Ph.D. programs in human resource management are designed for students who wish to become professors, research associates and research fellows. Candidates design and implement self-directed courses of study and present their findings in academic journals. A typical program takes 4-5 years to complete and consists of core courses, seminars and research for a dissertation. Most coursework is completed during the first year; the remaining years are devoted to research and writing the dissertation. Candidates must defend their dissertation at a public examination to earn the degree.
Human resource management degrees are also available at the bachelor's and master's level. Most Ph.D. programs in human resource management require at least a bachelor's degree in a related field of study. Some programs also require courses in higher level mathematics, such as calculus or linear algebra. Although a master's degree isn't required, applicants with a master's will have better prospects for acceptance.
Ph.D. in Human Resource Management
The coursework in a Ph.D. program in human resource management consists of detailed analysis of theories and research in the field. Some of the courses may include:
- Leadership & organizational theory
- Communications theory
- Industrial relations theory
- Collective bargaining and labor economics
- Labor and management perspectives
- Public policy and labor law
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) projected 13% job growth in postsecondary education for the years 2014-2024. Ph.D. holders will have the best prospects for landing the jobs that are available in higher education. According to the BLS in May 2015, the median salary of professors was $63,000.
Students interested in human resources can pursue a Ph.D. to study detailed theory and research topics in the field. Graduates most commonly work in postsecondary education and can expect positive job growth in the area.