Human Resources Management

Master of Business Administration

The Human Resources Management specialization focuses on the interrelationships between an organization’s most important resources – its employees, its leadership, and the business organization in general. In this specialization, you will develop the skills to properly create, develop, mediate and maintain these interrelationships that are so important to the overall success of the organization. You will also examine labor relations, compensation and rewards, leadership and managing human resources on a global level. As a graduate, you will be prepared to compete for positions as an HR generalist or in one of the HR specialty areas, such as employee development, labor relations, recruitment and hiring, global human resources management or risk management.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that NCU’s Master of Business Administration/Human Resources Management specialization fully aligns with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Human Resources Management Career GuideView our Human Resources Management Career Guide to learn more about working and advancing in the human resources field, including information on networking, building a solid resume, certifications and continuing education, and national opportunities for HR professionals.

MBA Degree Requirements

 

An MBA in Business Administration requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor degree level. The MBA program includes 15 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen their fundamental business skills. The remaining 15 credit hours encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals. Students may also opt for a General Business specialization, electing 15 credit hours of cross-discipline courses. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student's degree program.

Students in the MBA program are required to demonstrate competency in the areas listed below:

  • Research - MBA students are required to show competency in writing skills for research purposes through their Northcentral University coursework.
  • Computer Competency - MBA students are required to use appropriate computer skills that are necessary in writing research papers. Students must be able to prepare documents using APA formatting and advanced word processing skills, such as the creation of title pages, abstracts, tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, and hanging indents.

 

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational and specialization requirements of each program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students' Academic Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Business Administration for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

Course Code

Name

Description

BTM5000 / BTM5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study in Business

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a MBA degree in Business. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

MGT5026 / MGT5026-8

Effective Managerial Communications

This course presents the basic theories, skills, and applications related to communications in an organizational setting from a manager's point of view. The course focuses on the consistent, logical process approach that can be used to solve many communication problems. The course also covers topics that are essential to contemporary business communications, including critical thinking, the Internet, the World Wide Web, email, and other technological communication tools. It also presents basic theories, skills, and applications required to effectively communicate in a complex organizational setting emphasizing a manager's point-of-view.

MGT5028 / MGT5028-8

Business Statistics

This course introduces the graduate student to the calculation, use, and interpretation of descriptive statistics and inferential statistical analysis. The emphasis of this course is on providing a working knowledge of basic statistical concepts and helping students to understand statistical methodologies used in business, and more generally, to develop a working knowledge of statistical usage in everyday life.

HRM5000 / HRM5000-8

Human Resource Management

Throughout this course, students will work to develop an understanding of and will focus on the management of human behavior in organizations for optimal organizational effectiveness as well as individual outcomes. Students will also examine human resource management in a global context. Theories of managing the dynamics of individual, group, and system relationships to achieve organizational goals are explored in detail.

MGT5019 / MGT5019-8

Ethics in Business

Ethics and social responsibility are terms frequently applied to businesses often in the context of describing the lack of them. Using a case study methodology, students in this course will explore the responsibilities of a business and the stakeholders to whom it is responsible. The course includes case study analyses of business law, labor laws, discrimination, and applications pertaining to affirmative action, conflicts of interest, honesty, and moral responsibility. Students will also investigate sexual harassment, social responsibility, government contracting, and workplace safety.

MBA Required Foundational Courses - 15 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

HRM5000-8

Human Resources Management

Throughout this course, students will work to develop an understanding of and will focus on the management of human behavior in organizations for optimal organizational effectiveness as well as individual outcomes. Students will also examine human resource management in a global context. Theories of managing the dynamics of individual, group, and system relationships to achieve organizational goals are explored in detail.

HRM5001-8

Recruitment and Human Resources Information Systems

This course presents a comprehensive staffing model that identifies all the key components of staffing, external influences, and staffing system management. Major areas covered are the model itself, external influences (economic laws and regulations), staffing strategy and planning, job analysis, measurement, external and internal recruitment, external and internal selection, decision making, the final match, retention and management of the staffing system. Emphasis is placed on staffing strategy and the importance of external selection in securing employees that will become productive members of the organization.

HRM5002-8

Compensation Issues in Human Resources Management

This course explores four strategic choices in managing compensation: concerns for internal consistency, external competitiveness, employee contributions, and administration. Each of these strategic decisions is examined in terms of the major compensation issues requiring resolution. The examination is made in the context of related theories, research, and state-of-the-art practices that can guide compensation decision making.

HRM5003-8

Labor Relations

In this course, students will examine the history and development of labor relations, the structure of union organizations, and the process of negotiations and contract administration. The course begins by establishing the present state of the labor movement and models the decision process that can be used to decide whether or not to participate in organizing a union. Also covered are the laws and regulations governing collective bargaining, impasse resolution, and contract administration. Students will conclude the course by examining global issues with regards to unionization and how international labor organization can affect a domestic company and its employees.

HRM5004-8

Supervisory Concepts and Practices

Through a blend of theory, practice, and skill development, this course explores the supervisory concepts and practices that are used by management in today's business environment. To operate successfully in this changing environment, organizations need supervisors with the managerial skills and creativity to turn uncertainty into opportunity. This course shows how to apply the principles of supervisory management to recognize and take advantage of those opportunities.

HRM5008-8

Legal Issues in Human Resources Management

This course considers the relationships between employers, employees and independent contractors; policies such as testing at-will; employment and termination; Civil Rights Act compliance; and other regulations such as OSHA and collective bargaining.

Specialization Courses - 12 credit hours, Select 4 from the following:

Course Code

Name

Course Description

HRM6010 / HRM6010-8

Human Resources Management Research Project

The student will conduct a research study of a topic within the academic discipline of Human Resources Management and document the results in a formal project report. The student will demonstrate the ability to identify a current human resource management issue and provide a solution, recommendation, or meaningful interpretation to the issue, whether it is a policy, program, legislation, or work place problem. The project report will include a critique or justification of the research effort based on the status of the issue under study and recommend a plan of action.

Required Specialization Signature Course: 3 credit hours

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $743
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,229
  • Program cost: $22,290
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Technology Fee: $0
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

MBA Tuition Cost Comparison

Total Program Tuition was calculated by taking the degree program’s maximum credits x cost per credit.  Degree programs used for this comparison are: NCU – MBA; Capella – MBA-Business Administration; University of Phoenix – MBA; Walden – MBA; Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University - MBA.  Institutions may charge additional degree program costs such as technology fees, resources fees and books.  NCU’s Total Program Tuition is inclusive of all fees and charges, except for books. All rates are subject to change. Total Program Tuition is based on information obtained from referenced institutions' websites on May 16th, 2014 and is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed.  

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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ACBSP Accredited Online MBA Degree Program

ACBSP Accredited

In addition to NCU’s regional accreditation from the HLC, our business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.