Dear Mentor:

Where should I study Human Resources?

I am an MA in personnel management from one of India's premier institutes and working with a pharmaceutical multinational. I would like to go in for some further studies abroad. As I see it the choices are: a double MA in Organizational Behaviour (OB) / Human Resource Development (HRD) / allied field, an MBA from a reputed university specialsing in HRD, or a PhD in HRM/OB.
What would be the relative benefits / demerits of each one of the above? What are the job/careers opportunities in each case especially the MA in HRM? What institutes offer a reputed program - an MA in HRM / OB? What would be the cost (estimated) for the above courses? What would be the formalities, including what tests would I need to take? Who can I contact for more information on the above? Any information on the above would be welcome.

People Person, India

Dear People Person:

As we have said before in this column, it all depends on what the end game is; that is, it all depends on what you wish to do after pursuing education in any of these fields. Education is a means to an end, and not an end in itself. Having an idea of your goals would help you determine what is right for you.

Career opportunities in the US in all the areas you have mentioned are reasonable to good. The primary difference between an MA and PhD is the depth and specialization. PhD will often create more opportunities for you for research in academia.

The cost of education in the US is extremely high. Depending on the type of institution (public or private), quality, and location of the institution, the cost would range anywhere from $15,000 to $40,000 per year. It would be highly unlikely to get any financial support for a Master's program. The situation for a PhD program is somewhat better.

Most business schools in the US offer these programs. Your chances of securing admission and financial support depend on your past academic performance, work experience, and your performance on entrance exams. You will most likely be asked to take the GMAT and/or the GRE. You can use iMahal College Finder to determine which colleges you should target.

Admissions requirements vary across colleges. You have to research each prospective college yourself, either on the web or by contacting them for information. iMahal offers a great deal of the information you need. We encourage you to spend some time on the iMahal Education Section. You may also wish visit Dear Mentor Archives for earlier questions and answers. Many of these are relevant to your question.

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