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Associate Degree in Human Resources Management

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Career Outlook and Growth

Looking for a career that provides job stability combined with growth opportunities? A career in human resources provides both. With an Associate Degree from Bryan University in Human Resources Management, you’ll gain a specialized skillset that will help set you apart in the marketplace.

Expanding Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers for Human Resources Assistants and Payroll Clerks are expected to add over 25,000 industry job openings in the United States through the year 2029.1

Earning your degree now means you’ll be prepared for the jobs of the future.

Attractive Careers

As a graduate of the Bryan University Human Resources Management program, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to be job-ready for career opportunities2 such as:

  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Assistant Recruiter
  • Benefits Assistant
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Operations Manager

Diverse Employers

You’ll lead a rewarding career in employment settings such as:

  • Business consulting groups
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Finance and insurance firms
  • Manufacturing and production facilities
  • Small to large businesses
  • Non-profit enterprises
  • Service industries
  • Retailers
  • Self-employed

Program Overview

Valuable Skills that Employers Need

In today’s business environment, college graduates must be equipped with the right technology skills and human resources knowledge. As a Bryan University Human Resources Management student, you’ll be ready to advance your career by learning from curriculum aligned with employers' needs and by building a solid foundation of skills such as:

  • Human resources management
  • Performance management
  • Employee training and development
  • Employee relations
  • Employee compensation, payroll, and benefits
  • Workplace technologies such as Microsoft Office©
  • Leadership and management
  • Accounting and financial statements
  • Marketing
  • Teamwork
  • Critical thinking
  • Communications
  • Ethics

Unrivaled Benefits for You and Specialized Certifications – Included in Tuition

As a Bryan University student, you’ll have the opportunity to earn certifications that are included in your program at no extra charge and will help build your resume and establish your credibility in the marketplace, including:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Certification for the Associate Professional in Human Resources© (aPHR©) through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

Bryan also provides you several valuable benefits:

  • Electronic books and courseware, included in tuition
  • Learning technology that helps you build skills faster and retain more knowledge
  • Real-world experiences using simulated work environments
  • A mastery-based learning environment that allows you to improve grades by retaking assignments based on instructor feedback
  • Peer mentors, tutors, and success coaches who provide encouragement, guidance, and insight
  • Live, interactive online events such as industry speakers, faculty mentoring sessions, and helpful workshops that are all recorded in case you miss the event and need to watch it later

Attend from the Comfort of Home – 100% Online

At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smart phone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community who will provide support and celebrate your success along the way. You’ll not only develop friends and colleagues, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.

Earn While You Learn: Dual Enrollment Available

You can enroll in the Business Administration Undergraduate Certificate and the Associate Degree in Human Resources Management concurrently. This means once you complete your certificate, you can get to work sooner while completing your associate degree. Once you complete your associate degree, you may also consider pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. If you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your Bryan program.

Career Services for Students and Graduates

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.

Footnotes

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020-21 Edition. Also, see https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-4161.00 and https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-3051.00. Sites visited on 1/15/2021.

2Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

Program Details​

Objectives
Locations & Credits
Courses
Faculty & Advisory Members
Affording College
Outcomes

The Academic Associate Degree in Human Resources Management introduces students to the science of managing human resources in business organizations. The program covers the core areas of human resource management competencies of human relations, principles of human resources management, employment law and business ethics, compensation and benefits, and training and development. In addition, the curriculum teaches students basic, general business skills and facilitates the development of leadership skills and core competencies in critical thinking and problem solving, communication, teamwork, and ethics.

The program is designed to meet the increasing industry demand for HR professionals in virtually every industry. The program blends practical and theoretical applications into a well-rounded and topical business and HR curriculum, preparing students to tackle today's most interesting business challenges. Additionally, students acquire the needed skills in preparation for passing certified exams such as the Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR™) certification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Bryan University delivers this program through dynamic, adaptive, experiential learning that includes personalized instruction and coaching.

Locations:
Program offered 100% online.

Program credits:
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 60 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.

Transfer credits:
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

UNV-101S—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing and presentations.

BUS-105—Introduction to Business—3.0 credits
Complex marketplaces require businesses to use data and analytics to address regulatory, market, consumer and operational challenges. This course provides students with the foundations of business organization and operations to provide a foundation for students to use when analyzing data to uncover actionable information for the enterprise.

BUS-110—Workplace Technologies—3.0 credits
The core concepts of systems architecture and IT infrastructure underlie all technology driven organizations. Participants will gain an understanding of the components of the IT architecture, how computer infrastructures support and enable enterprise goals, and how IT systems are managed.

BUS-115—Business Math—3.0 credits
This course focuses on a basic math review with an emphasis on business statistics, profit calculations, payroll, banking, interest calculations, insurance, taxes, and mathematical calculations.

BUS-120—Accounting Principles I—3.0 credits
This course provides students with a functional knowledge of basic accounting principles to facilitate their interpretation of financial statements. The bookkeeping cycle, from recording transactions to preparing financial statements, is included. Students will also be introduced to the methods for summarizing, analyzing and reporting financial data.

BUS-125—Accounting Principles II—3.0 credits
Concepts presented in this course are a continuation of the study of basic accounting principles covering topics related to payroll, bookkeeping, inventory, the statement of cash flows, and financial statement analysis. At the end of this course, students will be skilled in tasks related to positions such as an AP Clerk, payroll clerk, or bookkeeper.

