Program Overview

Human resource management is the backbone of any organization and one of today’s most exciting and stable careers. Glassdoor ranked Human Resource Managers in its top 5 of the best jobs in the nation in 2017, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the field will grow by 9 percent through 2026, adding 12,200 more jobs to the workforce.

Point Park is offering, for the first time, its B.S. in Human Resource degree program online, enabling you to become an integral part of organizational success through the development and strategic alignment of people in an organization. Learn key skills in business, psychology and the specific functions of human resources to prepare you for a variety of HR-related professions. Our faculty brings real-world HR experience into the classroom as many professors have worked or currently work in the industry, giving you an inside look at how to succeed as a human resources manager. Our HR Partner Program matches students one on one with an HR professional to provide insight into the profession, as well as opportunities for job shadowing and networking.

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  • Next Start Date:August 26, 2018
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 years
  • Credit Hours:121
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$455

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Benefits of an HR Degree from PPU

Point Park Online invites you to enjoy this humble interview with Human Resource Management Program Director Sandra Mervosh, M.S., SHRM-SCP, SPHR.

Thematic Core Courses (42 credits)
  • COMM 101 – Oral Comm. & Pres.
  • ENGL 101 – College Composition
  • UNIV 101 – City-University Life
  • Explore the World
  • Investigate Science
  • Investigate Mathematics – MATH 180 – College Algebra
  • Interpret Creative Works
  • Understand People
  • Succeed in Business – BMGT 234 Business Ethics
  • Appreciate & Apply the Arts
  • Discover Technology – CMPS 114 Problem Solving w/IT
  • Senior Capstone – BMGT 420 Seminar in HRM
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Course Description
This course included communication theory, as well as speech preparation, delivery, and communication technology. Student learning focuses on researching, composing, and delivering formal and impromptu speeches and presentations. Topics include research, analyzing and adapting audiences, message construction, outlining, delivery of messages and effective use of visual aids and technology. This course will develop each student’s ability to communicate effectively with respect to audience and purpose. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of presentations ranging from one-on-one pitches, and small group discussion, to large audience speeches.
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Course Description
Students will write argument-based assignments leading to an independently researched project based on academic and professional goals. Students will be required to 1.) find and integrate a variety of sources, 2.) read and analyze these sources, 3.) develop strong thesis statements that reflect perspectives on topics or issues, and 4.) construct persuasive arguments that engage with the viewpoints of experts and commentators. As the term progresses, students will have the opportunity to re-think or revise the ideas and perspectives they explored in earlier writing assignments by engaging with peer feedback and revising earlier drafts. Placement recommendations will require students to take ENGL 101 as a three credit course OR in conjunction with an additional credit of lab or studio instruction. Students who earn F or NP grades in ENGL 101 will be required to re-take the course in conjunction with a one-credit Writing Studio course.*One Writing Intensive course in addition to ENGL 101 is required for graduation.
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This course introduces students to the kinds of communities that people construct for themselves (e.g. social, political, artistic, etc.) and the values and dynamics that define such communities (e.g. cooperation, civility, tolerance, responsibility, etc.). The notion of what it means to be a responsible member of the “community” will actively be explored and discussed by engagement and analysis of multiple communities: the classroom community, the Point Park University community, and the Pittsburgh community. Students will also examine the responsibilities they have to their personal academic development.
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Choose two of the following courses:

  • Choice 1: ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Choice 2: Open
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • CHEM 101 – General Chemistry I
  • NSET 110 – Intro to Natural Sciences I
  • NSET 111 – Intro to Natural Sciences II
  • NSET 120 – Environmental Science
  • NSET 122 – The Science of Light
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Course Description
This college level algebra course includes the study of linear, polynomial, rational, radical, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their graphs. Other topics include inequalities, factoring, systems of equations, complex numbers, and applications. 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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Choose one of the following courses:

  • EDUC 252 – Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 120 – Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 251 – World Lit: Novels
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • ENGL 255 – Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Literature
  • JOUR 225 – Deconstructing the Story
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Choose two of the following courses:

