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Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree with a Specialization in Human Resource Management

Online Human Resources Degree

If you enjoy working with others and have an interest of various aspects in business operations, our online human resources degree program may be a good fit. Designed to provide a background in business fundamentals, you’ll also immerse yourself in the recruitment process, employee selection and human resources record keeping.

Next Start Date:
October 25, 2023
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Online, Atlanta, Houston
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Online Human Resources Degree Program Details

Online Human Resources Degree Program Outline

AIU’s human resource management degree online program is designed to teach you how to help companies maintain a talented and dedicated workforce through recruiting and hiring, benefit management and job training. You’ll also examine changing staff needs and policies for a modern business environment setting.

Human resources online classes can help you build interpersonal skills and teach you techniques that corporations use to retain and develop talent and drive organizational effectiveness. Specialized coursework in our HR degree online program provides an in-depth look into personnel and organizational policy, employee recruitment and selection, as well as training and development.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of human resource specialists is projected to grow 5% and employment of human resource managers is expected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028.1 Specialists in human resources recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. Often they handle employee relationships, compensation and benefits, and training.

Requirements to complete a human resources bachelor degree online include general education courses, general electives, and core courses. AIU's Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), with all its specializations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

AIU provides students with convenience, flexibility, and support to accommodate busy lives. We offer full and part-time program options and transfer-in credit for eligible college, work, and military experience.2 This could potentially reduce the time it takes to earn a degree and save you money in the process.

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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resources Specialists, on the Internet at (visited November 30, 2019). This data represents national figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
2. Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

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Human Resources Courses

Degree Requirements


General Education
ECON220 Microeconomics 4.5
ECON224 Macroeconomics 4.5
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Elective (1 Course) 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Total Credit Hours: 58.5

ACCT205 Principles of Accounting I 4.5
ACCT310 Managerial Accounting 4.5
BUSN105 Introduction to Business 4.5
BUSN150 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 4.5
BUSN311 Quantitative Methods and Analysis 4.5
FINA310 Financial Management 4.5
MGMT305 Management Information Systems 4.5
MGMT310 Management and Leadership of Organizations 4.5
MGMT315 Survey of Human Resource Management 4.5
MGMT415 Global Operations Management 4.5
MGMT499 Program Capstone 4.5
MKTG205 Principles of Marketing 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 54
General Electives

A combination of any 10 undergraduate courses

Total Credit Hours: 45


Prerequisites must be met for selected electives.

Students enrolled in the Fashion Marketing Specialization Option are required to take: FASH 212, Historical and Contextual Studies, as one of the Humanities requirements; and FASH 209, Fashion Cycle, in place of one General Elective.

General Business Administration Track
Instead of a Specialization, select 5 Business Electives from any of the Specializations below
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
Human Resource Management
MGMT332 Employee Recruitment and Selection 4.5
MGMT335 Personnel and Organization Policy 4.5
MGMT345 Diversity in the Workforce 4.5
MGMT402 Employment and Labor Law 4.5
MGMT442 Performance Management and Employee Services 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Total Credit Hours : 180


Human Resources Classes Overview

For an Online Human Resources Degree, your classes may include:

Employee Recruitment and Selection

This course examines the process of recruitment, selection, and human resource record keeping in organizations. Topics covered for the essential functions of recruitment and selection include ethics, legal requirements, job analysis, job descriptions, and selection tools. It also presents how the effective management of people and jobs depends on accurate, reliable, comprehensive, and current personnel information. This course presents the practical approaches to managing these invaluable human resource records.

Personnel Organization and Policy

In order to select and secure proper human resource for organizational needs, personnel policies must be in place to guide personnel selection, compensation planning and performance management. In addition, policies must be established for progressive disciplinary process and motivational alternatives. These policies must be linked with organizational strategy to develop human resources as a competitive advantage. They must also be linked with proper career management and employee retention activities. This course covers the basic aspects of policy writing for selection, performance management, disciplinary process, employee motivation, and career management.

