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Human Resources Management

Bachelor’s Degree

The UIU Advantage

UIU’s human resources management degree provides you with the real-world skills you need to succeed in the ever-changing, high-demand field of human resource management. The curriculum focuses on the core knowledge you’ll need as an HR professional, including strategic planning, training and development, staffing and compensation.

Why Human Resources Management at UIU?

When you graduate with a human resources management degree, you need to be workplace ready. That’s why our curriculum adheres to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) curriculum guidelines, so you’ll learn the industry skills and tools HR professionals need in the modern workplace.

At UIU, you’ll also benefit from small class sizes that make it easier to have one-on-one time with your instructors. We have a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and our expert faculty and helpful staff are here to support you from day one.

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Human Resources Management Courses

See course descriptions for the classes you need for your Human Resources Management degree, as well as any general education requirements.

Academic Calendar

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Careers in Human Resources Management

This degree can lead to entry-level careers in staffing, compensation, training, employee benefits, and/or labor relations, with advancement to benefit analyst/manager, compensation manager, employee relations manager, HR information systems manager, human resources manager, labor relations manager, staffing specialist, and training and development manager.

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Allison Daily, '19

Allison Daily - Human Resource Management
Rockford, Illinois

Working through the business core with professionals who have walked before me has provided insight that will be valuable to my future career. I've made real life business connections that will help me for the rest of my career. I know I can reach back out to the support system at UIU whenever I need to for any situation that comes up professionally.

Majoring in Human Resources Management

About UIU’s Human Resources Management Degree Program

What is a Human Resources Management Degree?

Earning your Bachelor of Arts in human resources management prepares you to work as an HR professional in companies and organizations across the industry spectrum. You’ll gain key insights into managing human resources that can be applied to national and global organizations. You’ll also learn modern labor laws, building and maintaining compensation structures and more.

If you’re interested in human resources management, but don’t want to major in it, you have options. UIU also offers a minor and a certificate in human resources management.

Getting Your Human Resources Management Degree Online

Get the same high-quality human resources management education that you would get from a UIU classroom — at home or in your office. Upper Iowa University offers an online human resources management degree, as well as in-person and distance learning options to meet your educational needs.

How to Apply

To apply, visit our Online Application portal to create an account and start your application. Still unsure if the human resources management degree at Upper Iowa University is right for you? Reach out to our admissions office to ask questions or request additional information. They’ll be happy to assist you.

Career Opportunities & Benefits

Careers in Human Resources Management

UIU’s Bachelor of Arts in human resources management prepares you for entry-level jobs in areas like staffing, training and employee benefits. From there, you can advance to managerial positions.

A degree in human resources management can prepare you for jobs titles like:

  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists

Finding a new job can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. The UIU Office of Career Development offers a variety of complimentary services to help you stand out in the job market.

Human Resources Management Salary Information

With a human resources management degree from UIU, you can enter the job market knowing you have the skills to merit a competitive salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some average salaries for HR professionals include:

  • Human Resources Specialist – $63,490[1]
  • Human Resources Manager – $121,220[2]
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager – $125,130[3]
  • Training and Development Manager – $115,640[4]
  • Labor Relations Specialist – $73,240[5]
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – $67,190[6]

Benefits of a Human Resources Management Degree

All major companies have an HR department. That means there are plenty of opportunities for careers in for-profit, nonprofit and government agencies. With a human resources management degree, you’ll not only have a strong business foundation, but you’ll have the specific knowledge and skills HR professionals use every day.

Your education doesn’t have to stop once you’ve earned your undergraduate degree. A Bachelor of Arts in human resources management can be the first step towards earning your Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Degree Requirements, Skills & Certifications

Human Resources Management Courses

UIU’s human resources management curriculum is made up of core business courses, combined with classes in areas like psychology, sociology and economics. You’ll focus not only on practical skills, but on the ethical considerations that play a part in HR decisions every day.

You can expect to take courses in topics like:

  • Labor Relations and Negotiations
  • Compensation and Benefits Management
  • Training and Development
  • Personnel Selection and Evaluation

Human Resources Management Skills

As an HR professional, you’ll be working directly with your fellow employees every single day. That means that, while it’s important to stay current in the latest industry trends and HR-related software, it’s equally necessary to have strong interpersonal skills. You’ll need a mix of HR-related insights and soft skills to succeed on the job. Some of these skills include7:

  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Budgeting
  • Decision Making
  • Empathy

Best Minors for Human Resources Management Majors

Adding a minor to your program can help you customize your degree to better align with your career goals. Some minors typically paired with a human resources management degree include:

If you’re interested in pursuing a graduate degree, UIU offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does a human resources manager do?

Human resources managers play a pivotal role in the lifecycle of an employee. They are typically responsible for interviewing and hiring new staff, and then continue to provide support for employees throughout their time at the company. Have a question about your benefits, or need help mediating a problem with a coworker? HR is there to help.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Human resource managers also oversee employee benefit programs, consult with senior executives on strategic planning and make sure the company is in compliance with local, state and federal laws, among many more responsibilities.

How can a human resources manager contribute to a company’s success?

A human resources manager is vital to the overall success of a company. They are responsible for recruiting, hiring and training talented employees who can contribute to the company’s goals. They also play a hands-on role when it comes to maintaining a positive company culture and ensuring employees feel supported.

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Convenient, Focused Scheduling

UIU Human Resources Management students have the advantage of focusing on fewer classes at once with the Two-at-a-Time schedule. Plus, convenient evening or online courses ensure your education fits your unique lifestyle.

The Human Resources Management bachelor’s degree program is offered through UIU’s School of Business and Professional Studies.

Admissions

When you’re ready to apply for your bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, we’re ready to help you every step of the way.

Go Further with an MBA or MPA

Earned your undergraduate degree in Human Resources Management? Consider UIU’s MBA or MPA programs to advance your career even further.

Sources

  1. ^ Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resources Specialists. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists.htm
  2. ^ Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resources Managers. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/human-resources-managers.htm
  3. ^ Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Compensation and Benefits Managers. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/compensation-and-benefits-managers.htm
  4. ^ Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Training and Development Managers. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/training-and-development-managers.htm
  5. ^ Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Labor Relations Specialists. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/labor-relations-specialists.htm
  6. ^ Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/compensation-benefits-and-job-analysis-specialists.htm
  7. ^ Top Resume. Skills All HR Managers Must Have. https://www.topresume.com/career-advice/top-skills-for-human-resource-managers