MBA Concentration: Human Resource Management
**This concentration is no longer offered beginning with students entering in the 2011-2012 academic year.**
The Human Resource Management concentration is a comprehensive examination of the field of human resource management. It is both a broad and a detailed look at how the Human Resource department functions within an organization, whether that organization be for profit or not, public or private, educational or governmental. This concentration prepares students to serve as human resource professionals and, if the student chooses, to sit for the Society for Human Resource Management’s PHR and SPHR examinations and certifications. This concentration provides learning opportunities in the fields of human resource development, international human resource and labor relations, compensation management, and personnel law.
The MBA program consists of 15–19 semester hours of foundation courses in Phase I and 39 semester hours in Phases II–IV (depending upon the concentration). After reviewing the student’s transcripts at the time of admission, the MBA advisor determines the number of foundation courses a student must take.
Phase I: 15–19 Semester Hours (or Course-Equivalent Undergraduate Work)
Foundation courses give students the necessary background to begin Phase II of the program. Students must complete or be waived from the appropriate foundation courses before enrolling in Phase III course work, in accordance with the designated prerequisites for 6000-level courses. Once students enroll in the MBA program, they may not take undergraduate courses or CLEP or DSST exams to meet the Phase I degree plan requirements.
The Phase I requirements of the MBA program can be satisfied through provision of evidence of equivalent undergraduate course credit earned with a grade of C or higher, according to the following guidelines: (1) provision of evidence of three semester hours of credit for the equivalent course at the graduate level or (2) the passing of a CLEP or DSST exam in lieu of one or more undergraduate courses (see the Counseling and Consultation Center web page, http://think.stedwards.edu/academicsuccess/testcenter , or contact your advisor for more information about CLEP and DSST exams).
- ACCT 5301 Accounting Principles and Management (or six semester hours of accounting)
- BUSI 5304 Quantitative Methods for Managers (or three semester hours of statistics)
- ECON 5301 Economic Principles and Concepts (or two semester hours of microeconomics and two semester hours of macroeconomics)
- FINC 5301 Financial Concepts and Policies (or three semester hours of upper-division managerial finance or investments)
- MKTG 5301 Marketing Principles and Concepts (or three semester hours of marketing principles)
Phase II: 21–24 Semester Hours
Phase II of the MBA program includes the seven to eight required core courses for each area of concentration. These courses give the student the necessary knowledge base to address the more complex problems and theoretical constructs of the next phases of the program.
- ACCT 6315 Accounting for Managers
- BUSI 6303 Business Law and Ethics
- BUSI 6312 Managerial Communications
- FINC 6301 Financial Management
- MGMT 6305 Organizational and Operations Management
- MGMT 6307 Human Resource Management (SHRM)
- MKTG 6301 Marketing Management
Phase III: 12–15 Semester Hours
Phase III courses lead students to synthesize knowledge and to build their understanding of complex organizational systems that are necessary for sound decision making. Students combine required and elective courses in Phase III to broaden problem-solving skills and deepen knowledge in selected concentrations.
- MGMT 6308 Human Resource Development/Human Performance Improvement
- MGMT 6309 Personnel Law
- MGMT 6310 Compensation Management
Students must successfully complete two of the following options:
- MGMT 6302 Organizational Behavior
- MGMT 6311Global Human Resource Management and Labor Relations
- MGMT 6398 Special Topics — Human Resource, or three hours through the MGMT 6199/6299 Executive Seminar Series
Phase IV: 3 Semester Hours
Phase IV is the Capstone or seminar course that leads students to integrate their knowledge, skills and experience in a strategic management project. Working in teams, students complete a hands-on project that requires investigation and formulation of business strategies that determine the character, direction and success of private, nonprofit or public organizations.
- BUSI 6302 Business and Public Policy