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Human Resource Management Degree


Pictured is Chad Sanders, human resource management alumnus and  information technology recruiter for Synergy Staffing. | Photo by Chris Rolinson A bachelor's degree in human resource management launched 2015 alumna Angela Finke's career in the HR field.

Study Human Resources in Downtown Pittsburgh

We prepare our students to become strategic business leaders who enable an organizationt to suceed. The human resource management 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.

Additionally, you will benefit from opportunities to interact and work in the HR field:

  • HR Partner Program — Matched with a business partner, each student connects monthly with the HR professional to discuss the real-world application of concepts while developing a professional network.
  • Internships — Our Downtown location and industry relationships will help you obtain internships in the HR field.
  • Co-Op Program — Earn paid, full-time positions in the HR field as well as college credit.

Our institutional practicum provides you with the chance to participate in meaningful internships at convenient locations throughout Downtown Pittsburgh and the region. 

HR Degrees and Minor Offered at Point Park

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

  • Bachelor of Science - Traditional, four-year 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.

Alignment with Professional HR Organizations

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.

Course Offerings in the HR Management Major

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

  • Business Ethics
  • Labor Relations
  • Seminar in HR Management
  • Regulations in the Workplace
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Current Topics in Human Resource Management
  • HR Seminar Capstone

For a comprehensive list of program requirements, see the degree requirements and Rowland School of Business course descriptions.

HR Internship Opportunities

Students in the human resource management degree program have interned for organizations such as:

  • Del Monte Foods
  • Waddell & Reed
  • Empyrean Services
  • Pennsylvania Women Work Program
  • American Lung Association
  • New Hill District Business Association
  • Holy Family Institute
  • Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute 
  • Pittsburgh Human Resources Association
A male Point Park student meets with a potential employer at job fair on campus.

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
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Compensation or Benefits Analyst/Manager
  • HR Information System Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Labor Relations Manager

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