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Human Resource Management

AIU® offers an industry-relevant MBA program with an in-depth specialization in Human Resource Management for students interested in learning about modern employment issues and the current trends and policies that affect personnel decisions in the modern corporate environment. Students can explore the interaction between strategy and human resources from a general managerial perspective.

Focus on Your Specific Area of Interest

By studying advanced topics in HR Management to complete the specialization requirements, you have an opportunity to learn a comprehensive core of business knowledge in addition to specialized knowledge and skills common to HR professionals.

  • Next Start Date

    October 5th, 2015

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  • Specialization Credits


  • Program Length

    11 MONTHS

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  • Successful completion of the MBA with a specialization in HR Management can provide students with an advanced level of industry-related knowledge and skills, including how to:

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    • Adapt and innovate to solve problems.
    • Develop plans to improve business operations.
    • Discuss the opportunities provided by technology for businesses.
    • Recognize and manage potential ethical and legal conflicts.
    • Communicate effectively in business situations.
    • Analyze problems in human resource management and develop solutions for these issues.
    • Formulate a human resource strategy for a given situation.
    • Develop human resource policies in accordance with federal laws and regulations.
    • Understand and discuss the rights and obligations of employees, managers, and employers.

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    The business administration degree programs at AIU are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

  • In this specialized curriculum, you can develop an understanding of how to attract qualified employees and match them to the right jobs, which is important for the success of any organization. You can also study how legal and ethical principles regarding recruitment, selection and planning processes are playing an increasingly significant role in the HR departments of all industries.

    This real-world specialization offers the opportunity for in-depth study, with half of your courses in your field of interest. It can help you develop an advanced, industry-specific knowledge base common in human resource management. For example:

    • In Leadership and Ethics for Managers, students can explore interactions between leaders, followers and situations. The course involves the consideration of opportunities and ethical challenges of leadership.
    • In Human Resource Strategy, the interaction between strategy and human resources from a general managerial perspective is studied. Students can examine the integration of human resources policies and practices with organization goals.
    • In Employment Law, students can examine Federal legal regulation of the hiring and firing process, wage and hour laws, occupational health and safety rules, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and connected topics.
    • In International Management and Leadership, students can focus on the role national culture plays in managing people and developing managerial systems at the international, multinational, and global level.


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  • Students who complete coursework in the Human Resource Management specialization program will be prepared upon graduation to assume not only basic roles in the human resources industry, but also to advance in the industry to leadership and managerial positions.

    Students study how legal and ethical principles regarding recruitment, selection and planning processes are playing an increasingly significant role in the HR departments of all industries. Coursework will also include the opportunity to apply this accumulated knowledge to industry based projects and scenarios, allowing students to gain experience and familiarity in the actual daily responsibilities of an individual with this career.

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