MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Online

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About the Program

30 credit hours
$430 per credit hour*
Complete in as few as 11 months

Our 100 percent online Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources provides in-depth leadership development to prepare you for the next step in your HR career. Gain the expert knowledge and organizational strategies you need to manage the most valuable asset in any business—its people.

This program covers the methods, policies and practices to strategically manage human resources individually and organizationally. Core coursework gives you a solid foundation in the functional fields of business, taught by faculty with a focus on new ideas and collaborative problem solving.

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Online Courses

To complete this MBA online program, students must complete 30 hours, including 21 hours of core coursework and 9 hours of concentration coursework.

Course Listing:

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Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A highly interactive and experiential class focusing on the development of management and leadership skills. The class focuses on organizational behavior issues and on developing a student's professionalism in the following areas: oral, written, and interpersonal communication, group dynamics, team building, creative problem solving, information and communication technology, change management skills, and the roles of leaders in a dynamic work environment.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of management accounting and its use to aid in planning, controlling, and evaluating operations.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores alternative approaches to managing the resources (computers, networks, software, data and people) that organizations utilize in applying information technology (IT). It focuses on the role of the user-manager in identifying opportunities (and avoiding pitfalls), developing applications, and creatively using IT to improve personal and organizational performance.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of economic concepts and tools useful to managers of business firms. Topics include optimization, demand, production and costs, market structure, pricing behavior, risk analysis, benefit cost analysis, estimation of economic relationships, and business cycles and forecasting.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive coverage of financial theories and their application to provide the MBA student with a basic understanding and appreciation of corporate finance.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analysis and control of the key marketing variables to develop successful strategic marketing plans. Emphasis on the major components of marketing strategy; establishment of overall corporate objectives; analysis of strategic business units; identification of creative alternatives; and examination of company, target market and competitors. Views strategy formulation from the global and managerial perspectives. Examines significant marketing strategies and applies them to practical analysis of established marketing cases dealing with new and established product management, pricing, channels and promotional aspects.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Includes the development of an executive managerial perspective. The primary purposes of the course are to develop the ability to analyze complex corporate problems from a global perspective, and an awareness of the impact of changing business conditions and government policies on global organizations. Examines the globalization of industries and firm competitiveness. The format of the class involves the use of cases to assist students in the application of theory.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the interaction of business with legal institutions, emphasizing both positive law and ethical concerns. The course focuses on those contemporary legal and social issues facing today's business decision makers.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of human resource management activities such as selection, performance management, compensation and reward systems, career development, diversity management and employment law. Particular emphasis will be placed on strategic implications of human resource management. Format will involve extensive discussion and experiential learning.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will examine the role of Business Analytics in decision-making processes. Behavioral issues at the intersection of data-generated insights and persuasion will receive a prominent focus.


Now is the time to start earning your MBA online and take the fast track to a more successful career. USI provides you the convenience of an accelerated application-to-start calendar.

Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline*
June 24, 2019 May 27, 2019 June 3, 2019 June 19, 2019
August 17, 2019 July 22, 2019 July 29, 2019 August 14, 2019
October 12, 2019 September 16, 2019 September 23, 2019 October 9, 2019
January 11, 2020 December 16, 2019 December 23, 2019 January 8, 2020
March 14, 2020 February 17, 2020 February 24, 2020 March 11, 2020

*New students will be automatically registered in one course upon acceptance to the program, then must register themselves for all subsequent courses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Per Credit Hour* Per Three Credit Hour Course Per Program
$430 $1,290 $12,900 total cost, including fees

* Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Trustees.

Tuition applicable for 2018 start dates. Any questions regarding tuition should be directed to the Bursar's Office. If you step out of the program, returning to the program may have different tuition and fees applied.

Application Fee

Application fee: $40

Active military service members and veterans receive an admission fee waiver. Simply apply online and select the "pay later" option, then contact our office at 800-467-1965 so we may submit the proper forms to Graduate Studies.

View Billing and Payment Schedule

Bill Available Online Payment Due Date
August 10, 2018 September 25, 2018
September 10, 2018 September 25, 2018
October 10, 2018 October 25, 2018
November 12, 2018 November 25, 2018
December 10, 2018 January 25, 2019
January 10, 2019 January 25, 2019
February 11, 2019 February 25, 2019
March 11, 2019 March 25, 2019
April 10, 2019 April 25, 2019
May 10, 2019 May 25, 2019
June 10, 2019 June 25, 2019
July 10, 2019 July 25, 2019

Financial Aid

The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your FAFSA must be received by the federal processing center by April 15th each year to be considered for state financial aid as well as federal financial aid. USI's Federal School Code is 001808. You will need an FSA ID to electronically sign your FASFA. If you do not have an FSA ID, you may create one at

Once you are admitted to the program and we receive your FAFSA, you can see the financial aid you qualify for and accept or decline your Direct Student Loan on your myUSI. For more information, visit our Student Financial Assistance page, access our Financial Aid FAQs, or contact us with any questions regarding financial resources that may be available to you.

Student Financial Aid Office

Local Phone: 812-464-1767
Toll Free Phone: 800-467-1965
Fax: 812-461-5305


Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CDT)


Admission Requirements

The University of Southern Indiana's online MBA program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Undergraduate Degree

A completed bachelor's degree from an accredited institution


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5


GMAT or GRE required. Waiver available if you meet criteria.

Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission to USI's online MBA degree program:

  • Completed bachelor degree (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5) from an institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) or a comparable association.
  • Completed GMAT test with a minimum score of 500, or GRE with a minimum score of 300, or request a waiver if you meet one of these criteria:
    • An earned graduate degree
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above with 2 years of professional work experience
    • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or above with 3 years of professional work experience
  • For international applicants whose native spoken language is not English, official scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS exams must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office along with application unless a bachelor's or higher degree from a United States institution of higher education has been obtained.
  • Submit the following documents via email to
    • An official transcript sent from your previous institution(s) directly to or mailed to the graduate studies office. Transcripts must come from the institution from which the prior degree was obtained, rather than from the applicant.
    • A professional resume
    • Names and contact information of three (3) professional references



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