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Master of Business
Administration (MBA) in
Human Resource Management

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230K+ Alumni Worldwide


The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program prepares you for leadership and management positions in an ever-changing business environment. The program provides a conceptual understanding and practical application of essential business disciplines, including accounting, economics, data analysis, finance, management, and marketing. In addition, you’ll acquire the skills needed for effective team building, quantitative and qualitative decision-making, and creative problem-solving. To ensure the program meets your needs, you’ll be assigned to a faculty mentor to review your career objectives and provide course selection and specialization guidance.

The Human Resource Management (HRM) specialization prepares you to manage people, their needs, and their performance. Instruction and coursework focus on recruiting, selecting, training, evaluating, and compensating employees. You’ll explore changes in the workplace such as governmental regulations, global competition, developing technologies, and organizational transformations — and their influence on worker performance. With technical knowledge and practical skills for supporting a multicultural workforce, you’ll be ready to bring new ideas, effective tools, and leadership skills and manage an organization’s most valuable resource: its people.

Admission Requirements

In preparation for your Master of Business Administration studies, you need to complete the following two courses. These may be waived with the completion of the appropriate accounting, finance, and mathematics courses as a part of an undergraduate business degree at a regionally accredited university or if you score 80% or above on a challenge exam.

  • ACC 600 – Financial Accounting for MBAs
  • MNS 601 – Statistics for Business

Course Details

Required Courses

For the Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Human Resource Management, you must complete seven foundational courses, four specialization courses, and a capstone course.

Foundational Course Listings

Course Name

An in-depth examination of marketing environments and the impact marketing activities have on organizational operations. This course explores modern marketing problems and solutions from conceptual, legal, social, and ethical perspectives. It also discusses domestic and international frameworks for fundamental marketing functions, including marketing information systems and the use of advanced technologies in marketing decision-making.

An analysis of the global economical, political, and cultural factors affecting international businesses. Coursework provides an overview of international trade and investment theory, the pros and cons of protectionism, the global financial environment, and the role of the multinational corporation. Special emphasis is on international sourcing, marketing, and strategic management for global business.

This course presents a customer-oriented view of organizational operations. You’ll explore how strategic planning and operations deliver products and services to customers efficiently and effectively. Particular issues of focus will include quality, physical design, and systems management.

A study of information technology applications in large businesses and how these tools facilitate improved decision-making. Specific topics include the effective and efficient management of projects, inventory, and transportation. The course concludes with the evolution of logistics into the broader concept of supply chain management. You’ll focus on how enterprise-wide information systems enable cross-functional, interfirm collaboration that can produce new competitive advantages.

This course explores the accounting concepts and reporting techniques applied in management decision-making. You’ll study accounting data from real-world case studies and present the analysis, conclusions, and recommendations. Managerial accounting models and reporting techniques used by diverse enterprises in many countries will be examined, including cost accounting, the behavior of costs, budgeting, differential analysis, and responsibility accounting.

A study of pricing systems, market structures, and consumer theory as they apply to managers in decision-making environments. You’ll focus on using mathematical and economic tools to determine the optimal output, resource usage, and capacity planning with an organization.

In this course, you’ll explore the elements of corporate financial management through case studies and term projects. Topics of study include long-term financing sources, cost of capital, capital budgeting, dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and reorganization, the globalization of finance, ethical standards, information technology, and financial strategy.

This capstone course provides an opportunity to integrate and execute the knowledge acquired throughout the MBA program. Readings and lectures will illustrate strategic management theories and frameworks, while case discussions, experiential exercises, and team projects provide opportunities for application. An integral part of the course will involve preparing a comprehensive, written case analysis. The emphasis will be on developing, implementing, and analyzing organizational strategies and policies that impact a firm’s survival and success in a competitive global marketplace.

Specialization Courses

Course Name

A comprehensive analysis of the laws and regulations that impact human resource management. This course focuses on equal employment opportunities, affirmative action, health and safety, information privacy, and methods of liability prevention in employment matters. HR-related ethical considerations are part of the coursework, including employer use of power, organizational business practices, and safety concerns.

This course compares and evaluates human resource planning, organizing, directing, and monitoring. You’ll examine critical HR processes, including recruiting, selecting, placing, and integrating individuals within organizations. Emphasis will be on the selection process (testing and assessment of skills and traits that influence work performance), employee integration (employee development and career planning), outsourcing, and critical aspects of performance management.

A managerial-level survey of training theory and its practical applications. This course integrates training and development, organizational development, and career development in a business and management environment. You’ll learn the functions and duties of training and development; how to identify and assess training needs; training program design and development; delivery methods and means of instruction, and how to implement and evaluate training programs.

An overview of the latest human resource management technology and its impact on HR administration and organizational development. You’ll learn how automated systems can integrate and assess the fundamental aspects of wages and salaries, benefits administration, and employee rewards and incentives within modern organizations.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to the academic outcomes for all Master of Business Administration graduates, students completing the Human Resource Management specialization will learn to:

  • Complete a job analysis for a specific role for recruiting, selection, training, performance appraisal, and pay
  • Develop a recruiting plan and design a selection process for recruiting, interviewing, and selecting job candidates within an organization
  • Conduct a needs assessment and design a training program for employees on a specific topic related to organizational goals
  • Assess benefits relevant to the employee population and organizational structure, and formulate a compensation system based on merit, knowledge, and skill acquisition
  • Recognize, analyze, and effectively address ethical, legal, and safety challenges faced in the workplace and develop policies designed to prevent employer liability
Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.

All prospective students are advised to review employment, certification, and/or licensure requirements in their state, and to contact the certification/licensing body of the state and/or country where they intend to obtain certification/licensure to verify that these courses/programs qualify in that state/country, prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s/country’s policies and procedures relating to certification/licensure, as those policies are subject to change.

National University degrees do not guarantee employment or salary of any kind. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to review desired job positions to review degrees, education, and/or training required to apply for desired positions. Prospective students should monitor these positions as requirements, salary, and other relevant factors can change over time.