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 business while managing an increasingly diversified workforce. Preparing for a leadership role in this complex environment requires a well-rounded education that is in pace with the needs of 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 they need to take on leadership positions in the private, public and non-profit sector. It offers students an even greater level 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 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 you 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

Career Potential*

  • Compensation and Benefits Managers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Human Resources Specialists
  • Labor Relations Specialists
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Business Teachers, Postsecondary
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully 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.

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