MBA Human Resource Management

An MBA degree in Human Resource Management is a very common specialization and is offered by most B schools in India. MBA HRM is a cohort in management which specializes in training candidates about employee-organisation relations, organizational behaviour and individual and group dynamics. So, the course helps in honing the communicational skills of the candidates and produce skilled HR and talent acquisition professionals in the industrial and government sectors.

The top four colleges for HR course in India are Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Management Development Institute(MDI), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), SVKMs Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS). A detailed description of the courses provided, placement details and HR profiles are shared below.

Institute Name

Exam Accepted

Approx. Course Fees

Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI)


INR 16,80,000

Management Development Institute(MDI)


INR 19,80,000

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)


INR 1,05,000

SVKMs Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)


INR 17,50,000


Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur

XLRI, established in 1949, is one of the oldest B-schools in India and a pioneer of human resource management. It started as a school providing training courses for trade union leaders. XLRI progressed with a two-year full-time Main Industrial Relations Welfare programme and is now renamed as PGD in Human Resource Management. 

The major profiles offered by XLRI with respect to HR courses are Human Resource Planning, Human Resource Information Systems, Selection, Performance Management, Training and Development and Compensation Administration. All these courses focus on fostering harmonious employer-employee relationships within the guidelines of state regulations. 

Eligibility Criteria: A bachelor’s degree of minimum three years from a recognized University or Institute.

Top Companies: P&G, ITC, JP Morgan and Chase, Colgate Palmolive, Myntra, Ola, Power Finance Corporation, Samsung, C K Birla in roles of recruitment, HR consulting, Compensation & Benefits, and HR analytics.


Management Development Institute, Gurgaon

MDI Gurgaon established in 1973 started with PGPHRM (Post Graduate Program in Human Resource Management) in July 2004 in collaboration with the National HRD Network. The college ranked 16th in the NIRF-MHRD for 2017 and 5th in the India Today ranking 2017. MDI’s PGDM-HR course teaches complex and uncertain human behaviour by studying diverse thought and action and encouraging networking among peers and industry leaders.

Eligibility Criteria: A bachelor’s degree of minimum three years from a recognized University or Institute.

Top Companies: Deloitte, OYO Rooms, KPMG, American Express, and Bain Capability Centre.


Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai

TISS Mumbai, established in 1963 is one of the most well-known institutes for Human Resource studies in India. It provides MA in Human Resource Management, Labour Relations and Personnel Management. The master’s in administration offers programs which are unique like Labor Studies, Disaster Studies, Development Studies, Education, Gender Studies, Health Studies, Law, Media, and Cultural Studies, Public Policy, Rural Development, and Social Work. All these courses focus on understanding social realities by studying anthropological and ecologically sustainable ideas.

Eligibility Criteria: A bachelor’s degree of minimum three years from a recognized University or Institute.

Top Companies:  Swiggy, Amazon, Udaan, Taj Group, Wipro, Dell, Walmart, Deloitte, Lodha group, and Arti industries


NMIMS, Mumbai

NMIMS Mumbai started its MBA(HR) course in 2011 but has become one of the best HR cohorts offered with a wide course curriculum that provides talent training, recruiting, retention, industrial relations, organizational skills and how to apply these concepts practically in the corporate environment. Further, to be a globally recognized, NMIMS ensured that its curriculum is aligned with SHRM which is the world’s largest HR professionals’ association.

Eligibility Criteria: A bachelor’s degree of minimum three years from a recognized University or Institute.

Top Companies: HDFC Bank, DHL Express, SBI, Aviva, Aditya Birla Insurance Brokers, Max Life Insurance, Goldman Sachs, Citibank India, Kotak Mahindra Bank, ICICI, and Honeywell.


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Placement Scenario in the four colleges for HR:


Institute NameAverage PlacementHighest PackageTotal Seats
Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI)24.30 LPA48.00 LPA180
Management Development Institute(MDI)22.00 LPA40.79 LPA60
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)20.06 LPA30.33 LPA60
SVKMs Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)14.37 LPA17.97 LPA120

Details of the courses offered commonly among the HR Programs:

The major subjects taught across HR programs are Organizational Behaviour, Industrial Relations, Strategic Human Resource Management, Human Resource Information System and HR Audit.

Organizational behaviour is the study of individual and group performance and activity in an organization. It studies human behaviour in the work environment and aims to study the managerial effect on job structure, performance, communication, motivation, leadership in adverse or situational circumstances. Its four major elements are common purpose, coordinated effort, division of labour, and the hierarchy of authority.

Industrial Relations is the study of the relationship between employees and employers in the workplace. By studying complex systems like handling labour-capital conflict, it studies labour relations, group relations, employer-employee relations and public relations. So, IR is mainly a two-way communication process between managers and workers.

Strategic Human Resource Management or SHRM as it is commonly known as is a major subject on which HR students need to be certified as well. It is the study of the connection between a company’s human resources and its strategies, objectives and goals. The keynote or major learning from SHRM is that we need to advance flexibility, innovation, and competitive advantage to be a perfect fit for the organizational culture.

Human Resource Information System is a system that studies the online model and application of data entry, data tracking, and data management of all human resources operations of an organization. The different kinds of HRIS systems are applicant tracking system, payroll, benefits, training, performance management, succession planning and employee self-service. 

HR Audit: This is a comprehensive audit to review current human resources policies, procedures, documentation, and systems. This detailed review helps to identify needs for improvement and enhancement of the HR function. The major types of HR audit are compliance audit, functional audit, exemption audit, wage and hour practices audit, policy audit, job description audit and safety audit. So, this audit helps the HR track progress of the employees and focus on the improvement.


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