Online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management

Building Better HR Leaders Builds Better Businesses.

Business is constantly changing, and human resource management pivots with every evolution. Today’s HR professionals must be ready to look beyond administrative reporting and into strategic planning. Learn how with an online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business.

Human Resource Program Highlights

  • 100% online degree program
  • Award-winning, student-oriented faculty
  • Scholarships available to qualified candidates
  • 24/7 technical help desk
  • Aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) curriculum guidelines
  • Collaborative networking opportunities, including an internship component
  • Transfer credits accepted

Why Choose an Online HR Degree?

Today’s organizations face challenges such as workforce diversity, evolving technology, and globalization. That’s why many are turning to HR managers to help them think strategically about their recruiting, hiring, training, and retention practices. HR managers are able to help their organizations navigate continually evolving challenges to meet their strategic goals.

Explore employment law, compensation, recruiting, training, workplace diversity, and strategic planning

Learn how to drive business strategies and results through administrative reporting and data gathering

Study how to leverage advanced technologies, social media platforms, and talent acquisition techniques

Build your network of HR professionals in class and during your internship

Why Choose UAB’s Collat School of Business?

Your online human resources degree carries weight when it is from a recognized institution. We have garnered national and international respect for our rigorous academic standards and consistent record of growth and accomplishment. Our accolades include:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UAB among the top 100 "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" and one of the nation's "Best National Universities" in its 2017 annual guide to America's Best Colleges.
  • The Princeton Review named UAB among the "Top 10 Universities in the United States for Diversity" for four consecutive years.
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Collat School of Business is accredited by AACSB and the SACS.

Build Your Reputation with UAB
Our renowned business school is focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. We create and share business knowledge through a relevant and robust curriculum, technology-driven instructional methods, and a climate that fosters continuous improvement. With a suite of expertise-driven online programs, UAB offers an engaging, flexible learning environment with classrooms extending well beyond the UAB campus walls.

Get Real-World Experience Before You Graduate
When you study with the Collat School of Business, you go beyond theory and into hands-on practice. Through the internship component of our human resource management program, you have the opportunity to work with companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Coca-Cola, and Alabama Power, to assist with a research project, or study abroad. Our internship coordinator and the Collat Career Services office can help you identify the right opportunities for your professional goals.

HR Is a Support System. Let Us Be Yours.
With UAB, you get added benefits in class and beyond. Did you know the online bachelor’s in human resource management program has partnered with an advisory council of HR and management professionals? That means that as an HR management student you have the unique opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with industry experts, pursue sponsored internships, and complete real-world projects for various organizations. The advisory council also informs our curriculum, learning objectives, and class content so you can build the relevant skills the field demands.

Industry Outlook and Career Opportunities

Get the Benefits of HR Expertise.

Most growing organizations need human resources professionals to resolve issues, organize benefits, and attract talented employees. In fact, according to a 2015 report from Randstad USA, an organization can lose more than $14,000 if HR positions stay vacant for three months or longer. With more than 52,000 human resource jobs open across the U.S., according to the report, you can help fill the need.

While some HR professionals are in charge of every step in the hiring, employee relations, and benefits processes within large departments, it is common for others to focus their expertise even further. Your online HR degree can help you pursue broad and specialized HR careers, including those at left:

Human Resources Specialist

Median Salary: $58,350The duties of a human resources specialist are varied. These professionals help recruit, interview, and place employees and handle employee relations, compensation, benefits, and training. This role requires a broad skill set, including communication, organization, strategic planning, and in-depth knowledge of corporate and governmental policies.

Human resources specialist is ranked #16 among the “Best Business Jobs” by U.S. News & World Report (2016).

Human Resources Manager

Median Salary: $104,440HR managers complete many of the same functions as other professionals in HR departments, but at an executive level. These managers plan, direct, and coordinate administrative functions and oversee recruitment and staffing.

Human resources manager jobs are projected to grow 9%, faster than the national average, between 2014 to 2024 (BLS).

Training and Development Manager

Median Salary: $102,640While many HR professionals train employees, training and development managers are uniquely positioned to optimize training opportunities and help employees reach an organization’s strategic goals. In addition to this, training and development managers plan, direct and coordinate learning modules, programs, and training resources.

The highest 10% of training and development managers earn more than $180,360 per year (BLS).

