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Online Master of Human Relations: Diversity, Equity, & Strategic Impact | University of Oklahoma Online





Put Theory Into Practice

The OU Online Master of Human Relations (MHR) combines theoretical perspectives from social sciences, humanities, and work and service. The Diversity, Equity, and Strategic Impact concentration provides students with skills that are essential to promote structural change. This emphasis is aimed at professionals seeking the necessary skills, tools, and knowledge to advocate for others in social policy and programming.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring

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Benefits of the Human Relations Master's Degree

Jump Start Your Career

Become a strong leader with an advanced understanding of organizational studies and human relations theory who can harness cultural differences and gather perspectives from across age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds to affect positive change.

Make an Impact

The MHR: Diversity, Equity, and Strategic Impact program will allow you to embark on a successful career in the private sector, human services, nonprofit organizations, education, government, military, and a multitude of other businesses and work settings.

Flexible Format

Learn in a flexible, online program designed for working adults. You’ll engage in discussions with professors and fellow students while you learn skills essential to advocate for others in social policy and programming.


OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation*


OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more*


OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field*

*Source: OU Online Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2023

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Pursue Your Human Relations Master's Degree

Take the next step in your career with a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for fall, spring, and summer sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

The online Master of Human Relations (MHR) can be completed in as little as 15 months. Our evidence-based curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach, applying research and theory. The program includes core human relations courses and courses specific to the Diversity, Equity, and Strategic Impact specialization. Courses are sequential, and students build upon what they learn and apply knowledge to subsequent courses in the program.

This specialization is aimed at professionals who seek to acquire the necessary skills, tools, and knowledge to advocate for diversity, equity, and justice in social policy and programming. Students will gain skills that are essential to promote structural change. 

Students will learn how to: 

  • Understand the variability of differences when it comes to bias, discrimination, and social injustice
  • Analyze structural inequality, identify societal problems, advocate for policy change, design programs, and evaluate solutions and outcome-based assessments.
  • Advocate for change in an ever-changing, dynamic society.

Course Sequence

  •     Graduate Research and Writing
  •     Current Problems in Human Relations
  •     Research in Human Relations - Quantitative
  •     Theoretical Foundations in Human Relations
  •     Research in Human Relations - Qualitative
  •     Social Change and the Law
  •     Diversity and Justice
  •     Policy, Program & Practice
  •     Program Training and Development
  •     Strategies for Social Change
  •     Program Assessment and Evaluation
  •     Program Capstone

How to Apply

Admission to the online Master of Human Relations (MHR) program is selective. Those interested in the program should have a competitive undergraduate GPA. Additional admissions factors may include work or service experience, demonstrated leadership potential, exceptional talents or skills, trends, or academic and undergraduate school performance improvement.

To apply for the online MHR program, students must:

  • Complete the online application at
  • Submit a current resume or CV
  • Provide official college transcripts from all institutions
  • Submit a personal statement
  • International students must demonstrate English proficiency

Applicants may be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), depending on their work experience and prior education. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed individually.

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form below, and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

Graduate tuition waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs. OU Online programs qualify for the OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver & Fee Exemption, and we encourage you to check your eligibility.  

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If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please get in touch with the Online Aid office by emailing or calling 405-325-2929.

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Same Academic

Like every OU Online program, the Master of Human Relations is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.  

An Investment in Your Future

Earning a Master of Human Relations from OU Online gives you the skills to succeed in a growing and evolving field. It also gives you access to career support and an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community. Stand out where the industry is moving while enjoying the potential for higher pay, career advancement, and new opportunities.

Tuition and fees for the program are $26,994 ($818 per credit hour). Books and additional materials are not included.

Once accepted into the program, students must submit a $350 nonrefundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class. There is no application fee for this degree.

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Why OU Online?

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Our Online Programs

Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

Our OU Family

When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.

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