The Master of Business Administration/Human Resources Management program is designed to enhance the management skills students need to function effectively within an organization. Students will create and defend their solutions to problems of crisis management, profitable growth opportunities, and change leadership. Throughout the program, students gain experience in distilling a situation into a well-defined problem; applying tools and concepts to analyze a variety of alternative solutions; and selecting and defending their recommended course of action.

The Master of Business Administration program utilizes problem-based learning where students refine their problem-solving skills along with their communication, creativity, information utilization, and critical thinking skills. They are assessed on the basis of their use of the problem-solving process (which employs a general rubric) as well as their communication and critical thinking skills during their presentation.

In the MBA/HRM specialization, students will create complex business problem-solving scenarios drawing upon skills and competencies mastered during the program. Students will gain experience in distilling a situation into a well-defined business problem to exploit management-based opportunities for an organization of their choice. They will apply business tools and concepts to analyze a variety of alternative solutions and will receive feedback on the choices they make. They will defend their solutions and recommend a course of action and performance-based evaluation metrics for the business problem.

Learning teams will apply the principles of benchmarking throughout the program to research the most creative solutions to a business problem. This will enrich the alternatives that learners consider in evaluating possible solutions to the problems.

The MBA/HRM consists of 45 credit hours and includes three proficiency courses (MBA/501, MBA/502, MBA/503) which may be satisfied using undergraduate coursework. Students may also waive an additional nine credits using graduate courses and may qualify for a 27-credit hour residency.

Course #Course Title CreditsPrerequisite(s)
MBA/500Foundations of Problem-Based Learning3
Proficiency Courses
MBA/501Forces Influencing Business in the 21st Century3
MBA/502Managing the Business Enterprise3
MBA/503Introduction to Finance and Accounting3
Core Courses
MBA/520Transformational Leadership3 MBA/500
MBA/530Human Capital Development3 MBA/500
MBA/560Enterprise Risk3 MBA/500
MBA/510Managerial Decision Making3 MBA/500, MBA/501, MBA/502, MBA/503
MBA/540Maximizing Shareholder Wealth3 MBA/510
MBA/550Resource Optimization3 MBA/510
MBA/570Sustainable Customer Relationships3 MBA/510
MBA/580Strategies for Competitive Advantage3 MBA/510
MBA/590Strategic Implementation and Alignment3 MBA/500
Specialization Courses
MBAHR/591Human Resources Seminar in Problem Solving3 All previous 13 core courses (MBA/500-MBA/590) courses in the preferred sequence
MBAHR/592Human Resources Seminar in Decision Outcomes3 All previous 14 core courses (MBA/500-MBA/590) courses in the preferred sequence