Building Teams and Resolving Conflict

This course examines principles of team building and conflict resolution. Methods of building cohesive teams and diffusing confrontation will be discussed. Students will also explore the opportunities and challenges that arise from a diverse workforce.

Diversity in the Workforce

This course addresses the experience of work as it varies with gender and ethnic background. Topics include work-related stereotypes and attitudes, discrimination and harassment, career choice, occupational segregation, employment patterns, group differences related to fair testing and employment practices, and the relationship of diversity to processes such as supervision, leadership, mentoring and power.

Employee Compensation and Benefits

Compensation plays a critical role in modern organizations. An effective compensation system enables the organization to achieve organizational goals, improve productivity, and motivate employees. This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of compensation and benefits.

Employment and Labor Law

The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of the legal environment of the modern workplace, including an awareness of the legal, social, economic and political forces impacting the law, and responsive strategies for the business manager. Some of the key areas covered include the law impacting the workplace, the employer-employee contract, anti-discrimination law, employee testing and privacy, regulatory agencies, retirement compensation, workers compensation, and other statutory rights.

Training and Development

This course examines the various training and human resource development techniques utilized by corporations to improve employee and organizational effectiveness. The focus will be on needs assessment and analysis, training design and implementation, evaluation techniques, and management succession planning.

Performance Management and Employee Services

In this course, students will learn to effectively organize, develop, create, and manage a business. The main objective of the course is to experience the challenges of starting and financing a new company. The main focus will be in-depth exposure to the process of starting and scaling an enterprise from an idea and business plan into a company, examining and exploring the entrepreneurial process, and analyze business decisions that entrepreneurs face.

Survey of Human Resource Management

This course will cover all basic aspects of the field of Human Resources Management. Topics to be discussed will include Employment Law, The Employment Process, Compensation and Benefits, Training and Development, Employee Motivation, Employee Safety, and Labor Relations. This course will also offer a selection of topics that will provide students with the opportunity to delve deeper into specialized areas and explore "hot topics" in Human Resources.

Management and Leadership of Organizations

This course examines the elements of management and leadership as they apply to modern organizations. Special emphasis is placed on organizational change, role of managers, and cultural differences found in today's management environment.

Management Information Systems

This course focuses on management of information systems. Topics include resources, information systems in an organization, social implications and use and evaluation of common microcomputer software packages.

Program Capstone

The emphasis in this course is on applying and synthesizing concepts and techniques from all previous business/specialization courses. The class sessions are designed to familiarize students with the many dimensions of business, with special emphasis on the area of specialization.

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This business program is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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What is a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree with a Specialization in Human Resource Management?

AIU’s online BBA degree program with a specialization in human resources management is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential job opportunities in the human resources field. This unique degree program is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of human resource management, including the recruitment process, employee selection, and human resource record keeping.

How long does it take to earn a BBA with a specialization in human resource management?

Our bachelor’s degree programs are designed as 48-month programs. However, many factors can impact your time to completion. The time it may take you to earn your BBA degree can be influenced by course loads proficiency and/or transfer credits, and breaks.

What kind of courses will I take to earn a degree in human resource management?

As you work to complete your BBA degree with a specialization in human resource management, you will be immersed in courses such as: Employment and Labor Law; Personnel and Organization Policy; Survey of Human Resource Management; and Performance Management and Employee Services.

When can I begin my HR management classes?

Courses for the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a Specialization in Human Resource Management start approximately every five weeks. Your actual start date is based on several factors, including receiving academic and financial documentation.

How many credits are required to graduate from the human resource management degree program?

The BBA degree program consists of 180 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. Please see the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

Why should I pursue a BBA with a specialization in human resource management degree?

Upon earning your human resource management degree, you should be equipped with the know-how to retain and develop talent and drive organizational effectiveness, as well as having hands-on experience from studying recruitment processes, employee selection, and human resources record keeping in organizations.

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