With a Bachelor of Science in human resource management from University of Maryland Global Campus, 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.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Human Resource Management Bachelor's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply business knowledge, best practices, and ethical leadership skills to make effective business decisions
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior, labor relations, and current laws and regulations to evaluate whether a working environment is safe, fair, and compliant with regulations
  • Develop a plan to create and implement a total rewards program that aligns employee and organizational goals and objectives
  • Create, implement, and assess training, development, and rewards programs that foster employee and organizational learning and development
  • Recognize the diversity of cultures and worldviews that inform human behavior and respond constructively to differences in workplaces, communities, and organizations
  • Use technology to research, collect, analyze, and interpret data and effectively communicate information in a professional manner
  • Evaluate current issues in talent acquisition, selection, strategic planning, and performance-appraisal systems

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 exam(s):

Human Resource Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • HRMN 300
  • HRMN 302
  • HRMN 362
  • HRMN 367
  • HRMN 395
  • HRMN 400
  • HRMN 406
  • BMGT 364
  • FINC 331
  • HRMN 408
  • HRMN 467
  • HRMN 495

Related Required Course

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:

  • IFSM 300

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

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

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Professional Affiliation:

    Society for Human Resource Management

    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Joining the UMGC Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management allows you to network with other students, staff, and faculty who are currently working in or are interested in entering the human resource field. Members share information, experiences, and knowledge. The chapter hosts monthly events designed to help students meet local professionals and transition into or advance within the field. In addition, the chapter provides leadership and student development opportunities for members.

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Buy | GetEducated.com | 2014