Master of Business Administration / Master of Human Resource Management

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Are you passionate about Human Resource Management (HRM) and Employment Relations and also want a strong foundation in business administration? To extend your business capabilities as well as obtain specialised Human Resource Management knowledge, the Master of Business Administration/Master of Human Resource Management is the program for you.

A combined Masters in Business Administration and Human Resource Management will equip graduates with advanced leadership skills, superior analytical reasoning and administrative expertise and also develop the knowledge and practical skills required to be an effective and professional manager of people.  This is a program which will be equally valuable to general managers in all types of organisations with significant responsibilities for managing people, and to HRM practitioners, who want to be effective and respected strategic ‘business partners’.

This combined program will equip you for diverse real-world business situations, increasing your value as a professional, and providing a fast-track to leadership, increased salary, and career advancement.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere and thereby balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Master of Business Administration/Master of Human Resource Management in a timeframe that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Business Administration/Master of Human Resource Management is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide for you.

Is it for you?

Are you looking to advance your career or gain formal recognition for your wealth of experience? A combined Master’s Program in Human Resource Management and Business Administration will enhance your professional standing as a specialist and a generalist, with the added advantage of allowing you to complete the program in less time than it would take to complete these two degrees individually.

The MBA focuses on developing a higher level of understanding of the fundamental building blocks of organizational management; managerial decision making, marketing, organizational behavior, accounting and finance, and strategic management.

The Master of HRM program focuses on developing professional skills for people working as advisors to and advocates for, as well as managers of, people. In these roles, HRM and ER professionals must be able to put a strong and reasoned argument for a particular way forward, based on a deep understanding of relevant HRM and ER theory as well as a practical understanding of workplace problems and their context. The Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach used in this program builds confidence and competence in effective management of people, and will prepare you well for a senior management/leadership role, specialist HR role, or consulting career.

This combined postgraduate qualification can be the key to your future career success, building significantly on your formal qualifications and advancing your career.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'study' tab.


A combined MBA/MHRM through the University of Newcastle is designed to meet the diverse needs of students through:

  • a research-led curriculum, taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers;
  • strong engagement with the profession, driven by excellent industry links;
  • use of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and other active learning techniques to build collaborative, research, critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
  • practical, ‘real-world’ exercises and assessments, drawn from a range of sectors, industries and countries, to better prepare graduates for their future workplaces; and
  • on-line, blending learning and intensively taught course formats to optimise flexibility for students.

The MBA/MHRM Program comprises 16 subjects, including 15 core subjects and one elective subject. The core business discipline subjects are:

  • managing under uncertainty
  • organisational behavior and design
  • foundations of business analysis
  • marketing management and planning
  • accounting and financial management
  • globalisation
  • corporate governance and social responsibility
  • strategic management

The core HRM and employment relations discipline subjects are:

  • human resource management
  • employment relations in globalised economies
  • human resource and organisation development
  • negotiation and conflict resolution
  • managing human resources in international organisations
  • professional practice in human resources and employment relations
  • strategic human resources management and employment relations

To find out more about where the combined Master of Business Administration/ Master of Human Resource Management can lead you, visit the 'careers' tab.


A combined Master degree will enhance your career opportunities and progression potential. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised and prestigious qualification, which can significantly increase your professional value and employability. Combined with the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) - a qualification which develops advanced knowledge and practical skills in managing people - the professional outcomes from each program are enhanced.  With your superior leadership capabilities, business management understanding and chosen human resource specialisation, you will be able to make an unusual and valuable contribution to many organisations.

With a combined Masters in Business Administration and Human Resource Management you can leverage your existing experience with enhanced skills to gain control of your future. Whether your goal is to boost your current career or change career paths, you will have the advanced skills and knowledge to achieve this.

This degree will prepare you to lead others in a position such as:

  • Site or General Manager with significant people management responsibilities
  • Human Resources Manager or Human Resources Director
  • Senior Consultant/Partner in a business/HR consulting firm
  • Policy Advisor to government.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the MBA/Master of Human Resource Management, visit the ‘details’ tab.

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