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Choose an MBA in Human Resource Management

Are you looking to advance your career in Human Resources (HR) and take your expertise to the next level? Willamette University offers a specialized program so that you can gain skills to excel in HR processes and procedures. Our MBA with a concentration in Human Resources program will prepare you for success.

MBA graduates can pursue a variety of roles. Become an HR manager, recruiter, compensation and benefits specialist, talent development manager, or organizational development consultant. HR professionals are in demand across industries, from healthcare and technology to finance and manufacturing. With the right business education and work experience, you can excel in building and managing effective, inclusive, and motivated workforces.

Why choose Willamette's MBA in HR?

  • Certification Preparation
    Are you interested in a Professional in Human Resource Management (PHR) certification? Eager to pass the Global Professional in Human Resource Management (GPHR) certification? Willamette offers study groups each year to help you succeed in these exams. Consider an MBA in HR program to ensure you're well-prepared to excel in your HR career.
  • Professional development
    At Willamette, we believe that real-world experiences are essential for success. That's why we offer an internship requirement (GSM 7251 - Internship) specifically tailored to HR students. Gain hands-on experience and build valuable connections in the HR industry through available HR concentration courses.
  • 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 professional circle. Students can also utilize career management 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 management courses, students will learn more about management strategies. Refine your management positions through our human resource management concentration.
  • Course offerings

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

    • GSM 6211 Managing Organizational Change
      • This course delves into concepts and practices of planned organizational change and development. You'll learn about methods and strategies for change, organizational 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 6249 - Project Management
      • This course explores project management. Expect to discuss components such as integration, scope, time, cost, quality management, human resources, communication, risk management, and procurement management. You'll learn to initiate and manage projects efficiently, with a focus on both traditional and agile methodologies.
    • 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. Experience what its like to be a compensation and benefits manager. Get real-life experience as a training and development manager. Pursue internships to earn real-world experience that advances your career path.

    Willamette University ensures students have the knowledge and skills essential for thriving in HR roles across diverse industries. Our MBA in HR offers a variety of elective courses to ensure graduates are prepared for the future.

An MBA with a Human Resources Concentration

Willamette's MBA with a concentration in Human Resources program equips you with the knowledge and skills to excel in HR management. With a focus on strategic management, certification preparation, networking opportunities, and hands-on experiences, shape your successful HR career with Willamette.

Don't miss the chance to join our program and elevate your future in Human Resources. Contact our admissions team today to start your journey toward a rewarding HR career with Willamette University.

Explore your MBA in Human Resources

Pursue an MBA in Human Resources with Willamette University. Our program will prepare you for additional certifications, HR roles, or even leadership positions within HR. Our faculty members have spent years honing their skills in HR. Connect with faculty to utilize their networks, learn more about experiences, and even get deeper insights.

Don't miss the opportunity to elevate your HR career. At Willamette, we're dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and shape a brighter future in HR. Enroll with our school of management to find the right opportunity in human resources.

If you're ready to take the next step in your HR career, explore our MBA program. Contact our admissions team to learn more about the application process, admission requirements, and key dates.

Apply to our MBA in HR

Willamette University

Early Career and Career Change MBA

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.