Human Resources and Organizational Behavior Concentration

People are every organization's most important resource. An abundance of research evidence confirms the strong relationship between effective utilization of human resources and sustained organizational success, with even moderate changes in human resources practices resulting in a 10 to 20 percent increase in market value. Organizations with effective people management strategies have decreased absenteeism and turnover, increased sales and profits, and higher long-term returns. The expertise and competencies developed from studying Human Resources Management (HRM) and Organizational Behavior (OB) will support any managerial leader in identifying, developing, and rewarding committed, high performing employees. The Human Resources Management function in organizations is develops systems and implements practices that support all managerial leaders to effectively recruit, select, train, evaluate, compensate, motivate and discipline employees. In many organizations, HRM/OB expertise is applied to organizational communication, development, and innovation functions. Please check each elective description for pre-requisites.


The Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior Concentration is designed for students who want to master knowledge and skills in developing systems to for managing people to meet the strategic needs of organizations in both the public and private sector. Courses cover the interrelationships between organizational strategy, structure, policies, and practices with the motivation, satisfaction and creativity of employees. The concentration emphasizes global awareness, innovative practices, and ethical application. All courses in the HRM/OB Concentration will provide students with strategic, up-to-date knowledge from the fields of management, leadership, team building, organizational development, and human resources management. HRM/OB courses engage students through project-based exercises with the decisions and challenges facing today’s managers and HR professionals.


MBA with Human Resources and Organizational Behavior Degree Requirement (42 Semester Units)

To complete the MBA with Human Resources and Organizational Behavior, a student must complete the following:


The following 27 core units are required for all M.B.A. students:

  • MKTG 601 - Managerial Communications (1.5 units)
  • MGMT 601 - Leading People in Organizations (1.5 units)
  • BAN 602 - Quantitative Fundamentals for Analytics (3 units)
  • MGMT 603 - Managing Complex Issues in Global Context (3 units)
  • ACCT  604 - Financial Accounting (3 units)
  • FIN      605 - Corporate Financial Management (3 units)
  • ECON 606 - Managerial Economics (3 units)
  • MKTG 607 - Marketing Management (3 units)
  • MGMT 608 - Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 units)
  • MGMT 609 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 units)

Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior Concentration


Students select any four (4) courses, for 12 units, from the following:

  • MGMT 610 - Strategic Human Resources Management Units: 3
  • MGMT 612 - Strategic Compensation and Reward Systems Units: 3
  • MGMT 614 - Talent Management Units: 3
  • MGMT 616 - People Analytics Units: 3
  • MGMT 618 - Human Resources and the Law Units: 3
  • MGMT 620 - Leading Teams and Managing Creativity Units: 3
  • MGMT 624 - Special Topics in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior Units: 3
  • MGMT 622 - Managing the Global Workplace Units: 3


The following capstone is required for 3 units to complete the degree:

  • MGMT 693 - Strategic Management Capstone (Project) Units: 3

Contact MBA Human Resources and Organizational Behavior Advisor Dr. Asha Rao