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Human Resources Degree Program
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Earn a degree in HR and become possible

  • IACBE-accredited*
  • 100% online classes you can take right at home
  • Transfer up to 91 approved credits
  • Program length: 36 months
  • Curriculum focuses on practical application
  • Earn dual credit towards an MBA degree program
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HR Specialist ranked among the Best Business Jobs in America for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report.

If you’re a people person, Human Resources could be a great career field for you.

Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Degree program

Do you enjoy working with people, solving problems, and being a valued resource for people? Earning your degree in human resources at Herzing University can help you start or advance in your HR career. 

Whether you learn on-campus or online, our curriculum of human resources courses focuses on practical application. You'll hone your critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to better prepare you for career advancement. You’ll learn critical business skills, such as project management, but you’ll also gain key soft skills, such as professionalism and teamwork, which are essential to successful leadership management.

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HR: Combining communications with creative solutions

Successful human resources managers have a gift for establishing positive lines of communication and building trust between people. They are able to generate creative win-win solutions as well as stay calm while mediating angry disputes.

Successful professionals

  • Are compassionate and supportive
  • Like clear guidelines and can follow rules and procedures
  • Value common sense
  • Work well in a team
  • Trust facts
  • Have good people skills
  • Work well under pressure
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What are the career opportunities with a degree in HR?

Depending on where you want to go with your career in HR, you could be in charge of hiring employees, managing healthcare plans, handling payroll, and/or making sure your company follows all worker health and safety regulations. In addition, new kinds of human resources specialists will be needed, such as employment mediators. Employment mediators help ensure better negotiations between labor and management. Other growing HR opportunities include international human resources managers and human resources information systems specialists.

Employers seek graduates of human resources associate or bachelor’s degree programs when filling entry-level HR positions. Employers may prefer applicants with experience in a particular field, such as manufacturing, technology, or legal, to match with the company’s industry. This experience translates into a better understanding of the concerns of the employee groups who work at the organization.

Typical duties for entry-level personnel will vary depending on the specialty area, but generally include administrative duties, such as data entry, phone reception, and research. These duties help new HR professionals learn about the organization and the profession.

Larger employers often have on-the-job training programs that progressively introduce new hires to the different areas and tasks within the human resources departments. This gives new HR professionals the chance to get to know different departments and processes before they’re placed in a specific area the best suits their skills, interests, and the organization’s needs.

Where do they work?

Human resources professionals typically work in an office environment. Some may work from home occasionally, and others frequently travel (especially those performing recruiting or training roles). Work weeks are typically 40 hours, however those involved in contract disputes or mediation may work additional hours when contracts are being prepared and negotiated.

HR professionals often receive compensation and benefits packages that include health care, retirement savings plan(s) and paid vacation/sick time.

How do I advance in an HR career?

To advance in the field of human resources management, you'll need a formal college education, either an associate or bachelor's degree in human resources. Certain specialties or employers may require a master’s degree with a concentration in human resources. Certification is also highly desirable by employers, and most upper-level human resource professionals have at least one certification.

What is the job outlook with a degree in human resources?

As the number of businesses increases, employment in human resources-related careers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Many of these new positions will be created by employers as a measure to ensure all occupational safety, equal opportunity, family leave, and other regulations/guidelines are met. Other human resources professionals will be employed to create attractive benefits packages to help companies offset the rising cost of health care benefits for its employees with other perks.

The number of human resources consulting agencies is also increasing. These agencies can offer lucrative careers for professionals with specialty areas such as employee compensation and training. Those with college degrees and certification will have the greatest job prospects.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor–Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Human Resources Curriculum

As an HR professional, you'll have the greatest opportunities if you hold a college degree, have earned special certifications, and have taken a wide variety of human resource courses.

As part of Herzing’s business programs, the Bachelor of Science in Human Resources degree program focuses on human resources as part of the core skill package critical to success. Students gain the capabilities needed to handle a wide range of responsibilities. Graduates are prepared for positions as office managers, human resource staff, and employee recruiters as well as payroll, healthcare and safety administrators.

All our business courses are taught by professionals with a minimum of a master's degree at the undergraduate level. Many business faculty come to the classroom with several years of real-world business experience.

Herzing University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). Students graduating with a Herzing degree in human resources will know that their degree meets the highest of international standards. 

Program Credits  Months*
Bachelor of Science in Human Resources 123 36
*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location


Required Management Core Courses

All courses, 36.00 semester credit hours, are required.

or BU 600 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3.00 semester credit hours.

or BU 630 - Project and Operations Management 3.00 semester credits

or  or BU 550 - Research and Decision Making 3.00 semester credit hours

Required Courses in Human Resources Management

All courses, 27.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Business Elective Courses

A minimum of 9.00 semester credit hours is required. Students may take any business, accounting, human resources, or economics course.

Open Elective Courses

A minimum of 9.00 semester credit hours is required. A minimum of 3.00 semester credit hours must be at the 300 to 400 level.

Required Capstone or Internship

3.00 semester credit hours are required.

* Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours is required.

Online & on-campus availability

The Herzing human resources bachelor's degree program may be completed online, with at least partial class availability offered at several Herzing locations:

Program delivery (online / on ground) may vary by location. Please call your campus for more information.

Dual Credit Opportunity

Students enrolled in Herzing University's human resources bachelor’s degree program can save time and money on earning a Herzing University online MBA.

  • Dual Credit – This program allows current bachelor's degree students the opportunity to exchange up to four courses (12 credits) in their bachelor's degree program with MBA courses.
  • Herzing bachelor's degree students and alumni receive a 15% tuition scholarship on their master's degree courses while an undergraduate student!

Note: The MBA and Dual Credit are not offered at all locations; please check with your local campus for availability. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Bachelor's Degree Program Available Certification and Prep-to-sit for Certifications:

CertificationMethod to Earn
SHRM Certified ProfessionalHuman Resources Concentration prepares students to sit for the exam
CAPM CertificationCourse BU345 (Project Management) prepares students to sit for the exam
QuickBooks Certified UserCourse AC335 (Computerized Accounting) prepares students to sit for the exam
Entrepreneurship CertificateComplete course B234 (Entrepreneurship)
Six Sigma Yellow BeltComplete course BU421 (Operations Management)

MBA Degree Program Available Certification and Prep-to-sit for Certifications:

CertificationMethod to Earn
Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP)Data Analytics Concentration prepares students to sit for the exam
CMA CertificationFinance & Accounting Concentration prepares students to sit for the exam
PMP CertificationProject Management Concentration prepares students to sit for the exam
PMI-PBA CertificationProject Management Concentration prepares students to sit for the exam



Herzing's MBA programs can begin with a "business level-setting" course. If you do not have a business degree or years of business experience, you will begin with a fundamentals course that gives you an overview of all the important business disciplines. Additionally, Herzing offers tutors and academic support resources both on-campus and through Herzing Online.


Yes, the Herzing University business program is accredited.

Herzing University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), 11374 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, Kansas, USA. 

Please let us know if you have any other questions about our business program.


Regardless of your background, a business degree provides you with the analytical, problem solving, management and leadership skills that can help a student be competitive in today and tomorrow's competitive business marketplace.


A business degree is a versatile degree that has application in almost every industry from healthcare to manufacturing to tourism to commerce. Herzing offers 6 undergraduate and 7 MBA concentration areas that enable a student to gain relevant additional experience.


Concentrations enable a student to customize their business acumen to their career goals, differentiating them in the workforce with specialized knowledge.

Herzing currently offers the following MBA program concentrations:

  1. Accounting
  2. Data Analytics
  3. Healthcare Management
  4. Human Resources
  5. Project Management
  6. Technology Management


Herzing's business program is different because it is focused on leadership development according to what has been identified by employers in the global market.

Specifically Herzing's business program offers:

  1. Practical Experience - Students will gain practical experience, understanding the impact of a Changing Global Economy even at the local "mom & pop" level; importance of Leveraging Technology and information to make decisions; and the key skills of Professionalism & Teamwork that are essential to leadership and management.
  2. Industry Certifications - Graduates will earn more than a degree, they will have the opportunity to earn sought-after industry certifications.
  3. Up-to-Two Concentrations - Students in the MBA program have the option to enhance their academic experience by completing up-to-two concentrations.
  4. Dual Credit - Students in the undergraduate program can get a "jump start" on a MBA at the same time. Up-to 12 graduate credits could be taken while still an undergraduate and applied toward both degrees, thereby saving both money and time.
  5. Transfer Friendly - Students with an associate degree from an accredited institution like a Community College can receive up-to 60 credits toward a Herzing Bachelor's degree, and in some instances may receive more. DEGREE UP students are provided with the opportunity to transfer in additional credits earned after completing an associate degree. Herzing will review all transcripts a student may have, as there is an ability to transfer up-to 75% of their previous credit load toward their Herzing program, thereby saving them time and money.

Program length can vary depending upon degree level, number of concentrations, course load and credits transferred, as well as class schedule.

Associate degree program is 4-semesters and can be completed in two (2) years with a full-time schedule.

Bachelor's degree program is 9 semesters and depending upon transfer credits, can be completed as a full-time student in three (3) years.

  • When transferring in a Herzing Associate degree: the Bachelor's program can be completed in 4-semesters or 2-years.
  • Students with an associate degree from an accredited institution like a Community College can receive up-to 60 credits toward a Herzing Bachelor's degree saving them time and money.

Graduate degree is a 3-semester program and a student can transfer in up-to 9 credit hours.



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This program prepares individuals to apply integrated training, organizational development, career planning, and counseling skills to the design, management, and evaluation of programs to improve individual productivity, employability, job satisfaction, and organizational effectiveness. The program includes instruction in psychology, organizational behavior, principles of adult education, occupational counseling, skill testing and evaluation, program design, consulting practice, organizational development, and applications for issues such as training, management development, customer service, and lean management.

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Accreditation & Disclosure

Herzing University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

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