Human Resources Management Online Degree Completion Program

The effective management of the human resources of an organization is critical to the organization's success.

Thus, the goals of human resource management are the efficient and effective utilization of human resources in order to achieve the strategic objective of the organization while facilitating the accomplishment of individual goals.

HRM involves all the decisions and practices that relate to managing people in organizations.

The means to achieving the goals of HRM are accomplished by developing a knowledge base in job analysis, human resource planning, recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, human resource management law, labor relations, and continuous quality improvement processes.

Watch these videos to learn more about the online HR program and how to apply.

A Career in HRM

The number of HRM professionals is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years because of an increased awareness of the costs and benefits of effective human resource practices.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that jobs for HR, training, and labor relations managers and specialists will be increased by 22% between 2008 and 2018 (Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition).

According to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Graduate Follow-Up Report FY 2008, 92% of HRM program graduates are working in major field within one year of graduation.

The HRM program at WSU prepares students for careers in management of all types of organizations in the private, non-private, or public sector. Recent graduates have obtained employment as:

  • Employee Benefit Manager
  • HR Generalist
  • Industrial Relations Representative
  • Job and Occupational Analyst
  • Compensation Specialist
  • Employment and Placement Specialist
  • International Human Resources Manager
  • Training and Development Specialist

Human Resource Certification

HR is becoming more professionalized. Through Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) SHRM offers three HR certificates:

  • PHR (professional in HR)
  • SPHR (senior professional in HR)
  • GPHR (Global professional in HR) certificates

Details on these certifications are available on the HR Certification Institute website.

Relationship with AACSB

Recently, the linkage between SHRM and AACSB has increased in an effort to standardize the HR education programs. SHRM identified 13 HR content areas and 24 learning modules.

The new HRM curriculum at WSU is aligned with the standardized undergraduate HRM program suggested by SHRM.

Finish Online

The Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management is an online degree completion program that prepares students for careers in the human resource departments of corporations, government agencies, unions, and other private and public organizations.

They are employed as recruiters, compensation specialists, job analysts, grievance handlers, arbitration managers, negotiators, safety directors, and training coordinators.

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for those who wish to complete their Bachelor of Science in human resource management solely online.

This program is ideal for students who have already completed the first two years of lower-division general education requirements.

Individuals well-suited for this program include working adults, parents, and long-distance learners.


Students in this program will be enrolled in a cohort (BUSO) with specific courses designated only for this cohort.

Students in the BUSO cohort are guaranteed a seat in all required courses. BUSO students will not have to compete for seats with residential students on the main Winona campus.

Students may enter the BUSO cohort in either Fall or Spring semesters and may be full or part time. 

Dedicated advisors will guide students through the program, both in-person and virtually, depending on student preference. 

Faculty members are accomplished professionals with advanced degrees, industry certifications, and business experience.

When & Where

Complete your BS in Human Resource Management in four semesters (not including summers) or more, if desired.

Courses are offered solely online with face-to-face business engagement opportunities in your area.

Online learning is synchronous (together, in real time) and asynchronous (time and place are irrelevant), depending on course requirements.