MBA, Business Administration, Human Resources

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Master of Business Administration, Human Resources

Human resources professionals are employed in nearly every industry and are vital to the success of businesses and organizations worldwide. Brandman University's Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in human resources prepares students to effectively plan, direct, and lead administrative operations that best align with their companies' goals. Through specialty course work students will learn to manage training functions, design effective development programs, apply methods of intervention, and understand the relationship between training and the fields of individual and organizational development. They will focus on pertinent industry topics such as theories of compensation, practices of wage and salary administration, evaluation systems, performance appraisals, incentives and more. Brandman allows students to customize their education pathways by either continuing with an elective within the same field or choosing one class from organizational leadership, public administration, or health administration to broaden their studies.

As part of the MBA program, core curriculum also explores nearly every aspect of business practices including financial reporting, data analytics, marketing management, organizational leadership, and process innovation. This comprehensive design ensures that students are well rounded in understanding how to best lead organizations and their teams to evolve and prosper. Brandman's online degree in human resources is accessible from nearly any desktop or mobile device and is also available in a blended format at many campuses throughout California and Washington. This means students can attain quality education with the flexibility to fit school work into their busy schedules. In addition to the human resources emphasis Brandman also offers a Master of Science in Human Resources, graduate certificates in the field, and alternative specialty areas within the MBA program including an emphasis in organizational leadership. Another popular option at Brandman University is the master's degree in health administration. Students are encouraged to evaluate their career aspirations and determine a path that fits best into their future goals before choosing to get a masters degree in human resources.

What Jobs Can I Get with My Degree?

There are many different paths that human resources graduates may pursue as they move forward in their careers including positions as human resource managers, training and development consultants, employee education consultants, and even executive-level team leaders. Although competition within the job market can be strong, attaining master’s-level education and having strong interpersonal skills can help candidates stand out among the crowd. Certification is not generally required in the field but some professionals may consider attaining certification industries specialties of their choice from organizations such as the HR Certification Institute and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.  These can show that they have professional expertise and credibility and may enhance advancement opportunities by expanding their portfolios, while resulting in a higher salary.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the job outlook for human resources managers is relatively positive (especially for those with an MBA in human resources) and is expected to grow 13% through 2022 [1]. This upward trend can be credited to some of the new companies that are being introduced into the market as well as current organizations that continue to expand their operations. The global economy has also introduced a sub-category within the human resources field that specializes in international staffing which some graduates may find their futures in. Training and development specialists are also in growing demand as the Bureau projects job outlook to be even slightly more positive in the same time period of time with a 15% increase in opportunities [2]. These are just a few of the many rewarding career options human resources professionals may consider on their roads to success.

Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

The MBA program consists of two segments. The first segment is the MBA Core consisting of 24 – 36 credits depending upon course waivers. The second segment of the MBA program consists of 12 credits of electives or a designated emphasis area.


Program Requirements (36-48 credits)
Core Requirements (24 - 36 credits, depending upon waivers):

ACCU 602 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3
BUSU 610 Data Analysis for Decision Making 3
BUSU 620 Economic Analysis for Managers 3
BUSU 630 Business Process Analysis and Innovation 3
BUSU 650 Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability 3
FINU 607 Finance Management 3
HRCU 645 Human Resource Systems 3
MKTU 605 Marketing Management 3
OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3
OLCU 615 Organization Development and Change 3
OLCU 632 Leadership and Innovation 3
BUSU 640 Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone 3

Prior to enrolling in the MBA (BUSU 640) capstone course, all core classes must be satisfactorily completed with one exception; one core class may be taken concurrently with the capstone.


MBA Emphases

Human Resources Emphasis

HRCU 646 Training and Development 3
HRCU 647 Compensation 3
HRCU 653 Benefits 3
Plus one other course from Human Resources, Organizational Leadership, or Health Administration 3
Total Credits 12


Some programs available to California residents only
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