Bachelor's in Human Resource Management

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Online Bachelor's in Human Resource Management

Make a difference in your career — and the careers of others

Ask any leader what the most valuable business asset is, and they’ll tell you: great employees. They’re the heart and soul of every company — from small, local start-ups to massive, global corporations.

That’s why Maryville University designed a program that can help prepare you for positions in this vital field. With our online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management degree, you can learn how to apply modern HR principles and technology to facilitate talent recruitment and development to meet the strategic goals of your organization. The coursework includes current issues, trends, and technology within the field of human resources, and emphasizes the effective management of an organization’s employees. Employees make a world of difference to an organization. With one brave decision, you can earn a degree that allows you to make a world of difference to employees.

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Earn a top-quality education aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) standards

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Learn from a curriculum that focuses on emerging HR trends

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Get practical experience from HR projects, simulations, case studies, and participate in an optional internship

Why earn your Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management online?

You’ve got obligations and responsibilities. Maybe you’re trying to earn your education while you work, or you’re hoping to fit your degree around social and family life. When you earn your online bachelor’s in human resource management from Maryville, you can build your education with online flexibility and convenience.

Our online HR degree offers a flexible schedule that works around your schedule — and your life. But that’s only the beginning. We’ve also designed our program in a unique way that creates a strong sense of community and collaboration with both faculty and fellow classmates, even though you’re not physically on campus.

Our program’s curriculum is designed to prepare you with not only the skills, but also the mindset you need to enjoy success as an HR professional. Courses include subjects like recruitment and talent management, HR employment law, labor relations and negotiations, human capital management systems and technology, managing a diverse workforce, and risk management and performance appraisals.

We also designed our program with real-world practice in mind. Get experiential learning opportunities in HR through hands-on projects, case studies, a comprehensive capstone, and an optional internship.

Flexible, affordable, and highly personalized.


Study on your schedule with 100% online coursework, and apply with no fees or entrance exams.


Benefit from transfer credit friendly admission and explore financial aid options.


Gain the skills and knowledge to become a strategic HR partner in any organization.


Learn to build effective relationships between organizations and their employees.


Immerse yourself in a curriculum that focuses on real-world, in-demand skills and the latest methods and technology.


Receive a comprehensive business education while learning the foundations of human resource management.

What can you do with your online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management?

Business success has a great deal to do with the ability to hire and retain the best talent. That starts with having dedicated professionals in human resources.

As the world of business continues to expand, so does the competition for talented workers. The challenge to attract and retain the best employees, along with constantly changing regulations, has moved many organizations to make the hiring of top human resource professionals a priority.

HR employee’s responsibilities can include recruitment, talent management, labor relations, negotiations, employment law, benefits, business organizational behavior, and much more. It’s easy to see why HR professionals are not just important to a company’s success — they’re essential.

What types of careers can I pursue?

When you earn your degree from our online human resource management program, you can position yourself as a prime candidate for careers in a wide variety of industries. Why? Because you’ll have the chance to develop a deep understanding of leadership, interpersonal relationships, and business practices.

With your online HR degree, you can prepare to manage the development of human capital within an organization — and to provide related services to individuals and groups.

Put your bachelor’s in HR management to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Banking and finance
  • Building and construction
  • Colleges/universities
  • Employment firms
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Information and technology
  • Insurance firms
  • Media and digital media
  • Medical and healthcare
  • Telecommunications

Career opportunities for human resources grads include:

  • Administrative services manager
  • Compensation/benefits manager
  • Compensation/benefits specialist
  • Human resources manager
  • Human resources specialist
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Recruiter
  • Training/development manager
  • Training/development specialist
  • Talent acquisition/recruiting manager

What’s the outlook for Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management graduates?

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Opportunity.

Talent is what makes an organization work. Businesses want to get and keep the best talent possible. That’s why qualified human resource management professionals are a highly valued asset for all types of organizations, across almost every industry.

While salaries vary based on factors like location, education, licensure, and experience level, human resource grads can often command a high salary. With your online degree in human resource management, you can pursue positions like human resource specialist ($60,350 median salary), compensation/benefits specialist ($63,000), or labor relations specialist ($63,200). With some experience, you can aim for higher-level management positions like compensation/benefits manager ($119,120), human resources manager ($110,000), or training/development manager ($108,250).*

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Build a career in a growing field.

As the demand for HR professionals continues to rise, so does the projected growth of positions for human resource professionals across a variety of fields. When you earn your human resource degree, you can help fill a vital need for new and expanding companies in almost any industry.

