Human Resource Management Bachelor's Degree

Enhance your leadership capabilities, grow your people skills, and increase your company's bottom line by pursuing a bachelor's degree in human resource management.

With a degree in human resource (HR) management from UMUC, you’ll find employment opportunities in nearly every industry. Our bachelor’s degree program is perfect for those who have some experience in HR but don’t have the degree, as well as those who want to transition into the HR profession.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of human resource functions—such as resource planning; recruitment, selection, placement, and orientation of employees; training and career development; labor relations; performance appraisal and rewards programs; and development of personnel policies and procedures—in private- and public-sector settings. Additionally, you’ll explore the ways that human behavior, laws, labor relations, and diversity issues can intersect and affect a company’s culture and ultimately its progress.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Human Resource Management Bachelor's Degree

UMUC works closely with the federal government and the Society of Human Resource Management to align courses in the human resource management program with employers’ expectations and required competencies, so the program will teach you the exact skills employers tell us they want.

You’ll study management and organization theory, organizational behavior and development approaches, interpersonal skill development, and employment law.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply business knowledge, reflective practices, and ethical leadership skills that drive learning and self-improvement
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior, labor relations, and current laws and regulations to produce a working environment that is safe, fair, and compliant with regulations
  • Help create a culture in which all employees are motivated and valued
  • Create, implement, and assess training, development, and rewards programs that foster employee and organizational learning and development
  • Recognize the diversity of cultures and world views that inform human behavior and respond constructively to differences in workplaces, communities, and organizations
  • Identify and use technology to research, collect, analyze, and interpret data and effectively communicate information in a professional manner

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Identify and diagnose problems within a real organization using case studies and propose management principles to improve the situation
  • Develop and conduct a training needs assessment and an appropriate training program plan, including a budget and schedule, based on organizational need
  • Design a rewards program to motivate employees, using benefits such as stock options and cash incentives
  • Practice using skills such as negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and arbitration to manage conflicts

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams:

  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)

Human Resource Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in human resource management requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 36 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 43 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 18 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Courses in the Major

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course

Writing Courses

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course

Computing Courses

Electives

The bachelor's degree in human resource management requires 43 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for opportunities in nearly every industry.