Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management Online

Prepare for a wide range of opportunities when you earn the online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. Learn the top skills, knowledge, and applications that help organizations maximize employee performance and reach business goals.

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Program Overview

What can you do with a human resource management degree?

All organizations need human resource professionals to organize employment processes and protect both personnel and company assets. A human resource management degree is a smart choice for college students because it is a high growth, high impact field with plenty of potential.

The online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management program from Northwest Missouri State University is designed to prepare you with the essential knowledge, tools, and skills that can make you a valuable addition to any organization. Curriculum is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recommendations and offers an in-depth look into the most relevant challenges businesses face today. You will explore benefits, recruitment, selection, professional development, and compensation through theoretical learning, real-world application projects, and internships. You will also learn about teamwork and the importance of leadership.

Though a human resources degree is a much-needed area of study, few undergraduate programs outside of Northwest focus on this concentration in Missouri. In 2020-2021, Northwest saw 100% job placement for graduates.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand benefits, recruitment, selection, professional development and compensation
  • Develop knowledge of teamwork
  • Learn the importance of leadership within a business or organization
  • Understand benefits, recruitment, selection, professional development and compensation
  • Develop knowledge of teamwork
  • Learn the importance of leadership within a business or organization

HR management career opportunities include:

  • Human resource manager or assistant
  • Employee relations manager
  • Employment manager
  • Benefits coordinator or manager
  • Training and development coordinator
  • Human resource manager or assistant
  • Employee relations manager
  • Employment manager
  • Benefits coordinator or manager
  • Training and development coordinator

Accreditation:

Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


Also available:

Northwest offers a variety of specialized online education program options. Check out our other online undergraduate programs.

Per Credit Hour $320*
Program Transfer Credits: Up to 81 hours
Credit Hours 120

Accreditation:

Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


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Tuition

Invest in a degree that can lead to a rewarding career

Our B.S. in Human Resource Management online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

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Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour $320*

Calendar

Start planning your degree journey

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working students, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer 14/29/244/9/244/15/244/22/244/24/246/14/24
Summer 26/24/246/3/246/7/246/14/246/18/248/9/24
Fall 18/26/248/6/248/12/248/19/248/21/2410/11/24
Fall 210/21/2410/1/2410/7/2410/14/2410/16/2412/6/24

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Next Apply Date: 6/3/24
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Admissions

Application criteria for the degree in human resource management

At Northwest, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the B.S. in Human Resource Management online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

Admission Requirements:

  • GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

To apply for this program, you must meet the requirements for one of the sections listed below.

Transfer Criteria

  • Students with 24 or more transferrable credit hours:
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Students with less than 24 transferrable credit hours:
    • Follow freshman admission requirements and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Transfer students from non-regionally accredited institutions will also be considered a freshman; credit cannot be transferred into Northwest from a non-regionally accredited institution

Returning Students (previously enrolled as degree-seeking at Northwest)

  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA in any coursework completed since last being at Northwest (on 4.0 scale)
  • A probation essay (if returning after being suspended or put on probation) explaining previous time at Northwest, what they've been doing since and how they plan to be successful when they return

Freshman Criteria (Adult - 24+ years old):

  • High school transcript showing graduation date or completion of GED/HiSET
  • Essay
  • ACT/SAT test scores optional; can be submitted for scholarship/placement purposes if available

Freshman Criteria (for non-adult freshmen and transfers with less than 24 transferrable hours):

  • Category I:
    • 21 or higher ACT composite (or the SAT equivalent: SAT-980 or 1060**)
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (weighted or unweighted) or above (on 4.0 scale)
  • Category II:
    • Have an admissions index score (see here) that equals or exceeds 100 points
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (weighted or unweighted) or above (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Category III:
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (weighted or unweighted) or above (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Complete high school college-preparatory curriculum
    • Students who have completed the GED or HiSET are eligible with a minimum score of 660 on the GED or a minimum score of 75 on the HiSET
    • This category is not an option for home-schooled or unaccredited high school graduates unless they have also completed the GED or HiSET

Home-Schooled Students

Applicants must have their ACT or SAT results submitted directly from ACT or College Board. A transcript listing of high school courses and grades in each course is also required for admission.

