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I am 30 year old female and I have done and have 5 years experience worked as admin/back office executive and academic counselor & student service head. I am confused which specialization to choose. I am thinking of doing dual specialization in both HR and finanace to increase my job prospects. Is the dual specialization in MBA with Human Resource Management (HRM) and Financial Management (FM) good idea?. I have already joined sikkim manipal university recently. Now if I do dual specialization in FM & HRM from sikkim manipal then it will cost me 3 years and sikkim manipal course content is not good enough for hrm, they don't offer the main subject like "labour laws" in hrm specialization study. So I don't see meaning of doing dual specialzation in finance with hrm from sikkim manipal and waste one more year. Can I take up one year pgd-hrm from symbiosis centre for distance learning simultaneously when I am studying MBA finance from sikkim manipal.

Comparison of subjects in specialization in HR from SMU and SCDL

SCDL 1 year pgdhrm Curriculum:

Human Resource Management

Industrial Relations and Labour Laws

HR Development & Training

Labour Welfare & Industrial Safety

Performance & Potential Management

HR Audit and TQM

Industrial & Labour Economics

Compensation Management

Leadership and Personality Development

Research Methodology & Statistical Quantitative Methods


SMU MBA with HRM specialization curriculum:-

Sem -1

Human Resource Management

Sem - 3 & 4:-

Compulsory subjects (for all specialization):-

Research Methodology

Legal Aspects of Business

Strategic Management & Business Policy

International Business Management

Electives (HR specialization subjects):-

Manpower planning & Resourcing

Management & Organization Development

Employee Retentions Management

HR Audit

Compensation Benefits

Performance Management & Appraisal

Talent Management & Employee Retention

Change Management

I think in SMU curriculam of HR specialization it do not provide the main subject of HR i.e. Industrial Relation and Labour Laws & also Labour safety and industrial and labour economics, while scdl don't have specific subjects that smu have. What to do and whose curriculum is better

First of all pls guide me whether I should go for dual specialization and will it add any value to my career or I should just go for core specialization only. If I decide to do dual specialziation then my purpose is to save time, if I prefer to do DS from SMU then I will have to spend one more year, while imo if I take up one year pgd-hrm during second year of mba study from smu, then I can complete it simultaneously. However it will be hectic, but I am good at self-study and I can manage.

But point is, how will employers judge me when they will see dual specialization in 2 areas (finance and hr) from 2 different institutes with distance learning. Will it look weird?

From India, Ahmadabad
Dear Rinsys,
I would have suggested that you look into PGDBA from Symbiosis (SCDL) with dual specialization. The first year subjects are the same and only the specialization subjects of 2nd year differ... You could have opted for both HR & Finance at the same time.
But since you have already joined SMU, you might want to check with them if you are allowed to do another course simultaneously elsewhere. If I remember some universities do not allow their students to do different courses from different places at the same time. I might even be mistaken on it.
I hope more knowledgeable members of the group come forward with better suggestions.

From India, Thrissur
Thanks Prathibha,
Thanks for your suggestion. But for once, if SMU allows to do course from other institutions, is it advisable to pursue two areas of management from 2 different places? How will employers judge me when they will see dual specialization in 2 areas (finance and hr) from 2 different institutes with distance learning. Will it look weird?

From India, Ahmadabad
Hi Rinsys,
you can pursue 2 diff courses from 2 diff universities should not be any issues from either institute ( only issues for you can be both university having exams or assignment submission on same month and days)
now coming to your main Q
doing same course from 2 different institute would sound a bit weird to the HR person because it does not bide any logic
also why you feel like doing dual specialization in Finance and HR both are different field and do not intersect each other except just one profile which is the compensation and benefit part
I would suggest have main specialization either done in HR or finance depending on your interest area
for more details you can get in touch


From India, Mumbai
I am also a HR student, what i felt regarding..the course offered by the has got more hr topic's than the if you want to become..a HR go for SDLC ,be an expert in specific field.. several one.

From India, Bangalore
Thank you everyone for your replies.
Pramod P., I have already paid fees in SMU. And I can't afford to leave SMU from middle as the money paid really matters to me. If there is not much major difference between value of institutes then I don't think I need to waste money. But I think of doing dual specialization, so my question is that should I do dual specialization from SMU itself by extending one more year (the mba program is of 2 years, but if I choose dual specialization then it will take 3 years) or can I simultaneously pick up one year diploma in HR from symbiosis during the second year of MBA from SMU. Which will look more better
And as I asked above, how will employers judge me when they will see dual specialization in 2 areas (finance and hr) from 2 different institutes with distance learning. Will it look weird?

From India, Ahmadabad
Hi Rinsys,

I too have seen that MBA in HRM from SMU does not have Labour Law as a subject even though it is a very important part in HRM. My colleague who has just given 3rd sem exams of MBA in HRM from SMU says it has Labour laws. I cannot see it though, where as SCDL clearly have mentioned in their curriculum that they have Labour laws as a subject.

To answer your question, yes it would look weird on your resume that you are pursuing 2 management degrees in different specialization from 2 different institutes and both offer Dual Specializations. If you are doing PGDHRM from SCDL in 2012-2013 and MBA finance from SMU from 2013-2015 then it is alright. If you ask me, if I have paid my fees in SMU then I will pursue both HRM and Finance from SMU.

If I am not wrong (please cross check from the website) SCDL has 6 months certificate courses too and you donít have to enroll for a proper diploma or degree in order to enroll for those, so when you are in your final year of MBA from SMU then you can join SCDL for Certificate course in Labour Laws.

I want to enroll into MBA (DS) In HRM and International Business in SMU and if possible then Certificate course in Labour Laws from SCDL.

Good luck!!!



From India, Lucknow
It's a great information given by the participants. How the respective government authorities have given the permission to the course HR MBA which is not covering Industrial and Labour and allied laws. Even after attaining the MBA HR from SMU , HR guys can't take up the issues related to Labour and Industrial Laws. Our innocent guys may lose their valuable time and money. Instead of doing this course from SMU, it is better to go for LLB distance (Ourcourse distance mode LLB guys can't practice in courts). Almost all Acts will be covered in LLB and definetly law graduates are on top of MBA HR guys.
Please correct me .

From India, Guwahati
You can opt for Einsedu for Distance MBA in HR. It offers distance MBA in collaboration with Welingkar Institute of management. It is also famous for both of specialization ie finance and Human resources.
Eins Education

From India
At a time you can pursue one PG Degree and PG Diploma. It is allowed. But you cannot pursue 2 PG degree or 2 PG Diploma.
Hence you can proceed with your MBA from SMU and PG Diploma from Symbiosis together.

From India, Kumbakonam
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