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Master of Business Administration – Human Resources

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a highly valued degree in the business world. USU’s MBA program combines business theory with practical skills that students can apply in their jobs on a daily basis. USU MBA students will gain a deep understanding of the functional areas of a business including finance and accounting, marketing, human resources and information technology. MBA students will develop leadership skills through courses in organizational behavior, business law and ethics, international/global management, strategic planning and organizational change and innovation. The MBA curriculum also teaches critical thinking and problem solving, project management, communication, teamwork and ethics.

USU’s MBA program provides working adults the opportunity to earn an advanced degree without interrupting their careers – or commute to classes. All MBA courses are offered both online and on-campus, providing students with the flexibility to attend a course anytime – and anywhere. Class participation is required, which allows students the opportunity to interact with and learn from the USU faculty and each other. The MBA program offers a flexible curriculum designed to maximize the amount of transfer credits that can be counted towards their degree.

 

Tuition Rate:
$12,420 (including fees)
Monthly Payment Plan:
$325 per month for 38 months

For International Student pricing, please consult with your enrollment advisor on all of our MBA programs ‘Tuition & Cost’.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Individuals wishing to enroll in the Masters of Business Administration degree program must apply and be admitted to the University. All admission materials must be submitted directly to the admissions office by the application deadline (if applicable). An application to USU includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Complete and submit an application for admission,
  • Applicants must submit their official transcripts from the bachelor degree-awarding institution, and any post-bachelor degree institution(s); Programs with undergraduate prerequisites require official transcripts from the originating institution(s). Foreign transcripts must be evaluated and translated, if applicable, by an acceptable evaluating agency.
    • A member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
    • A member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE)
    • Nursing applicants may use the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Meet any program specific entrance requirements. See program specific admissions requirements.
  • Complete an Enrollment Agreement.
TUITION & COST

Per Credit: $325
Estimated Tuition: $12,420 (including fees)*
Monthly Payment Plan: $325/month for 38 months

*Rate effective for students accepted on or after January 15th, 2018.

COMPLETION TIME

3 semesters/12-16 months

*Dependent on course load

United States University’s MBA concentration in Human Resource Management (HRM) is a combination of essential competencies organized to support the success of business leaders and managers.  The learning design explores the critical relationship between HR strategy and business success. Each course provides both a conceptual framework for the rich content and practical application for today’s rapidly changing workplace.

Rooted in best practices and emerging trends, the concentration facilitates a deeper understanding of the value of attracting and retaining top talent, the importance of total compensation and reward programs, and the criticality of managing organizational behavior that fosters a collaborative, high performance culture.

Across the concentration curriculum, students have the opportunity to identify ways to partner with organizational leadership to turn HRM concepts into innovative, implementable organizational strategy.  The courses are designed to facilitate community learning through creative collaborative assignments, develop a deeper understanding and ways to work with an increasingly diverse, global workforce in a technology driven workplace.  

The HRM concentration faculty are scholar-practitioners with tremendous experience working in human resources and consulting to business leaders a broad range of start-up to very large domestic and global organizations.

Master of Business Administration - Human Resources Total
36

Core Courses

ACT 514: Managerial Accounting

Use of accounting data in corporate planning and control. Cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, pricing decisions and cost data, transfer pricing, activity-based management, performance measures, and standard costing.

3 Credits

BUS 500: Business Information Systems

This course emphasizes the business and organizational aspects of Information Systems (IS) to provide a competitive advantage, combining the knowledge of business technology. The course includes important topics related to IS, such as Foundations of IS, Data Analytics and Information Management, Enterprise Architecture, Systems Analysis and Design, Knowledge Management and the types of IT Infrastructure used in organizations.

3 Credits

BUS 505: Operations Management and Decision Models

This core course focuses on levers for structuring, managing, and improving a firm’s recurring business operations processes to achieve competitive advantage in customer responsiveness, price, quality, and variety of products and services. Critical to effective management of operations is the ability to model decisions.  Successful decision making requires the ability to structure complex problems, critically analyze options in a constantly changing world of work, and making the best decision given the information available. Students learn how to evaluate and apply analytical tools including optimization, simulation, and decision trees to examine and implement managerial decision models. Business applications include resource allocation, risk analysis and sequential decision-making through time.

