Master of Business Administration - Human Resource Management

Human resource management specialists are able to navigate the complex system of federal and state regulations to ensure that companies of every size are in full compliance with human resource and labor laws. CTU’s Master of Business Administration - Human Resource Management (MBA-HRM) degree program is designed to offer students the knowledge and expertise in this field. The program is also designed for students with a solid business background who want to concentrate specifically on the area of human resource management and advance their knowledge to assume leadership roles.

In addition to core coursework in management, the MBA-HRM curriculum also provides students with the most current development, operational and legal human resources concepts that may be applied to an array of industries. CTU’s MBA degree program was named a Tier One program among North American universities in 2015 by CEO Magazine, a publication of the International Graduate Forum.1 CTU’s online Master of Business Administration degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Programs for 2016 by U.S. News and World Report.1

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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  • Program Outline

    CTU’s Master of Business Administration - Human Resource Management degree program includes 48 total credit hours of required instruction. These include 32 hours of core classes and an additional 16 hours of concentration credits. In total, the MSM degree consists of:

    • Core Education: The core Master of Business Administration coursework provides a broad foundation of essential business administration concepts, theories and practices. Core education courses in the program include Applied Managerial Accounting, Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making, and Strategic Human Capital Management.
    • Concentration: Students who pursue the Human Resource Management degree will also complete 16 hours of coursework that specifically address a range of human resource strategies and concepts. Concentration courses in the MBA-HRM program include Operational Human Resource Management, Current Legal Issues in Human Resources Management, and Managing Organizational Development and Change.
    • Capstone: During the last quarter of the program students will complete a Management Capstone. This final project allows students to apply the skills learned in both core and concentration courses to a human resource management scenario relevant to their chosen industry.
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    Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    ACCT614Applied Managerial Accounting4
    ECON616Applied Managerial Economics4
    MGMT690Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments4
    FINC615Applied Managerial Finance4
    INTD670Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making4
    MGMT600Applied Managerial Decision-Making4
    HRMT620Strategic Human Capital Management4
    MKTG630Applied Managerial Marketing4
    Total Credit Hours:32
    Courses: Concentration
    HRMT645Operational Human Resource Management4
    HRMT650Current Legal Issues in Human Resource Management4
    HRMT655Managing Organizational Development and Change4
    MGMT655Management Capstone4
    Total Credit Hours:16

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

    Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that Colorado Technical University’s Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines, created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013, are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

    MBA Foundation Requirements

    The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid business background to succeed in some of the core MBA courses. Therefore the MBA requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core business disciplines to be successful.

    Students entering in the MBA program without an undergraduate degree in business will be required to successfully complete three MBA preparatory courses (MGMT501, MGMT502, and MGMT503) covering the following areas of business: accounting; economics; finance; marketing; statistics; management; business law; ethics; business policy; business strategy; information technology; operations management; and global leadership.

    If the student can show evidence of a GMAT score of 500 or above or has evidence of significant professional experience in all of the business discipline areas, the preparatory requirements may be waived. Students that can show evidence of successfully completed business law and business ethics courses may have the MGMT501 requirement waived. Students continuing from any of CTU’s non-business bachelor programs are exempt from MGMT501, but must complete the other MBA Foundation Requirements. The preparatory courses are also available to students with an undergraduate business degree who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas.

    MBA preparatory courses must be completed prior to respective MBA required courses that hold MGMT501, MGMT502, or MGMT503 as a prerequisite. Students who do not meet the MBA preparatory requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MBA program. Students must be able to exhibit proficiency by successfully completing the preparatory course with a minimum 70% passing score. If after 5 attempts (applies to each course separately) students do not pass the preparatory course, students are encouraged to work with the Student Advising department if they have questions regarding these preparatory courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.

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  • Outcomes

    Graduates of CTU’s Master of Business Administration -Human Resource Management program may be prepared to:

    • Synthesize ethics, leadership, strategy, critical thinking and reasoning skills in a business environment
    • Integrate professional applied research in order to validate and justify decision making
    • Formulate information in order to communicate effectively across the appropriate channels
    • Use appropriate technology to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in order to accomplish organizational goals and objectives
    • Combine the major functional areas of business administration including the critical skills necessary to solve business problems, individually and collaboratively
    • Develop change-agent skills, especially related to critical and creative thinking, regarding human resource management issues
    • Discuss the importance of strategic human resource planning and be able to participate in forecasting
    • Apply HR concepts, theories, and practices to address organizational HR challenges including ethical issues, diversity, affirmative action, and labor relations

    From privately-owned corporations to government entities to non-profit organizations, these degree competencies may be applied to wide range of industries. Students who complete the degree program may consider a number of different careers including:2

    • General Manager
    • Regional Director
    • Business Analyst
    • Business Development Manager
    • Program Manager
    • Administrative Director
    • Director of Sales

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2; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.