  • 21 or higher on the ACT (or SAT equivalent), OR
  • GED score of 660 or higher, OR
  • HiSET score of 75 or higher

GED Applicants/HiSET Applicants

A student may be considered for admission after receiving an equivalency certification, meeting the following criteria:

  • GED score of 660 or higher, OR
  • HiSET score of 75 or higher

Official transcripts can be emailed to [email protected]. To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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Admission Requirements:

  • GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Courses

Explore human resource management degree courses

For the B.S. in Human Resource Management online, the curriculum is comprised of 120 credit hours, including: 44-47 credit hours of Northwest Core (general education), 4 credit hours of our university seminar, 48 credit hours of professional component courses, 27 credit hours of required courses, and 7-10 credit hours of an advisor-approved elective courses.

Students must take 44-47 credit hours of general education courses to meet the degree plan requirements.
Students are required to take a University Seminar (1 credit hour) and a digital literacy course, usually Computers and Information Technology (3 credit hours). Below is the information for each course.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
University Seminar is designed to help students transition to college life and achieve success. Topics of exploration will include the privileges, rights, and responsibilities associated with a university education, skills necessary for success, assuming responsibility for one's own university experience, and available resources.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to computer systems. Topics include integrated office applications, hardware, software, Internet, and the rights and responsibilities of computer users.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic concepts of decision making, central values, variability, probability and statistical inference, elementary concepts of correlation, parametric tests of significance, and regression analysis. Will satisfy The Northwest Core requirement in mathematics. Proficiency examination is available. Prerequisite: An ACT Math score of 22 or higher, high school GPA of 3.00 or higher, or a minimum grade of C in MATH 17082, or concurrent enrollment in MATH 17014.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A course for helping students apply functions to model practical situations. Students will apply concepts of algebra to problem solving while relying more heavily on technology when using nonlinear situations. Will satisfy The Northwest Core requirement in mathematics.  Proficiency examination is available.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to computer systems. Topics include integrated office applications, hardware, software, Internet, and the rights and responsibilities of computer users.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A beginning course in the principles and theory of accounting
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A continuation of ACCT 51201, with the partnership and corporation as forms of business organizations emphasized. Prerequisite: ACCT 51201 with a minimum grade of C.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the fundamental principles of macroeconomic analysis. The basic principles relating to aggregate supply and demand; the determination of national income, employment and price level; money and banking; monetary and fiscal policies; and alternative economic systems are studied.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the fundamental principles of microeconomic analysis. The basic principles relating to the decision-making by the individual household and the individual firm under different market structures, the allocation of society's resources and international trade and balance of payments are studied.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Fundamental principles of law in relation to the legal environment of business, including procedure and evidence, business ethics, court systems, contracts, torts, administrative law and constitutional law.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the financial structure of corporations, principles and techniques used in financial analysis and decision-making. Prerequisites: ACCT 51202 and MATH 17118 or consent of instructor.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to acquaint students with current knowledge and emerging trends in business communication. Emphasis on developing and improving business writing (letters, memoranda, reports) and oral presentation skills, understanding the importance of communication in organizations, developing skills needed in the job search, and learning how to match specific communicative styles to various situations. Prerequisites: COM 29102, ENGL 10112 or ENGL 10115.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the field of management designed to give a basic understanding of the principles, concepts, and functions of management within that social system called the information era. Successful management is dependent on fostering responsible and autonomous behavior, as authoritarian structures are being replaced by democratic processes evolving within modern organizations. Thus, successful management is studied as the processes and behavior of participative management.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the several areas of primary concern to the production manager including layout, work measurement, wage incentives, inventory control, and quality control. The use of both qualitative and quantitative tools to aid in decision-making will be introduced. Prerequisites: MGMT 54313, MATH 17114, MATH 17118, or consent of instructor.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A course designed to give students the opportunity to integrate information from the functional areas of an organization in the formation and implementation of organizational policy. Computer simulations will also be utilized to simulate organizational decision-making. Prerequisite: Senior standing, ECON 52150 and ECON 52151 (with a minimum grade of C in each of the courses), and completion of all other common professional component courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this course students will study the determination and satisfaction of consumer wants or needs from a managerial perspective. Elements of this process include market research, demand analysis, product development, pricing, promotion, and distribution.