Maximize the potential of human capital in the workplace.
Concordia-Chicago’s Bachelor of Science degree in human resource (HR) management provides students with a fundamental understanding of the workplace, human capital and how to provide value to any organization. Human resource professionals contribute to the successful operation of an enterprise by motivating employees, enforcing government regulations, handling labor negotiations, establishing competitive employee benefits, and developing training programs for maintaining a successful workplace with optimal productivity. Equipped with a basic understanding of the fluctuating landscape of corporate culture, graduates of Concordia-Chicago’s bachelor’s degree program in human resource management may proceed immediately to employment in small businesses, non-profit organizations, private corporations, and global enterprises.
Find your place in a high-growth career field.
The job outlook for human resource managers with at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution remains quite strong. As organizations expand their operations and adhere to rapidly evolving federal and state employment laws, a significant demand for HR managers to administer these personnel programs is forecast. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the employment of human resources managers will grow at an average rate of 13%, creating an anticipated 13,600 new jobs by 2022. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, the median annual wage in May 2017 for human resources managers was $110,120. Online career tracker Human Resources MBA notes that “earning a bachelor’s degree in human resources will place you on the track to planning, directing, and coordinating HR activities to potentially make upwards of $177,460 annually.”
Looking for a challenging career with variety?
Explore the wide variety of challenging employment opportunities that relate to Human Resource Management:
- Human resource (HR) manager
- HR generalist
- Employment and recruitment specialist
- HR Coordinator
- Human Resource Labor Relations Representative
- HR Budget, Planning and Communication Liaison
- HR Specialist
- HR Assistant
Why get a degree?
Pursuing a bachelor’s degree related to human resource management is a strategic career move for undergraduate students seeking to develop the decision making, interpersonal, leadership, communication, and organizational skills to help companies retain a qualified workforce for ultimate success. Human resource management particularly offers a high return on investment because managers in HR-related fields earn an average salary of $110,120 each year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. HR Managers within corporate, professional, scientific, and technical services enterprises earn an average annual salary in excess of $124,300.
What will I learn to do?
- Contrasted to general business degrees, the bachelor’s degree program in human resource management allows undergraduate students to focus on coursework designed specifically to cultivate the essential skills needed to effectively manage a business’s human capital
- Foundational courses in the human resource management program provide a broad and thorough overview of the component areas of the field, including workforce planning, total rewards, employment law and standards, talent acquisition, retention, and separation
- Students graduate prepared to enter the workplace as strategic business partners to the organizations they serve
Benefits of the BS in Human Resource Management
The fast-changing field human resource management demands well-educated, highly trained professionals with the agility to continuously learn and enhance their knowledge base and skill set. Specialized certification in the HR industry is valued and desired by employers. Possessing a bachelor’s degree in HR from an accredited institution builds credibility by demonstrating to an organization the prospective employee’s commitment to the industry and his/her ability to stay abreast of trends. Further, a bachelor’s degree may also be a stepping stone to graduate school, unlocking even more promising job prospects.
A faculty with hands-on, field-tested experience
Concordia-Chicago’s core faculty in the degree program has extensive experience in the field of human resources and business management along with the requisite certifications/credentials. Faculty come from all subspecialties of management including but not limited to human resource business partners, benefits, compensation, recruiting, performance management, training and development, organizational development and more. In addition to educational qualifications, our faculty also have current, relevant professional experience in the field and business of human resources.
A pathway to achievement
The BA, Human Resource Management, is a pathway to accelerated Master's degree programs, including:
- MA, Leadership Studies
Advantages of Concordia-Chicago’s online accelerated degree program
Our advisors create a specialized program plan to accommodate the needs of each individual student, allowing you to earn your degree in as little as 16 months, depending on the number of transfer credits accepted at the time of your admission:
- Flexible scheduling
- Accelerated courses
- Major courses are 5 weeks long
- 100% online (no set time to be online)
- Access to learning from anywhere in the world
Our delivery modes are designed to fit the needs of busy individuals and foster valuable relationships and support networks that can add value throughout your career.
Education made affordable
Concordia University Chicago is one of the most affordable private universities in the Midwest. Our Office of Financial Aid will work with you to seek financial aid and schedule manageable tuition payments.
Our tuition guarantee
Concordia-Chicago’s tuition guarantee program helps keep tuition affordable by allowing you to predict what the total cost of your education will be. As long as there are no interruptions in your course of study, we guarantee your tuition will remain the same and never increase while earning this degree.
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