Is an MBA in Human Resources Worth It?

At DeVry, we think an MBA in human resources can absolutely be worth it if you want to deepen your understanding of the field, and eventually pursue a career in it. An MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources program can help you develop leadership skills to pursue a management-level career in HR, provide you with industry insight and add a high-level credential to your resume.

In this article, we'll explore some of the benefits of pursuing a human resources MBA and answer some frequently asked questions in the following sections:

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Benefits of Earning an MBA in Human Resources

An MBA in human resources is an educational milestone that can offer a number of potential benefits for your future career. Aside from helping you be able to consider job opportunities in either the business or human resource fields, here are just a few of the ways that earning this kind of graduate-level degree may prove beneficial to you:

  • Greater range of job opportunities: Earning a graduate degree like an MBA in Human Resources may help you be able to apply for job opportunities that list a graduate degree as a minimum application requirement. Earning an MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources may also help you pursue leadership or management-level roles, since the skills taught in this kind of program are designed to help prepare students to manage teams and lead them to achieve throughout their careers.
  • Potential for higher wages: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those whole hold a master's degree typically earn more than those who only hold a bachelor's degree. While an MBA in human resources does not guarantee you will make more money, earning a graduate-level degree may help you meet job requirements for higher-paying careers.
  • A sense of personal accomplishment: Earning a degree of any kind is a big deal. Beyond the sense of accomplishment that you’ll feel after earning a graduate degree like an MBA in Human Resources, you’ll feel proud that you took the time to expand your abilities, and learn some useful skills that you can put to work in a new career.
  • Add a credential to your resume: Earning a credential like an MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources can be a valuable addition to your resume. It may help you stand out when applying for positions and communicate to employers that you are dedicated to furthering your knowledge of HR concepts.

 

MBA in Human Resources FAQ

Can an MBA in Human Resources be Earned Online?

You can absolutely earn an MBA in Human resources online. At DeVry, we offer our MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources program 100% online or in an online/in-person hybrid model so that you can choose whichever method best aligns with your personal learning style. 

Earning an MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources online can be a great option if you have existing commitments that you need to maintain, such as a full-time job or family care. Because an online degree program allows you greater control over when you learn and study, it can empower you to further your education without having to put your life on hold.

How Much Does an MBA in Human Resources Cost to Complete?

The cost of an MBA in Human Resources program can vary greatly depending on the school you attend, and other factors like existing transfer credits, scholarships or financial aid. To get a sense of how much it might cost to earn an MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources at DeVry, visit our financial aid and tuition page.

What Will I Study in an MBA in Human Resources Program?

During your time in an MBA in Human Resources program, you'll study a wide range of human resources and business administration principles. In the MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources at DeVry, some of the topics you’ll cover include planning, staffing, rewarding and developing talent, communication skills, technology and strategic HR management. For more information about the skills taught in this program, check out our MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources program guide.

How Does an MBA with Specialization in Human Resources Differ from a Master’s in Human Resources?

In general terms, an MBA in Human Resources will teach you both high-level HR concepts along with business administration principles to help you prepare to pursue an HR career in a business environment, while a master's in human resources would primarily cover only HR concepts. Ultimately, it depends on whether or not a school you’re looking at includes human resources as part of their business school. 

Another difference is that typically, an MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources will just be listed as an MBA on your degree, while a master's in HR will be listed as a master's in human resources. However, you can — and should — list your MBA specialization on your resume.

At DeVry, an MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources program is one track option out of 10 specializations that you can choose as part of our MBA program. 

What are the Prerequisites for DeVry's MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources Program?

At DeVry, the prerequisites for admission into the MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources program include:

  • You must hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution 

  • You must demonstrate proficiency in math and verbal skills by either achieving an acceptable GMAT or GRE test score, submitting an acceptable Keller-administrated test score, or having an undergraduate GPA higher than 2.5 on a 4-point scale

  • You must show English language proficiency  

 

Other prerequisites may apply. For more information regarding our MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources program, please visit our graduate admissions page or contact us to speak to an Enrollment Advisor.

Earn an MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources at DeVry

Our MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources can help you take the first step in furthering your education and increasing your career potential. If you'd like to pursue a career in human resources and business, then this program may be a good fit for you.

Contact us today to be put in touch with one of our helpful Enrollment Advisors.

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