MBA in Human Resource Management

Create a workforce that is strategically aligned to your organization's goals and objectives.

MBA Human Resource Management

Why an MBA in HR Management from Franklin Pierce University? 

  • HR employment projected to grow 22%*
  • Apply strategic thinking and critical analysis as leaders in your organization
  • One of the few master's programs in the U.S. and the only program in NH certified by SHRM

The MBA in Human Resource Management is designed for current and future leaders who desire the knowledge and skills to best leverage the human resources in an organization. Coursework prepares students to look at their organizations from a system-wide perspective and apply strategic thinking and critical analysis. Students are provided with opportunities throughout the program to apply their learning in current work environments and/or within their communities.

Graduates are well prepared for careers as directors and vice presidents of human resource departments, senior HR specialists and generalists, or as business leaders with a strategic human resource management focus. Such roles are in high demand. Overall HR employment is projected to grow by 22 percent to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

Franklin Pierces program is one of the few master's programs in the U.S., and the only program in New Hampshire, that addresses all of the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) critical competencies for human resource professionals (see news item at right).

Franklin Pierce's program is enhanced by four unique elements:   

1) SHRM Approved Program – Franklin Pierce's program is one of the few master's programs in the U.S., and the only program in New Hampshire, that addresses all of the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) critical competencies for human resource professionals (see news item at right).

2) MBA/HRM Advisory Council – The guidance of an impressive industry advisory council supports continuous improvement of the program and students' professional development. Council members share their experience and expertise through informal and formal networking opportunities.

3)  FPU SHRM Student Chapter – Franklin Pierce's SHRM Student Chapter is a professional organization that provides our students many professional development opportunities, such as PHR, SPHR, and GPHR certification support.

HRCI seal4)  Approved Provider by HR Certification Institute (HRCI)** – Participants who have obtained PHR/SPHR professional qualifications by the Society for Human Resource Management will receive 36 Strategic or General CE credits for EACH course.

The MBA in Human Resource Management program is designed to meet the needs of working adults. Classes are offered 100% online and in a hybrid format, which combines online coursework with traditional classroom learning at any of our Manchester, Portsmouth, or Lebanon, NH centers.

Want to Know More?

MBA-HRM thumbnail Download the M.B.A. in Human Resource Management program sheet for more information and view the College of Graduate & Professional Studies academic catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.

To apply, candidates must complete an application and admissions portfolio as well as provide official transcripts from previously attended schools. GMAT/GRE tests are not required.




The University also offers a five-course Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate. Classes are available online or in the hybrid format.





Franklin Pierce University
College of Graduate & Professional Studies

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition

**The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.


Carol Gravel
Assistant Professor



HR Advisory Council

SHRM Student Chapter

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The FPU SHRM Student Chapter Receives the SHRM 2012-13 Merit Award
SHRM received over 145 entries from 450 student chapters around the world. The Merit Award was provided to FPU because of it's achievements and commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to HR students at FPU.  “Our SHRM student chapter is a 100% online chapter; our students participate from different cities, states and countries", said Dr. Carol Gravel. “This is no small accomplishment, considering these students have never had a face-to-face meeting. This is a testimony to the dedication of our students and their willingness to use online resources to collaborate.”  
SHRM Merit Award