MBA in Human Resource Management (Research Track)

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Take your human resources career to the next level. UCC’s 100% online MBA equips you with the knowledge you need to succeed in HR

The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean’s (UCC) 100% online MBA in Human Resource Management will deepen your knowledge of economics, cost-based decision making, corporate financial management, operations, marketing strategy, organizational management, corporate planning and more. You will apply the theories learned in the digital classroom to real-world workplace challenges, learn to collaborate and work effectively in teams across and within functional areas, enhance your communication skills, sharpen your critical and analytical thinking, deepen your ethical decision-making in business contexts, and proactively anticipate rapidly changing business challenges in a global economy.


The human resource management specialization comprises three courses designed to help enhance your knowledge and ability in the areas of talent management, employment law, and labor law. You will learn about current and emerging HRM best practices, how to apply strategic initiatives; how to recruit and manage the right people; how to solve a broad range of complex challenges in human resources, and how to develop a workplace culture that will engage workers, develop leaders, and create a creative and inspiring workplace.


In addition to this learning, this track of the MBA in Human Resource Management program includes the chance to demonstrate your capacity to research a business issue and complete a research project of your choosing. You will be encouraged to think critically and creatively as you investigate your chosen topic and produce a report demonstrating your findings. This pathway is often the best choice if you intend to pursue a doctoral degree.

You’ll learn how to…


  • Develop a comprehensive strategic human resource management approach incorporating alternative methods for managing people in an organization.
  • Design effective planning frameworks for talent acquisition, initial induction, and individual and team-based development to support optimal performance within the workplace.
  • Formulate retention strategies adaptable to future organizational developments and evaluate the impact of diversity and engagement on organizational success.
  • Analyze change management processes develop innovative solutions for effective change management.
  • Build change management plans based on cultural, technological, organizational structure, and leadership factors, and evaluate the effectiveness of change and monitor the process to enable change success factors.
  • Design inclusive and equitable policy frameworks that address issues related to diversity and engagement, formulating a comprehensive diversity and engagement plans that incorporate best practices and align with organizational goals and values.

And elevate your skills and career…


There’s high demand for HR, the need for Human Resource Managers is expected to increase by 7% by 2031. Equip yourself with the management skills needed to handle industry pressure and workplace challenges by pursuing a career in HR in roles such as:


  • Chief HR Officer
  • Human Resources Manager or Director
  • International Human Resources Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • HR Consultant
  • Executive Recruiter

With a program designed for your needs…


Are you looking to grow your career, but need to keep earning while you learn? This program is designed to prepare the HR leaders and managers of the future with fundamental business skills and specialized human resources knowledge without the need for a study break.


You will be able to access to your course materials anytime and anywhere with completely online and self-paced study and balance your learning with other life commitments including work and family.

Program Courses

Business Strategy

Business strategy consists of the theories, concepts, and methods top and middle-level managers can use to ensure the profitable and long-term growth of their organizations. Strategy helps general managers (as opposed to functional managers whose responsibilities focus on one function such as finance, production, marketing, human resources, IT, etc.), make better decisions to improve the competitive position of their organization in the long run and create value for its key stakeholders.


Gain a perspective on organizations, both within and outside of the for-profit business world. Strategic analysis and managerial thinking applies to organizations regardless of their activities, for or not-for-profit orientation, governance structure, geographic locations, size, etc. You’ll examine the main theories, concepts, and models of strategic analysis and their role in management practice.

Economics for Managers

Explore a wide range of economic concepts, theories and analytical techniques and key economic fundamentals. You will learn about the supply and demand model – the fundamental market model where trade-offs and choices are considered by comparing benefits and costs. Product and market structures, including perfectly competitive, monopolistically competitive, oligopolies, and monopolies, are also analyzed at the firm level.

Macroeconomic issues of fiscal and monetary policy are explored at an aggregate level. Finally, you’ll gain an understanding of selected topics in international trade, financial markets, economic growth, and positive and negative externalities.

Financial Accounting and Analysis

Many business decisions throughout every level of an organization are based on the information found in the company’s financial statements. Explore how small and large process changes can increase organizational efficiency and profits through analyzing financial statement information. You’ll also examine how decisions made about capital projects, long-term investments, and a company’s risk aversion impact the bottom line.

Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Examine the skills and characteristics necessary to be an effective leader. You’ll learn how to apply leadership skills during change and in multicultural and diverse environments. The common thread throughout the course will be leading with strong managerial ethics, emotional intelligence, and reflective leadership. You’ll also examine the relationship between contemporary leadership issues and classical leadership theory.

Marketing Management

Explore the design and implementation of the best combination of marketing efforts to carry out an organization's strategy in its target markets. You’ll develop an understanding of how an organization can benefit by creating and delivering value to its customers, and stakeholders, and the skills in applying the analytical concepts and tools of marketing to such decisions as segmentation and targeting, branding, pricing, distribution, and promotion.


Modern business is conducted by economic organizations in a highly competitive market environment. Managers often make decisions under severe time pressure without sufficient information. Ethical decision making in business cannot be considered apart from the complexity and uncertainty of actual situations. Therefore, the focus of the course is on ethical questions from the point of view of the practicing manager, with the aim of making ethical decisions that are consistent with effective corporate management.


