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Human Resource Management Degrees and Certificate


Pictured is Rebekah Coley, human resource management alumna and professional development specialist at Reed Smith. | Photo by Chris Rolinson Meet Rebekah Coley, a 2012 human resource management alumna who landed a full-time position with Reed Smith.

Who Studies Human Resource Management?

Are you a people person? The human resources major at Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh will give you a solid background in psychology, business, sociology and education — and prepare you for a variety of HR-related professions. Your courses will emphasize an interdisciplinary understanding of employee needs, selection and placement, and training and development. 

You'll also be trained in personnel management, leadership, adult development, computer applications, work-place regulations, compensation and benefits, organizational behavior and labor and industrial relations.

Our institutional practicum provides you with the chance to participate in meaningful internships at convenient locations throughout Downtown Pittsburgh and the region. All students prepare a portfolio of academic work and complete an assessment to demonstrate what they have learned in their HR courses.

Alignment with Professional Organizations in Human Resources

Point Park University's human resources degree fully aligns with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society of Human Resource Management, the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. SHRM serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

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HR Degrees, Certificate Offered

For freshmen to returning professionals, the following degrees, as well as a certificate and minor, are offered in the human resource management degree program:

  • Bachelor of Science - Traditional, four-year degree
  • Bachelor of Science capstone program - Without having to take core courses again, this program builds on an associate's degree or approved 60 credits so you can earn a full B.S. degree.
  • Post-baccalaureate - This B.S. degree program is available for students who already have a bachelor's degree in another field and want to take advantage of the rapidly growing demand for graduates in HR management.
  • Minor - Students from other majors can obtain a minor in human resource management for 18 credits.
  • Certificate - This is for human resource professionals who need additional course work in the field and are interested in earning C.P.E. credits. Read our Gainful Employment Disclosure for this certificate program.

Course Offerings in the Human Resources Major

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the human resources major. Some of the courses include:

  • Business Ethics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • HR Policies in Electronic Communications
  • Seminar in HR Management
  • Regulations in the Workplace
  • Compensation and Benefits

For a comprehensive list of program requirements, see the School of Business course descriptions and the links to the program guides at the top of the page.

HR Internship Opportunities

Students in the human resource management degree program have the opportunity to intern for organizations like:

  • Del Monte Foods
  • Waddell & Reed
  • Empyrean Services
  • Pennsylvania Women Work Program
  • American Lung Association
  • New Hill District Business Association
  • Holy Family Institute

Human Resources Jobs

With a human resources degree, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • HR Generalist
  • HR Specialist
  • HR Manager
  • Recruiter
  • Training and Development Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Payroll Specialist
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Compensation or Benefits Analyst/Manager
  • HR Information System Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Labor Relations Manager

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