Accredited Online MBA in Human Resource Development

Online MBA in Human Resource Development Program Overview

Spring Arbor University’s online MBA students can choose from one of five marketable concentrations. An MBA in human resource development allows a graduate to enact change and make a difference directly with individuals, teams and overall organizations. With an online degree in human resource development, you’re more than an hr manager, you’re a change agent.  Individuals with a degree in human resource development join a workforce whose occupations are expected to grow from 9 percent in the next 10 years. In addition, graduates with an online  MBA in human resources may earn a potential $100,000 a year. Spring Arbor’s online human resources MBA is offered with a convenient professional and personal life balance. As an SAU student you have the ability to:  

  • Graduate in less than 18 months
  • Apply without a required GMAT or GRE
  • Enjoy a convenient program to take even if you are currently working- 100% online, six start dates each year,one course at time
  • Study with one of the most affordable MBA programs
  • Earn a degree from a recognized university, ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities Midwest” by U.S. News and World Report

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Program Delivery

The online MBA human resources focus provides students with a solid foundation of basic business principles, as well as providing an HR specialization.  The concentration specific courses in the online human resources MBA consists of three classes:

  • Workplace Learning and Professional Development
  • Human Resource Development
  • Management of Organizational Behavior

Through the program you’ll focus on:

  • Gaining the knowledge as well as experience to improve individual as well as organizational performance.
  • Learning a variety of skills including hiring, terminating, compensating and training team members as a human resources professional .
  • Exploring the psychology of individuals and organizations as a whole while examining the different aspects of people.

As an adult learner pursuing an online MBA in human resources, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to go from the classroom to the workplace in a  human resources department as you:

  • Serve as a consultant at a host organization where you’ll identify problems, pinpoint solutions and increase organizational efficiency.
  • Experience an optional four-day international business summit in New York, NY as part of the International Business course.
  • Enjoy building a professional network of fellow students, faculty and staff via Blackboard, SAU’s virtual learning community.

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Careers & Outcomes

An MBA in HR development makes you a career-ready graduate with a degree that is appealing to potential employers. Some of the positions available to graduates with an online MBA in human resources  are:

  • Executive recruiter
    • Average salary with master’s degree: $70,000 annually
  • Human Resources Director
    • Average salary with master’s degree: more than $84,000 annually
  • Executive level human resources officer
    • Average salary with master’s degree: $100,000 annually

These are just a handful of the careers that answer the question, “What can I do with an MBA in human resources?”

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Admissions & Tuition Info

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A minimum overall 3.0 GPA for the last 2 years undergraduate coursework
  • An official transcript from the institution granting the bachelor’s degree
  • At least two recommendations from professional/academic individuals
  • Completed graduate application
  • Approval by the MBA Admission Committee

If you have questions, you can speak to our supportive staff and start your SAU online MBA as soon as possible.  Just fill out the form or call us at 1.844.621.0900.

Cost & Financial Aid

Spring Arbor University prides itself on offering an affordable master’s in business administration. Gain the same education enjoyed by students at our Spring Arbor, Michigan campus with the convenience of taking courses on your schedule. Continue your career as a working professional while becoming an online student.

For a private, Christian-based MBA program, Christian Universities Online lists SAU as one of the top 50 “Most Affordable Colleges” in the U.S.  The MBA is $690 per credit hour.

If you are an adult learner looking for help financing your online MBA, visit our Financial Aid page for more information on qualifications. Veterans, dependents of veterans or active military personnel seeking their online MBA can find information on our Military Benefits page.  Financial aid is available to individuals who qualify.

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Program Curriculum

MBA Core Courses – 24 hours

  • MBA060 MBA Orientation (0)
  • MBA617 Leadership in Business (4)
  • MBA631 Accounting for Managers (4)
  • MBA622 Statistics for Business Managers (4)
  • MBA607 International Business (NYC trip) (4) or
  • MBA607A International Business (no trip) (4)
  • MBA661 Marketing for Managers (4)
  • MBA688 MBA Capstone Study (4)

MBA Human Resource Development Concentration– 12 hours

  • MBA648 Human Resource Development (4)
  • MBA651 Management of Organizational Behavior (4)
  • MBA647 Workplace Learning and Professional Development (4)

Curriculum Course Descriptions

MBA Core Courses

MBA060 MBA Orientation (0)

Introduces students to Spring Arbor University and the Gainey School of Business MBA program. Familiarizes students with the Blackboard learning management system that supports learning through electronic access to learning materials from virtually anywhere, connects the learning community, and promotes collaboration. Students practice using Blackboard tools, interact with peers, monitor course progress and grades, and obtain feedback from an instructor through Blackboard.

