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Become an HR Leader With an MBA

HR managers play a critical role in the workplace by advising upper management while counseling and mentoring lower-level staff members. HR leaders are the communication bridge between the various tiers of a workforce. They are often the point of contact for employees who have concerns that need to be communicated to upper management.

Beyond basic payroll, retirement and other administrative insights, HR professionals must have the leadership skills to cultivate employee buy-in on HR policies and services. St. Thomas University's online Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Human Resource Management teaches critical leadership abilities so that graduates are prepared to take on a broad range of HR leadership roles.

How Can an MBA Further My HR Career?

HR professionals are tasked with overseeing employee benefits, performance evaluations and training, among other duties. Successful HR managers cultivate leadership skills in addition to these basic functions. The most important asset for any company is its employees. That human capital often requires direction and guidance from HR leaders. Ultimately, effective HR managers strive to ensure that all workers feel fulfilled in their roles.

Increasingly, HR professionals are looking toward MBA degrees to provide the leadership skills needed to thrive in the HR field. MBA programs like STU's online MBA with a Concentration in Human Resource Management teach many of the leadership skills that are needed in upper-level HR positions:

  • Management strategies
  • Oral and written communications
  • Listening skills
  • Conflict resolution abilities
  • Talent-scouting
  • Placement

MBA programs offer the right balance of theory and real-world applications, preparing business professionals to take on upper-management positions. STU's online MBA with a Concentration in Human Resource Management includes the following courses:

Human Resources Planning and Staffing. This online course explores the steps involved in forecasting staffing needs. Graduates will have an understanding of the legal framework involved in covering staffing.

Human Resource Management. This overview course touches on human resource planning, staffing, equal employment opportunity, quality of work life and other HR-related topics.

Labor-Management Relations. Understanding the relationship between employees and employers is critical for any HR leader. The course covers the history and current framework that regulates employee/employer relationships.

Take the Next Step

STU's online MBA with a Concentration in Human Resource Management teaches practical leadership skills that have real-world applications. Our faculty bring their personal experiences to each class to ensure that STU's MBA graduates have the ability to make important decisions related to equal employment opportunity laws, performance appraisal, labor-management relations and compensation management. The accelerated program consists of seven-week courses and can be completed in 10 months.

Learn more about St. Thomas University's online MBA with a Concentration in Human Resource Management.

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