Major in Human Resources - Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management

Build Strong Organizations with a BS in Human Resource Management

If you’re considering a degree in human resource management, Gwynedd Mercy University offers an undergraduate program that will prepare you to succeed in this challenging and rewarding field. People are the heart of every organization, and our bachelor’s degree in human resource (HR) management helps you develop and manage those assets.

Degree Options

4+1 MBA Option

Earn a Human Resource Management Degree and your MBA in just five years

For students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, GMercyU offers a unique 4+1 MBA option that allows you to earn both a bachelor of science degree in human resource management and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) in just five years. You can skip the grad school entrance exams by taking graduate credits during your senior year – as part of your undergraduate tuition – and then seamlessly completing your MBA the following year.  Learn more about GMercyU's 4+1 MBA program.

The GMercyU Difference

The GMercyU HR management program sets itself apart from other programs by encouraging you to adopt a global, diverse perspective that today’s businesses demand. Our faculty support discovery and transformation throughout the learning process. As a human resources major, you will be fully prepared to enter the workforce as an HR management professional, with an understanding of the following:

  • Industry-leading retention programs and the process of informing corporate policy with HR insights
  • The HR management knowledge needed to preserve the critical competitive advantage of any organization—its people
  • The fundamentals of business, including management, marketing, finance and operations

The Human Resource Management program at GMercyU is accredited through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).  

Increase the value of your Human Resources Management degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals in addition to your human resource major.


In addition to general education requirements, you will need to complete the following courses for the Human Resource Management degree:

Prerequisites - 15 Credits

ACC 105 Principles of Accounting I
ACC 106 Principles of Accounting II
BUS 101 Business Theory
ECN 102 Microeconomics
ECN 103  Macroeconomics

Management Core - 30 credits

ACC 301 Managerial Accounting
BUS 230 Business Law
BUS 310 Principles of Finance
BUS 207 Principles of Marketing
BUS 306 Business Statistics I
BUS 318 Operations Management
BUS 321 International Business
BUS 340 Business Statistics II
BUS 304 Business Ethics
BUS 400 Business Capstone

Human Resource Management Courses - 18 credits

BUS 301 Principles of Management
Five of the following courses
BUS 353 Sport Law
BUS 371 Introduction to Human Resource Management
BUS 373 Labor and Industrial Relations
BUS 374 Employment Law
BUS 375 Risk Management
BUS 376 Employee Benefits
BUS 377 Training and Development
BUS 381 Organization Theory and Behavior
BUS 410 e-Business
BUS 421 Corporate Studies I
BUS 422 Corporate Studies II

Credit Requirements
A minimum of 120 credits is required for the HR management degree.

See the undergraduate catalog (PDF) for more information and course descriptions.


Internship Opportunities

Many human resource major students find their internship to be the most valuable experience of the program. Our HR management internships will give you the chance to apply what you’ve learned from your coursework in a real-world context. You can also develop your professional network within the field, which often leads to paid positions after graduation.

Recently, our HR management degree students have completed internships at the following places:

  • Aker Philadelphia Shipyard
  • United States Liability Insurance
  • American Heritage Federal Credit Union

Transfer Opportunities

If you’ve already earned college-level credits at other accredited institutions, you can transfer them to Gwynedd Mercy University. All you need to do is submit your transcript and course description to the Registrar, who will determine whether the course counts towards the credits required for graduation. Read more on our Transfer Credits page.

Our Outstanding Faculty

Career Outcomes

The number and diversity of careers available to graduates with a degree in human resources management will surprise you.

Possible careers for HR management majors

•    HR clerk
•    HR assistant
•    Payroll specialist
•    Training and development coordinator
•    Employee relations manager
•    HR manager
•    Director of HR
•    Vice President of HR
•    Personnel recruiter

•    Labor relations manager
•    HR specialist
•    Compensation and benefits manager
•    Placement specialist
•    Human resources information system analyst
•    Employee assistance plan manager
•    HR generalist
•    HR administrator
•    Chief human resources officer

*Some of these careers may require additional education.

*This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.