Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Business & Finance
Location(s): Blended (Online / On-site); Alexandria, MN; Billings, MT; Bismarck, ND; Dickinson, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND

Master of Business Administration: Concentration in Human Resource Management

Graduate degree; Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management program at the University of Mary prepares innovative leaders and effective problem-solvers in the area of human resources management. This program was developed based on the human resources body of knowledge defined by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Whether you are seeking to advance your career as an HR professional or in business management, or prepare for the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exam, this MBA program will provide the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

The MBA with a concentration in HR Management is offered in an accelerated format that enables adult students to complete a graduate degree in as few as 18 months while continuing to work. Classes meet one night a week at University of Mary campus locations in North Dakota and across the Midwest, and are taught in seminar style, allowing for student participation and discussion and for immediate application in the workplace. You can also complete your MBA online, or in a blended format that combines online and on-site classes

MBA Program Highlights

We understand that adult learners must balance family, work, and community obligations while pursuing advanced study. Designed for working professionals, the HR Management concentration of the MBA program at the University of Mary offers the flexibility you need to achieve your graduate degree — along with a curriculum that emphasizes hands-on, real-world experience to develop leadership skills.

  • Complete your MBA with a concentration in HR Management in as few as 18 months in an accelerated program with convenient evening classes.
  • Pursue your degree with a group of adult student peers, with whom you can connect academically, professionally, and even socially.
  • Work in small classes alongside world-class faculty who bring real-world business experience to the classroom.
  • Learn in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that will enrich your career and everyday life.

Career Outlook for MBA Graduates

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for human resource managers is expected to grow over the coming years. With strong competition expected for most positions, candidates with certification or a master’s degree—particularly those with a concentration in human resources management—should have the best job prospects. The median annual salary for human resource managers in 2012 was $99,720.

The following courses are core content for the MBA and are completed by all MBA students:

MGT 504 Management and Organizational Behavior
MGT 555 Managerial Finance
MGT 571 Executive Economic Analysis
MGT 605 Managerial Accounting
MGT 610 Marketing
MGT 635 Law in the Managerial Environment
MGT 701 Strategic Decision Making
ALU 799 Graduate Assessment

In addition to foundation and core courses, students enroll in the following courses which are focused content for their particular program.

MBA in Human Resource Management

MGT 505 Human Resource Management
MGT 618 Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations
MGT 621 Strategic Compensation: A Human Resources Management Approach
MGT 622 Human Resource Development
MGT 624 Health, Safety and Security
MGT 626 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 


Individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall, or 2.75 during the last two years of the undergraduate degree, or 3.0 in a major field will be admitted to begin graduate study. To complete the application process, please submit:

  • Completed application (to include goal statement)
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume
  • Application/enrollment fee

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

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We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

If you are considering an MBA with a concentration in HR Management, you might also be interested in the following graduate programs offered at the University of Mary: