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Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management online

Learn to apply strategic initiatives as an innovative and effective leader able to solve a broad range of complex challenges in human resources.

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Program Overview

$14,250 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30* Credit Hours

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management online program helps you develop the critical understanding and skill set to impact all levels of an organization, whether your career goals involve HR management, corporate recruiting, employee compensation, or training and development.

You will study ethical leadership, change management, employment and labor law, organizational crisis management, and more. The rigorous core curriculum will enrich your understanding of financial operations, global economics, business analytics, innovation and corporate sustainability, and persuasion and negotiation strategies.

You can structure the unique capstone course to apply to your professional interests—for example, investigating a specific issue in your own workplace, conducting an independent research project, or writing a proposal for a startup. You also will develop a personal strategic plan that includes goal setting, a SWOT analysis, and a personal branding strategy.

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MBA online programs from William Paterson University offer affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

$475 Per Credit Hour
$14,250 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MBA - Human Resource Management $475 $1,425 $14,250


William Paterson University online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 2 03/15/21 02/23/21 03/01/21 03/09/21 03/11/21 05/02/21
Summer 1 05/17/21 04/27/21 05/03/21 05/11/21 05/13/21 07/04/21
Summer 2 07/12/21 06/22/21 06/28/21 07/06/21 07/08/21 08/29/21
Fall 1 09/06/21 08/17/21 08/23/21 08/31/21 09/02/21 10/24/21
Fall 2 11/01/21 10/12/21 10/18/21 10/26/21 10/28/21 12/19/21

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At William Paterson University, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them.

The requirements include:

Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
GPA of 2.75 or higher
Resume detailing professional experience

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You must meet the following requirements for admission to this MBA online program:

  • Submit online application and $50 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Professional resume detailing educational and work experience
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher OR
    • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75+ with 2 years of work experience in a professional supervisory capacity OR
    • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75+ and a minimum score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or a minimum score of a 152 verbal and a 152 quantitative on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Official transcripts, test scores, and other documents should be sent from the granting institutions to:

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Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Services
William Paterson University
Morrison Hall 102
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470


For the MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management online, you must complete 15 credit hours of core courses (including a capstone course) and 15 credit hours of concentration courses. Students without a “B” or better in pre-requisite undergraduate business foundation courses may be required to complete up to nine additional credits; students can start the MBA core while taking these courses.

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Students without a “B” or better in pre-requisite undergraduate business foundation courses may be required to complete up to nine additional credits. These foundations empower you with essential knowledge in functional areas such as finance, accounting, management, and marketing while also maturing your managerial soft skills. Students can start the MBA core while taking these courses.

ACCT 6065: Financial Accounting for Decision-Makers

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

The course will focus on how to organize, present, analyze, and interpret financial accounting information. Accounting information is organized in the form of journals, special ledgers, and the general journal. Financial information is presented in the form of financial statements; principally, the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statements and statement of retained earnings. Management input in financial statements relates to interpretation of accounting numbers. Ethical issues are covered in this course on topics relating to control of cash and receivables, recognition of revenues and expenses, and separation of duties in relation to custody of assets and record keeping. The impact of technology on accounting and financial information systems will be incorporated in the course in discussions relating to management of cash and accounts receivable, valuation of inventory, and management of fixed assets.

ECON 6095: Economic Analysis for Decision-Makers

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

This course will help students to develop a comprehensive analysis of the micro and macroeconomic forces that shape and modify our economy. Supply and Demand, Revenue and Cost, wages, employment, regulations and taxation are discussed as they affect production, consumption, investment, trade, prices, quantities, profits, inequality, and the economy as a whole.

FIN 6075: Finance for Decision-Makers

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

A study of the basic principles and practices of financial management of private (as opposed to government owned or affiliated) business operations. The principles and models discussed in the course can be equally applied to publicly listed companies as well as privately owned ones. This course includes an operational framework for financial analysis, financial planning including capital budgeting, along with valuation analysis and cost of capital. The basic framework of analysis used is that of risk and return, emphasizing that the objective of the firm is to maximize shareholder return, subject to satisfying societal and other stakeholder concerns.

MBA 6055: Statistics for Decision-Making

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

The main objective of this course is to introduce the basic statistical concepts and tools in order to form the foundation through which students can analyze data used for decision-making. The course is application-oriented and focuses on topics that are useful in business and industry such as descriptive statistics, probability, conceptual modeling, and problem formulation and decision analysis. The course prepares students to develop an understanding of how to deal with new trends in the industry such as big data and data mining.

MGT 6045: Foundations of Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

This course takes a broad-based look at management and organizations in order to provide students with the building blocks needed for more advanced classes in the program. It exposes students to the history of management thought and to some of the most influential organizational theories. It uses insights from multiple disciplines such as economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and political economy and offers frameworks for analyzing modern organizations and current managerial practices. The course concludes with a discussion of contemporary issues in management.

