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 management, 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 program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.
This program is also available as a minor.
About the Human Resource Management Bachelor's Degree
We work closely with the federal government and the Society of Human Resource Management to align our courses in the human resource management degree with employers' expectations and required competencies, so we'll 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 where 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 worldviews 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
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
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
This program requires 36 credits of coursework in the major.
- 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
This program requires 43 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.
General Education Requirements
This program requires 41 credits of general education coursework.
Research and Computing Literacy
- PACE 111B or other PACE 111 course
(to be taken in first 6 credits)
- LIBS 150, CAPL 398A, or other general education elective
- IFSM 300
(related requirement for the major)
- WRTG 111 or other writing course
- WRTG 112
- SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course
- WRTG 391 or other advanced upper-level writing course
- MATH 105 or other approved math or statistics course
Arts and Humanities
- HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
- HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Sciences
- ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
- BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
Biological and Physical Sciences
- One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
- BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
- NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
- Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
- GEOL 100 or other science lecture course
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. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.
Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements
In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.
- You must complete a minimum of 120 credits.
- You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor.
- Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMGC:
- 30 credits (normally the final 30)
- Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
- 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
- At least 45 credits must be upper level and include at least half of the credits required for the major. The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum.
- At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework.
Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.
Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMGC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.
Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.
This program is designed to help prepare you for opportunities in nearly every industry.
UMGC sets you up to succeed. If you have the will and drive to do it, there’s no reason you can’t. The university makes earning your degree attainable—period.
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Human Resource Management Bachelor's Degree
Student Clubs and Organizations
Type: Student organization
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
- Best Online Colleges Offering Bachelor's in Human Resources | University of Maryland Global Campus | SR Education Group | 2019