  • Choice 1: PSYC 150 – Foundations of Psychology
  • Choice 2: Open
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A philosophical investigation of the main concepts and theories of ethics, with applications to fundamental moral questions as they arise in different areas of business. The following issues may be used as illustrations: affirmative action, investment in unethical companies or countries, product safety, whistle blowing and advertising.
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • ART 100 – Intro to Visual Arts
  • CINE 170 – Intro to Screenwriting for Non-Majors
  • COMM 290 – Seminar in Media Studies
  • COPA 250 – Exploring the Arts
  • EDUC 251 – Art and Music in Teaching
  • ENGL 200 – Creative Writing
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • MLNG 220 – French Literature in Translation
  • PHOT 101 – Photography for Non-Majors
  • THEA 230 – Introduction to Theatre
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Course Description
A course on how Information Technology impacts organizations and how to use Information Technology to solve problems. Topics include: main concepts of Information Technology at a general level, online collaboration tools, application software, and information literacy as applied to searching and using the Internet. In addition, students will become proficient at an intermediate level in using application software. The student will learn each of the four software applications (Spreadsheets, Database, Word Processing and Presentation) and be able to apply them successfully to problem solving scenarios.
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Course Description
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 & Health, Employee and Labor Relations, HR Resources, Staffing, HR Development or Compensation & 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.
Departmental General Requirements (34 credits)
  • MATH 175 – Elementary Statistics
  • ACCT 210 – Intro to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 220 – Managerial Accounting
  • BMGT 201 – Business Law I
  • BMGT 205 – Principles of Marketing
  • BMGT 207 – Human Resource Management
  • BMGT 280 – Business Career Prep
  • BMGT 300 – Corporate Finance
  • BMGT 338 – Operations Mgmt/QA
  • BMGT 340 – Org Behav w/Topics in Mgt
  • CMPS 300 – Info Tech for Managers
  • ECON 202 – Prin. Of Microeconomics
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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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The basic principles and procedures for gathering, recording, summarizing and interpreting accounting data.
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Course Description
Use of accounting information for management planning and control and the interpretation of accounting data as a management tool. Prerequisite: ACCT 102.
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Course Description
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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Course Description
Study of functions, institutions, marketing structure tools, career opportunities and the preparation of a complete marketing campaign for a job.
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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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Course Description
This Pass/Fail course will prepare each student for their formal review by a board to determine each student’s ability to enroll in the Cooperative Education program in the School of Business. Emphasis will be placed on resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, electronic portfolio, and various other methods to adequately prepare students for possible Cooperative Educational opportunities. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
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Course Description
The problems associated with the effective management of capital. Includes the development of corporations, legal aspects, securities market, and financial planning and development. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; ACCT 102; MATH 175.
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Course Description
Students will study concepts of operations management. Students will learn to use statistical techniques and quantitative analysis to apply to business type problems. Topics will include: Project management (PERT), use of formulas/mathematical equations/probability to make business decisions, models such as linear programming, forecasting, and basic inventory models.
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Course Description
Examines the role of individual and group behavior within work organizations. Review the traditional theories of management. Topics will include motivation, leadership, group behavior, organizational structure, conflict management, and resistance to change.
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The course focuses on the computerized and Web-based systems used in business. Topics covered will includeknowledge management, customer relationship management, enterprise resource management, and supply chain management.
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An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.
Departmental Major Requirements (36 credits)
  • PSYC 214 – Psychology of Emotion
  • PSYC 215 – Human Capital
  • BMGT 221 – Business Comm & Research
  • BMGT 303 – International Business
  • BMGT 305 – Regulations in the Workplace
  • BMGT 315 – Financial Reporting & Control
  • BMGT 316 – Labor & Management Relations
  • BMGT 318 – Human Resource Management II
  • BMGT 319 – Current Topics in HRM
  • BMGT 330 – Compensation & Benefits
  • BMGT 418 – Portfolio & Career Planning w/Asmnt.
  • BMGT 419 – Research Methods in a Bus. Env.
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This course is a study of major theories of emotion and their emergence from cognitive, behavioral, physiological, social, and evolutionary perspectives in the discipline of psychology. Subject matter will include communication of emotion in nonverbal behavior, bodily expressions of emotion, the development of emotion, emotional dynamics in relationships and groups, the physiology of emotion, and cultural differences in emotion concepts and expression.
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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.
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The objectives, methods and forms of business communications; business research and the classification and presentation of findings. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; ENGL 101.
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An overview of business practices in the international arena which acquaints students with the complexities of international business. Analysis of such topics as global interdependencies, the working of multinational enterprises and other concerns reflecting the variety of socio-economic environments in which transnational institutions function. Prerequisite: Junior Standing.
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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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Financial Reporting is a course in the non-technical application of the principles of accounting, with emphasis on the use and interpretation of financial reports, managerial planning and control. The course is designed to impart a basic knowledge of the uses and applications of accounting . It is designed for the user of accounting information rather than the preparer. Students in the HR program must retain a copy of the completed work for submission in their portfolio in BMGT 418. Prerequisites: ACCT 101, 102.
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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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Course Description
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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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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Course Description
This is one of the final courses for Human Resource Management Majors. This course will be the culmination of all the work students have done in the program. It requires students to collect evidence of learning outcomes throughout their course work program. Students will be required to gather, organize, and reflect on work they have included in their portfolio. Students will present their portfolio using technology and audio-visual equipment to a professional audience. Additionally, students will complete a series workplace practicum modules that will help prepare them for career placement/advancement and build a social network. And they will explore certification options, including the standardized for graduating seniors. Students will meet individually with the instructor to discuss various components of your portfolio. It is in the students best interests to work with others and share the projects that they plan to include in their portfolio. Prerequisites: BMGT 318 Human Resource Management II, BMGT 419, Senior Standing.
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Course Description
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.
General Elective Requirements (9 credits)
Electives provide students with the opportunity to study content areas that meet personal, professional, or vocational interests.

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s BS in Human Resources Management program should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit official transcripts. To submit your transcripts, print and complete the official transcript request form and fax it to 1-800-473-2512.
  3. Submit current resume.
  4. Please note that students with a GPA under 2.5 will have additional review of their application, which may require an interview with the program coordinator.

Career Outcomes

The BLS reports that the median annual wage for an HR manager was $106,910 per year in 2016. A human resources degree qualifies you for numerous professional roles, including:
Career Outcomes

Plan, direct and coordinate key leadership and administrative functions of an organization. You’ll take the lead in recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees, as well as participating in corporate meetings and advising executives on strategic planning. Point Park’s real-world experienced faculty offers you a look inside the boardroom, so you’re prepared when you take the next step in your career.

HR Generalist

As a generalist, you’ll serve in an all-important employee relations role, primarily through benefits administration, training, performance management, onboarding, and recruitment. Point Park’s online HR management degree will provide you with the necessary skills and connections to seamlessly join an organization’s HR department.

Compensation, Benefits and Job Analyst Manager

Point Park’s online human resources degree teaches you the keys to managing an HR division, such as compensation and benefits. You’ll coordinate and supervise the work of specialists, as well as help establish an organization’s pay and benefits structure, having a significant impact on company growth.

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