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Human Resources Online
Bachelor's Degree Program (HR)

36 Mo.

Program length


Online

Format

122

Credits


$446

Cost Per Credit

Advance your HR career with Herzing University

AccreditationIACBE accredited,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
CurriculumSHRM-aligned curriculum2
Transfer creditUp to 91 approved credits
PathwaysEarn dual credit towards an MBA program
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 6th
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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.

Classes Start March 6th

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Curriculum

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.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Bachelor of Science in Human Resources36122

i. 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. 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

Tuition & Cost

When you accept the 10% tuition discount from our Financial Commitment Scholarship, the cost of tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Human Resources program is $446 per credit.1

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

i. Financial Commitment Scholarship eligibility requirements: Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000 in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.

Requirements

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.

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Classes Start March 6th

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Careers

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.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), human resources specialists earn an average salary of $70,720 per year ($34.00 per hour).*

The BLS reports the average pay for an HR manager was $65.67 per hour or $136,590 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! 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.

To become an Human Resources (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, 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.

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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

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 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs please refer to our IACBE member status page.

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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 (hlcommission.org), 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 2021. 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.

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

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The program allows you to transfer up to credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$495.00
Base Tuition$60,390.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (91 x $495.00 )(-$45,045.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$15,345.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$1,470.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
93
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
12231
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$64,800.00$16,815.00
Estimated Savings*
$47,985.00

Available Scholarships

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@herzing.edu, call (262) 735-6189, or visit https://www.herzing.edu/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Students enrolled in the following undergraduate and diploma programs:

  • Business; Criminal Justice; Dental Hygiene Bridge; Dental Assisting; EMT-Paramedic Associates Degree Program, Healthcare Administration; Health Information Management; Insurance Billing and Coding; Legal Studies; Medical Assisting; Medical Billing; Medical Office Administration; Sterile Processing; Surgical Technology
  • Students enrolled in Graduate and Post Master’s Certificate Business Programs

Continuing students may contact a Financial Aid Advisor to confirm eligibility

Requirements

Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000* in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. *Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.

Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list

Requirements

Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)
Who Can Apply

Herzing is excited to award this scholarship during the season on giving. This scholarship is available to new, current, or re-enrolled student applicants.

Requirements

Must maintain continuous enrollment and submit online form. Recipients are chosen at random. For more information, please contact your Financial Advisor.


Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Online campus:

Financial Aid Team
(866) 508-0748
fa@herzing.edu

1 

Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.