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Human Resource Management Master of Business Administration

School of Business and Technology

Be a Strategic Leader

Be the human resource leader businesses need. Capella’s online MBA in Human Resource Management (HRM) prepares you to contribute to the overall success of businesses and organizations. This program focuses on current and emerging business and HRM best practices, and is based on a foundation of core business courses. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that you can apply immediately to business and human resource challenges, and learn to apply HRM tactics that align strategically and ethically with business objectives.

What to Expect

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 7 Core Courses
  • 3 Specialization Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start April 9th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admissions Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Lead in the Workplace

Use best practices to promote business-centric organizational design, culture, and change.

Grow Your Workforce

Integrate human resource management and business best practices to enable human capital acquisition.

Ensure Compliance

Integrate HRM practices and legal considerations to ensure regulatory compliance. 

Create a Healthy Work Environment

Use HRM business and legal practices to ensure organizational compliance, growth, and sustainability.

Find Tech Solutions

Fuse HRM and business technology to maximize effectiveness, productivity, and systems integration.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Data Storytelling Infused in MBA

Analytics is woven throughout your program to help you cultivate a deeper understanding of how to use data to shape organizational decisions.

Personalized Leadership Coaching

You’ll receive a leadership assessment and personalized coaching from a trusted expert to help you build on your management skills.

Develop an ePortfolio

Leverage a series of Portfolio Work Projects to demonstrate your strategic acumen to current and future employers.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Alignment.

Capella University’s MBA specialization in HR Management fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.


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 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  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
$796 per credit, 45 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time simultaneously) per 12-week billing session
  • Based on a program point system; 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay one flat-rate tuition fee per session*
$2,650 per quarter, 23 total program points, 6 max transfer points

Get the Details

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

*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.

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. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

MBA in Human Resource Management Online Degree - Capella University

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.


SHRM Student Chapter

Capella offers HR students exclusive access to its virtual Society of Human Resource Management student chapter. This opportunity helps students build relationships with HR student peers and professionals to expand their real-world HR and business knowledge.

Accredited & Respected

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

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
HRM5025* Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning
HRM5122* Developing an Effective Workplace
HRM5310 Strategic Human Resource Management

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 folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.


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 résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

MBA vs. MS in Human Resource Management

Here are three questions to help determine your path for choosing an advanced degree in human resource management.

7 Human Resource Management Certifications for Your Career

Which certifications are right for you and your next HR career move?

The Value of Competency-Based Education for HR Professionals

Competency-based education is valuable for human resource professionals, as students and in the hiring process.

Move Forward in Your Career

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

Related Job Titles to Explore*

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

Related Employment Settings to Explore

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

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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