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Field of Study: Human Resources Management

Introduction

Human resources (HR) management programs prepare people to manage employment policies and practices in the workplace.

 

Overview

In human resources management programs, students learn:

  • Personnel and organizational policy
  • Labor relations
  • Employment law
  • Compensation systems
  • Recruitment and selection

Internships
Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations.

Concentrations
Students in a human resources management program may be able to specialize in:

  • Organizational development
  • Labor relations and industrial relations

Schools
A few community colleges offer associate degrees in human resources management. An associate degree is good preparation to work as an assistant in an HR department.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in human resources. A bachelor's degree takes about four years of full-time study.

Colleges and universities also offer graduate degrees in human resources management. In graduate school students can focus on labor relations and organizational behavior. It is also possible to focus on human resources in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

 

College preparation

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

  • Pre-Calculus
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Introduction to Business
  • Basic Computer
  • Public Speaking

 

Graduate admissions

Admission to MBA programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Your bachelor's degree should be in a business field. Otherwise you should take several courses in human resources management. Other recommended courses are accounting, economics, statistics, and business law. You should also take courses in management information systems and management.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview

 

Typical course work

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Business Law
  • Business Writing
  • Calculus for Business
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employment Law
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Human Resources Management
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Management and Organization
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Statistics for Business
  • Training and Development

 

Things to know

Because the human resources field deals primarily with people, you should try to gain experience working with people from many different backgrounds.

Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world.

Some business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in human resources management. You should take only a few, so that your high school transcript shows that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.

 

Similar fields of study

Careers you may qualify for

College Business Teachers
Compensation and Benefits Managers
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
Human Resources Managers
Human Resources Specialists
Labor Relations Specialists
Training and Development Managers
Training and Development Specialists

 

Resources

All Business Schools
http://www.allbusinessschools.com/

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
http://www.aacsb.edu/

Society for Human Resource Management
http://www.shrm.org/

Schools that offer program

Click on the school name to see a list of their programs related to this field of study.

Anoka Technical College , Located in Metro
Anoka Technical College - Online , Located in Metro
Anoka-Ramsey Community College - Cambridge , Located in Metro
Anoka-Ramsey Community College - Coon Rapids , Located in Metro
Anoka-Ramsey Community College - Online - Coon Rapids, Located in Metro
Argosy University/Twin Cities - Eagan, Located in Metro
Bethel University - St. Paul, Located in Metro
Capella University - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
Cardinal Stritch University - Eden Prairie, Located in Metro
Century College - White Bear Lake, Located in Metro
Century College - Online - White Bear Lake, Located in Metro
College of St. Scholastica - St. Paul , Located in Metro
Concordia University, St. Paul , Located in Metro
Dakota County Technical College - Rosemount, Located in Metro
Dakota County Technical College - Online - Rosemount, Located in Metro
DeVry University - Edina , Located in Metro
Herzing University - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
Inver Hills Community College - Inver Grove Heights, Located in Metro
Inver Hills Community College - Online - Inver Grove Heights, Located in Metro
Lake Superior College - Duluth, Located in Northeast
Lake Superior College - Online - Duluth, Located in Northeast
Metropolitan State University - Online - Saint Paul, Located in Metro
Metropolitan State University - St. Paul - Saint Paul, Located in Metro
Minnesota School of Business - Richfield , Located in Metro
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Detroit Lakes , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Moorhead , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Online - Perham, Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena , Located in Northwest
National American University - Bloomington , Located in Metro
National American University - Brooklyn Center , Located in Metro
National American University - Burnsville , Located in Metro
National American University - Minnetonka , Located in Metro
National American University - Rochester , Located in Southeast
National American University - Roseville , Located in Metro
Normandale Community College - Bloomington, Located in Metro
Normandale Community College - Online - Bloomington, Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Blaine , Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Bloomington , Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Brooklyn Park , Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Eagan , Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Lake Elmo , Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Mankato , Located in Southwest
Rasmussen College - Moorhead , Located in Northwest
Rasmussen College - St. Cloud , Located in Central
Ridgewater College - Hutchinson , Located in Central
Ridgewater College - Online - Hutchinson, Located in Central
Ridgewater College - Willmar , Located in Central
Riverland Community College - Albert Lea , Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Austin , Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Online - Austin, Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Owatonna , Located in Southeast
Rochester Community and Technical College , Located in Southeast
Rochester Community and Technical College - Online , Located in Southeast
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Minneapolis , Located in Metro
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Rochester , Located in Southeast
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Winona , Located in Southeast
Saint Paul College - St. Paul, Located in Metro
Saint Paul College - Online - St. Paul, Located in Metro
St. Catherine University - St. Paul , Located in Metro
St. Cloud Technical & Community College , Located in Central
Trusight - Plymouth, Located in Metro
University of Minnesota, Duluth , Located in Northeast
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
University of Northwestern St. Paul , Located in Metro
University of St. Thomas - St. Paul, Located in Metro
Walden University - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
Winona State University , Located in Southeast
Winona State University - Online , Located in Southeast