permitted to apply to one program per year. If reapplying, a new application must be completed in its entirety. To assess your competitiveness, please refer to our individual program pages. For further details regarding the reapplication process, please contact

Answer: Applicants are required to complete 3-5 video essay questions. This helps us get to know you a little better and gain insight that cannot be gained in a written application, A unique link to the KIRA platform is provided in the application portal once your application is submitted. Please plan to complete all components prior to your preferred application deadline in order to be considered for admission

Please Note: The online (KIRA) Video Essay can be accessed by logging in 24 hours after you submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed without the Video Interview.

Answer: No. The KIRA video essay is considered part of the application for admission; admissions interviews are separate and by invitation only.