College of Education2015-2016

Department of Educational Psychology

Human Relations, Master of Education

This theoretically oriented plan is appropriate if you are in the business world, the military, or education-and are seeking advanced preparation in facilitating an understanding of human behavior and the learning process.


What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Human Relations?

Whether your career has taken you into business, the military, or education, the Human Relations master's degree can help you achieve an advanced understanding of human behavior and the learning process, as well as interpersonal communication skills.

Set in a diverse, rigorous, and collaborative atmosphere, you will study human development, personality theory and motivation, learning theory, multiculturalism and diversity awareness and the principles of behavioral change-all topics that are sure to help you thrive in your profession.

Note: This is a non-practitioner program that does not meet the requirements for guidance counselor certification. If you are interested in the MEd in Human Relations, you must apply and be accepted to the College of Education's program  in addition to being admitted to the university.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Human resources specialist
  • Mediator
  • Manager
  • Administrator

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement or essay 
Master's Requirements
  • Select two courses from (6 units):


    Select six (or more) units that comprise a graduate certificate offered through Northern Arizona University. Note: most certificate programs require 12 -15 credit hours. Certificate programs include:
    • Assistive Technology
    • Ethnic Studies
    • Interdisciplinary Disability Policy and Practice
    • Positive Behavior Support
    • Public Management
    • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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