Human Resource Management

Today’s human resource (HR) managers do much more than fill positions—they’re strategic partners with a critical seat at the executive table. The DBA program’s Human Resource Management specialization prepares you with the theoretical knowledge, industry insights, and capabilities to be an authoritative voice in this field, whether you’re looking to pursue executive leadership, teaching, or research. Coursework examines contemporary organizational issues, such as succession planning for the organization’s long-term success, creating and managing external strategic partnerships, and HR planning for the organization’s strategic business direction. The seminar-style format enables you to research and discuss topics relevant to your interests and organization.

Before you finish your specialization, you will create an annual HR operating plan (AHROP). This project will allow you to synthesize and apply your unique knowledge and experience through a tangible action plan that will support the HR division as well as the organization’s overarching goals.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 49 semester credits
    • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Core business course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Business strategy course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Research methods courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral Mentoring (4 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral studies courses (minimum 15 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • 8 days of academic residency (two 4-day residencies)

Walden students have up to 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/doctoral study, 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/doctoral study 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.

Preview the Human Resource Management specialization courses.

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8006 Course Contemporary Challenges in Business Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Core Business Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8151 Course Organizational Leadership: Doctoral Theory and Practice Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Business Strategy Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8161 Course Business Strategy and Innovation for Competitive Advantage Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Research Method Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8300 Course Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology for Applied Business Research Credits (4 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8303 Course Qualitative and Case Study Methodology for Business Analysis Research Credits (4 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8307B Course Quantitative Business Data Analysis Using SPSS Credits (4 sem. cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8580 Course The New HR: The Savvy Strategic Partner Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8581 Course Succession Planning: A Survival Tool of the Fittest Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8582 Course An HR Plan for Organizational Agility Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Doctoral Studies Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8101 Course Doctoral Study Mentoring Credits (1 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 9001 Course Doctoral Study Completion Credits (3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of five terms until completion)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8001 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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