Develop your understanding of theoretical and practical insights and developments in the fields of business ethics and sustainable business and learn the principles, practices, and ethical concerns/challenges organizations face in their daily operations. You will also gain an understanding of the theoretical basis of business ethics: stakeholder-theory, theories of responsibility and normative ethical theory, as well as intercultural ethics.

Global Strategic Management

Conduct a strategic assessment of the overall global competitive environment and consider how an organization can leverage resources, capabilities, and preferential entry modes to create competitive advantages when entering a foreign market. As part of the final assessment of global strategy, you’ll take part either virtually or in-person in an international trip, visiting one to two foreign locations to experience local business culture. You’ll use theoretical knowledge to assess the strategy of an international organization in an applied cultural context. 

Managing People for Competitive Advantage (Available Soon)

People are an organization’s most valuable resource. The quality of an organization’s talent is perhaps the single most important resource contributing to its profitability and or viability. Leaders and managers within the contemporary organizational context appreciate that a critical source of competitive advantage comes from the effective management of human resources. Product designs or service processes, creative marketing strategies, while critical, are not considered sufficient to deliver sustainable competitive advantage.


Academics, policy makers and practitioners are thus paying greater attention to work force issues. Managing human resources is as much a science as it is an art; it represents the combination of the application of scientific principles and practices, and, the application of personal characteristics. The human resource function exists within the organization in order to support the achievement of the organization’s strategic imperatives.

Diversity & Employee Engagement

Equip yourself with a thorough understanding of the advantages and challenges presented by workplace diversity, and suggest techniques to effectively manage and maximize the benefits of diversity. You will be guided through a comprehensive understanding of how to effectively manage diversity based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ability, national origin, and intersectionality in organizations as well as issues various groups face, including discrimination. 

You’ll also analyze data in ways that facilitate the development and evaluation of human resource (HR) policies, practices, and strategies. Finally, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the human resource management practices that facilitate employee engagement as well as how to conduct a competent workforce survey and use the data to assess and maintain as well as improve employee engagement.

Organizational Change & Development

Examine methods to improve organizational effectiveness. You’ll study organizational change, including the concept of planning change, the basic roles and styles of the change manager, as well as resistance to organizational change and how to overcome it. You’ll discuss all aspects of dealing with the people aspects of organizational change from the perspective of a change leader or consultant. Topics cover personal change, models and frameworks for change, methods for changing corporate culture and mindsets, approaches to strategy execution, and techniques for implementing new organizational designs and technologies.

Strategic Human Resource Management

Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills necessary to align individual and team-based activities with the organization's mission and vision and to thus optimize the contribution made by the workforce to the achievement of its long-term ambitions. You’ll adopt a balanced approach to the study of strategic human resource management by synthesizing a combination of academic theory and practitioner experiences, drawn from a broad range of operating environments. As such, you’ll be able to review and evaluate an organization's current operating environment; develop frameworks to diagnose workforce-related problems and propose solutions; and anticipate and prepare for uncertain organizational challenges. 

Research Methods for Business and Management

Develop your understanding of research in general and business. You’ll address both academic business research and business consultancy research and examine the concepts and theories underlying research, as well as the practice of research.

This course has an applied focus. Your readings and assignments are designed to identify a feasible research topic and develop a research proposal for academic business or business consultancy research. You will examine how research problems and questions may be identified, and the process of achieving thoughtful, effective, and efficient research design. You will also investigate the importance of the literature review and how it can be carried out for optimal effectiveness in research.


Learn the research methodologies and methods, as well as the techniques of the research process as applied to business, whether as a business consultant or as an academic researcher. You will also study the philosophical and epistemological assumptions underpinning the research approaches and methodologies, as well as their role in determining the design and implementation of the research. Finally, you will also gain an understanding of the ethical aspects of research and consultancy.

Applied Research for Business and Management I (Available Soon)

Demonstrate your capacity to research a business issue and complete a research project of your choosing. Your research project will involve identifying a research question or problem, reviewing existing literature, designing a research study, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings in a research report.


You will be encouraged to think critically and creatively, and to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world problems in business and management. On completion, you will have completed a research project demonstrating your ability to conduct applied research and to communicate research findings effectively.

Applied Research for Business and Management II (Available Soon)

Continue your learning and development of a research project that you began in Applied Research for Business and Management II. Demonstrate your capacity to research a business issue and complete a research project of your choosing. Your research project will involve identifying a research question or problem, reviewing existing literature, designing a research study, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings in a research report.


You will be encouraged to think critically and creatively, and to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world problems in business and management. On completion, you will have completed a research project demonstrating your ability to conduct applied research and to communicate research findings effectively.


For entry into this program you will need…


  • An accredited bachelor’s degree
  • UCC Global teaches all programs and courses in English. Applicants whose most recent education was not in English will need to demonstrate English language proficiency by completing an approved English language test such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Both TOEFL Paper-based (PBT) and TOEFL Internet-based (IBT) are accepted.

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