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Human Resources Degree Concentration Business Administration BS in HR

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Register By: February 27 Classes Start: March 01

Earn an Online HR Degree Concentration

  • $320/credit (120 credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required
  • SHRM-aligned curriculum
  • HR manager jobs to grow 7% by 20281
  • 24/7 online accessibility – attend class when and where it's convenient

Online Human Resources Degree Concentration Overview

Learn how to succeed in HR with the online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management.

Recruit top talent for a tech startup. Visit job fairs on college campuses. Help improve benefits packages for large firms. This online HR program will help you support the teams that help businesses succeed.

“HR professionals are partners with the business,” said Deborah Gogliettino, SNHU’s associate dean for human resources. “[This is valuable] for the organization and for the person doing the job.”

The specialized HR degree program combines your business education with the fundamentals of human resources. You'll learn about employee safety, labor relations and the management of a global workforce. These skills can help set you apart when pursuing your HR career.

Learn how to:

  • Solve organizational goals using human resource management practices
  • Help build collaborative relationships with diverse teams
  • Engage in ethical, legal and socially responsible business practices
  • Consider global and societal contexts on all business decisions
  • Use business data gathered through research and technological applications
  • Communicate effectively to diverse internal and external audiences

This business degree with a concentration in Human Resource Management is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. A leading HR organization, SHRM helps define education standards taught in college business schools by establishing and reinforcing new HR standards recognized and respected by organizations across industries. These industry standards can help professionals learn and apply HR principles in the workplace.

By building upon the online business degree program, this specialized human resources management degree concentration explores how businesses operate. “Your job is to build the workforce," said Gogliettino. "And in order to understand how, you have to understand the organization.”

You'll discover how to implement benefits like paid leave, insurance, retirement income and various employee services. If you'd like to continue your education once you complete the BS in Business with a concentration in human resources management, we can help. Check out our master's in human resources management, MBA in human resources, undergraduate human resources certificate or graduate human resources certificate to learn more.

Flex your way to an online HR degree

Kristin Galvin said the flexibility of online classes at Southern New Hampshire University made it possible for her to earn her Human Resources Degree concentration while balancing a full-time job and family priorities.

Career Outlook

As long as businesses continue to grow and retain top talent, there will always be a need for qualified HR professions in the workforce.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment for human resources specialists will grow by 5% through 2028, which is on pace with the national average for all occupations.1 Likewise, jobs for human resources managers are projected to grow by 7% – slightly faster than the national average for all occupations.1

Many of these jobs require an entry-level education of a bachelor's. To help prepare you for success in your field, our specialized online human resources degree emphasizes the use of human resource skills to improve organizations. You'll gain the skills needed for entry- and mid-level roles in the growing HR management field.

Melanie Rowe with the text Melanie Rowe

This human resources degree program can also prepare you for various leadership roles.

"You don’t need to be headed to the HR department to benefit from this degree program," said Melanie Rowe '18. "A degree in business administration with a concentration in HR prepares you for a leadership role in any department. It teaches you how to manage an organization’s most important resource – people."

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Human Resource Degree Concentration

Courses & Curriculum

In the human resource management degree online program, you'll learn about leadership, motivation and maximizing an organization's human capital. You'll apply your course material to real-world situations and learn how to build benefits and programs that can add organizational flexibility or may even steer your corporate culture in a different direction, such as including work-from-home packages for employees.

This program is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. All courses are thus designed to meet current HR industry standards.

Apart from business core and general education courses, this concentration will hone in on relevant human resource concepts and principles, such as policies and administration, decision making and planning, compensation and benefits, and strategy and development.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • Business core: Revised for fall 2020, our undergraduate business programs contain 10 cutting-edge business courses. These core courses are designed to help prepare you for success wherever you go.
  • General education courses: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Show your knowledge of the materials in your program's math courses, and you could earn up to 12 math credits – at less than $50 for each course assessment (statistics or precalculus).

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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