At the heart of the business world are the people who make it all possible. Every business, from the small startup to the multinational corporation, rely on their employees, and human resources managers and administrators are needed to discover, hire, train, and retain the best of the best.

About Salem’s Human Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree

Prepare for an entry-level human resources position in a wide range of different industries with Salem University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management. Discover how to recruit, interview, and place workers; oversee talent acquisition; discuss strategic plans with management; and be the key link between employees and the organization. A BS business administration degree can also be a great stepping off point toward getting your Master of Business Administration.

We’ve designed our bachelor’s degree curriculum with the goal of providing a high-quality education that prepares you for lifelong learning. We aim to develop your leadership and problem-solving skills and encourage all of our students to read critically, ask appropriate questions, gather information, and apply critical analysis. And we do all of this within a framework that fits into your current life and responsibilities with our unique, one-course-a-month schedule.

What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management?

A bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in human resource management can help you prepare for entry-level employment in careers like:

  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Human Resource Management
  • Entry-Level Recruiter
  • Human Resource Coordinator
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist

What Will I Learn in Salem’s Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management Program?

In our human resource management course studies, you’ll start with the fundamentals of business administration by learning the basics in areas like business management, financial management, international business, marketing, statistics, and human resource management. You’ll balance all this with a general education framework that incorporates writing and speaking skills, critical-thinking skills, technological proficiencies, leadership and citizenry skills, and more. The BS business administration with human resource management specialization program also includes an international component that focuses on global information, awareness, and perspectives. All of this is brought together in a capstone course that lets you demonstrate your ability to combine what you’ve learned with a practical, ethical, and global perspective.

In your specialized human resource management courses, you’ll cover topics like:

  • The principles and techniques of manpower management in organizations, including challenges and processes, labor law, and the collective bargaining process
  • Economic and behavioral theory and how managers use compensation and benefits to attract, motivate, and retain qualified employees
  • How to identify issues and argue legal positions on human resources, labor, and employment law, including statute and case law, civil rights, discrimination and harassment, and more
  • The challenges of human resources in an international context and how to assess cultural differences, compare the U.S. with major trading partners and use strategies to build multinational teams
  • Current, timely issues in management, including global challenges, ethical and legal issues, operations and organizational theory, and more

What HR Classes Will I Take?

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program with a specialization in Human Resource Management requires the completion of 75 foundational and elective credits, as well as 30 core business credits that include:

  • ACC111 Principles of Accounting
  • ACC112 Principles of Accounting 2
  • BUS323 Commercial Law Salem
  • FIN344 Corporate Finance
  • FIN345 Corporate Finance 2
  • MGT210 Principles of Management
  • MGT361 Management Information Systems
  • MGT363 Organizational Theory
  • MGT499 Senior Capstone Project
  • MKT231 Principles of Marketing

You’ll also take 15 credits in the Human Resource Management specialization:

  • MGT222 Human Resources Management
  • MGT410 Compensation and Benefits Management
  • MGT411 Employment Law
  • MGT412 International Human Resources Management
  • MGT450 Special Topics

How Long Will It Take to Get My Human Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree?

On average, a full-time student can earn their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a specialization in Human Resource Management in approximately 40 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. It’d be best to contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

Why Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at a time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or apply online. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.


This course is accredited by ACBSP.

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