4 PhD Programs in Human Resource Management

As the highest academic degree, a PhD requires many years of study. A master's degree is usually required to start this academic track, though some institutions combine the two degrees into a single program. What is a PhD in Human Resource Management? This field deals with managing people to maximize overall employee performance and satisfaction. An understanding of common human resource activitie… Read more

As the highest academic degree, a PhD requires many years of study. A master's degree is usually required to start this academic track, though some institutions combine the two degrees into a single program.

What is a PhD in Human Resource Management? This field deals with managing people to maximize overall employee performance and satisfaction. An understanding of common human resource activities, such as staffing, labor relations and benefits, is expected. PhD programs are designed to further educate students in detail about one or more aspects of human resource management. Some topics include motivation, recruitment and temporary staffing.

Much of human resource management is knowing how to interact with people and handle conflict, both good skills for everyday life. In particular, a PhD has the possible benefit of advancement and salary increase.

The cost of a PhD in Human Resource Management depends on the chosen school. Since a PhD typically takes four to six years to earn, this should be factored into your overall budget. Tuition, fees and books are an important part of making your academic budget.

A PhD in Human Resource Management typically leads to an elevated position in an HR department. HR management usually falls into two categories: specialist and generalist. A specialist may work in a focused area, like equality in the workplace, while generalists handle big picture HR issues. Unions and other entities that use collective bargaining can also benefit from a graduate with this degree. As a PhD, this degree also opens the door for research and academic career opportunities.

With our online tools, it is easy to find the school offering the PhD you want. Human resource management courses are offered at a variety of schools, and there may be one near you. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Sciences
Long Beach, USA

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Human Capital Development. The Human Capital Development doctoral progr ... +

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Human Capital Development. The Human Capital Development doctoral program focuses on human capital development through the transfer of research to practice. By developing critical research competencies, professionals are positioned to ask the right questions and help organization leaders make critical decisions about human capital investments. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
Part-time
4 - 6 years
English
Jun 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The programme develops intellectual and professional skills of the student. Through the doctorate thesis, a qualifying student would show evidence of independent and original ... +

The programme develops intellectual and professional skills of the student. Through the doctorate thesis, a qualifying student would show evidence of independent and original scientific work. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
Jan 2021
Campus
 
Telfer School of Management
Ottawa, Canada

Multidisciplinary, holistic and forward-looking, the Telfer Ph.D. in Management program is unique, challenging and carries high expectations for students. Specializing in Orga ... +

Multidisciplinary, holistic and forward-looking, the Telfer Ph.D. in Management program is unique, challenging and carries high expectations for students. Specializing in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (OBHR) will allow students to gain insight into the “human” side of work, such as individual-level topics (e.g., recruitment, selection, job analysis), relational topics (e.g., relationships between individuals at work, leaders-followers, conflict management, diversity, equity) and organizational-level topics (e.g., organizational learning, change management, compensation systems, industrial relations) as well as topics from complementary disciplines such as psychology and sociology. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus
 
OUS Royal Academy of Economics and Technology in Switzerland
Zürich, Switzerland

Ph.D. in Human Resources is a qualification which is for individuals who have acquired master’s degree in the relevant field and want to further enhance opportunities re ... +

Ph.D. in Human Resources is a qualification which is for individuals who have acquired master’s degree in the relevant field and want to further enhance opportunities related to career and development. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Online
 

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