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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.

SHRM Approved

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.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Ottawa University, accreditation of selected business programs.

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.

To learn more about Ottawa's online MAHR degree, contact us today.

Master of Arts in Human Resources (36 credit hours)

Managing Human Resources Costs | HRC 7361 (3 credit hours)
Monitor and assess financial achievements of human resources goals, as well as other financial planning and control mechanisms within the work organization.

Human Resources Planning and Administration | HRC 7411 (3 credit hours)
Integration of human resources with strategic business functions and planning. Examines issues of structure, staffing, effectiveness, performance and assessment and diversity within organizations.

Wage, Salary, and Benefit Administration | HRC 7461 (3 credit hours)
Provides comprehensive overview of the elements of compensation, legal ramifications and compensation design and design of benefits programs and their impact on compensation and recruitment.

Recruitment Selection and Placement | HRC 7561 (3 credit hours)
Examine issues and methods for effective recruitment, employment selection and job placement. Compare various methods and procedures used as related to job requirements.

Training and Development | HRC 7601 (3 credit hours)
Cover fundamentals, purpose and role of the training and development function in human resources. Includes needs assessment, program development, methods and technologies, management development, evaluation of interventions.

Organizational Behavior and Theory | HRC 7611 (3 credit hours)
Examines human behavior as it impacts the work organization. Includes theoretical foundations of motivation, group dynamics, leadership, decision-making, satisfaction and performance.

Employment Law | HRC 7741 (3 credit hours)
Examination of Equal Employment Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Leave Act and other recent and forthcoming legislation. Discuss impact for employee relations and management training for compliance.

Value Systems and Professional Ethics | HRF 7001 (3 credit hours)
Study of personal and corporate value systems and decision making. Investigation of personal beliefs, purposes and attitudes, and their effects on self and others. Examines the ethical dimensions of organizational structures and practices.

Trends, Issues, and Perspectives in Human Resources | HRF 7111 (3 credit hours)
Extended overview of the role of human resources in organizations. Existing theory and practice as well as new and emerging topics in the field.

Research: Assessment and Evaluation | HRF 7161 (3 credit hours)
Develop conceptual and analytical skills and knowledge to assess organizational needs and program effectiveness through the use of research methodologies.

Applied Case Studies in Human Resources | HRF 8481 (3 credit hours)
Seminar for graduating students in which participants develop a major case study of human resource issues, programs and policies in a current organization, most often their own. Draws from previous courses as issues are identified, analyzed and discussed.


Elective course (3 credit hours)

Organization Consultation Skills | HRC 7661 (3 credit hours)
Emphasis on the consulting process in organizations including the role and skills of a consultant, internal versus external consulting, contracting for services, resistance to change, diagnosis, data collection and interventions to improve organizational performance. Apply consulting skills to case simulation.

Career Development | HRC 7811 (3 credit hours)
Studies issues and methods involved in career development, as well as the personal and organizational issues and practices relevant to individual careers. Examines career development methods and their application to specific work situations.

Managing a Culturally Diverse Workplace | HRC 7841 (3 credit hours)
Study of how gender, ethnicity and other cultural diversity dimensions influence organizational behavior and outcomes. Includes theory and techniques for working with and leading diverse workforce in order to increase organizational effectiveness and to enable all members to reach their full potential.

Advanced Special Topics: SHRM Certificate PrepHRC 8552 (3 credit hours)
Course covers a detailed review of Human Resource Management and preparation for the Human Resource Certification Institute certification examination. Students will study particular facets of HR management in detail and prepare students for the HRCI examination using the Society of Human Resource Management Learning System Materials.


​*Students interested in preparing for the SHRM SCP (Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional) should take Advanced Special Topics: SHRM Certificate Prep | HRC 8552 as the elective in this program.

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