Online Doctoral Degrees in Human Resource Management

An online doctoral degree in human resource management may provide individuals with the skills needed to become strong leadership professionals. In this three to five-year program, students may learn how to develop human resources information systems, design compensation programs, and understand the foundation of employment law. Program coursework may include dissertation research courses alongside major coursework including human resources practices, management theory, and information systems in human resources.

Upon completion of the doctoral degree program, students may seek entry to upper-level employment in human resources. Doctoral-level graduates may seek employment in post-secondary education, corporations, government, healthcare, and finance.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 13% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for doctoral-level human resource management degree programs may include dissertation research courses along with major coursework. These online classes may provide students with the fundamentals of supervisory concepts, employment laws, and workplace diversity. Core online HR management classes may include the following:

  • Foundations of Human Resource Theory and Practice
  • Creating Adaptive and Innovative Workplaces
  • Attracting and Retaining Quality Employees
  • Human Resources Practices
  • Theory and Practice in Business Management
  • Business Principles and Practices
  • Management Theory Creation

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may gain employment in non-profit organizations, education, government, healthcare, and private consulting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in human resource management are projected to increase by 13% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Director of Human Resources
  • University Professor
  • Human Capital Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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