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Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management

A research-based program for human resource professionals

Modern human resource professionals have more responsibilities than ever. In fact, their work directly impacts a company’s culture, reputation, and overall success. Those seeking to grow in this field must not only understand the employment lifecycle but be able to support the needs of the business while managing an increasingly diversified workforce. Preparing for a leadership role in this complex environment requires a well-rounded education that is on pace with the needs of the industry today.

Critical skills to enhance your human resource career

Our Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management (PhD-HRM) degree is a research-based program designed to help students gain the expert-level knowledge to take on leadership positions in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. It offers students an even greater level of understanding of human resource theories and practices, including critical thinking and research skills. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to lead human resource management programs as well as contribute to the body of knowledge within the field.

This program covers foundational concepts along with the evolution of human resources into a role that enhances global business environments. Students will explore the concepts of extrinsic and intrinsic compensation, how to improve organizational effectiveness, and how to motivate diverse workforces. Other areas of focus include working within a unionized environment, legal issues impacting human resources, and how to improve diversity and inclusion. Additionally, students will develop the quantitative and qualitative research design and methodology.

Earn your human resource degree completely online

At Northcentral University, you can complete your Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management program online, when it fits into your schedule. We also have no GRE/GMAT requirements, no residency requirements, no group projects, and weekly start dates. This provides the flexibility you need to continue your education without putting your career on hold. Additionally, we provide a unique one-to-one learning model that offers you the personal guidance, attention, and support you need to succeed.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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
  • Acquire and manage talent
  • Manage and evaluate performances
  • Relate to employees

Career Potential*


  • Human resource manager or specialist
  • Postsecondary teacher
  • Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialist
  • Business partner
  • Manager
  • Director
  • Recruitment/placement specialist
  • Human resource employee relations manager
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Compensation analyst
  • Assistant professor of management (college and university professors, faculty members)

Work Settings

  • Public administration (Federal and State governmental agencies, VA, Forest Service Bureau of Prisons, Environmental Protection Agency, etc.)
  • Colleges and Universities seeking academic faculty members
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (Management consulting companies like Deloitte, Accenture, or government contractors offering consulting services)
  • Healthcare (Managed care providers, hospitals, medical facilities, residential care facilities)
  • Manufacturing (Aerospace, defense, biotech, pharma, and other large private sector corporations)
  • Large retailers like Amazon and Wayfair
  • Information Technology
  • Finance and insurance

*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at (Report viewed: 4/13/2022).

DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management: Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 60 Hours
Courses: 20 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 48 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One