Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Resource Management

An online bachelor’s degree in human resource management may equip individuals with the skills needed to select and manage the personnel of an organization. In this four-year program, students may learn how to oversee personnel selection, create training and development programs, and manage staffing issues. Program coursework may integrate general education courses, specialized electives, and core coursework including employee and labor relations, international human resources management, and compensation and benefits management.

Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree program, students may either seek entry-level employment or pursue a graduate-level degree. Baccalaureate-level graduates may gain employment in non-profit organizations, retail management, consulting, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Four years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Master’s / Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 13% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for baccalaureate-level human resource management degree programs may include a combination of general education courses, selected electives, and major courses. These online classes may teach students how to manage staffing of an organization, insure employment law compliance, and assist employees with work-related issues. Core online HR courses may include the following:

  • Fundamentals of Leadership
  • Legal Issues in Human Resource Management
  • Compensation and Benefits Management
  • Change Management
  • Employee Training and Development
  • International Human Resources Management Issues
  • Employee and Labor Relations

Career Options

Baccalaureate-level graduates may seek employment in many industries, including manufacturing, retail management, government, healthcare, and education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resource management employment opportunities are projected to increase by 13% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Payroll Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Training and Development Manager

Continuing Education

Those who successfully complete a bachelor’s degree program may wish to continue their education by enrolling in a graduate degree program. A graduate degree in human resource management may prepare students to take a leadership role in the strategic planning and project management within an organization. Employers may require a bachelor’s degree at minimum for entry-level employment in human resource management.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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