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A course on the myths, misconceptions, and misinformation prevailing in International Business, especially in the areas that affect us most-protectionism vs. free trade, balance of payments, deficits and surpluses, the European Union, WTO, problems unique to developing countries, changing trade patterns and reasons why, floating vs. fixed monetary systems, cultural differences, and multinationals.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of business systems and their relationship with computer systems. The interaction of various systems of the organization and computer technology is emphasized. Prerequisites: MGMT 54313 and either CSIS 44101 or CSIS 44130, each with a grade of C or better.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of objectives, functions, and organization of typical human resource management, emphasizing job analysis, selection and placement; development and training; safety and health; employee relations; administration of wages and benefits; labor legislation; and personnel research. Prerequisite: MGMT 54313.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Inspire a curiosity for and understanding of the historical evolution of HRM thought as it pertains to current day practices.
  • Be able to identify current problems, issues, and trends faced by human resource professionals
  • Increase your understanding of the functions of management and organizations in the real world
  • Recognize the importance of business ethics and the role it plays in HRM, as HR professionals serve as advocates for the workforce while complying with the corporate objectives of senior management
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the legal environment that affects HRM
  • Demonstrate an understanding of job analysis; recruitment of employees, including internal and external sources; selection of employees, including concerns of validity and reliability
  • Show a basic understanding of the performance evaluation process, including methods of performance appraisal and potential errors involved
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational reward systems, in particular: wage and salary systems; incentive based or performance-based systems; and employee benefits, including retirement benefits, health benefits, etc.
  • Exhibit understanding of employee safety and health concerns and requirements, particularly the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The application of principles and concepts of the behavioral sciences and total quality management to the interpersonal relationships found within modern organizations. As quality management practices replace authoritarian structures with more democratic processes, a need to stress continuous improvement, self-regulation of work content and structure within a job, self-evaluation of performance, self-adjustment in response to work system variability, and participation in the setting of job goals or objectives are seen as the key to effective managerial behavior. Prerequisite: MGMT 54313.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and discuss the elements of human behavior in groups/organizations and management of human resources
  • Identify and apply skills in problem identification, diagnosis, decision-making, and implementation in human problem situations
  • Investigate the frameworks for the analysis of human performance in organizations, to include discussion, analysis, and application of:
    • Individual behavior and motivation
    • Interpersonal interaction and communication
    • Group processes, teamwork, and leadership
    • Organizational processes and structures
    • Management practices to improve human performance and productivity
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course takes an in-depth look at the flow of talent into and through organizations. It covers human resource planning, recruitment and selection, career transitions, and employee development as they relate to effective workforce management. Prerequisite: MGMT 54314 and MGMT 54316.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of all aspects of the total compensation package from a human resource management perspective. Special attention is provided to pay and benefits, as well as how total compensation can be utilized strategically by organizations. New and emerging approaches to compensation are also considered. Prerequisites: MGMT 54314 and MGMT 54316.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Explores the trends in workforce globalization and their implications for effective human resources management. Topics include intercultural competencies, cultural adaptation, global mobility, and a comparative examination of human resource policies and practices in major global markets. Students explore the skills and knowledge required to manage talent in multinational organizations. Prerequisites: MGMT 54314 and MGMT 54316.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a solid background on the fundamentals of training and development for complex organizations in the 21st century. It focuses on needs assessment, transfer of training, learning environment design, methods and evaluation and examines the models that enhance the best training and development practices suitable for rapidly changing environments. Prerequisites: MGMT 54314 and MGMT 54316.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to study the labor law, trends in the labor movement, union structure, organizing and collective bargaining processes. It will prepare students to handle negotiations, grievance, arbitration, and decertification in a union environment, and manage employees in both union and non-union organizations. Prerequisites: MGMT 54314 and MGMT 54316.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students with junior or senior standing, with the permission of the School Director, may enroll in an intern program in the area of human resource management with an approved business concern. Prerequisites: MGMT 54314 and MGMT 54316.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An intensive study of the federal laws that provide the framework for business managers. The class also explores current topics in Human Resource Management appropriate for HR practitioners and practicing managers. This course serves as the capstone course for the HR portion of the OB/HR major. Students cannot receive credit for MGMT 54520 and MGMT 54620. Prerequisite: MGMT 54314, MGMT 54316, and senior or graduate standing.
Students must take 7-10 credit hours of any advisor-approved elective course to meet the degree plan requirements.

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