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Human resources
Business degree

Human resources

Human resources oversees personnel management and development activities, which increase the value of employees to their employers. The W. P. Carey business degree in human resources develops the critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and leadership skills you need to thrive as a human resources professional. You’ll apply foundational business concepts and HR theory in a professional environment, learning to keep companies running — and employees from running wild.

Human resources degree courses

There is growing demand for human resources professionals to handle issues like corporate social responsibility and ethics, sustainability, workplace diversity and inclusion, and labor relations. Gain the skills and knowledge to meet that demand, through courses like:

  • Business Law and Ethics for Managers
  • Communication, Conflict, and Negotiation
  • Compensation in Organizations
  • Crisis Communication
  • Employment Law
  • Global Human Resources
  • Global Supply Operations
  • Global Marketing Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and Business Performance
  • Principles of International Business
  • Social Contexts for Performance
  • Staffing
  • Survey of International Economics
  • Training and Development in Organizations

Students have access to industry-leading human resources platform in certain classes through a collaboration with ADP.

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Customize your experience 

The business degree in human resources is delivered on the Polytechnic campus, home to 400 first-year students across all majors. Find a desert arboretum, hands-on learning, a new residential facility, a dining hall, a bike co-op program, and a fitness complex on campus. Degree-seeking business students can take courses at ASU's Tempe, Polytechnic, and West campuses, as well as 100% online. Discover more ways to customize your experience at W. P. Carey:

Careers in human resources

Organizations of all sizes need knowledgeable individuals to manage their personnel assets and make informed employee development decisions. While specific job titles may vary, the business degree in human resources can prepare you for any of the following careers.

Career Growth* Median Salary*

*Data obtained from the Occupational Information network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

  •  Bright Outlook
  •  Green Occupation
Compensation and Benefits Managers   $95,250
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists   $59,090
Human Resources Managers   $99,720
Human Resources Specialists 27.92% $55,800
Labor Relations Specialists   $54,660
Training and Development Managers   $95,400
Training and Development Specialists   $55,930

The educational requirements in the BA Business (Human Resources) degree meets one of the requirements to sit for the SHRM-CP certification. Having the SHRM-CP certification will demonstrate to potential employers that you learned about critical HR functions as part of your degree program and that you will be able to apply that knowledge on the job. The SHRM-CP certification exam is based on scenarios modeled on real-life work situations. This certification will set you apart from other job-seekers since employers will know you have the competencies and knowledge needed to be a key business partner in today's complex business environment. Many job postings in the HR field list SHRM certification as a required qualification for the position and companies prefer to hire SHRM certified professionals. Earning the SHRM-CP certification demonstrates your commitment to the HR profession and might help you achieve career success more quickly. Because professional licensure and certification requirements vary by state and by profession, we recommend that current and prospective students visit the professional licensure website https://asuonline.asu.edu/about-us/licensure/ to verify what state and national requirements are met by your program.


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Application requirements 

All students are required to meet general university and W. P. Carey admission requirements.

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