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HR Management degree program curriculum

Our HR Management degree program curriculum is designed to provide training in the most important facets of business administration including management, marketing, accounting, staffing and recruiting, and training and development. Through hands-on activities and research projects, you’ll graduate with advanced skills in project management, analytical decision making, and communication that will serve you well in a range of different industries.

Semester 1

MB600 - Orientation  

This non-credit orientation is a foundation-building experience that introduces and refreshes the skills necessary for success in your Master's Degree Program. You'll learn how to navigate ProQuest, Ashworth College's online library, and review the distinguishing characteristics of academic journals and other publications. Internet research skills are polished enabling you to identify credible and unbiased Web sites for your research. Emphasis is placed on submission requirements, project structures, and writing formats used throughout your coursework, and APA writing style. The final portion of this course provides you the opportunity to research and explore the various career fields in the world of Business Administration.

MB601 - Strategic Management  

Plan for increased productivity. Learn about the organization, its structure, and its relationship to the economic, political, and social environments surrounding it. Examine theories and guidelines for dealing with geopolitical events, consumer trends, and new developments in information technology. You'll study a model of strategic management using the "strategic audit" as an approach to addressing complex organization-wide issues.
Credit Hours: 3

MG641 - Marketing Management  

Discover how marketing serves as a foundation for making critical decisions related to identifying customers, delineating which needs to satisfy, developing products and services that satisfy these needs, setting prices, using appropriate communications, staging sales promotions, managing the sales force, selecting channels of distribution, maintaining funding and coordinating partnerships. Concepts presented are directed to the marketplace realities of the 21st century, including global marketing.
Credit Hours: 3

MA610 - Managerial Accounting  

Integrate accounting data into your decision-making process. Managerial accounting is an essential tool that enhances managers' abilities to make sound decisions. You'll examine concepts and procedures of managerial accounting from the user's viewpoint, how they are typically applied in real-world situations, and see the role they play in improving the decision-making process within all types of organizations. Also discussed are issues in cost basics, cost management systems, planning and control, and product costing.
Credit Hours: 3

MB661 - Leadership and Motivation  

Develop your leadership potential. Discover the qualities, talents, and vision that leaders need to survive and grow in a changing world. You'll examine how today's theories of leadership and motivation have evolved, and how leadership concepts and motivational techniques are applied in a wide variety of business environments. Case studies reveal how executives and other decision makers lead, motivate and succeed.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

MR601 - Survey of Human Resource Management  

Link human resource activities to business strategies. Examine specific management challenges faced by actual firms and the role of human resources. Learn about recruitment, employment planning and forecasting, testing, interviewing, training, organizing teams, appraising performance, compensation, financial incentives, benefits, labor relations, collective bargaining and more.
Credit Hours: 3

MF620 - Financial Statement Development and Analysis  

Use financial data to your advantage. Learn what financial disclosures contain and how they effect management decision-making, plus the principles and economic factors behind publicly reported disclosures, their limitations and constraints, and how to analyze them. You'll examine research methods and how they help you convert raw data into useful information that influences decisions about financial performance, wealth creation and economic valuation.
Credit Hours: 3

MR630 - Staffing and Recruiting  

In this course, the major challenges of recruiting and staffing in today’s labor market are discussed. The staffing function is presented to include modeling, strategies, job analysis, retention, and legal compliance. The major federal enactments that impact staffing decisions are explained. Both internal and external recruitment and selection are also reviewed, with key topics of measurement and decision making emphasized.
Credit Hours: 3

MR632 - Training and Development  

This course provides a comprehensive overview of training and development. Topics include: what training involves, the importance of training, the role training plays in attracting, motivating, promoting and retaining employees, how training helps a company gain a competitive advantage, the roles that the H.R. manager plays in training, training methods, needs assessment, instructional design, creating a training environment, how to evaluate a training program, the role that training plays in employee development, ethics and legal issues in training, diversity and cross-cultural training.
Credit Hours: 3

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Program description

The purpose of the MBA program is to provide a learning experience that students can readily transfer into everyday practice in their careers and businesses. Performance competency (skill- and knowledge-developing projects) and affective development (value-challenging experiences) are emphasized. Projects focus on enhancing the following skills: Internet, primary, and secondary research; software (MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project Management); creative; decision making; project and people management; analytical; synthesis; integrative; conceptual; and communication. The MBA program includes core courses in general functional areas and covers general management and administration skills that can be applied toward any field or industry. The program builds upon the core curriculum by focusing on advanced topics in business administration.

Program objectives

Graduates of the general MBA program will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Broaden the base of business administration knowledge, smoothing the transition from specialist to generalist.
  2. Utilize an expanded business vocabulary by exploring the functional and specialty areas of business.
  3. Conceptualize the impact of strategic decisions on various functional areas of business and evaluate business- and corporate-level strategies.
  4. Perform market segmentation, SWOT, and competitive analyses to take advantage of changes in the marketing environment and advances in technology.
  5. Apply cost management tools and techniques to managerial decision making.
  6. Develop overall leadership and team building skills to become a more effective change agent and achieve desired business outcomes.
  7. Analyze the various functions of a human resources department, and examine the interaction between the human resource department and other departments to develop and implement corporate strategy.
  8. Analyze the financial disclosures required to effectively evaluate a business and make appropriate strategic decisions.
  9. Evaluate the legal issues arising in the operation of a typical business and apply legal concepts in making and implementing business decisions.
  10. Examine the concepts of entrepreneurship and small business to include identifying new business opportunities; analyzing markets, customers, and product risks/benefits; developing marketing and financial plans.
  11. Strategically and functionally examine the development of a business from domestic to international, and evaluate the impact of diverse cultures on international business processes, strategies, and human resource management issues.
  12. Manage large and small business projects, to include developing timelines to guide completion, writing associated reports, and utilizing project management software.
  13. Evaluate ethical and legal issues relevant to the policies, practices, and management of employee behaviors and business operations in a competitive environment.
  14. Research and analyze the competitive environment of an industry, recommend product, business, and strategic positioning changes within the industry, and develop associated strategic plans.

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