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Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Strategic Human Resource Management

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

What Is Strategic Human Resource Management?

Human capital is invaluable for business success. Strategic human resource management is a proactive approach for developing talent. It aims to achieve long-term business objectives and meet organizational challenges. Strategic human resource management emphasizes the fostering of a positive and efficient company culture that embraces innovation and strives to achieve a competitive edge.

The Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Strategic Human Resource Management offered by GCU guides candidates through the core concepts in human capital. Candidates learn to apply sound theory and research to further organizational success. This academically intense MBA in human resources online program is offered by the Colangelo College of Business.

Learn the Strategic HR Process with an MBA in Human Resources

During this program, you will acquire an in-depth understanding of the strategic human resource management process, and how these practices support the overall vision of an organization. MBA in HR candidates examine the strategic application of research and quantitative methods to inform business decisions. There is an emphasis on ethical decision-making, Christian servant leadership and critical analysis.

The curriculum is aligned with the standards and core competencies outlined by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Earn Your MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management Online

GCU’s MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management includes coursework on general business principles and human resource management in particular. Some of the courses you may take include:

  • Designing HR for Competitive Advantage
  • Acquiring, Developing and Leveraging Human Capital
  • Strategic Management
  • Leadership and Organizations
  • Operations Management

Candidates may take evening courses or earn an MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management online. GCU’s online classroom community provides robust opportunities for peer engagement and intellectually stimulating discussions. This HR MBA program requires a total of 54 credits for graduation. Most of the online courses are eight weeks long.

This advanced degree program guides candidates in acquiring core foundational knowledge of sound business principles, as well as specialized knowledge in HR. Some of the learning objectives include the following:

  • Strategic management of human capital, including talent management, workforce diversity, employee development and motivation, succession planning and performance matrix
  • The complexities of human resource management amidst mergers, acquisitions, downsizing and globalization
  • E-commerce applications, emerging technologies and telecommunications
  • Sound business practices across the areas of accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing

Careers in Strategic Human Resource Management

Strategic human resource management is widely recognized by corporations and public agencies as being integral for long-term achievements. Graduates with an online HR MBA have an in-depth understanding of how to align the responsibilities of human resources with departmental and organizational objectives. As a result, companies across a range of sectors and industries value the skills of MBA graduates with a specialization in strategic human resource management. Some of the career opportunities that may be related to this degree include:

  • Senior human resources specialist
  • General manager
  • International human resources professional
  • Human resources executive
  • Training and development manager

Business organizations, non-profit groups, business consulting organizations and government agencies may all hire experts in strategic human resource management.

Grand Canyon University is a regionally accredited school. The Colangelo College of Business includes core programs that have achieved additional accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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Total Program Credits: 54
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)

Online: $590 per credit [More Info]

Course List

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54 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
54 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.

Course Description

This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and for students who have not had accounting in undergraduate work. Topics covered include the principles and practices of financial accounting and the fundamentals of managerial accounting, such as cost behavior and budgeting. The course covers accounting theories using computational examples, and homework is problem solving.

Course Description

This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and is designed for students who have not had finance in undergraduate work. Topics covered include financial analysis, financial planning, asset evaluation, capital structure, and working capital management.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to prepare students in mathematical, probability, and statistical concepts for their upcoming studies in quantitative methods. The course is intended for those students who have not had any prior statistical education, although students who have had statistics should also consider taking the course as a refresher.

Course Description

This courses introduces microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts that are relevant to contemporary business. Emphasis is placed on using economic data for business decision making.

Course Description

This course is a study in the quantitative tools and techniques used to model business functions and applications. Emphasis is placed on how to set up models, and how to interpret and apply their results. Prerequisite: SYM-506.

Course Description

Management of the marketing function, market environmental analysis, and marketing planning, strategy, and control are fundamentals of marketing management. The course examines the marketing process, marketing research, product development innovation and diffusion, pricing strategy, distribution value drain, advertising and promotion, and strategic marketing issues. Emphasis is placed on case study analysis and current academic research with a marketing plan as a significant curriculum component.

Course Description

This course covers managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting, including the study of cost behavior, cost systems, budgeting, and performance evaluation. Coursework includes case studies, group projects, and class discussion. Prerequisite: ACC-502.

Course Description

Operations Management examines managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Emphasis is placed on methods to streamline and drive inefficiencies out of a firm’s internal processes to build a highly efficient organization. The course also focuses on external processes by examining ways to achieve greater supply chain integration with suppliers and customers. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: SYM-506.

Course Description

This course discusses elements of business financial decisions, including financial forecasting and development of proformas, management of working capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and raising funds in capital markets. Prerequisite: FIN-504.

Course Description

This course examines the definition, formulation, and execution of strategy within organizations. There is specific emphasis on the role of innovation and leadership in strategic management and an organization’s ability to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Prerequisites: MGT-605, MKT-607, ACC-650, and FIN-650.

Course Description

The effective strategic management of human capital is the differentiator of every successful organization. This course examines talent management, workforce diversity, succession planning, employee development and motivation, and performance matrix. This course addresses human resource competencies identified by the Society of HR Management (SHRM). Using the strong strategic HR acumen provided by this course, students will be well-prepared for positions as senior human resources specialists or as general managers. Also LDR-635.

Course Description

Frequent mergers and acquisitions, downsizing, and globalization have increased the complexities of managing human resources. Linking human resource management to the bottom line and decision making is critical for both strategy and business success. This course addresses human resource competencies identified by the Society of HR Management (SHRM). Using the strong strategic HR acumen provided by this course, students will be well-prepared for positions as senior human resources specialists or as general managers.

Program Locations

GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

Program Domains

Online and Evening program disclosures (2.417 years)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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