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Bachelor's Degree

Human Resources (HR)
Online Bachelor's Degree Program


Jul 8th

36 Mo.

Program Length






Cost Per Credit

Bachelor's Degree

Human Resources (HR)
Online Bachelor's Degree Program

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
QuickPathsTransfer credit, stackable credentials, and adaptive learning technology build a faster pathway to a higher education with Herzing University
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Overview: Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

The Bachelor of Science in Human Resources degree is a 122-credit undergraduate program which prepares you for a career as an HR manager or specialist.

The online degree program provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills in HR management, employment and labor law, compensation and benefits, training and development, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and much more.

Career-focused curriculum

Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

Flexible schedule

You can take classes during the day or in the evening. We strive to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

Virtual services

Access to extensive virtual services, including academic advising, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services.

Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.

Classes Start July 8th

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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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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  3.00 semester credit hours.

or  3.00 semester credits

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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 and MBA curriculums have 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 program, you can reduce the experience requirement needed to sit for the SHRM-CP exam and become certified.

HR Program 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.

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Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Human Resources program is $515 per credit.

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 



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, 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, Wyoming, District Of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands.

Classes Start July 8th

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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. 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.

Job outlook


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 5% from 2022-2032, 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

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 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.

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 in addition to several years of experience.

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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), human resources specialists earn an average salary of $76,060 per year ($36.57 per hour).*

The BLS reports the average pay for an HR manager was $74.39 per hour or $154,740 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 5% from 2022-2032, 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.

The skills and traits required for success as a social worker overlap with those of a human resources manager or professional. Both careers require strong communication skills, empathy, and a desire to help both individuals and groups thrive.

However, there are significant differences in the day-to-day life of HR professionals vs. social workers, including work environment, schedule, who you’ll work with, and types of problems you’ll be solving.

Learn more about the difference between human resources and social work careers.

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.

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.


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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 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 (, 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 Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. 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.

I knew I always wanted to work with people. I had worked in human resources before earning my degree which helped me understand and gain a passion for the career. I knew that I wanted something more for myself, so rather than going somewhere and being viewed as another number, I picked Herzing.

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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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Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Online Campus
Cost per Credit$515.00
Base Tuition$62,830.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (91 x $515.00 )(-$46,865.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$15,965.00
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$545.00
Estimated Total Fee*$1,635.00
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Available Scholarships & Loan Options

Who Can Apply

Available to applicants who attended a college or university that closed within the last 12 months and were attending within 120 days of the school closure date


Must be enrolled in a comparable program at Herzing University, submit a copy of an official transcript from the closed school, and complete the Closed School Discharge Disclosure

Who Can Apply

The Crisis Support Grant is an emergency grant for active students experiencing a financial crisis


GPA requirements must be met. All applicants must be actively enrolled in a degree-seeking program, have a record of good conduct, and financial standing with the university

Who Can Apply

All Herzing University students are eligible to apply via the formal application process outlined below. Students must apply prior to the start of either semester in their last academic year before graduation. The application period is open during the summer semester.


An application including a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and examples of community service is required. In addition, the scholarship review committee may review GPA and unmet financial need as part of eligibility criteria.

Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need and are unable to cover the cost of attendance with alternative resources in their final academic year


Must submit an application and have used all financial resources in the final academic year resulting in a gap in financial resources

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


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

Who Can Apply

Dean's List and President's list students


Must be enrolled in an Associate or Bachelor program, on the Dean's or President's list, and submit an application.

Who Can Apply

Must be a Herzing graduate who has re-enrolled in a higher-level degree and remain enrolled in the desired program


Must be enrolled at least half-time for the duration of the program

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Must be an international student attending HU through an agreement with a school/agency in your home country


Must either be attending a resident campus as F-1 student or enrolled in an online modality study through an established school partnership

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Must be an eligible AmeriCorps Alumni who is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree seeking program


Must submit a payment request for an eligible institution through their individual account in 'My AmeriCorps'

Who Can Apply

Yellow ribbon may be given to veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate for Post-911


100% CH 33 eligible

Who Can Apply

Honorably discharged veterans, severely injured servicemembers, family members of Active Duty Servicemembers and Severely Injured Servicemembers, active duty servicemembers in graduate-level programs, dependents of deceased servicemembers, public safety and first responder personnel


Proof of Veteran (DD-214), Active Duty, or injured status is required. 

Proof of active and current employment as public safety personnel or first responder

Who Can Apply

Active Duty Servicemembers in undergraduate programs and National Guard or Reserves activated or actively training and drilling in preparation for potential activation


Proof of active duty status is required

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program.


Proof of active and current employment or association with partner organization

Who Can Apply

The E.C. Styberg Scholarship is awarded to recipients enrolled full-time pursuing their degree as a resident of Racine or Kenosha county.


Must be Racine or Kenosha County residents pursuing a degree in business administration and management or other majors related to manufacturing. In addition, applicants must be full-time undergraduates in good academic standing who demonstrate financial need.

Who Can Apply

Recipients must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program for the Fall with a Herzing University campus located within Wisconsin.


Applicant's background must reflect one or more of the components as determined by the UPS Foundation and CIC's First Opportunity Program: first generation student, low-income, minority; or new American student.

Who Can Apply

The program is designed to provide financial support for women that demonstrate leadership potential, initiative, and excellent communication skills and are pursuing a career or have an interest in public service, government, and/or the political process.


To be considered for this scholarship, an applicant must be actively enrolled as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student in good academic standing and plan to enroll in the Fall. In addition, an applicant must be a female resident of Wisconsin and have a financial need as determined by Herzing University based on eligibility for the Pell Grant.

Who Can Apply

Rath Distinguished Scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement, merit, and leadership.


Must be an actively enrolled student in good standing. If an entering first year student, the scholarship applicants must have graduated among the top 25 percent of their high school class. If a sophomore, junior, or senior, applicants must have demonstrated academic excellence by maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). In addition, scholarship recipients are to demonstrate strong campus and community leadership. Applicants must be enrolled through the Fall semester. Scholars must be U.S. citizens; Wisconsin residents preferred.

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


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 all programs are effective through the Summer 2024 semester.