Meredith MBA Adds Concentration in Human Resources Management

Strong, knowledgeable, and ethical human resource management professionals are always in high demand. To meet the need for skilled professionals, the Meredith MBA has a new option — a human resource management concentration designed to complement the MBA's core curriculum.

“The Triangle is expecting a significant growth in HR manager positions in the next several years. 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,” said Jane Barnes, interim dean of Meredith’s School of Business.

To earn the concentration, students will complete the 30-credit-hour Meredith MBA – choosing two human resource management elective courses – along with two additional human resource management electives for a total of 36 credit hours. Human resources professionals who complete the concentration will be able to earn up to 15 hours of Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) business credits for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) continuing education.

Meredith is accepting applications now for the new program. New students can begin classes in The Meredith MBA with HR Management concentration in May 2015.

Meredith’s School of Business has a long history of providing an excellent HR education on the undergraduate level. The College’s SHRM chapter has been repeatedly recognized for excellence, including being named an outstanding student chapter in 2013-14.

Assistant Professor of Business Kristy Dixon was SHRM’s national adviser of the year in 2013. An HR professional in addition to her role as a faculty member in Meredith’s program, Dixon said the new MBA concentration will provide the right mix of skills for an HR manager.

“Students will get a solid base of business acumen from the MBA program so they will understand the strategy needed in today's organizations,” Dixon said.  “The concentration piece gives the HR professional additional knowledge and skills to succeed in human resources.  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. “ 

Meredith’s undergraduate HR program was ranked #3 on’s 2014 list of the top 25 undergraduate human resources programs. The organization considered programs that are aligned with the SHRM curriculum guidelines, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and also report having an active student chapter of the SHRM. U.S. News and World Report ranking and four-year graduation rates were also part of the decision-making process.

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