BUS-130—Microsoft Excel I—3.0 credits
Electronic spreadsheets are a powerful tool used in business processes to store, analyze and present information. The focus of the course is to provide the student with functional skills needed to create, edit, and format Microsoft Excel worksheets for a variety of reporting needs.

BUS-245—Introduction to Human Resources Management—3.0 credits
Introduction to human resources concepts and practices applicable for entry-level HR professionals and general managers in numerous industries. Provides overview of key HR functions such as: HR operations; recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; HR development and retention; employee relations; and health, safety, and security. This course prepares students for the HRCI's Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR™) certification.

BUS-140—Introduction to Digital Marketing and Social Media—3.0 credits
This course provides students with a working knowledge in the growing field of digital marketing. Students will learn about the evolution and purpose of digital marketing, the strategic uses of social media, and how these principles can transform the customer's journey. Students will also gain important industry skills designed to enhance the company's product using effective digital media.

BUS-145—Business Communications—3.0 credits
This course provides students with foundational knowledge regarding effective communication styles and strategies for the business professional. Students will learn practical skills in intra- and interpersonal communication within business-related environments, in how personal attitudes affect organizational effectiveness and productivity, and in the interactions between people both personally and professionally.

BUS-200—Business Analytics Reporting—3.0 credits
Today's businesses rely on data in almost every decision-making process. Data must be presented in a way that is quickly interpretable and easily understood. This course further explores reporting, data representations, visualizations, and high-level data analytics in Microsoft Excel. Students will connect to and analyze data from various sources and prepare presentations for management decision making using a variety of visualization types.

BUS-220—Management Principles—3.0 credits
Successful management is rooted in forming essential behaviors associated with leading an organization and its people. During this course, the student will understand basic management principles and functions required within small and large organizations and be introduced to business application models. This course will emphasize critical thinking and solving real-world problems.

BUS-230—Legal and Ethical Issues in Business—3.0 credits
This course provides students with foundational knowledge regarding general law, ethics, and regulations affecting business policy and decision making.

BUS-247—Performance Management: Talent Development & Employee Relations—3.0 credits
The focus of this course is the retention and development of employees in the business organization. Human resources are the most valuable assets in modern businesses, so retaining them is critical to the health and bottom line of the organization. Topics include strategic considerations for assessing employee performance, how to train and develop employees, and how to help create a productive and effective workplace.

BUS-252—Introduction to Compensation and Benefits—3.0 credits
This introductory course provides training in the basic principles of compensation and benefits in the modern workforce. Topics include developing strategic compensation systems, merit pay, performance evaluation systems, job evaluation techniques, market salary surveys, discretionary and legal benefits, executive compensation and contingent workforces.

CRT-110S—Critical Thinking—3.0 credits
This course provides foundational topics related to logic and critical thinking including, informal logic, formal logic, and fallacies.

COM-210S—Speaking and Presenting—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of public speaking in today’s society. Topics include how to write a quality speech and how to clearly and confidently speak in public forums, including social media and blogs.

ENG-110S—English Composition I—3.0 credits
This course covers written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.

ENG-112S—English Composition II—3.0 credits
A course building on lessons learned in English Composition I. In addition to reviewing the writing process, topics include research techniques, citation techniques, documentation formats, and critical analysis of written topics.

MAT-110S—Algebra I—3.0 credits
This course begins with a review of real numbers and algebraic expressions before covering algebra topics including linear equations and inequalities, lines and functions, systems, exponents, polynomials, and factoring.

Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.

For a current listing of faculty, please contact a member of the Bryan U admissions team
at 888-768-6861.

Tuition Lock Guarantee
Bryan offers affordable tuition rates for all students, no matter where they reside. We don't differentiate between residents or non-residents. We also lock-in your tuition rate when you enroll, so you can rest assured that your tuition will never increase over the length of your program.

Tuition Goes Down the Longer You're in School
We understand the importance of helping you stay in school and graduate successfully. To help motivate you, we provide tuition discounts the longer you're in school.

Financing Options Available
As an accredited institution, students of Bryan University who are residents of the United States may qualify for federal financial aid. Our team of dedicated financial advisors can also help you understand what other options are available to you. To learn more, please visit our financial aid page.

For students who are veterans or active duty members of the U.S. military, you may also use your military educational benefits, if qualified. Please see our military benefits page for more details.

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The Bryan U Difference​

Tuition Lock Guarantee​

We lock your tuition rate once you enroll, plus tuition goes down the longer you're in school.​

Job Search Assistance

We provide students job search assistance while in school and once they graduate.

Accelerated Programs

You can get started - and finish - fast.

Welcome Kits Included

Once you enroll, we provide you a welcome kit package to ensure you're ready to start school.

Faculty Who Put You First

Our faculty provide you with personalized, individual attention and support.

Electronic Books & Courseware Included

We provide easy access to all your electronic textbooks and courseware.

Focus on Employment

You’ll graduate with a degree targeted for a specific job market and earn skills that match employers’ needs.

Learn by Doing

You’ll develop real-world skills by completing simulated job tasks and using industry technologies.

Return for Refresher Classes

As a graduate, you’ll have the privilege of auditing previously completed courses still being taught—at no charge—to keep your skills sharp.
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