Human Resource Management

In this specialization, you can apply the latest theories and analytical tools to conduct original research and add to the body of knowledge in areas such as organizational effectiveness, conflict resolution, human capital development, and strategic human resource management. Explore the global and multidisciplinary aspects of human resource management and enhance your ability to develop solutions for strategic human resource initiatives. This specialization can help prepare you for senior positions in private industry, nonprofit organizations, consulting, or teaching.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 86 quarter credits 
    • Core courses (20 cr.)
    • Foundation research course sequence (15 cr.)
    • Advanced research course sequence (5 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (minimum 26 cr.)
  • 4 PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Recommended Course Sequence (Full Time)

Year Course Code Course Credits
Year Year 1: Qtr. 1 Course Code MGMT 8015 Course Gateway to Doctoral Studies Credits (5 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 2 Course Code MGMT 8025 Course Perspectives on Organizations and Their Implications for Leaders Credits (5 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 2 Course Code MGMT 8035 Course Complexity and Applied Systems Thinking Credits (5 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 3 Course Code MGMT 8045 Course Mechanics of Individual and Group Decision Making Credits (5 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 3 Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 8710 Course Organizational Behavior and Effective Human Resource Management Credits (4 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 8720 Course Strategic Thinking for Effective Human Resource Management Credits (4 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 1 Course Code MGMT 8730 Course The Development of Human Capital Within Organizations Credits (4 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 1 Course Code RSCH 8310
or
RSCH 8210
Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 2 First Half Course Code MGMT 8740 Course The Legal, Ethical, and Cultural Environment of Human Resource Management Credits (4 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 2 First Half Course Code MGMT 8990 Course Developing a Prospectus Credits (2 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 2 2nd Half Course Code MGMT 8750 Course Human Resource Management and Its Role in Labor Relations, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution Credits (4 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 3 Course Code MGMT 8100 Course Dissertation Mentoring Credits (0 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 3 Course Code RSCH 8310
or
RSCH 8210
Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 8100 Course Dissertation Mentoring Credits (0 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 4 Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Year Year 3: Qtr. 1 Course Code MGMT 8991 Course Writing a Proposal Credits (4 cr.)
Year Year 3: Qtr. 1 Course Code MGMT 9000 Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year Year 3: Qtr. 2 Course Code MGMT 9000 Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year Year 3: Qtr. 3 Course Code MGMT 9000 Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year Year 3: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 9000 Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year Year 4 - 8* Course Code MGMT 9000 Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
*Completing the program may require enrollment for additional terms and cost if the student petitions to extend the 8-year maximum time frame .

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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