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Human Resources Management


Human resources (HR) management programs prepare people to manage employment policies and practices in the work place.

In human resources management programs, students learn:


Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations.


Students in a human resources management program may be able to specialize in:


A few community colleges offer associate degrees in human resources management. An associate degree is good preparation to work as an assistant in an HR department.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in human resources management. A bachelor's degree takes about four years of full-time study.

Colleges and universities also offer graduate degrees in human resources management. In graduate school students can focus on labor relations and organizational behavior. It is also possible to focus on human resources in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to MBA programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Your bachelor's degree should be in a business field. Otherwise, you should take several courses in human resources management. Other recommended courses are accounting, economics, statistics, and business law. You should also take courses in management information systems and management.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Because the human resources field deals primarily with people, you should try to gain experience working with people from many different backgrounds.

Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world.

Some business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in human resources management. You should take only a few, so that your high school transcript shows that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

City University of Seattle

Columbia College - Naval Station Everett/Marysville

Highline College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Seattle Pacific University

University of Washington - Seattle

Kitsap Area

Brandman University - Bangor

Brandman University - Whidbey Island

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington University (Spokane Campus)

Gonzaga University

Park University - Fairchild AFB

Statewide and Distance Learning

WGU Washington

Tacoma Area

Brandman University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Fort Lewis Campus)

Brandman University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord (McChord Campus)

Pacific Lutheran University

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup

Tacoma Community College

University of Washington - Tacoma

Tri-Cities Area

Washington State University - Tri-Cities

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College

Columbia College - Whidbey Island