With a degree in human resource (HR) management from UMGC, you’ll find employment opportunities in nearly every industry. Our bachelor’s degree program is perfect for those who have some experience in HR but don’t have the degree, as well as those who want to transition into the HR profession.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of human resource functions—such as resource planning; recruitment, selection, placement, and orientation of employees; training and career development; labor relations; performance appraisal and rewards programs; and development of personnel policies and procedures—in private- and public-sector settings. Additionally, you’ll explore the ways that human behavior, laws, labor relations, and diversity issues can intersect and affect a company’s culture and ultimately its progress.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Human Resource Management Bachelor's Degree

UMUC works closely with the federal government and the Society of Human Resource Management to align courses in the human resource management program with employers’ expectations and required competencies, so the program will teach you the exact skills employers tell us they want.

You’ll study management and organization theory, organizational behavior and development approaches, interpersonal skill development, and employment law.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply business knowledge, reflective practices, and ethical leadership skills that drive learning and self-improvement
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior, labor relations, and current laws and regulations to produce a working environment that is safe, fair, and compliant with regulations
  • Help create a culture in which all employees are motivated and valued
  • Create, implement, and assess training, development, and rewards programs that foster employee and organizational learning and development
  • Recognize the diversity of cultures and world views that inform human behavior and respond constructively to differences in workplaces, communities, and organizations
  • Identify and use technology to research, collect, analyze, and interpret data and effectively communicate information in a professional manner

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Identify and diagnose problems within a real organization using case studies and propose management principles to improve the situation
  • Develop and conduct a training needs assessment and an appropriate training program plan, including a budget and schedule, based on organizational need
  • Design a rewards program to motivate employees, using benefits such as stock options and cash incentives
  • Practice using skills such as negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and arbitration to manage conflicts

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)

Human Resource Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • HRMN 300
  • HRMN 302
  • HRMN 362
  • HRMN 367
  • HRMN 395
  • HRMN 400
  • HRMN 406
  • BMGT 364
  • FINC 331
  • HRMN 408
  • HRMN 467
  • HRMN 495

Related required course

Note: The following related required courses for the major are listed under general education ourses and may be applied to general education or elective requirements.

  • IFSM 300

Electives

The bachelor's degree in human resource management requires 43 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research and Computer Literacy Courses

  • PACE 111M
    or PACE 111B
    or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150
    or CAPL 398A
    or other general education elective
  • IFSM 300
    (related requiement for the major)

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 391
    or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

  • MATH 105
    or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 201
    or PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for opportunities in nearly every industry.

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Alumnus James Basuel completed a 25-year odyssey by returning to school at UMUC, retooling, and going back to the workforce as an HR manager.