Grand Canyon University

M.B.A.: Strategic Human Resource Management


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.B.A.: Strategic Human Resource Management

Format: Online

Program Description:

9% growth
Estimated 9% growth for human resources managers from 2020 to 2030, as of September 20211

An MBA with an Emphasis in Strategic Human Resource Management is an advanced degree that teaches you how to manage important aspects of HR, including employee relations, talent acquisition, staff turnover and company benefits. Human capital is invaluable for business success. Strategic human resource management is a proactive approach for developing talent. It aims to achieve long-term business objectives and meet organizational challenges. Strategic human resource management emphasizes the fostering of a positive and efficient company culture that embraces innovation.

Earn Your MBA in Strategic Human Resource (HR) Management From GCU

Learn why an online MBA in strategic human resource management from GCU is the right choice:

    Collaborate in online courses
    All courses for the MBA in HR are online.
    Use your transfer credits
    You can use any applicable transfer credits from your previous education.

The Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Strategic Human Resource Management offered by Grand Canyon University (GCU) guides you through the core concepts in human capital. As an MBA in HR degree emphasis candidate, you can learn to apply sound theory and research to further organizational success. The challenging but affordable MBA in HR program is offered by the Colangelo College of Business.

These are three main principles of the Colangelo College of Business:

    Business as a force for good
        Conduct business guided by conscious capitalism to elevate humanity in your community and all around the world.
    Free markets and purpose for prosperity
        There is a higher purpose of business. Orient your business around your stakeholders for long-term success.
    Business as ministry
        Love, care and support your team through a Christian perspective.

Admission Requirements for GCU’s Online MBA in Human Resource Management

Institutionally Accredited School

Learn the Strategic HR Process With an MBA in Human Resources Online

During the MBA in strategic human resources management program, you can acquire an in-depth understanding of the strategic human resource management process, and how these practices support the overall vision of an organization. As an MBA in HR candidate, you will be taught to examine the strategic application of research and quantitative methods to inform business decisions. There is an emphasis on ethical decision-making, Christian servant leadership and critical analysis.

The curriculum for an MBA in HR is aligned with the standards and core competencies outlined by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Study Advanced Topics During Your MBA in Strategic HR Management

GCU’s MBA in strategic human resource management includes coursework on general business principles and human resource management in particular. Some of the course topics you will cover include:

    Gaining a competitive advantage through HR
    Human capital
    Methods and concepts of strategic management
    Leadership within organizations
    Managing operations

You may take evening courses or earn an MBA in strategic human resource management online. GCU’s online classroom community provides robust opportunities for peer engagement and intellectually stimulating discussions. This MBA in human resources degree emphasis program requires a total of 54 credits for graduation. Most of the online courses are eight weeks long.

Acquire Sound Business Principles and Specialized Knowledge in HR Management

This affordable, advanced degree program guides you in acquiring core foundational knowledge of sound business principles, as well as specialized knowledge in strategic human resource management. Some of the learning objectives include the following:

    Strategic management of human capital, including talent management, workforce diversity, employee development and motivation, succession planning and performance matrix
    The complexities of human resource management amidst mergers, acquisitions, downsizing and globalization
    E-commerce applications, emerging technologies and telecommunications
    Sound business practices across the areas of accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing

Business organizations, nonprofit groups, business consulting organizations and government agencies may all hire experts in strategic human resource management.

1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2020, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resources Managers.

2 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Human Resources Managers as of May 2021, retrieved on Oct. 25, 2022. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as Human Resources Managers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must have a Bachelor Degree to apply.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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