Program Overview

Why a post-baccalaureate human resource management degree?

Every company relies on skilled human resource professionals to manage and organize its employees. If you’re interested in entering this promising industry, but previously earned a bachelor’s degree in a different field, Point Park University Online has a solution. The online Post-Baccalaureate Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management degree is a two-year program designed to help you develop the skills necessary to begin a career as a human resource manager.

Curriculum Overview

Designed by professionals for professionals, our online post-baccalaureate human resources degree helps you gain the skills you need for the career you want. You will explore a variety of interactive courses guided by a faculty of educators with years of experience. You will study labor and management relations while strengthening your knowledge of the latest workplace regulations. The online post-baccalaureate human resources program also provides real-world knowledge, so you will be prepared to enter into the field as soon as you graduate.

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  • Next Start Date:May 5, 2019
  • Est. Program Length:2 Years
  • Credit Hours:39
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$455

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Prerequisites (9 credits)
  • MATH 175 – Elementary Statistics
  • BMGT 201 – Business Law I
  • CMPS 300 – Information Technology for Managers
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Course Description
Data analysis and charts, rules of probability, conditional probability, distributions, random variables, sampling, confidence interval estimates, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. Students enrolling in this course should have a background in college preparatory algebra, including high school Algebra I and Algebra II or equivalent.
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An introduction to the law in general and a survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of contracts, agency and employment, personal property, bailments, real property, wills, descendants’ estates, trusts and international law. Prerequisite: BMGT 101.
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The course focuses on the computerized and Web-based systems used in business. Topics covered will include knowledge management, customer relationship management, enterprise resource management, and supply chain management.
Departmental Major Requirements (30 credits)
  • BMGT 207 – Human Resource Management
  • BMGT 305 – Regulations in the Workplace
  • BMGT 316 – Labor & Management Relations
  • BMGT 318 – Human Resource Management II
  • BMGT 319 – Current Topics in Human Resource Management
  • BMGT 320 – HR Data Analysis
  • BMGT 330 – Compensation & Benefits
  • BMGT 419 – Research Methods in Business Environments
  • BMGT 420 – Seminar in Human Resource Management Capstone
  • PSYC 215 – Human Capital
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Selection procedures, training techniques, wage and salary administration, fringe benefits, grievance procedures and disciplinary action. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; PSYC 150.
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Covers major employment, labor and discrimination laws and regulations governing the workplace. Develops an understanding of the practical application of workplace regulations on day-to-day human resources operations and ways to minimize a company’s exposure to lawsuits and charges with emphases on case study discussion, practical examples and use of extensive resource materials. Students in the HR program must retain a copy of the completed work for submission in their portfolio in BMGT 418. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
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This course reviews the history and evolution of American labor unions, including industrial relations problems. The course will explore the concept of collective bargaining by focusing on the formation of labor unions, the passing of the National Labor Relations Act, and the development of subsequent labor laws. The components of a labor agreement, including the relative positions of management and the union in negotiations, will be discussed. U.S. employment law will also be covered. Students in the HR program must retain a copy of the completed work for submission in their portfolio in BMGT 418. Prerequisite: BMGT 207.
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Human Resource Management II delves into HR processes from a strategic level. Focus will be on Human Resource Management as a Business Partner for the design and implementation of organizational processes to achieve corporate goals and improve efficiencies. Topics under discussion include: workforce planning, labor forecasting, talent management, HR technology, metrics and analytics, onboarding, succession planning and strategic HR. Students in the HP program must retain a copy of the completed work for submission in their portfolio in BMGT 418. Prerequisite: BMGT 207.
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In depth study into current topics that impact how organizations properly address and manage HR processes thereby enabling the organization to obtain desired goals and address sustainability. Students in the HR program must retain a copy of the completed work for submission in their portfolio in BMGT 418. Prerequisite: Junior Standing.
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HR Data Analysis will investigate and evaluate the various systems and tools commonly used by organizations to extract and analyze data, and in strategic organizational decision-making to enhance organizational success and sustainability. Students will examine and develop the skills required to extract and analyze HR data. Students will apply these newly developed skills to analyze the impact on organizational success, strategic decision-making and sustainability. The SHRM competency, Critical Evaluation, will be included in the course content. Students in the HR program are required to upload at least one example of their work as identified by the faculty member to their e-portfolio.
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Covers compensation theory and the major employment and labor laws and regulations affecting compensation. Topics include, but are not limited to, defined benefit/defined contribution retirement programs and fringe benefit plans. Students in the HR program must retain a copy of the completed work for submission in their portfolio in BMGT 418. Prerequisite: Junior Standing.
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This course explores various qualitative and quantitative research methods, experimental controls, data analysis, and scientific communication used in a business environment. Upon completion of the course, students will know how to formulate research questions, select the appropriate research methodology, collect and analysis data, and communicate findings and recommendations. Students in the HR program must retain a copy of the completed work for submission in their portfolio in BMGT 418. Prerequisite: MATH 175.
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This course is the Capstone Course taken by all Human Resource Management Majors. Students will use the theory and practices of Human Resources they have learned throughout their academic career to design and implement a Human Resource project in a specific business environment. The project will pertain to one of the following HR function or service areas: Safety and Health, Employee and Labor Relations, HR Resources, Staffing, HR Development or Compensation and Benefits. The students will research and write a literature review on the topic. The student will conduct a needs analysis to identify the specific need of the organization. The needs analysis will also provide focus for the student to design a program addressing the need. A formal report on the process and content of the project will be composed and submitted to the instructor. Deliverables including the designed HR program to address the identified need, implementation method and evaluation procedures of the designed program will be developed and presented to the organization or client. Prerequisites: BMGT 318, 419; PSYC 215, and Senior Standing or permission of the professor.
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The study of psychological principles used in Human Resource Management. The course will provide the student with a working knowledge of individual and group levels of organizational behavior and how to effectively manage the various types and levels of behavior within an organizational setting. Topics explored in the course include but are not limited to; individual and group behavior, organizational culture and structure and processes as they relate to performance and satisfaction in organizations. Topics under discussion at the individual level will include; attitudes, personalities, perception, motivation, diversity and ethics. Topics under discussion at the group level will include; organizational culture and structure, communication, decision making processes, conflict management, change, and stress and group dynamics. Prerequisite: PSYC 150.

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s online Post-Baccalaureate B.S. in Human Resource Management program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Degree admission requires a bachelor’s degree. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 is also required. Students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission by the program director based on additional information in support of the application.
  2. The university reserves the right to require an interview or supplementary materials for any applicant (degree or non-degree) and use these as a means for making an admission decision.

Career Outcomes

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual salary for a human resource manager is $110,120. By earning a post-baccalaureate human resources degree, you can achieve success in the field through a variety of positions, including:
Human resource manager

Human resource managers support companies by developing employee training procedures, planning recruitment efforts and directing daily business functions involving employees. To create a successful and comfortable workplace environment, these professionals work with several different administrative branches of a company, including marketing and management.

Training and development coordinator

Training and development coordinators work with companies to ensure their employees are trained with the most relevant tools and information. These professionals conduct research to learn about new training techniques while planning and coordinating employee training events.

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