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M.B.A in Human Resource Management

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The USC School of Business currently offers five MBA Programs. The programs are structured to prepare and develop leaders of integrity, and strong commitment to sound business ethics and practices. The program focuses on building competencies that business partners have identified as essential for employment success, such as change leadership, strategic thinking and action-oriented approach to HRM. Each graduate must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in his/her area of specialty. A sample of courses required for the M.B.A in Human Resource Management is presented below.

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  • MBAR631: Contemporary Aspects of Human Resources Management
    This course reviews the human resource management body of knowledge using the template of the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as its starting point. It then explores contemporary themes and issues in human resource management including international and comparative HRM, ethics, careers and knowledge management, work-life balance, diversity, downsizing, employee participation, emotion at work, flexibility, and workplace bullying.

  • MBAR642: Strategic Human Resource Management
    The purpose of this course is to study human resources from a strategic point of view. Theories and concepts related to the formulation and implementation of Human Resource Strategies will be examined. The overall strategy and supportive policies of the firm, operating under competitive conditions, from the Human Resources point of view will be analyzed. Ultimately, the learner will be able to make improved Human Resource decisions based on the firm’s operational plan.

  • MBAR653: Performance Management
    This course addresses a timely and important issue for all managers and HR professionals: How to measure and develop the performance of individuals and groups and align performance with the organization’s strategic objectives. Specifically, this course is designed to expose students to the methods, theories, research findings, and issues regarding employee performance in organizations. At the end of the module students will be expected to have a very good knowledge of how to design and implement performance management systems.

  • MBAR664: Industrial Relations
    This course discusses issues pertaining to work and industrial law. Topics covered include employment contract, employer and employee obligations, terms and regulations of work as well as management prerogatives. Principles of wrongful behavior and domestic investigations are emphasized. This course also discusses matters with regards to industrial relations, workers’ union, collective bargaining, collective agreements, industrial disputes and resolutions.