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MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources

Make the Business of People Your Career Focus

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

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. 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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Course Waivers at Keller

Master’s Advantage

Put your degree to work sooner!

fewer courses
fewer months
Up to
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Are you eligible?

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 prior learning credits1, you can earn your graduate degree with fewer courses, allowing you to put master’s degree to work for you even sooner.


Accelerated Schedule*
1 year
4 months
Average 10 credits per semester
2 years
8 months
Average 6 credits per semester


Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. With at least 9 credit hours*, of qualifying Prior Learning Credit and an accelerated schedule, you can earn your Master's Degree in as few as 1 year 4 months.

Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 2 years 8 months**.

*Accelerated schedule requires at least 9 credit hours of Prior Learning Credit. Assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in an average of 10 credit hours per semester and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks per 12-month period.

Normal schedule does not include breaks and assumes 3 semesters of year-round, full-time enrollment in an average of 6 credit hours per semester per 12-month period.

Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

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

  • Management Theory and Practices
    Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of enterprise-wide functions relevant in the global economy.
  • Collaboration
    Work collaboratively in a team environment. Coordinate and share information to achieve a common goal.
  • Problem-Solving
    Use business and management principles to problem-solve a variety of workplace challenges.
  • Technology
    Apply analytical tools and technology applications to develop analyses and solutions to address the needs of an organization and its stakeholders.
  • 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.
  • Strategic HR Management
    Synthesize the role of HR management and contribute to the progression and achievement of an organization’s strategic plan through partnership.
  • 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.

Accreditation and Recognition Matters

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


DeVry is proud to be accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Our Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation.


Our MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources is accredited2 by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Student Achievement
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 Graduate Certificate program are embedded within our MBA program with a Human Resources Specialization.3 Enrolling in this embedded option can allow you to earn a graduate certificate on the way to your master's.

Credit Hours*
Graduate Certificate
Credit Hours*

*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.


Career Opportunities in Human Resources

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.

Program Courses

MBA in Human Resources

Program Core
Essentials in Accounting, Finance and Economics
Financial Accounting: Managerial Use and Analysis
Business Economics
Corporate Finance
Applied Managerial Statistics
Strategic Business
Innovation through Technology
Strategic Marketing

One Human Resource Course Selection:

Managing Organizational Change
Strategic Human Resource Management
Negotiation Skills

One International Course Selection:

International Finance
Managing International Human Resources
Global Perspectives for International Business
Leadership and Technology
Organizational Structures and Business Processes

One Leadership Course Selection:

Digital Leadership
Leadership and Organizational Behavior

One Elective Course Selection:

Application of Business Analytics I
Negotiation Skills
Legal, Political and Ethical Dimensions of Business
Managerial Communication
AI Applications for Business
Project Management Systems
Human Resources Concentration

+ Choose three below:

Human Resources and Technology
Managing Organizational Change
Strategic Human Resource Management
Training and Development
Employment Law
Strategic Staffing
Negotiation Skills
MBA Capstone

^Students 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. See Course Waivers for details.

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.

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.

Academic Catalog
2023 - 2024 Academic Catalog
Course Waivers at Keller
Program Guides
Program overview

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.
2Conferral 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.
3Future programmatic changes could impact the ability to earn additional credentials en route to an eligible degree program. Refer to the academic catalog for details.