WWU Offers MBA Degree with Human Resources Emphasis

In a continuing effort to meet the needs of working adults, William Woods University is offering Columbia area residents the opportunity to pursue a master of business administration (MBA) degree with a human resources concentration.

The program will begin with an orientation at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the William Woods facility in Columbia, 3100 Falling Leaf Court.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at cgas@williamwoods.edu.

Developed for the full-time working adult, the human resources concentration is a 36-hour program designed to equip the student with a broad array of skills and knowledge for professional practice. It is intended for the professional who is involved in management decisions and practices that directly affect or influence the people who work for the organization.

The program focuses on three distinct areas of human resources: Employment Law and Labor Relations; Compensation and Benefits, and Performance Management, Training and Development.

“In recent years, increased attention has been devoted to how organizations manage human resources,” David Forster, WWU dean of business and economics, said.

“This increased attention comes from the realization that an organization’s employees enable an organization to achieve its goals, and the management of these human resources is critical to an organization’s success.”

According to Forster, the HR concentration was developed with the belief that organizational success is based not on conventional factors like large size, unique image, perfect market niche or dominant market share, but on how employees are treated.

“The career outlook for HR professionals is strong,” he said. “External events related to corporate reorganization, global competition and changes in workforce demographics represent long-term trends that have transformed the way organizations interact with employees. HR professionals are in a pivotal position in terms of these challenges.”

Forster said the MBA with human resources emphasis is fairly unique. William Woods also offers a regular MBA, as well as MBAs with concentrations in accounting and health management.

As with the other programs, the MBA-HR was developed after “extensive research to determine what employees are seeking today,” he said. “The three focus areas embrace the core competencies employees are looking for.”

Forster said that faculty for all Graduate & Adult Studies business programs are leaders in the business community, who bring years of practical professional experience to the classroom.

According to Sherry McCarthy, vice president and academic dean, the program will “provide the classes necessary to make sound judgments necessary for assuming leadership roles in the business of managing people.”

She explained that classroom activities of the entire curriculum are designed to provide the proper blend of theory and practice, thereby making for a truly applications-oriented program.

More information is available on the William Woods website at www.williamwoods.edu/evening.