Job Analysis Specialist

Median Salary: $60,850Job analysis specialists help attract talented employees to an organization by evaluating position responsibilities, crafting accurate job descriptions, and determining salary scales. These specialists are directly involved in recruiting, interviewing, and staffing processes.

Compensation and Benefits Manager

Median Salary: $111,430Most organizations with competitive benefits and salaries need a designated compensation and benefits expert to help choose the best plans and keep costs within budget. Larger corporations often need compensation and benefits managers to plan, develop, and oversee programs, retirement plans, health insurance policies, and other company-provided benefits.

Labor Relations Specialist

Median Salary: $60,930Conflicts arise within any group. That’s where labor relations specialists come in. These professionals work as mediators between workers and managers, negotiate bargaining agreements, and resolve employee complaints. They may administer labor contracts regarding salaries, healthcare, and pensions or meet with union representatives.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Curriculum

  • Career & Professional Development Services

Recruitment, policies, and training. Learn it all.

The Collat School of Business’ online HR degree offers a relevant and robust online curriculum designed to explore every avenue of the HR field, from workplace diversity to international business dynamics. At UAB, your coursework isn’t based on guesswork. In fact, the HRM curriculum is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s curriculum guidelines and informed by an advisory group of HR and management professionals.

Want to learn more?
Explore our online bachelor's in human resource management degree course descriptions.

Human Resources Management Curriculum
Our 100% online human resources management degree offers you an overarching look at modern HR issues and trends and can help prepare you for the HR certification exam. Some of the courses available include:

Human Resources Management Core (18 CREDIT HOURS)
IS 417 Introduction to Business Intelligence - 3 credits
MG 401 Organizational Behavior and Decision Making - 3 credits
MG 409 Human Resource Management - 3 credits
MG 413 Employment Law - 3 credits
MG 417 Project Management - 3 credits
MG 425 Managing through Leadership - 3 credits
Upper Level Core (18 credit hours)
MG 302 Management Processes and Behavior - 3 credit hours
IS 303 Information Systems - 3 credit hours
MK 303 Basic Marketing - 3 credit hours
FN 310 Fundamentals of Financial Management - 3 credit hours
BUS 350 Business Communications - 3 credit hours
MG 403 Operations Management - 3 credit hours
Capstone (12 credit hours)
MG 411 Compensation Administration - 3 credits
MG 412 Employee Selection and Development - 3 credits
MG 415 International Business Dynamics - 3 credits
BUS 450 Strategic Management Capstone Experience

The help you need to get the career you want

UAB provides many tools to help jumpstart your successful career. Our Career & Professional Development Services provide help with your resume, interviewing tips, and job search advice to aid you on your path to employment. We also offer a variety of networking and professional experience opportunities. The benefits don’t end there.

Career & Professional Development Services also gives you access to HireABlazer, an online career management site for students, alumni, and employers nationwide. When you choose UAB, you’re given the tools and tips you need to help you reach your professional goals.


What should I look for in an online program?

We recommend students pursuing online undergraduate or graduate degrees consider programs with extensive experience delivering online learning, professional accreditation (AACSB), a dedicated full-time faculty, a high level of student satisfaction, and a low student attrition rate. UAB’s online human resources degree offers you all of these advantages, providing the benefits of a traditional university education with the convenience and flexibility afforded by the use of advanced technology.

Why is accreditation important?

It’s important to entrust your education to an academic institution recognized for professional excellence and tested for quality assurance. Since 1982, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business has maintained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a seal of excellence afforded to only 176 universities worldwide for undergraduate and graduate business degree programs.

Do I earn the same degree that on-campus students earn?

Yes, the University of Alabama at Birmingham awards the same accredited industrial distribution degrees regardless of the delivery method.

Does the diploma say "online"?

Your bachelor’s in human resource management diploma will not distinguish that you are a distance student in our online program. Students can be confident that UAB’s standards of excellence are the same for on-campus and online degree programs. Online students, if they wish, attend the same graduation ceremony as on-campus students.

How long will it take to earn my Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management degree?

Students can complete their bachelor’s in HR management in as few as four years. Completion of the entire degree is contingent upon individual student general education course completion and transfer credit evaluation.

Can I transfer credit hours earned at another institution to UAB?

Yes, UAB accepts transfer credits from other institutions. For more information, please complete the form above to download a brochure or to speak with an advisor.


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