MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources

Focus Your Path on the Business of People

Show the business world that you’re passionate about employees with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Specialization in Human Resources. At DeVry University and our Keller Graduate School of Management, our online MBA Human Resources Specialization will immerse you in areas such as planning, staffing, rewarding and developing talent. You’ll also hone your presentation and corporate-level communication skills, which are key areas in this field.

Get to Know Our MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources

If you’re interested in pursuing your passion for human resources, our online MBA Human Resources Specialization may be the right choice for you. An MBA with a Human Resources Specialization will help you understand the essentials of cultivating an organization’s people and culture. You will develop an understanding of management theory and practices, employment law, strategic HR management and more. As you build up your HR skillset, you will also gain knowledge and experience in business communication, business management theory and business acumen.

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Master's Advantage: Put your Degree to work sooner! 3 fewer courses and 6 fewer months equals over $6800 in savings

Master's Advantage

If you’ve earned an undergraduate degree in business, technology or a degree with a technology specialization you may be eligible to waive up to three courses (or nine credit hours). We call this our Master’s Advantage. With these course waivers1, you can earn your graduate degree with fewer courses, allowing you to put master’s degree to work for you even sooner.

What You'll Learn

The Human Resources MBA Specialization from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management covers the following:

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    Management Theory and Practices

    Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of enterprise-wide functions relevant in the global economy.
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    Work collaboratively in a team environment. Coordinate and share information to achieve a common goal.
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    Problem Solving

    Use business and management principles to problem-solve a variety of workplace challenges.
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    Apply analytical tools and technology applications to develop analyses and solutions to address the needs of an organization and its stakeholders.
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    Human Resources Leadership

    Analyze and demonstrate an ability to implement and oversee middle to senior level Human Resource Management (HRM) functions, including change management, employment regulatory concerns and employee legal matters.
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    Strategic HR Management

    Synthesize the role of HR management and contribute to the progression and achievement of an organization’s strategic plan through partnership.
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    Performance Measurement

    Create metrics to analyze organizational performance and inform improvement initiatives and strategically design objectives resulting in the efficient use of technology, human capital, organizational culture, leadership, workforce planning and talent management.

Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Curious to learn how you can earn an additional credential with our unique 2-in-1 design? All courses in our online Human Resources Management certificate program are embedded within our MBA program with a Human Resources Specialization2. Enrolling in this embedded option can allow you to earn a graduate certificate on the way to your master's.

Accreditation Matters

Fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates

Our MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources is accredited* by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our MBA program with a Specialization Human Resources can consider careers in fields such as:

  • Employee Compensation

  • Employee Analysis

  • Employee management

  • Labor Relations

It's worth noting that while you may meet the application requirements for a job at one company, you may not meet them for all employers. Job titles are not standardized across the industry.

"Each and every professor I had was great they were fun and related well with the students."

Clevitta Scott MBA in Human Resources, 2015

Core Degree Courses

ACCT503 Financial Accounting: Managerial Use and Analysis
ECON545 Business Economics
FIN510 Corporate Finance
MGMT5913 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
MIS5404 Innovation through Technology
MKTG525 Strategic Marketing

Choose any 1

HRM5913 Strategic Human Resource Management
HRM587 Managing Organizational Change
HRM595 Negotiation Skills

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INTL500 Global Perspectives for International Business
FIN565 International Finance
HRM584 Managing International Human Resources

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MGMT520 Legal, Political and Ethical Dimensions of Business
MGMT550 Managerial Communication

Program-Specific Courses

HRM5303 Human Resources and Technology
HRM5873 Managing Organizational Change
HRM5933 Employment Law

General Degree Courses

ACCT5003,4 Essentials in Accounting, Finance and Economics
MATH5344 Applied Managerial Statistics
MGMT5014 Organizational Structures and Business Processes


MGMT601 MBA Capstone

3Earn your master’s and get a graduate certificate along the way. These six courses make up the Human Resources Graduate Certificate, which is embedded in this program, allowing you to leave with two credentials in one.
4Students who hold an undergraduate business degree, a technology degree or a degree with a technology specialization may be eligible to waive up to three courses (nine credit hours). Students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may also be eligible to waive select courses upon review of their undergraduate transcript. Course waiver availability varies by location. For more information, please refer to the Course Waiver section of the Keller academic catalog.

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FAQs: MBA in Human Resources (HR)

What is an MBA in Human Resources?

An MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources is a graduate-level degree that includes human resources courses in addition to more generalized business courses. It can be a great way to hone your business skills while still specializing in a particular area of interest.

Is an MBA in Human Resources worth it?

There are many reasons why an MBA in Human Resources can be worth earning! If you’re interested in working in HR, this can be a great way to advance your core business knowledge while growing your human resources skillset. It may also help you meet the requirements to pursue a wider variety of job opportunities, depending on the type of organization you’d like to work for and the area in which you live.

How long does it take to earn an MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources?

At DeVry, earning an MBA with a Human Resources Specialization can take an estimated 2 years and 8 months, or even less time with qualifying transfer credits*.

What can I do with an MBA in Human Resources?

If you’re wondering what you can do with an MBA with a Specialization in HR, you’ll be pleased to know there are a range of jobs to consider under the human resources umbrella.. Some of the areas that professionals with an MBA in Human Resources may consider include:

  • Employee Compensation
  • Employee Analysis
  • Employee Management
  • Labor Relations

MBA in Human Resources vs. Master’s in Human Resources

The primary difference between an MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources and a Master's in Human Resources is the courses you’ll take. An MBA in Human Resources will contain a blend of business and HR courses and will be indicated as a business degree on your diploma. A Master's in HR focuses more exclusively on HR courses and is indicated as a degree in Human Resources on your diploma. To determine which program may be the best fit for you, consider your career goals, interests and the types of roles you may wish to pursue.

Related Programs

Programs vary by location. For specific program details for Pennsylvania, refer to:
Pennsylvania catalog
Coursework - MBA in Human Resources for Pennsylvania residents
Conferral and Assessment Data - Available for all of DeVry and Keller's ACBSP accredited programs. *For a full list of DeVry University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by ACBSP, please see the Accreditation page.
1Eligibility and application of course waivers varies based on the type of course waiver credit earned, the student’s enrolled location and/or the student’s state of residence. For more information, please refer to the Course Waiver section of the Keller academic catalog.
2For the Human Resources Management certificate program, every course counts towards the MBA with Human Resources Specialization program. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.
*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.