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Choose an MBA with a Human Resource Management concentration

Prepare for a career in Human Resources (HR) with Willamette MBA’s Human Resources concentration. Gain vital skills related to the unique processes and procedures of HR management and make connections that will benefit you for years to come. Our MBA with a concentration in Human Resources will prepare you for long-term success. 

MBA graduates have the opportunity to pursue a variety of career paths. Become an HR manager, recruiter, compensation and benefits specialist, talent manager, or consultant. HR professionals are in demand across industries, from healthcare and technology to finance and manufacturing. 

The HR function is essential and strategic in all industries. With the education and experience of a Willamette MBA, you can set yourself up for a career building effective and inclusive workforces.

Why choose Willamette's MBA human resource management concentration?

  • HR certification preparation

    Are you interested in a Professional in Human Resource Management (PHR) certification? Thinking of pursuing the Global Professional in Human Resource Management (GPHR) certification? Willamette offers study groups each year to prepare students for these exams. An MBA with a Human Resources concentration can give you the step up you need to excel in your HR career. 

  • Professional development

    At Willamette, we believe that real-world experiences are essential for success. That's why we allow students to take up to three internships for academic credit. This gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and build valuable connections while pursuing your degree.

  • Networking opportunities

    Join the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to connect with like-minded individuals, attend industry events, and access exclusive resources. Networking is a crucial aspect of career growth, and Willamette can provide ample opportunities for you to expand your circle. Students can also utilize career services to make connections and prepare for their next role.

  • Strategic focus

    Our graduate degree program places a strong emphasis on strategic HR management. Through specialized courses, students will learn more about HR strategies and how to excel in various management positions.

  • Course offerings

    Our curriculum includes a number of elective courses tailored to future HR employees. These courses cover vital HR topics and skills, ensuring you graduate with a well-rounded understanding of the field. Some of the elective human resources MBA courses you can choose from include:

    • GSM 6211 Managing Organizational Change
      • Delve into concepts and practices of planned organizational change and development. In this course, you'll learn about methods and strategies for change, diagnosis, intervention approaches, and more. It emphasizes the role of managers in designing and implementing organizational changes.
    • GSM 6236 - HR Principles and Practices
      • This course integrates critical HR competencies, personnel skills, and business knowledge. It covers three HR processes: acquiring and developing talent, managing the employment relationship, and strategic HRM. We will prepare you for an HR generalist role in an organizational setting.
    • GSM 6268 - Leadership
      • Effective leadership is crucial in HR roles. This course helps you better understand leadership in practical situations. Drawing from various disciplines, including organizational behavior, psychology, and behavioral economics, you'll explore decision-making, influence strategies, and more.
    • GSM 7251 - Internship (must be an internship in HR)
      • Apply educational knowledge to real-world experiences. See what it’s like to be a compensation and benefits manager. Try out being a training and development manager. Pursue internships to earn practical experience that advances your career path.

    Willamette is committed to educating students on the most current industry trends. Our MBA human resources courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in HR roles across diverse industries.

The benefits of a Willamette MBA

When you pursue an MBA with a Human Resources concentration at Willamette, you will set yourself up for success. Our program will prepare you for additional credentials, a variety of HR roles, and other leadership positions in the business world. Our faculty members have spent years honing their skills in HR. Connect with faculty to utilize their networks, learn more about experiences, and get deeper insights. 

At Willamette, you will find a community of mentors and peers invested in your success. With the support of on-campus resources and thriving alumni and professional networks, you will earn a degree with both immediate and long-term value. 

Explore your MBA in Human Resources

Willamette's master of business administration program is designed to provide meaningful experience that can be applied to the real world. With a human resource management concentration, you will gain skills vital to HR professionals.

Don’t miss the opportunity to invest in yourself and elevate your HR career. Contact the MBA admissions team today to learn more about the application process, admission requirements, and key dates. Start your journey toward a rewarding HR career with Willamette. 

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