North Carolina-based Meredith College has announced that it has added a concentration in human resources management to its MBA program.
Students who choose the new concentration will be required to take four electives in human resources, which include courses like "Developing Human Capital" and "Ethical and Legal Employment Issues."
The new HR concentration will touch on a range of topics important to the field. "The concentration piece gives the HR professional additional knowledge and skills to succeed in human resources," says Kristy Dixon, assistant professor of business at Meredith. "By covering the key elements of ethical and legal implications, staffing, compensation and benefits, and strategic management, our program equips a student with the competencies needed in today's workforce."
Furthermore, the new concentration is set to help students tap into a growing demand for HR managers in the area. "The Triangle [North Carolina's Raleigh-Durham Research Triangle] is expecting a significant growth in HR manager positions in the next several years," according to Jane Barnes, interim dean of Meredith's School of Business.
"An MBA with a concentration in HR will give candidates for those positions a broad knowledge of overall business strategy, thus providing them a competitive edge and helping prepare them to be leaders in the HR field,” Barnes added.
Additionally, human resources professionals who complete the concentration will be able to earn up to 15 hours of Senior Professional Human Resources business credits for the Society for Human Resource Management continuing education.
Meredith College is accredited by AACSB International. The program also offers students the opportunity to pursue a certificate in health informatics.
The new HR concentration will be available for students who enroll in Meredith's MBA program beginning in May 2015. For more information, please see the Meredith College press release announcing the launch of the MBA concentration in human resources.