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Human Resources Degree Online Bachelor's in HR Management

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Register By: August 27 Classes Start: August 29

Earn an HR Degree online

  • Brand new for 2022
  • $320/credit (120 credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required
  • SHRM-aligned curriculum, HRCI integrated content partner
  • Earn certificates and sit for certifications on the way to your degree

Online Human Resource Management Degree Overview

Join the growing field of human resources with SNHU's online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resource Management.

Upon graduating the program, you'll have the skills to join a movement toward a better, more inclusive workplace for all. As the workforce changes as a result of the global pandemic, this online program can help you prepare for success as an HR professional in a distributed workforce.

Deborah Gogliettino with the text Deborah Gogliettino"Employees bring their whole self to work," said Deborah Gogliettino, SNHU's associate dean for human resources. "We don't know if the employee had a struggle getting the kids off to school, or is worried about making the mortgage payment. Human resource professionals need to help the organization understand that in today's world, it's not just about the work, it's about the whole person."

Brand new in 2022, SNHU's cutting edge human resource degree addresses the current needs of the market. As a student, you'll engage with real-world scenarios faced by HR professionals every day. From labor relations, DEI, policy, compensation & benefits, hiring practices and HR policy, this program covers every role within HR units of all sizes.

In addition to real-world learning scenarios, you'll learn HR-specific problem solving and situational analysis, data analytics and visualization, strategic thinking and planning, and oral and written communication.

This program is also an integrated content partner with the Human Resources Certification Institute® (HRCI®) a premier credentialing organization for the human resources profession. Through this partnership, you'll progress through a series of HRCI-administered certificates as part of the required coursework, giving you the opportunity to graduate with credentials beyond your degree.

SHRM Alignment

SNHU's BS in Human Resource Management program is also aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management's Body of Applied Skills & Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™) competencies, formerly the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge®(SHRM BoCK®). Developed through a series of large-scale research studies, the SHRM BASK incorporates global HR viewpoints to collectively establish a grouping of critical HR competencies and content areas.

The SHRM BASK is also used to define the content areas for SHRM's two main certification exams, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®). Alignment within SNHU's program supports content preparedness for eligible individuals seeking either credential.


The SNHU BS in Human Resource Management also covers the 5 main content areas covered on the HRCI Associate Professional in Human Resources® (aPHR®) certification exam. Students self-study for the exam while progressing through HRM coursework. The aPHR is beneficial to business professionals both in and out of HR fields due to its integrated focus on people management.

Enrollment in the SNHU BS.HRM program also includes discounted pricing on the aPHR examination as well as access to HRCI test prep materials for one year after graduation.

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What You'll Learn

  • How to foster company cultures
  • Data collection and analysis
  • HR goal development
  • Talent acquisition strategies
  • Retention and growth tactics
  • Risk mitigation policies

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

How Do I Become a Human Resource Manager?

People are at the heart of every business. And every facet of the employee experience—from recruitment, to benefits, to overall job satisfaction—is influenced by an HR manager. So, how do you become an HR manager? SNHU’s online BS in HR Management can help.

Career Outlook

“HR professionals are partners with the business,” Gogliettino said. “[This is valuable] for the organization and for the person doing the job.”

The SNHU HR degree program combines foundational business education with the key fundamentals of human resources. You'll learn about the functions of an HR department, proactive strategic thinking, the holistic employee experience, employee and labor relations, change management and more.

At Southern New Hampshire University, it's important to take advantage of the resources that staff members have to offer – especially if you're not quite sure what you could do with an online HR degree.

Dinovincent Frangiamone with the text Dinovincent Frangiamone"If you’re someone who is unsure what career path you would want to follow, I would recommend to use your resources and speak to your admission team at SNHU," said Dinovincent Frangiamone '20. "They will provide you with some career coaching, which will assist you to determine what career path is most suitable for you."

If you need further assistance, SNHU Career Services can help position you for the job you want. From resume writing and portfolio development to mock interviews and career fairs, you'll get support from day 1. And the best part? You'll have access to these resources even after you graduate.

Potential Careers

Talent Management

  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • Development

HR Operations

  • Policy Implementation
  • Strategic Planning
  • People Analytics

Total Rewards

  • Culture Curator
  • Compensation Specialist
  • Benefits Planner

Job Growth & Salary

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

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Job Growth

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment for human resources managers will grow by 9% through 2030 – on pace with the national average for all occupations.1

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Although salaries may vary by region and responsibility, human resources managers reportedly earned a median annual salary of $126,230 in May 2021.1

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Nicole Thompson '23

"SNHU offered a schedule that allowed me to effectively balance my work, student and personal life."

Courses & Curriculum

From this program, you'll get the skills to join a movement toward a better, more inclusive workplace for all. As the global pandemic changed the way we live and do business, this online program can help you prepare for success as an HR professional in today's workforce.

The BS in Human Resource Management degree program was built to help the modern human resources professional support today's employees. Exhaustive market research informed SNHU's program to be built with considerations for DEI, HR as an integrated business partner, the changing landscape of talent acquisition, people management in a virtual space and strategic management of an effective and efficient workforce.

This 120-credit program is comprised of:

  • General Education courses (42 credits)
  • Business core (30 credits)
  • Major courses (21 credits)
  • Major electives (12 credits, 6 dictated & 6 pick pool)
  • Free electives (15 credits)

Major core courses may include:

  • HRM 225: Proactive Human Resource Strategies. Learn how to address a variety of human resource challenges and situations. Explore employment rules and regulations, communication strategies and risk mitigation.
  • HRM 300: Creating the Employee Experience. Identify employee engagement techniques and practices. Study practices, policies and strategies to recruit, retain, and motivate talent.
  • HRM 310: Employee and Labor Relations. Analyze the role of employee and labor relations in supporting management in developing, maintaining and improving employee relationships.
  • HRM 400: Change Management in Human Resources. Examine the role of human resources in driving and facilitating change in an organization using change management best practices and tools.
  • HRM 425: Employee Life Cycle Management. Leverage your knowledge from the program about human resource functions, laws and practices to develop organizational strategies informing needs in the employee life cycle.

Major electives and elective space offers the opportunity for students to customize their HR pathway or take advantage of SNHU's generous transfer credit policy.

At SNHU, you can transfer up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's degree – helping you save time and money.

Suggested HR electives include two brand new courses developed for students seeking to specialize in modern talent management and acquisition practices:

  • HRM 340: Talent Acquisition. Identify employment needs of an organization and apply recruitment strategies to attract and recruit the right talent.
  • HRM 370: Talent Management. Explore techniques for fostering a culture that supports talent management efforts and improves performance.

Several courses also feature embedded certificates built into the coursework. These certificates were created by HR Certification Institute (HRCI), the premier credentialing organization for the human resource profession. Certificates include:

  • HR Ethics Series: Common Ethical Challenges
  • HR Ethics Series: Issues in the Workplace
  • Negotiations: Resolving Disputes
  • Fostering an Inclusive Culture
  • Leading and Managing Change

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

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

Note: Currently SNHU is seeking VA program approval for our BS Human Resource Management program. While we anticipate approval, students may not use their VA funding (VA Education Benefits (Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Montgomery GI Bill®, Veteran’s Readiness and Employment (VR&E), and/or Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance) until we have received full VA approval. Students are able to use their Military Tuition Assistance (if eligible) until VA is approved.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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