PhD - Business Administration: Human Resources Management

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Do you have the desire to develop the administrative skills and knowledge of management strategies needed to oversee corporate human resources operations? If this is your career goal, then you might benefit by enrolling in Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources Management program. Read on for more information about this online doctoral degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Once you are enrolled in Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources Management program, you will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of various business practices while learning about management techniques and processes in employee relations and development. Topics discussed in specialization courses include organizational behavior, human resource information technology, pay and benefits structures, labor relations, change management, global management issues, labor laws, and management theories. Foundation courses present an overview of processes and managerial techniques in finance, marketing, accounting, business economics, information systems, and business law in addition to providing study in statistics, business ethics and leadership. Research and analytical methods are taught throughout the program to help you prepare and present a written and oral dissertation.

What Are the Prerequisites?

As an aspiring student of Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources Management program, you should possess a master's degree and have some professional experience in a corporate setting. You might also have strong communication, organizational and problem solving skills.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources Management program requires the completion of 60 credits. You must complete 48 credits in required courses and at least 12 credits in the dissertation process. Coursework is taken in a specific sequence as shown below.

Required Ph.D. Foundation Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
BTM 7101-8Foundations for Doctoral Study in Business
MGT 7019-8Ethics in Business
SKS 7000-8Doctoral Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies
BTM 8104-8Statistics I

Ph.D. in Business Required Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
Specialization Course 1
BTM 8102-8Business Research Methodology
Specialization Course 2
BTM 8103-8Research Design
Specialization Course 3
BTM 8108-8Qualitative Research Design
Specialization Course 4
BTM 8107-8Statistics II
Specialization Course 5
BTM 8106-8Quantitative Research Design
BTM 8109-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Business
Specialization Courses (Select five of the following courses)
HRM 7000-8Human Resources Management
HRM 7001-8Information Systems within HR
HRM 7002-8Compensation and Benefits
HRM 7003-8Labor Relations
HRM 7004-8Supervising in the 21st Century
HRM 7006-8Change and Innovation within HRM
HRM 7007-8Cultural Issues
HRM 7008-8Legal Issues in Human Resource Management

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Course NumberCourse Title
CMP9500B Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
DIS9501BDoctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS9502BDoctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS9503BDoctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS9504BDoctoral Dissertation Research IV

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Completion of Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources Management program could prepare you to explore senior management or directorial opportunities in the human resources departments of nearly any type of corporation. You could also apply the skills you might have developed in the program to positions in employment agencies, government offices, or nonprofit agencies. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Job Analyst
  • Human Resources Director
  • Employment Agency Director
  • Corporate Training Program Director