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Bachelor of Science in
Human Resources (HR)

Earn a bachelor’s degree in HR and become possible

Business is people working together to achieve a shared goal. Human resources specialists and managers wield a professional toolset capable of uniting employers and employees so business can get done.  

Become an indispensable business asset by developing the skills needed to supply training and development, employ of the right types of job applicants, resolve interpersonal conflicts and build a supportive, productive company culture.

Herzing’s career-focused Bachelor of Science in Human Resources degree is designed to help you pursue entry-level positions in managing people – what business is all about.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Courses of study include accounting, HR information systems, compensation and benefits, risk management, training and development, strategic staffing, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and much more
  • Build your qualification to become a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • Multiple graduate degree pathways: earn dual credit towards an MBA in Human Resources, or choose from several other MBA concentrations

Your career begins with your education. As your lifelong partner in learning, we exist to help you take the first step towards earning a bachelor’s degree and continue to advance your career. It IS possible.

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Human Resources bachelor’s degree classes & curriculum details

The bachelor’s in human resources curriculum includes core management courses, human resource management courses, business and open electives, and personal and professional development courses.

Our program prepares you to apply training and development, career planning and counseling to improve individual productivity, job satisfaction, employability and organizational effectiveness.

All classes are delivered online with a required capstone or internship.

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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. Students who are qualified to take dual-credit courses may also take approved graduate courses.

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.

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.

SHRM aligned

Become certified faster with our SHRM-aligned curriculum

Our bachelor’s degree curriculum has been approved by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) to be fully aligned with their HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.2

SHRM is an organization dedicated to advancing the human resources profession, working to ensure HR meets fast-evolving business needs. Their SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) competency-based certification for early- and mid-career professional is a widely recognized and respected HR certifications among employers.

By completing our SHRM-approved HR bachelor's degree program, you can reduce the experience requirement needed to sit for the SHRM-CP exam and become certified.

HR Bachelor's Degree SHRM Curriculum

Dual Credit

Save time and money by earning dual credit

Students enrolled in Herzing University’s human resources bachelor’s degree program can get a head start on earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Qualifying undergraduate students who pursue a Herzing bachelor’s degree in human resources may apply up to 12 credits toward an MBA degree.

HR graduates may choose one of several MBA concentrations, or consider our Dual Concentration option to add additional emphasis to your MBA credential.

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Tuition & Cost

36 months | 122 credits

$441 per credit

after scholarship*

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Tuition & Cost

With Herzing University, an affordable, career-focused education in human resources is within your reach. We are always striving to make college more affordable for everyone.

Opportunities for financial aid include:


Human Resources bachelor’s degree program enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Human Resources bachelor’s degree program include:

  • Completed high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
  • Complete an enrollment application

Advancing your career IS possible with Herzing University. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding enrollment requirements or our undergraduate admissions process.


What can I do with a bachelor’s degree in HR?

Human resources is a broad field that offers employment opportunities in a variety of fields. Here's what you can potentially do with a human resources degree:

  • Compensation or Benefit Analyst/Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Corporate Recruiter
  • Training and Development Coordinator
  • Training and Development Manager

How can I advance my career? You can take the next step by pursuing an MBA in Human Resources. HR professionals with a master’s-level education may qualify for higher HR positions, such as Director of Human Resources or VP of Human Resources. Continue your postgraduate education with a post master’s certificate in one of many different business concentrations.

Job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 9% from 2020-2030, faster than the projected average across all U.S. occupations.*

Earn the education you need to continue advancing in a growing career field and better your chance of finding the job you’ve always wanted. We exist to help you take the first step and support your lifelong learning.


Frequently Asked Questions

A master’s degree in human resources can help prepare you to lead teams, departments, and direct entire organizations. An advanced degree, such as an MBA in Human Resources, can help give you a competitive edge when applying for executive roles, such as chief HR officer or director. An MBA in HR also provides you a unique combination of business skills, leadership training, and advanced human resources knowledge.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), human resources specialists earn an average salary of $69,430 per year ($33.38 per hour).*

The BLS reports the average pay for an HR manager was $64.70 per hour or $134,580 per year. Those at the top of their field may earn a higher salary depending on their experience and education (for example, if they have a graduate degree).

Human resources is a growing field. According to the BLS, Employment opportunities for HR managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020-2030, faster than the average for all U.S. occupations. This is due in part to growth of existing companies and new companies forming. HR professionals are also needed to help understand and administer complex employment and benefit laws.

Yes, you can earn your degree in human resources online with flexible course options that fit your schedule.

Herzing’s program is IACBE-accredited1 and includes core HR classes helping you to build a strong foundation in human resources, as well as additional business management and elective courses. You can transfer in up to 91 approved credits from prior college classes you’ve taken.

A human resources degree is an academic degree awarded to students when they complete a two or four-year program with a focus on human resources or human resources management.

Generally, undergraduate HR programs provide students a learning foundation needed to help manage and develop diverse workforces. A company's human resources department oversees almost everything related to employees from recruitment, hiring, and training to employee motivation, retention, benefits, and other services. That is why HR courses are focused on providing leadership, interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills needed to help companies and their employees be successful.

To be successful in human resources, you’ll need an education focused on human resources, organizational development, or business. In addition to that, specific skills that HR professionals benefit from include:

  • Communication skills: As an HR professional, a major part of your role is communicating with employees. You must be able to express yourself clearly in both oral and written communications.
  • Organizational skills: HR professionals must be extremely organized and able to manage different projects and programs.
  • Decision-making skills: As an HR manager, you may be responsible for making important decisions regarding hiring and firing people, as well as company-wide rules and regulations.
  • Training and development: Many people look to human resources to help provide guidance on training and career development. You should be able to either perform this training or help direct employees as they seek to grow their career.
  • Teamwork: HR professionals often work with many different departments and are part of cross-functional teams. It’s important to be able to work well with others, to see their point of view, and work together to reach goals that will best help the company be successful.

To become an HR manager, you can best qualify with at least a bachelor’s degree and a few years of experience. Some employers might prefer that HR manager candidates have a master’s degree in human resources or an MBA with an emphasis in human resources.

Some people choose to pursue specialized certificates in human resources. Certifications are not always necessary to become an HR manager; however, they can help you demonstrate your expertise and help you stand out from the competition. There are several types of HR certificates, including:

Yes! A bachelor’s degree in human resources can prepare you for a long, successful, profitable career in a variety of roles and industries. HR is a very flexible degree that can be applied to a number of specialties, including benefits administration, training and development, and recruitment. If you enjoy helping people and businesses thrive, a bachelor’s degree in HR could be a great fit.

Generally, yes. It can be possible to work in the human resources field without a degree; however, to advance in your HR career employers may require a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s degree can help prepare you for higher level HR roles, such as manager or supervisor.

To become a director, vice president, or chief HR officer, it can be beneficial to have an MBA with an HR concentration, in addition to several years of experience.


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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 & Disclosures

1. The Business Division at 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. For a list of accredited programs please refer to our IACBE member status page.

2. The Herzing University Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Human Resources have been approved by SHRM as being aligned to SHRM’s curriculum guidelines.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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