Human Resources Management
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.
View 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
The Master of Business Administration requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. The MBA program includes 18 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen fundamental business skills. The next 9 credit hours in the program encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals and interests. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student’s degree program.
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.
Welcome to Changing Times - Business in the 21st Century
This course is designed to encourage students to understand and consider the impact of current trends such as globalization, sustainability, and technology on businesses. The subsequent core courses will provide a greater in-depth knowledge of business concepts and areas in an integrated fashion.
Managing People and Teams
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.
This course is a study of the skills and cognitive processes that managers utilize and the factors that influence effective business decisions in the global business environment. Students will learn practical problem-solving and critical thinking in their analysis of real-world business scenarios, selection of tools and techniques, and identification of problems, opportunities, and solutions. Students will also learn how information technology can provide effective decision support for complex business issues.
Managing Business Finances
In this course, students are introduced to procedures, process, and tools to effectively manage the business finances. Students will apply and practice these concepts in a wide range of simulated business and managerial situations. Topics include; Business and managerial economics, profit and loss, understanding financial reports, financial risk analysis, asset valuation, budgeting, managerial and financial accounting, financial ethics, and cost management. Students will practice using financial tools and case studies to aid in their analysis and financial decision-making.
This course is an introduction to the principles of operations management as they relate to business strategy. Students will learn how to manage business operations based on a global supply chain with diverse and geographically-dispersed suppliers and customers. Students will also examine how information systems can have a positive impact on operational productivity, competitiveness, automation of business processes, and electronic commerce.
Innovation and Marketing
In this project-based course, students will investigate and practice strategies for innovation and introduction of new ideas, products, and technologies to market. Students will practice assessing their customers' needs and tailoring strategies and tactics accordingly. An integrative approach builds marketing management upon business analysis, supply chain, operations, economics, and financial management. Students will set marketing goals and produce plans to reach those goals and measure their progress. Ethical, social, and legal aspects such as marketing to minors and false or deceptive practices will be examined.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course provides an overview of effective strategic planning formulation and correct application for use in real life situations. Students will develop skills in operational business strategies as well as being introduced to the entire strategic planning process
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: $773
- Per 3 credit course cost: $2,319
- Program cost: $23,190
- Average book cost per course: $110
- Application Fee: $0
- Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
- Registration Fee: $0
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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.
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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- No Physical Residency Requirements
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ACBSP Accredited Online MBA Degree Program
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.