Every business thrives on the people who work there, no matter how big or small. They make organizational goals possible, and having a skilled human resources department to serve as the advocate, oversight, and bridge between the individual employees and the organization as a whole is a vital component of the modern workplace. 

About Salem’s Online Human Resource Management MBA Degree

At Salem University, our MBA in Human Resource Management degree program provides graduate-level work focusing on the growing need for leaders in human resources who understand the necessity of connecting strategic business planning and goals with the human side of things, from staffing and recruiting, to diversity and training, to performance and policy. Earning your MBA degree can also ready you to pursue the next step of your education with a Doctor of Business Administration.

We’ve designed our master’s degree programs to be fully online, with a high-quality curriculum that aims to provide opportunities for professional growth and development; develop skills that allow you to conduct research and integrate theory and practice; and promote excellence in leadership, scholarship, work, and life. And we do all of this within a framework that fits into your current life and responsibilities with our unique, one-course-a-month schedule.

What Can I Do With an MBA in Human Resource Management?

An MBA with an emphasis in human resource management can help expand your career opportunities to include advanced and senior-level positions, like:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Senior Human Resources Consultant
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Director or Vice President of Human Resources
  • Communications Manager or Director of Communications

What Will I Learn in Salem’s Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management Program?

Our MBA — Human Resources Management degree prepares students to work in almost any industry, overseeing human resources departments and teams of specialists or providing consulting services to organizations of all sizes.  We tackle fundamental topics like management techniques, accounting principles, finance practices, communication tactics, and marketing strategies, and our curriculum includes case analysis, team projects, and oral and written presentations. All of this is brought together in a capstone course that lets you demonstrate your ability to combine what you’ve learned with a practical, ethical, and global perspective.

Your HR MBA courses will cover topics like:

  • How the cultural, political, and legal environment affects human resource management across national boundaries
  • Long-term human resource planning strategies to develop a well-trained, diverse workforce
  • How to identify, recruit, hire, and develop the right people for an organization, including performance evaluation and compensation
  • Labor and management relations, including dispute resolution, negotiation process and strategies, and mediation

What Human Resource Management MBA Classes Will I Take?

The Master of Business Administration degree program with a specialization in Human Resource Management requires the completion of 27 core semester credits that include:

  • ACC515 Accounting for Managers
  • BUS500 Applied Business Statistics
  • BUS698 Directed Readings and Research
  • BUS699 Enterprise Strategic Planning and Change Management
  • ECO570 Managerial Economics
  • FIN560 Financial Management
  • MKT530 Marketing Management
  • BUS554 Business Law
  • BUS600 Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Ethics

You’ll also take 9 credits in the human resource management specialization:

  • BUS671 Strategic Human Resource Planning and Ethics
  • BUS672 Talent Acquisition and Employee Development and Compensation
  • BUS670 Global Challenges of Communications and Human Resources Management


  • BUS673 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

How Long Will It Take to Get My MBA in Human Resource Management?

On average, a full-time student can earn their MBA degree with a specialization in Human Resource Management in about approximately 12 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. It’d be best to contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an MBA degree in Human Resource Management?

An MBA in Human Resource Management is a graduate-level program that combines business administration principles with specialized knowledge in managing human capital and workforce-related issues.

What career opportunities are available with an MBA in Human Resource Management?

Graduates can pursue roles such as HR manager, talent acquisition specialist, compensation and benefits manager, HR consultant, and organizational development manager.

Is work experience required before enrolling in an MBA program in Human Resource Management?

While some programs prefer applicants with work experience, others may accept individuals with a strong academic background and a demonstrated interest in HR.

What subjects are covered in the curriculum of an MBA in Human Resource Management?

The curriculum often includes courses in HR strategy, employee relations, talent management, compensation, organizational behavior, and labor law.

Are there practical components like internships or projects in the program?

Many programs offer practical components such as internships, consulting projects, and case studies to provide real-world HR experience.

Can I work while pursuing an MBA in Human Resource Management?

Yes, many MBA programs are designed for working professionals, offering flexible schedules and part-time options.

How long does it take to complete an MBA in Human Resource Management?

The duration varies, but full-time programs generally take around 1.5 to 2 years. Part-time options may extend the duration.

Why Should I Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at a time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or apply online. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.


This course is accredited by ACBSP.

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