MKT 6085: Marketing for Decision-Making

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

Marketing is viewed as a system designed to create, capture, distribute, and communicate value to consumers and businesses. The course emphasizes the managerial approach to developing marketing strategy through analyses of business conditions, customers, and competitors. Emphasis is given to understanding buyer motivations, behaviors, and contexts as the basis for marketing decisions.

FIN 6550: Financial and Economic Global Strategy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course deals with the environment in which international business is conducted, including economic and financial relations, environmental and strategic factors that affect business operations within different nations. Topics include international trade, the balance of payment, exchange rate determination, hedging of foreign exchange exposure, tariffs and other trade restrictions, economic development, economic integration, and international economic organizations within different nations. Also reviewed are the economic, political, and cultural conditions that influence international business.

MBA 6700: Integrated Learning Capstone Experience

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students may choose to investigate an issue at their place of work, undertake research that will lead them to new fields, or create proposals for business models or start-ups. The capstone experience will provide students with direct exposure into various industries and also serve as a basis for planning and advancement. Finally, the course will also help MBA candidates establish their professional identities through reflective assignments and self-assessments as guided by their instructor. The course is taken in the MBA student’s last semester, or after completing the majority of courses.

MGT 6050: Business Analytics for Strategic Decision-making

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores business analytics concepts and applications aimed at improving business performance. The course focuses on the three facets of analytics: Descriptive Analytics, Predictive Analytics, and Prescriptive Analytics. An integral part of business analytics is the use of IT tools to support the collection and analysis of data, and converting it into actionable knowledge in the context of organization decision-making and problem-solving. As such the students will learn problem analysis and formulation, data modeling, and the application of various spreadsheet tools.

MGT 6570: Innovation, Strategy and Corporate Sustainability

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course studies strategic management from the perspective of environmental sustainability, with an emphasis on the impact of innovation on corporate social responsibility. Sustainable Strategic Management refers to strategic management policies and processes that seek competitive advantages consistent with a core value of environmental sustainability. Firms that pursue sustainable strategic management base the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of their strategies on an analysis of the ecological issues they face, the values they hold that support sustainability, and the ecological interests of their stakeholders.

RPS 6100: Influence, Persuasion and Negotiation Strategy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Managers need resources to succeed, and successful managers tend to negotiate well to give themselves the best chance to succeed. They negotiate with customers and suppliers for better prices, and they negotiate with internal functions to get better support and key resources to deliver value to both internal and external stakeholders. As managers move up the corporate ladder, they negotiate with their team members for better commitment and they negotiate with their superiors for domain independence. This course will focus on managers’ need to influence others, manage conflict, and negotiate agreements in a wide range of business scenarios both within and outside the organization. Students will be introduced to basic theories of negotiation, practices and frameworks of negotiation. Students will be provided with opportunities to reshape their understanding of negotiation, discover their own negotiation styles, and apply negotiation principles to critical issues. The course takes a view that negotiation is also a life skill that comes in handy in career growth and addresses the manager's need to understand that influencing often occurs without formal power or authority. The course uses a combination of lectures, discussions, role-play exercises, cases, and exams.

MGT 7040: Human Resource Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive treatment of the primary components of human resource management. Course content includes human resource planning, recruiting, selection, job analysis and evaluation, performance evaluation, total compensation, training and development, productivity improvement programs, and personnel research. The role of the human resource executive is examined within the constantly changing internal and external environment of the corporation. The international differences in human resource management programs that arise from cultural differences are explored.

MGT 7041: Applied Human Resources Planning and Development

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Builds upon the base knowledge and understanding of the principles, policies, practices, and challenges relating to the planning, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, employee and industrial relations, safety, and career development of an organization’s human resource as learned in MGT 7040, however this course is taught from the point of view of the HR professional. Examines how the human resource functions in an organization are accomplished and the various roles in the HR department.

MGT 7080: Ethical Leadership and Change Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a broad overview of the many facets of leadership, ethics, and change management in business, government, and other organizational settings. The course also provides an integrated analysis of the major concepts, theories and functional viewpoints that are shaping today’s dramatically changing business environment. Emphasis is placed upon four areas: first, to assess and manage one’s own leadership style; second, to develop practical leadership skills and insights that will help build one’s career and drive organization goals; third, to create awareness and act ethically while navigating through multiple and often conflicting contemporary business goals; and fourth, to understand the psychology of change and change model applications. Students will benefit by developing ethical leadership and change management plans required in meeting modern-day organizational challenges relative to competition, innovation, power and politics, career advancement, social responsibility and global concerns.

LAW 7200: Employment & Labor Law

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a master’s-level course in the basics of employment law. The course is directed at managers and HR professionals. It provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary employment law. The focus is on practical applications and current issues.

ENT 7120: Crisis Management for Organizations

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces various facets of crisis management. The focus is on the decisions that owners/managers of small businesses are faced with before, during, and after a crisis. While emphasis is placed on how crises are addressed in small business because of the disproportionate effect crises have on them, much of the course material is applicable to larger businesses as well.

*Students without pre-requisite foundation courses may require additional credits.

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