MBA617 Leadership in Business (4)

Introduces students to leadership in business administration as a foundation for effective management of the organization. Explores leadership from the perspective of the practicing manager and focuses on individual, group, and organizational leadership. Covers the nature of leadership, leading change, leadership effectiveness, leadership development, and traditional and emerging leadership theories. Special emphasis is placed upon self-leadership and professional leadership assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses in handling specific managerial issues and responsibilities.

MBA631 Accounting for Managers (4)

Introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of accounting as a discipline to support managerial decision making in businesses. Examines the use of information for data-driven decision making, including organizational level performance measurements. Covers financial ratio calculations and analysis, preparation of financial statements, taxes, accounting liquidity, contribution margin, budgeting, and auditing issues.

MBA622 Statistics for Business Managers (4)

Introduces students to data driven decision making using a statistical thinking framework. Emphasis placed upon the use of statistical data for identifying, understanding, interpreting, and solving business scenarios and issues. Develops skills necessary to identify business problems, collect data following appropriate protocols and methods, and analyze data using statistical techniques.

MBA607 International Business (including NYC trip) (4)

Introduces key aspects of contemporary international business management and implications of international business on organizational strategy, structure, and function. Coverage includes ethics in business, country differences, trade and investments, global monetary systems, and competition in a global marketplace. Topics include Poverty Cure, human rights, global human resource development, conference environment papers, and group presentations. As a part of the MBA607 course, students attend an International Business Summit as part of a four-day trip to New York City. The university covers the costs of accommodations (i.e., hotel, food) to participate in the summit. Students are responsible for travel arrangements and expenses.


MBA607A International Business (no NYC trip option) (4)

Introduces key aspects of contemporary international business management and implications of international business on organizational strategy, structure, and function. Coverage includes ethics in business, country differences, trade and investments, global monetary systems, and competition in a global marketplace. Topics include Poverty Cure, human rights, global human resource development, and conference environment individual presentations, peer reviews, and critiques.

MBA661 Marketing for Managers (4)

Introduces the principles of service and stewardship through marketing management. Focuses on developing an understanding of the role of markets and marketing from an economic thinking perspective including an analysis of product markets and developing marketing strategies that will provide sustainable competitive advantage. Special emphasis is placed upon the integration of concepts, principles, and techniques of marketing through application within client organizations. Topics include: customer value and satisfaction, market research and surveys, marketing segmentation differentiation, positioning, and the development and execution of marketing plans.

MBA688 MBA Capstone Study (4)

The MBA capstone experience emphasizes the integration and application of acquired knowledge and skills from the MBA core and concentration curriculum. Focuses on the identification of a group/work unit/team or organizational level issue, problem, or opportunity, as well as the proposed solution to improve organizational performance. Students will conduct an organizational assessment, review of the literature, explain the issues using appropriate concepts and theories, create a proposal to address the problem, and develop a final business consultancy report and presentation. The student works with a real organization/client, and the client provides an assessment of the students performance and contribution to the organization.

Human Resource Development Concentration

Develops knowledge and skills necessary to leverage organizational human resources to improve individual performance and enhance organizational effectiveness. Strengthen skills in problem solving, strategic thinking, and critical analysis necessary for identifying and solving human related issues within an organization. Prepares students to promote employee and organizational growth through individual and organizational learning.

MBA648 Human Resource Development (4)

Explores major issues of managing human resources. Develops skills in assessing human resource needs for career development and organizational effectiveness. Covers principles of adult learning through designing practical applications in diverse work settings. Special emphasis on current topics in the field of human resource development, including the assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of HRD programs; personal, professional, and organizational development; and application of HRD in diverse contexts. Various types of training programs will be examined, including onboarding, skills and technical, performance management, employee wellness, career management, organization and management development, and diversity.

MGT651 Management of Organizational Behavior (4)

Introduction to the management of behavior in organizations, the field of industrial and organizational psychology, and various aspects of people in the workplace. Covers issues related to employee development through training and learning, employee productivity, well-being, attitudes, behaviors, motivation, and leadership. Explores principles of organizational behavior and management such as how people work, where they work, and how the workplace operates. Emphasizes the complexity of organizational functioning and importance of the management of organizational behavior.

MBA647 Workplace Learning and Professional Development (4)

Explores the major issues relevant to workplace learning and development. Develop skills in needs analysis, learning and development methods, method selection, development plans, and assessment. Covers adult learning theory, knowledge, and development. Emphasizes principles of traditional and contemporary approaches to workplace learning and development in organizations. Special emphasis on the practical application of learning development methods and assessments to ascertain factors influencing effective workplace learning strategies.

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