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Online Bachelor's Degree: Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Science
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $318 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Build your leadership skills and help improve your company’s culture and bottom line with an online bachelor’s degree in human resource management from University of Maryland Global Campus. Connect with a diverse network of peers and learn from esteemed faculty members as you equip yourself to advance in nearly any industry or workplace. With convenient online courses, multiple start dates, and access to lifetime career services, UMGC provides the flexibility and support you need. Save time and money with a variety of scholarship opportunities and our generous transfer credit policy. Get started today!

Develop Expertise in Human Resources, Employee Relations, & More

This innovative 120-credit program features topics ranging from core HR functions to the complexities of human behavior. In completing various projects, students learn about recruitment, career development programs, and performance assessments. They also delve into laws, regulations, legal issues, resource planning, human resources information systems, and diversity and inclusion. Ultimately, this undergraduate degree is built for individuals looking to make a positive impact and succeed in this growing field. 

Here are a few benefits of this online program: 

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2023–2024 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each bachelor’s degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all bachelor’s degrees.

Develop Vital Skills in HR Management 

In the increasingly global and dynamic business environment, expertise in human resource management has become essential for success in the workplace. This online program is designed to equip students with the ability to adapt in this fast-paced environment. The program aims to build critical, cross-cultural skills in areas such as talent acquisition, compensation management, organizational culture, communication, problem-solving, labor relations, training and development, employment law, and more. Program directors refresh and update the curriculum regularly with a focus on helping students achieve these learning goals: 

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Study in a SHRM Academically Aligned Program

SHRM Academic Alignment

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SHRM Academic Alignment

This degree program is recognized as SHRM Academically Aligned and as such, is seen as a top choice for students seeking a career in human resources. Students enrolled in a SHRM HR aligned program are provided with the opportunity to earn their SHRM-CP credential prior to graduating, providing them with a competitive advantage in the job market.

Meet the Standards for SHRM Recertification Credits

SHRM Recertification Provider

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SHRM Recertification Provider

UMGC is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDC) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities. SHRM Recertification Providers are recognized as a “provider of choice” for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential holders working to maintain their credential. HR/HR-related educational offerings identified with the SHRM Recertification Provider badge let credential holders know the program is pre-approved by SHRM for recertification professional development credits (PDCs).

Take Courses Aligned to PHR and SPHR Exam Preparation

HRCI Certification Preparation Provider

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HRCI Certification Preparation Provider

UMGC is recognized by the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) as a Certification Preparation Provider. This designation indicates that UMGC's HR degree program curriculum aligns with the guidelines for HRCI's Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) and Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) certification exam preparation. PHR® and SPHR® are registered trademarks of the HR Certification Institute.

Unlock Your Career Potential

UMGC courses are taught by experienced faculty and address skills and competencies that are highly valued by today’s employers. This program is designed to help equip you to succeed in a range of professional settings, including corporate HR departments, talent acquisition agencies, employment services, and consulting firms. For example, graduates might assume roles as entry-level human resources managers, talent acquisition specialists, compensation or benefits analysts, training coordinators, consultants, or other HR professionals. 

Chaya/CG P. (left), Oak Park, MI & Matthew L. (right), Minneapolis, MN

Pros with HR Certs
More than 30 percent of HR professionals reported they have at least one certification.
Source: Payscale | HR Certifications: How they Impact Pay and Career Trajectory | 2018
Job Growth
Employment of training and development specialists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Occupational Outlook Handbook” | 2023
Top 25
Fastest Growing Roles
Five of the 25 fastest growing roles in the United States since 2018 are in HR, according to an analysis of job titles on LinkedIn.
Source: LinkedIn | “LinkedIn Jobs on the Rise 2023” | January 18, 2023

Practice Real-World Skills in Your Courses

Throughout the curriculum, your instructors will assign coursework that will help you prioritize real-world skills and hands-on experiences. In past courses, students have been able to complete the following projects:

  • Analyze and assess the communication dynamics of an organization through the completion of a communication audit plan.
  • Prepare a comprehensive training plan document and an assessment instrument which includes all the steps of the ADDIE development process (analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation). 
  • Using an innovative learning platform, create a short orientation training program and presentation.
  • Develop a comprehensive recruitment plan that meets the needs for a given organization. 

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Gain insight from our faculty and staff and delve deeper into a range of topics, including work-life balance, career support, industry trends, academic support, and more. 

Achieve Your Dreams at UMGC

Lakia Elam ’19, ’22, had the courage to bet on herself and earn her degree against all odds. Elam enrolled at UMGC in May 2018 and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management in December 2019. Elam was so energized by her education that she kept on going and earned her MBA in 2022, three years after her daughter earned her own master’s degree. Find out how Elam kickstarted her career and achieved even greater heights.

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