3 Credits

BUS 544: Business Economics

Basic microeconomic principles used by firms, including supply and demand, elasticities, costs, productivity, pricing, market structure and competitive implications of alternative market structures. Market failures and government intervention. Public policy processes affecting business operations.

3 Credits

FIN 510: Financial Management

The financial management of an organization is critical to its long-term viability. In this course students are introduced to financial management concepts. Students will develop graduate level math skills and learn how financial analysis is used to make decisions. Topics covered include: ratio analysis, risk assessment, ROI, cost of capital, and the time value of money.

3 Credits

MKT 506: Marketing Strategy

The primary responsibility of marketing management is to create a mutually beneficial exchange between a company and its customers and to sustain that exchange in a competitive marketplace. This course provides the opportunity for an in-depth review and analysis of the latest theories from psychology and behavioral decision-making, economics and industrial organization, statistics and management science that make up the basis of any marketing strategy that drives this mutually beneficial exchange. Building on the foundational concepts of marketing, students gain increased knowledge on the evolving field of practice related to all areas of organizational marketing.

3 Credits

MGT 504: Talent Acquisition, Performance, and Behavior

In this course, students will study the changing role of the Human Resources function, and the impact this change is having on organizations. In addition, students will analyze current trends students will analyze current trends and issues facing the Human Resource professional, and the skills that will be required to be successful.

3 Credits

MGT 599: Capstone

This is the final course in the MBA program. It is designed to have students demonstrate their understanding through a culminating experience promoting synthesis and application of business concepts and theories from all of their coursework. The United States University MBA core provides students with the essential foundation to build their business mastery: accounting and finance, talent acquisition and development, economics, marketing, operations, information systems, and business policy. The learning experience across the curriculum included principles and application of strategy and execution, ethical and legal considerations in the workplace, diversity, and change management.

3 Credits

Concentration Courses - Human Resources

HRM 502: Attracting and Retaining Talent

Attracting and retaining talent with today’s workforce takes a combination of experience, tenacity and knowledge of evolving social psychology with a multi-generation workforce. This course examines how Human Resources partners with senior management to develop and implement strategic talent planning initiatives.  Other essential topics within the discipline are examined, including: social media (recruiting and use in the workplace), employee on-boarding, culture development and change, and compensation implications on the employment lifecycle.

3 Credits

HRM 503: Executive Seminar: Human Resources Trends and Emerging Practices

This course takes a just-in-time look at the essential role Human Resources plays in supporting, guiding and leading organization development and planning initiatives.  In today’s rapidly changing marketplace, it is more important than ever that Human Resources quickly assess and accurately guide organizational leadership when responding to trends and emerging practices related to globalization, employment law and regulations, safety, decentralized and remote workers, workforce diversity, changing skill requirements, designing innovative initiatives, the contingent workforce, negotiation and conflict, employee relations, and financial readiness.

 

3 Credits

HRM 504: Human Resource Analytics: Managing Total Rewards Compensation

Human resources (HR) data analytics are a critical part of developing strategic business decisions. This course provides practical application of Human Resource analytics and how they add value to organizational decision making. Examines resources that enable alignment with the organization’s mission and goals with key metrics and benchmarks. Explores a set of techniques that support organizing, analyzing, and presenting Human Resource data in a compelling way. The course includes how to examine and explore a total-rewards view to compensation that aligns with their organization’s strategic goals and operations. The course explores how to develop compensation calculations that present a method of job comparison that incorporates the total rewards view.

3 Credits

HRM 505: Human Resource Strategy and Leadership Decision-Making

Building an organizational strategy is one of the key activities of any organizational board and/or leadership team. This course does a deep dive into the dynamics of how leaders scan the marketplace and develop organizational goals with the Human Resource team, with a specific focus on alignment of organizational behavior to achieve goals.

3 Credits