Maximize the potential of human capital in the workplace.

Study Format

  • Online

Program Length

  • 128 Credit Hours

Dual Degree Pathway

  • BS to MBA
  • BS to MA, Leadership

Application Deadlines

Aug, 10


Fall 2020 Application Due. Classes start Aug. 24, 2020.

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.”

A top-ranked program for adult students with busy lives

Ranked among the top 100 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, Concordia University Chicago’s Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) delivers educational opportunities designed for adult learners who understand the importance of earning a college degree. A leader in developing and delivering online undergraduate education with 20 years’ experience in the field, Concordia-Chicago’s ADP provides goal-oriented students with a specialized, individually tailored 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:

  • Student may transfer up to 67 hours of 100-200 level credits previously completed at a junior/community college. Additional transfer credits may be applied if a student has completed 300-400 level courses.
  • 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.

The value of earning 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 you'll learn

  • 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

Human Resource Management (BS) is a pathway to accelerated Master's degree programs, including:  

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.

Program Information

Employment Law

Focuses on American law pertaining to private sector labor problems. Case studies in sexual harassment, unfair labor practices, Title VII, and the legal ramifications of decisions in the business community. Prerequisite: OMP-4440

Principles of Management

Dimensions of management, management process and skills, strategic planning, leadership styles and impact on subordinates, teamwork and work force diversity, communication of values, negotiations with employees and impact on productivity. Total Quality Management and Management by Objectives.

Systems Approach to Organizational Change

Nature and meaning of systems, boundaries and environments, mission statements, organizational structures, relationships, rewards, power and procedures.

Diagnosing problems in organizations. Preparing for, implementing and managing change.

Recruitment and Retention

In-depth examination of multiple techniques and strategies for effective recruitment and retention of qualified employees; utilization of technology in recruitment; discussion of ethical and diversity issues related to recruitment and retention. Prerequisite: OMP-4440.

Human Resource Management

Personnel function, development and organizational structure. Developing job descriptions, personnel planning and forecasting, internal and external recruitment, personnel selection and orientation, legal aspects of personnel. Employee benefits and costs, performance appraisal and discipline, labor relations, unions and negotiation.

Group and Organizational Dynamics

Small group communication, dealing with positive feedback, principles of small discussions. Project planning, managing people, small group participation, re-engineering organizations. Understanding interpersonal communications, brainstorming process, decision-making and conflict resolution, and diagnosing group effectiveness

Diversity in the Workplace

Understanding diversity and the role of culture in today’s business environment. Improving cross-cultural communication and skills. Developing strategies to utilize diversity as a positive force. Cross-listed with CBUS-4000.

Human Resource Development

An overview of human resource training and development, alignment of organizational goals and employees’ goals, maintaining a learning-oriented workforce, individual career planning and development activities, performance appraisal and motivation. Prerequisite: OMP-4440.

Strategic HR Management and Planning

Examining the HR professional’s role in contributing to the strategic plan of the organization. Understanding how professionals work closely with senior leaders to develop effective HR operations that align with business goals and objectives. An exploration of today’s competitive global marketplace and effective planning is covered.  Learning about the development of a vision and mission and how HR is a partner in executing and delivering meaningful results is addressed.

Total Rewards: It’s More Than Money

Consideration of the concept of total rewards as a strategy to reach business objectives. The components of total rewards and the tools available to an employer that may be used to attract, motivate and retain employees will be covered within the framework of designing a total rewards plan

Business Ethics, Labor Relations, Safety and Health

Exploration of the workplace relationship between the employer and employee. It further studies relationships and working conditions that balance employer and employee needs and rights in support of the organization’s strategic goals and values.

Human Resource Analytics for Business Decisions

An overview of Human Resource analytics and their relationship to a company reaching its strategic goals. Through the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, business decision-making and planning are enhanced. The HR professional must understand the business to add value and make a meaningful impact to the bottom line.

Workforce Planning

This course provides an overview of the Human Resource business cycles and the role of an HR professional as an internal consultant. Good workforce planning and the multiple impacts on a business is reviewed. The process used to generate business intelligence to inform the business of the current, transition and future impact of the external and internal environment is examined.  Learning how HR must ensure the right people with the right skills are in the right roles will be presented. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all courses required for the HRM major.

For a listing of General Education and elective courses, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application for admission to the Accelerated Degree Programs.
  • Submission of official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities attended. The most recent college transcript must indicate that the student was in good standing and earned at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale (the Admission Committee reserves the right to evaluate applicants on an individual basis or request additional information when prior college transcripts do not reflect a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average).
  • If an applicant has completed fewer than 15 semester hours of credit, or has not completed one semester at full-time status, a final high school transcript with graduation date must be provided. An official high school transcript is also required if the college from which the credit was earned does not have regional accreditation. Applicants who have not completed high school must provide documentation of successful completion of the G.E.D.
  • Documentation of full-time work experience outside the home (job history or résumé).

Credit for Prior Learning

Students entering the Associate of Arts program can earn up to a maximum of 16 semester hours of credit from sources as workshops, seminars, corporate training programs, military service, or other experiences. Documentation that the student presents must demonstrate mastery of college-level learning acquired from these sources. It is evaluated and may result in credit hours being awarded.


Career Possibilities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, the pay scale for a Business Manager is approximately $106,910.

  • Human resource manager
  • Human resource generalist
  • Employment and recruitment specialist
  • HR Coordinator
  • Human Resource Labor Relations Representative
  • HR Budget, Planning, and Communication Liaison
  • HR Specialist
  • HR Assistant

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