Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management (PhD-HRM)
100% Online PhD-HRM
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Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management
Enhance global business environments with the 100% online Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management (PhD-HRM) degree program at National University. No GRE/GMAT required. You’ll gain the expert-level knowledge you need to take on leadership positions in the private, public, and non-profit sector. Through this comprehensive doctoral degree, you’ll deepen your understanding of human resource theories and practices, including critical thinking and research skills.
Advance Your Human Resource Career Completely Online
NU’s PhD-HRM program is centered on the evolution of human resources. You’ll explore extrinsic and intrinsic compensation concepts, how to improve organizational effectiveness, and how to motivate diverse workforces. You’ll also learn how to develop and apply quantitative and qualitative research designs and methodologies. Other focus areas in the PhD in Human Resource Management include working within a unionized environment, legal issues impacting human resources, and how to improve diversity and inclusion.
NU’s one-to-one learning model will provide you with the guidance, attention, and support you deserve throughout your doctoral education.
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Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management (PhD-HRM) program, you’ll be able to:
- Evaluate human resource theories, concepts, and scholarly research
- Recommend best practices in hiring, retaining, supporting, and motivating employees
- Determine the impact of employment laws in domestic and multinational organizations
- Contribute to the body of theory and practice in human resource management
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Finish Your Dissertation!
Dissertation Completion Pathway (DCP) is a 100% online pathway helping students “All But Dissertation” finish their doctoral degree.
- Block transfer of credit from your previous institution
- Flexible monthly start dates
- Highly trained faculty providing feedback each week on your dissertation
- Strategic support and targeted resources to help you finish
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Frequently Asked Questions
With a PhD in HR, you can pursue various career paths. These include academic positions such as teaching and conducting research in universities, research and development roles in government or private organizations, or leadership roles in HR departments in corporations or non-profit organizations.
Pursuing a PhD in HR depends on your career goals and interests. If you want to become a professor, researcher, or hold high-level positions in HR departments, a PhD from National University can be beneficial. It can also lead to higher salaries and job security.
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