Human Resource Management Concentration
Gain the skills and experiences to become a successful HR manager with the School of Business' online M.B.A. with a concentration in human resource management.
Emerge with an understanding of business, functional operations and decision processes as they relate to the management of human resources.
Human resource management concentration courses explore:
- Concepts, processes and issues associated with training and development
- Administrative and personnel law
- Recruitment and staffing models, policies and legal compliance, as well as practices related to attraction, selection, development, retention and employment decision-making
- Direct and indirect compensation design, development, implementation, administration and evaluation
You will also achieve a broad background in business through general M.B.A. courses including those that address:
- Core business management functions
- Oral and written business communication
- Effective team membership and leadership in work partnerships and cross-functional collaborative efforts
- Ethical, economically responsible business decisions in the context of a diverse set of stakeholders
- Business implications of the new economy and applying widely used technologies to management issues
In addition to the analytical tools and technologies necessary to solve complex management problems, our M.B.A. program emphasizes leadership skills within Saint Leo University's core values and traditions.
Our online M.B.A. is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), a professional accreditor for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world.
M.B.A. students take up to two courses per eight-week term. Students can complete the 36 credits required for graduation in as little as one year, or may extend their studies for as long as five years. You may start the Saint Leo M.B.A. program at any of the six terms each year, and—with director approval—can pursue up to two M.B.A. concentrations concurrently.
Business Core (21 credits)
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MBA 525 Professional Development 3
This course is designed to give MBA students a tangible head start in acquiring and honing numerous core skills essential for success in the MBA program and the business world. The emphasis will be on the development of professional skills and perspectives, such as business writing, coaching and counseling, conflict resolution, effective business protocol, interviewing, intercultural awareness and sensitivity, negotiating agreement, and public speaking.
MBA 530 Organizational Behavior 3
This course is an advanced introduction to the major theories and issues in the study of human behavior in work organizations. Included are the topics of perception, motivation, leadership, job satisfaction, group dynamics, stress, organizational climate, and communication processes. Organization theory and design concepts are also incorporated to give the student a more complex framework for managerial decision making.
MBA 540 Managerial Economics 3
This course explores the concepts of economic optimization, the estimation of demand, and cost and pricing analysis. An introduction to economic forecasting and decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty is also included.
Prerequisites: MBA 525, plus undergraduate course in economics strongly recommended.
MBA 560 Financial and Managerial Accounting 3
This course focuses on the study of accounting concepts and standards applicable to presentation of financial information to interested users, structure, uses and limitations of financial statements, and measurement systems related to income determination and asset valuation. The course also considers the discussion of internal and external influences on accounting decisions.
Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in financial accounting and managerial accounting is strongly recommended.
MBA 575 Global Business Management 3
The student will develop an understanding of international/multinational management by examining the challenges and opportunities of operating globally. Emphasis will be on developing an understanding of the complexities of dealing with diverse social, cultural, economic, and legal systems. The role of business in this dynamic world environment will be analyzed.
Prerequisites: MBA 525, MBA 533
MBA 565 Marketing 3
This course considers the operational and strategic planning issues confronting managers in marketing. Topics include buyer behavior, market segmentation, product selection and development, pricing, distribution, promotion, market research, and international and multicultural marketing. Additional fee applies for marketing computer simulation.
Prerequisites: MBA 525
MBA 599 Strategic Management 3
This capstone course integrates knowledge gained in previous graduate business courses. It centers on the theme that organizations achieve sustained success when their managers have astute, timely strategic game plans and they implement these plans with proficiency. Strategic management theory is used in the analysis of case studies of companies operating in the domestic and global marketplace. This course is to be taken in the student's last term, unless otherwise approved by the Director of the MBA Program.
Prerequisites: MBA 525, MBA 533, MBA 540, MBA 560 or ACC 504, MBA 565, MBA 570, MBA 575
Human Resource Management Concentration (15 credits)
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HRA 539 HR Strategic Training and Development 3
Organizations today are turning to training and development as an option to meet today's workplace challenges because of complex technologies, a more diverse workforce, industry globalization, and a tight labor market. This course will provide advanced education into the concepts, processes, and issues associated with training and development. Myriad training and development content will be emphasized such as planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating training programs. Attention will also be devoted to broader issues such as employee development and training for specific needs.
HRA 545 Administrative and Personnel Law 3
This course is intended to provide an overview of the basic laws governing the employment relationship. The goals of the course are twofold: first, to familiarize students with the many issues and problems confronting employees, employers, supervisors, and human resources professionals; second, to help students in identifying the legal implications of personnel situations that may arise in the business and corporate environment.
HRA 549 Recruitment, Selection, and Placement 3
Focuses on processes and conceptual issues related to staffing organizations. Topics include recruitment and staffing models, policies, and legal compliance as well as practices related to attraction, selection, development, retention, and employment decision making for the most effective use of human resources.
Prerequisites: HRA 545
HRA 562 Total Compensation 3
This course is designed to enhance the student's knowledge of a strategically oriented comprehensive compensation system that would explore both direct and indirect compensation strategic design, development, implementation, administration, and evaluation. This will also include the effects of compensation system design on other HR functional areas, including but not limited to internal and external equity, pay for performance, and benefit administration.
Prerequisites: MBA 530
HRA 596 Strategic Issues in Human Resources 3
This course is designed, as the M.B.A. HR concentration capstone course, to integrate previous HR core best practices into a business partnership by analyzing real-world strategic issues in a cohesive framework that leads to the achievement of organizational effectiveness through enlightened HR management and leadership.
Prerequisites: HRA 545, HRA 539 or HRA 562
Total Credits 36
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MBA 625 Internship 3
This is an elective credit course (added on top of the basic MBA courses). MBA students, along with their designated faculty members, arrange for full- or part-time jobs in fields related to their MBA curriculum. Under the guidance of a designated faculty member, students work to enrich their University experience through a paid internship in order to practice Master's level business skills. Specific competency requirements (and the associated activities) are outlined by the designated faculty member and agreed upon with the internship site representative. The internship must last the entire term for which the student is registered (specific work hours to be agreed upon with the employer and faculty member). At least two site contacts will be completed by the faculty member to ensure that the outlined competency requirements are completed.
Prerequisites: MBA 525, MBA 550