Many HR-related jobs are projected to grow at or above the average rate of 5% across all career types. Some careers you might pursue include training/development specialist (9% growth projected between 2018 and 2028), training/development manager (8%), human resource manager (7%), administrative services manager (7%), and compensation/benefits specialist (6%).*

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Prepare for a career that affects lives.

You want to feel good about what you do in your career. As a human resource professional, you can — because your job will have a direct effect on your coworkers and your company.

What you do in your business or organization can help others lead happier, healthier, more satisfying professional lives. You can have a positive impact in hiring, retention, and development, to help build and maintain the right team for the right job.

When you earn your degree from Maryville University, you’ll also get a comprehensive business education, so you can inform your decisions and operations with high-level knowledge of finance, marketing, management, and law. You’ll also have the opportunity to combine your business and human resource knowledge through a comprehensive capstone experience.

Whether you’re new to the field or an established human resource professional, the work you do can make a lasting difference on the lives of those you serve.

Why choose Maryville University’s online Human Resources degree?

You’re driven to enhance your career and change your life. We’re driven to make that possible. Our online bachelor’s degree program in human resource management is centered around a virtual learning community. It’s designed to help you easily connect and interact with classmates, professors, and student support advisors — so you can collaborate in a way that facilitates your success.

Why Maryville?

Prepare for your future.

Our online human resource management degree is designed to give you the foundation you need to be successful across an array of positions in HR. The curriculum offers everything you need to hone your HR expertise and business acumen, so you can thrive in your career. Learn vital skills in areas like critical evaluation, cultural effectiveness, leadership, consultation, communication, ethics, and relationship management.

Not only that, but you can also prepare to pursue further education or industry credentials. Our curriculum is designed to align with the industry-standard Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Body of Competency and Knowledge, which can help prepare you for certification from the SHRM and HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

The experience you need to succeed.

Workplaces are as diverse and varied as the employees that make them up. Theoretical knowledge, while important, simply can’t prepare you the same way that hands-on experience can. True learning comes from doing.

That’s why our online bachelor’s in human resource management features experiential components, so you can get real-world, practical experience to help you prepare for your HR career. Our program features hands-on learning opportunities like projects, simulations, case studies, a comprehensive capstone, and an optional internship component — allowing you to put theory into practice.

Put our reputation to work.

Maryville University was founded in 1872 and has been helping brave, motivated professionals launch or enhance their careers with industry expertise ever since. Ninety percent of our full-time faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree, and our human resource management faculty comprises experienced practitioners and experts in the field.

We’re proud of our reputation for quality academics, accelerated growth, and affordability, because it demonstrates our commitment to excellence.

We’re recognized for excellence. So you can be, too.

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
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Online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management curriculum

A successful human resources career starts with the right education. When you choose Maryville for your online human resource management degree, you choose a program designed to prepare you to be an integral part of an organization.

You’ll learn from a curriculum that focuses on emerging HR trends and prepares you with the skills you need to be an effective human resource professional. Plus, our program features a business core, so you can approach your HR career with a firm understanding of the concepts and practices that can help your organization run efficiently and effectively.

In addition to general education requirements, the online bachelor’s degree program comprises your HR and business core courses, and electives.

Build your foundation in human resource management.

Learn skills essential to your human resource career, including recruitment, talent management, negotiation, benefits, financial management, employment law, and strategic leadership.

Specialize your human resource management knowledge.

Learn the fundamentals of business operations through core business courses like finance, managerial accounting, marketing, and project management — and fine-tune your human resource management education to fit your personal career goals through a number of elective course options.

Put your knowledge to work.

Prepare for the real world with practical, experiential learning opportunities. Benefit from coursework designed to include hands-on activities like projects, simulations, and case studies. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a capstone experience and an optional professional internship.

Prepare for professional certification in human resource management.

Your B.S. in Human Resource Management can give you the skills you need to seek entry-level human resources employment, or to advance your career. However, in some cases, you may need additional credentials to enhance your skills and maximize your earning potential.

That’s why we designed our program to help you prepare for certification from industry-standard organizations like the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Take your education further with Early Access.

Maryville University’s Early Access program allows you to get a head start on earning your graduate degree while you complete your undergraduate degree. With Early Access, you can earn up to 12 credits that apply toward both your undergraduate degree and a future graduate degree.

In many cases, this allows you to complete as much as one-third of your graduate degree program before even completing your undergraduate program — saving both time and money.

If you’re a qualified undergraduate student and you have not yet completed your elective requirements, we invite you to explore Early Access as an option. To qualify, you must have earned at least 75 credits toward your undergraduate degree (with at least 20 credits completed at Maryville) and have at least a 3.25 GPA. You can learn more at our Early Access page, or contact an advisor if you have any questions.

Learn more about the online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management at Maryville University.