Anne McCafferty, MBA, SPHR, Carlow University Adjunct Professor, HR expert

Anne McCafferty, MBA, SPHR, adjunct professor in Carlow University's MBA program.

Become a Leader Who Builds Effective Teams

The core of any successful business is its people. That belief is the foundation for Carlow's MBA in Human Resource (HR) Management degree program. We offer a new take on HR-one built on a curriculum that weaves concepts of ethics and social responsibility into every course.

At Carlow University, you'll build skills for developing and managing not just your team, but an entire workforce. You'll prepare for in-demand leadership roles across industries that involve attracting, motivating, and retaining top talent in today's global economy.

MBA Program Highlights

The human resources degree credentials you need to advance as an HR leader are within reach. At Carlow, you'll be able to pursue your goals, with the added benefit of:

  • Courses offered online and/or in person on campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh
  • Practical, hands-on learning experiences
  • Ethics-driven curriculum
  • Simplified admission, with no GRE or GMAT required to apply

Prepare for a career in leadership. Apply for free online.

What Can You Do With an MBA in Human Resource Management?

The career outlook for effective human resources managers is positive. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job prospects in this field are expected to grow 9% from 2016 to 2026. And, with the complex and ever-changing nature of workforce regulations across industries, it is a field that applies to nearly every kind of organization.

Median salary (2017)

$110,120, with the highest 10% earning more than $197,720 annually

Potential job titles
  • Human Resources Advisor
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Vice President of Human Resources 

Wondering which of Carlow's MBA programs is best for you - traditional MBA or E-MBAContact us to discuss your educational goals and qualifications.

What You'll Learn

Carlow's MBA in Human Resources Management (36 credits) is unique it its emphasis on not only business profitability, but also social responsibility. You'll gain core business leadership skills as well as an understanding of issues taking center stage in the HR world, like diversity and inclusion, regulations, health and safety, and the importance of respect and dignity in the workplace. For a deeper dive into the courses you'll take, click here for the plan of study.

MBA Core Curriculum

Every Carlow MBA student completes core curriculum that covers both the hard and soft skills needed for management and executive roles across industries and organizations. Courses are taught through a mix of scholarly and hands-on experiences that will prepare you for real-world business leadership.

Examples of core courses include:

  • Business Writing
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Decision Making for Leaders
  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Advances in IT and IT Management

MBA - Human Resources Management Concentration Courses

MBA-777 Strategic Human Resource Management

This course is an introduction to the role of the human resource professional as a key organizational stakeholder. Topics will include planning, recruitment and selection, total compensation administration, employee relations, budgeting, employment law, technology, and ethical practices.

MBA-778 Employment Law

This course provides a review of federal, state, and local laws affecting employers including discrimination, wage, and collective bargaining issues. Statutes, regulations, executive orders, and court decisions will provide the student with both theoretical and pragmatic competencies in legal analysis of employment-related issues. The life of an employment case will be examined through case discussions and experiential learning.

MBA-779 Capstone Experience

This course combines experiential learning with academic theory and research. Students complete a complex business organization case study by conducting research, analysis and design of strategic solutions across major functional areas of an HR management. The project is completed under instructor supervision.

Note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. For more details about these classes and more, review the Course Catalog. Please also see this program's plan of study


MBA Admissions Requirements

Our graduate program admissions process happens on a rolling basis, meaning you can submit your MBA application any time of year. Applicants are asked to apply for free online, and submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions the applicant attended
  • Personal essay that describes their academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant's leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible for students who do not meet all of the admission criteria, but who exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Have questions about applying to enroll in Carlow's human resources MBA program? Contact our office of graduate admissions