Ohio’s business environment makes it a great state in which to pursue a degree in human resource management. The state has the seventh largest economy in the US. Companies like GE have found the state amenable to large and small business with incentives for corporations and entrepreneurs. The state has a balanced budget which means it has money to invest in the incentives, and it courts both national and international businesses through business-friendly tax codes. It has also begun an initiative to partner businesses with universities to ensure that businesses have access to potential employees.
The Ohio schools featured in this article have regional accreditation and special accreditation for the business departments. That is important because accreditation is the standard that ensures quality programs and graduates. Accrediting agencies are generally professionals and educators in the discipline who set standards for the programs. Compliance is not mandatory, but schools that are not accredited may not qualify for federal programs such as scholarships and grants for students. Additionally, graduation from accredited programs generally weighs heavily with employers interviewing job applicants.
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Ross College of Business
This university was founded in 1902 and is a private school that focuses on adult learners. All courses at the school are available online, and more than 80 percent of Franklin students take online classes. There are 35 undergraduate degrees and six master’s -level programs available online. Graduate degree programs include two MBA degrees, Master’s in Computer Science, Master’s in Criminal Justice, Master’s in Nursing and a Master’s in Human Resource Management. Most programs can be completed in 14 to 16 months full-time.
Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management
Students do not have to take the GRE or GMAT to be admitted to this program. The degree contains 40 semester hours and includes courses such as Human Resource Management; Employee Rights, Responsibilities and Discipline; Organizational Leadership and others. There is a required capstone project. Graduates of this accredited graduate degree program in human resources will gain proficiencies in developing and implementing training and performance incentives; overseeing employees benefits packages and ensuring companies are in compliance with complex labor regulations among other knowledge and skill sets.
The Higher Learning Commission
International Accrediting Council for Business Education (IACBE)
Ross College of Business
201 South Grant Ave.
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
This private university was founded in 1888. It is ranked by the US News and World Report as #93 of Regional Universities Midwest. Programs are aimed at working adults and are held in evenings and online as well as in traditional classroom delivery. There are three schools in the university: The School of Arts and Sciences; The School of Business and The School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. Online graduate programs include an MBA with concentrations in Finance; General Management; Healthcare Administration; Human Resource Management; International Business; Leadership; Marketing; Non-Profit Management and Sports Management.
MBA in Human Resource Management
This accredited Master’s in Human Resource Management degree program contains 32-36 credit hours and can be completed in 14 months of full-time study. Courses are offered in two seven-week terms per semester. Students who want to apply to the accelerated program must hold a bachelor’s degree in business and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Students in this program will be able to “acquire and develop talented employees; manage on-going employer/employee relationships; provide competitive advantages through strategic human resource policies and practices” and master several other competencies. Sample courses in the program are Negotiations and Conflict Resolution and Human Resource Planning and Talent Acquisition.
Higher Learning Commission
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ( ACBSP)
155 Miami Street,
Tiffin, Ohio, 44883
Both of these programs, though one is an MBA, give the students the knowledge and skills to manage a corporate or non-profit human resource department. Ohio is a great environment both to earn the degree and to begin a profession as an HR manager, and these accredited online Master’s in Human Resource degree programs will serve as a strong professional foundation.