Human Resource Management MBA - Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Become a strategic human resource manager

Be a human resource leader. The Capella University online MBA in Human Resource Management (HRM) helps you grow the success of your company or organization. You’ll focus on current and emerging HRM best practices, as well as learn from a foundation of core business courses. You’ll gain HR skills that can be applied to real-life business challenges. Plus, you can use strategy that aligns accurately and ethically with a company’s business objectives.

Earn up to 16 credits on your MBA, Human Resource Management specialization with your certifications and demonstrated knowledge.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 7 Core courses
  • 3 Specialization courses
  • Capstone

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Classes Start September 14th

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MBA in Human Resource Management program highlights

Specialized for HR professionals

Gain comprehensive knowledge of human resources principles and practices that can help you excel in your HR profession.

Driven by business data

Learn how to make data-driven decisions that shape organizational change and provide skills across the company.

Personalized leadership coaching

Receive personalized leadership coaching to build a valuable management skills plan.

Showcase problem-solving skills

Build an ePortfolio based on the real-world solutions that you develop in your coursework.

Credit for your knowledge

Earn credit for knowledge you’ve gained—including the PMP®, SHRM®-CP/SCP, and more—with our Prior Learning Assessment.

82% of MBA alumni agree that their program provided them with both foundational theory and real-world applicability.

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial aid counselors

Our financial aid team knows how to run the numbers and help save on tuition.


Powerful databases and resources relevant to your field and dedicated, experienced librarians to help you do the research.

Career center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$805 per credit, 45 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Take one or two courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,750 per 12-week billing session, 23 total program points, 6 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$3K toward your master's

Apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Ask our Alumni

Have questions about our programs and what actual alumni have done with their degree? Ask our alumni about their experiences, and see if Capella is a fit for you.


MBA HR sample courses

In Capella’s online MBA in Human Resource Management program, your courses will focus on the application of business and HRM theories that result in professional development, organizational growth, and sustainability.

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MBA Leadership

This course covers contemporary models of leadership and examines behaviors and skills of effective leaders. Learners assess their own leadership strengths and how to lead effectively in their work settings. Learners also analyze ways in which leaders use their skills to support innovation, change, and collaboration within organizations. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MBA degree program. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Applied Business Analytics

This course introduces learners to business analytics and its role in evidence-based decision making. Learners examine data and analytics techniques that create relevant, actionable, and meaningful information.

4 quarter credits
HRM5060 *
Sourcing and Managing Talent in the Workplace

Learners in this course examine contemporary perspectives in recruiting, talent mobility, workforce planning, and performance management. Learners select and develop approaches which support employee mobility and performance to advance organizational goals. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in HRM5002; or HRM5310. 

4 quarter credits
HRM5090 *
Retaining and Engaging Employees for the Modern Workforce

In this course, learners apply models of employee motivation, thriving, and engagement in the workplace to create the employee experience. Learners also analyze the ways in which culture, employee and leader behavior impact strategic retention. Finally, learners assess the influence of technology and evidence-based practices on employee lifecycle, engagement, and positive employee and organizational outcomes. Prerequisite(s): HRM5002 or HRM5310.​

4 quarter credits
Strategic Human Resource Management

In this course, learners examine how human resource management (HRM) impacts and supports strategic organizational goals. Using key HRM principles, practices, and data, learners develop well-rounded strategies to address HR related needs and opportunities for a dynamic, multicultural, and global workforce.  For MBA learners only.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

Earning your MBA can help prepare you to lead in a dynamic field as you explore these and other critical areas of focus.

  • Lead with best practices to promote design, culture, and change in your organization.
  • Combine human resource management and forward-thinking policies to increase human capital acquisition.
  • Integrate HRM practices and legal considerations to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Create a healthy environment for organizational compliance, growth, and sustainability.
  • Find technology solutions to maximize effectiveness, productivity, and systems integration.

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MBA Human Resource Management professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online MBA in Human Resource Management.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Human resources manager
  • Director of human resources
  • Human resources generalist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Human resources consultant
  • Human resources business partner
  • Vice president of human resources

Employment settings to explore

  • College or university
  • Community or technical college
  • Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, or payroll service
  • Hospital
  • Government - local, state, federal
  • Manufacturing organization
  • Consulting firm

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Three career paths to explore with an MBA in Human Resource Management

While the human resources field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, some of the more common paths include:

Put yourself in a position to lead at a high level and make valuable contributions that help shape organizational success for local, state, or federal agencies.

Job titles to explore may include working as a human resources manager, director of human resources, or vice president of human resources for a variety of local or federal government agencies.

Make informed, practitioner-based decisions resulting in increased professional development, organizational growth, and enterprise sustainability.

Job titles to explore may include working as a human resources manager or human resources business partner for manufacturing organizations, hospitals, or government agencies. 

Prescreen applications to generate a smaller group of qualified candidates and oversee the hiring process including interview questions, candidate ratings, and background checks.

Job titles to explore may include working as a talent acquisition manager for a firm or independently for large or small companies, government or nongovernment organizations, health care organizations, or local, national, or global entities.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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