Franklin Pierce University’s M.B.A. in Human Resource Management has an emphasis in Strategic
Human Resource Management. This program is one the few master’s programs in the United
States and the only one in New Hampshire, that addresses all of the Society for Human Resource
Management’s (SHRM) critical competencies for Human Resource (HR) professionals.
Coursework first prepares students to look at organizations from a system-wide perspective and
apply strategic thinking and critical analysis. Then students are provided the opportunity to apply
their learning to authentic environments such as their current job or their community. Graduates will
be well-prepared for careers as Directors or Vice Presidents of HR, Senior HR Specialists, Senior HR
Generalists, or as business leaders with a strategic Human Resource Management focus.
The M.B.A. in Human Resource Management program is designed to meet the needs of working
adults. Classes are available online or in a hybrid (combination of traditional classroom and
This dynamic program is enhanced by the guidance of an impressive industry advisory council with
Senior HR professionals from U.S. Cellular, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Entelechy Inc., the
United States General Services Administration, GOAL/QPC, Aegis Consulting and Solutions, the
Society of Human Resource Management New Hampshire State Council and the Northeast Region,
as well as other employment law and training industry leaders. The purpose of the council is to support
the continuous improvement of the program and to share their knowledge and experience regarding
HR with Franklin Pierce University students through informal and formal networking opportunities
Graduates of the Franklin Pierce University M.B.A.
program will develop the abilities to:
• Understand classic leadership theory, and analyze
diverse organizational cultures from different
frames of reference.
• Articulate their concept of leadership and
management to advocate for and effect meaningful
change, and demonstrate their skills as leaders.
• Apply knowledge, values, disposition and critical
thinking skills to business environments.
• Identify, gather, organize, interpret and synthesize
information, making use of an expert body of
knowledge to become competent problems
solvers and decision makers.
• Communicate persuasively and coherently using
oral, written and electronic methods.
• Recognize ethical dilemmas in the business
• Use valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative
methods of inquiry and decision making.
• Understand, analyze and employ data and results
of financial statements and reports.
• Appreciate cultural relativism as it relates to global
• Understand the relationships of government,
business and economic systems within society.
• Exercise informed social responsibility within
organizational and community frameworks.
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates
in Human Resource Management will achieve these
additional M.B.A. outcomes:
• The ability to assess human resource needs in an
organization and develop effective organizational
strategies for recruitment, retention and
appropriate work productivity standards with an
understanding of laws related to human resources.
• The leadership skills to effectively manage within
the human resource environment.
• The financial foundation to engage in short and
long range planning.
• The communication skills to effectively manage
within the organization across all disciplines that
comprise the institutional structure.
Accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) Standards:
Each of the eleven Standards articulates a dimension of institutional quality. In applying the Standards, the Commission assesses and makes a determination about the effectiveness of the institution as a whole. The institution:
has clearly defined purposes appropriate to an institution of higher learning;
has assembled and organized those resources necessary to achieve its purposes;
is achieving its purposes;
has the ability to continue to achieve its purposes.
Meets SHRM critical competencies for HR professionals.
International Student Requirements:
Same as Domestic students, plus English language competency
Facts & Figures
# of Credits Required:
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):
In State Tuition (per year):
Out State Tuition (per year):
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