Human Resource Management BS in Business

Bachelor of Science in Business

Create an impact as a leader in human resources

People are the center of every great company. That’s why human resource managers are invaluable. With our online bachelor’s in business, human resource management degree, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to become a strategic partner in any organization, applying your knowledge in an effective and integrated manner.

You’ll learn how to help businesses run smoothly, build effective relationships between organizations and their employees, implement ethics as an integral practice of business, and contribute strategically and collaboratively to an organization’s mission, vision, and values.

At a Glance

  • Online 
  • FlexPath available
  • 8–15 General education courses 
  • 10 Core courses 
  • 8 Specialization courses 
  • 7–13 Elective courses 
  • 1 Capstone course
  • 180 Total quarter credits (135 max transfer credits)

FlexPath lets you finish the degree you started, with a bachelor’s in business in 18 months and under $18,000.*

*Based on fastest 25% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

Classes Start October 11th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo FALL21).

Bachelor's in Human Resource Management program highlights

Aligned with industry standards

We partner with employers, key professional organizations, and an external advisory council to design programs that align with industry standards.

Reduce your tuition by $15,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $15K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

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Gen ed courses included

Capella students receive access to ACE-recommended courses for college credit from our affiliate, Sophia Learning.*

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Online education. Two ways.

We offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath. Not sure which to choose? Our Path Finder Quiz can help you decide.

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92% of our bachelor in business alumni would recommend Capella to friends, family, and colleagues.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019-2020

Real-world coursework

Every assignment has a purpose. You’ll be challenged to think differently and apply what you learn in the courseroom to the work you do every day in your career.

*All transfer and PLA credit must be completed prior to starting any program in the FlexPath format. Any professional certification or external courses taken concurrently with FlexPath enrollment cannot be recognized in the Capella degree program.

Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $411 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Enroll in one or two core courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 68 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (75th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

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Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$15K toward your bachelor's

Apply for a $15K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

Gen ed courses included

Capella students have a great way to earn gen ed credits, with access to ACE-recommended courses from our affiliate, Sophia Learning.*

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

*All transfer and PLA credit must be completed prior to starting any program in the FlexPath format. Any professional certification or external courses taken concurrently with FlexPath enrollment cannot be recognized in the Capella degree program.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Bachelor's in Human Resource Management sample courses

Our human resource management bachelor's degree includes topics on staffing organizations, developing employees, maintaining a fair compensation system, establishing policy, and meeting the future needs of your organization.

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BUS4043 *
Compensation and Benefits Management

In this course, learners focus on theories related to compensation and reward systems in organizations and the practices used to create and maintain these systems. Course competencies include creating a base benefit plan, evaluating incentive programs, and analyzing the effects of laws and regulatory agencies on compensation and benefits strategies. Learners also demonstrate a working knowledge of social and legal issues pertaining to compensation and of the skills organizations need to maintain competitive HR functions. Prerequisite(s): BUS3040.

6 quarter credits
BUS4044 *
Legal Issues in Human Resource Management

In this course, learners identify the scope and purpose of the legal framework of an enterprise. Learners analyze the effects of legal issues on an organization’s human resource management function. Learners also create strategies for managing legal issues and identify ways to implement them. Prerequisite(s): BUS3040.

6 quarter credits
BUS4045 *
Recruiting, Retention, and Development

This course focuses on strategies for recruiting, selecting, and retaining top talent in support of the strategic needs of an organization. Learners analyze talent and acquisition strategies within the context of laws and regulations and explore current recruitment and selection techniques. Prerequisite(s): BUS3040.

6 quarter credits
BUS4046 *
Employee and Labor Relations

This course focuses on the dynamics of creating a mutually beneficial relationship between employer and employee. Topics include maintaining legal compliance and cultivating positive employee morale. Learners analyze and explain factors that affect the relationships between employees and organizations and how workplace policies can influence ethically and legally sound human resource management practices. Learners also examine and describe the impact of labor unions on the organization. Prerequisite(s): BUS3040, BUS4045.

6 quarter credits
BUS4047 *
Employee Training and Development

In this course, learners assess and apply strategies of building effective training solutions that support an organization’s human resource management goals. Learners identify business strategies that lead to measurable and meaningful performance results, and gain and practice a deeper understanding of learning organizations. Prerequisite(s): BUS3040.

6 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

  • Help businesses run smoothly
  • Leverage technology solutions
  • Sharpen your people skills
  • Define your vision
  • Be a leader in ethics
  • Reduce your tuition by $8,000

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.


Need help with a particular topic? Struggling with a concept? We offer subject matter experts and one-on-one support for academic skills and specific subjects.

Human Resource Management career insights

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BS HRM professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our BS in Business Human Resource Management degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Human resources manager
  • Human resources generalist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Human resources coordinator
  • Human resource analyst
  • Talent acquisition manager
  • Recruiter
  • Human resources assistant
  • Compensation analyst
  • Human resources analyst
  • Human resources business partner
  • Human resources associate

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Hospital
  • Government - local, state, and federal
  • Accounting, Tax, and Payroll Services
  • Manufacturing organizations
  • Insurance carriers
  • Human services agency
  • Professional service providers
  • Hotel and other travel accommodation providers

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Three career paths to explore with a BS in Human Resource Management

While the human resources field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, here some of the more common paths:

Demonstrate your expertise in staffing an organization, recruiting and training effective employees, maintaining a fair and equitable compensation system, and establishing human resource policies and procedures.

Prepare for roles as human resources coordinator, human resources specialist, or human resources manager for land-based or online colleges and universities, health care organizations, or human service agencies.

Apply your business savvy and human resources knowledge in an effective and integrated manner by building constructive relationships between employees and the organization.

Prepare to explore roles as a human resources business partner or human resources manager for health care organizations or insurance agencies.

Provide advice and expertise to organizations in all sectors and help guide in virtually every aspect of their employees’ performance.

Prepare to seek positions as a consultant for a firm or independently for large or small companies, government or nongovernment organizations, health care organizations, or local, national, or global entities.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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