About OU's Master of Arts in Human Resources
The Master of Arts in Human Resources (MAHR) online degree program at Ottawa University prepares students to develop, support and administrate personnel in business organizations across all industries. Graduates of this masters program will understand the challenges of employment and staffing; the complexities of compensation and benefits; the policies and programs that promote employee responsibility, production and satisfaction; and the methods to hire, retain and terminate employees based on legal policies and ethical parameters that protect both the rights of workers and the interests of the company.
With OU’s MAHR degree, you will be poised to lead HR teams in organizations of every industry reach their goals. Whether it’s in education, manufacturing, local government, private corporations or non-profits, every organization wants to attract the most qualified employees for their job opportunities. This graduate degree program is designed to help you increase your human resources skills to positively impact the lives of others.
Ottawa’s online masters in human resources is designed for busy working adults who are looking to advance their career. The program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to assume leadership roles in human resources and related professions as human resources managers, consultants, employee and student development counselors, or trainers.
Additionally, students in the Master of Arts in Human Resources program will have the option to personalize their education by selecting one of two areas of concentration:
Career Outlook for the MAHR
There are a number of HR career paths and advancement opportunities in just about every industry imaginable. For example, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resources professionals is projected to grow 7% through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for human resources managers was $116,720 in May 2019. The lowest 10% earned less than $68,300, and the highest 10% earned more than $205,720.
Every organization wants to attract the most qualified employees and match them to jobs for which they are best suited. In the past, human resources workers performed the administrative function of an organization, such as handling employee benefits questions or recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new staff in accordance with policies established by top management. Today’s human resources workers manage these tasks, but, increasingly, they also consult with top executives regarding strategic planning. They have moved from behind-the-scenes staff work to leading the company in suggesting and changing policies.
Ottawa’s Master of Arts in Human Resources degree also prepares you to take the exam leading to designation as a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and the program is fully aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, only 252 programs in 201 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides, templates and standards.
The MAHR in Perspective
If you’re wondering if it’s worth it and asking yourself, “What can I do with a human resources graduate degree?” think about this: There are a number of HR career paths and advancement opportunities in just about every of industry imaginable. Today, those holding a human resources graduate degree perform beyond the requisite administrative functions, but increasingly consult with top executives regarding strategic planning. They have moved from being behind-the-scenes administrators to leadership roles whereby they are oftentimes involved in changing company policies.
For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a program overview.
Become a HR leader in the industry of your choice by pursuing a Master of Arts in Human Resources.
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