Human Resource Management - Oregon State MBA

Human Resource Management



In the 21st century, human resource management is about more than staffing, compensation and benefits. Human resource managers are tasked with finding and attracting diverse and global talent, creating fair and safe workplaces for all employees, developing and retaining employees through their career stages, and helping people thrive in changing work environments.

Human resource management professionals increasingly rely on analytics to inform successful initiatives and are expected to understand the science of decision-making and in influence, biases related to social judgments in the workplace, and the changing legal landscape within the U.S. and abroad. You’ll learn evidence-based, data-driven practices and skills for implementing new workforce initiatives within organizations.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the MBA in Human Resource Management will be able to:

  • Develop a strategic plan for the human resource needs of an organization based on its goals and objectives
  • Evaluate human resource data such as demographics, job characteristics, compensation, and satisfaction using appropriate analytical techniques
  • Outline HRM legal obligations confronting organizations
  • Critique recruitment and selection methodologies of an organization


The Human Resource Management option requires 60 credit-hours of coursework, including:

Core – 1

Human Resource Management

15 Credits
BA 513

Business Legal Environment

3 Credits

Provides the essential legal foundation for business managers in companies operating in the U.S. Effective strategies for managers to prevent and resolve legal disputes will be stressed. Topics include legal issues related to corporate forms, creating and enforcing contracts, reducing exposure to tort liability and the role of employees as agents of a business.

BA 514

Operations Management

3 Credits

Provides a foundation for business managers in statistics and operations management. Emphasis on quantitative tools for sampling, interval estimation and hypothesis testing as well as operations management concepts for processes, quality systems, supply chain management, inventory management, resource planning, and sustainable lean systems.

PREREQS: College Algebra

BA 515

Managerial Decision Tools

3 Credits

Develop business management skills by learning the principles of managerial and financial accounting. Emphasis will be placed on understanding financial statements, cost analysis, and funding decisions. Focuses on integrating the theoretical framework of accounting and finance with the “hands on” technical skills needed to evaluate financial decisions within an organization.

PREREQS: College Algebra

BA 516

Creating Value in Exchange

3 Credits

A graduate-level survey course that provides a foundation for business managers in the concepts of marketing. The student will develop an understanding of marketing principles and an awareness of marketing challenges.

PREREQS: Microeconomics

BA 517

Markets and Valuation

3 Credits

Introduces students to the basic questions facing a financial manager and the tools a financial manager uses to find answers to these questions. Introduces the basic tools of finance and applications of financial theory in use today. Students will be introduced to legal, ethical, technology, and global issues facing a financial manager. The course is designed to enhance a student’s approach to financial decision making and emphasizes technical analysis and quantitative approaches to decision making.

PREREQS: BA 515 with a minimum grade of B- or higher.

Core – 2

Human Resource Management

27 Credits
BA 528

Financial and Cost Analysis

3 Credits

Analysis of the balance sheet and income statement to determine profitability, risk, and rate of return; preparation of pro forma financial statements; cost measurement for products, projects, jobs, customers, and markets; strategic cost decision making for pricing and resource allocation.

BA 540

Corporate Finance

3 Credits

Emphasizes analytical tools to measure and manage firm value, through corporate strategies such as mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, international expansion, and new venture development.

BA 550

Organization Leadership and Management

3 Credits

Organization-wide implementation issues driven by change. Provides a balanced view of the structural and human sides of organization design.

BA 555

Practical Business Analysis

3 Credits

Advanced survey of quantitative business methods useful for aiding management decisions. Topics include a review of basic statistics, mathematical programming, business simulation, statistical process control, advanced regression analysis and forecasting.

BA 561

Supply Chain Management

3 Credits

Covers tools and concepts needed to manage the entire supply chain effectively. Topics include negotiation, purchasing, logistics operations, and applying e-business tools. Emphasis on creating integrated supply chains.

BA 569

Advanced Strategic Management

3 Credits

Advanced integrative case-based course on the process of systematically developing and managing firm strategies. Topics are covered from a general management perspective and include setting corporate goals and objectives, analyzing external competitive environments, understanding business models, identifying strategy options, and designing appropriate organization systems and structure for implementation of plans. International and e-business issues are integrated throughout.

BA 572

Advanced Information Systems

3 Credits

The development, implementation and management of information technology applications will be addressed. Topics will address the development and application of technology to support linkages within the organization and outside the organization. Projects will be assigned to illustrate the topics.

BA 590

Marketing Management

3 Credits

Provides students with an understanding of how a market-orientation can help firms to profitably deliver value to their targeted customers. Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, and case discussions, students will learn how to analyze complex marketing challenges, and make strategic decisions based on established marketing management principles.

MGMT 559

Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

3 Credits

Introduces students to contemporary issues managers face making ethical and socially-responsible decisions in an increasingly competitive, transparent, and global environment. Practical examples and cases, as well as contemporary behavioral ethics research and theory are incorporated throughout the course.

Human Resource Management

18 Credits
BANA 560

Data Analytics for Competitive Advantage

3 Credits

Case studies, hands-on data analysis experience, and a class project will introduce basic concepts of data analytics, sketch the lifecycle of a data analytics project, and connect analytics to business consequences. Students will use representative analytic tools to support decision making.

MGMT 548

Employee Recruitment & Selection

4 Credits

Provides an in-depth coverage of best practices pertaining to the process of attracting, selecting, and hiring new employees in modern organizations. Topics that will be emphasized include recruitment tactics, legal issues related to staffing, the criteria organizations use to make hiring decisions, and the strengths and weaknesses of various techniques used to evaluate prospective applicants throughout the selection process. The implications of what we discuss for the organization, the hiring manager, and the job-seeker are considered.

MGMT 549

Compensation Management

4 Credits

Students will understand and design methods of compensation aimed at motivating and rewarding employee contributions to the organization. Employee contributions may include behavior, skills and goods/services that employees produce as individuals, teams, business units, projects or organizations. Topics include pay strategies and structures, performance measurement and evaluation, and various non-salary incentives.

MGMT 553

Human Resources Management

4 Credits

Personnel administration for line supervisors and managers. Integrates systems approach to understanding government regulation of employment, resolution of workplace personnel problems, and performance-based personnel management.

MGMT 574


3 Credits

Students will learn the theories of negotiation and the techniques to develop an effective negotiation style.

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