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Human Resource Management Specialization Bachelor of Science in Business

School of Business and Technology

Gain Skills to Advance in HR

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

You'll learn to build interpersonal and professional thinking skills needed to manage talent, develop intellectual capital, manage continuous change, and drive organizational effectiveness as an HR leader and manager at numerous levels of an organization.

What to Expect

  • Online 
  • FlexPath Available
  • 8–15 General Education Courses 
  • 10 Core Courses 
  • 8 Specialization Courses 
  • 7–13 Elective Courses 
  • 1 Capstone Course

Classes Start January 8th

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.

Admissions Requirements »   | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Help Businesses Run Smoothly

Apply business and human resource knowledge in an effective and integrated manner.

Define Your Vision

Contribute strategically and collaboratively to the mission, vision, and values.

Leverage Technology Solutions

Use technology to deliver valuable and effective human resource management.

Be a Leader in Ethics

Implement ethics as an integral practice of the business.

Sharpen Your People Skills

Build constructive relationships between employees and the organization.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Kick-Start Your Next Degree

Potentially save time and money by earning credits toward bachelor’s and MBA degrees at the same time with our combined degree option.

Target Your Studies

Gain specialized skills with concentrations including accounting, business intelligence, finance, health care management, management leadership, marketing, and project management.

Full Access to WSJ

We’ve teamed with The Wall Street Journal to give business students full digital access to timely, relevant business news.

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 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  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
$347 per 1000-2000 level credit $402 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time simultaneously) per 12-week billing session
  • Based on a program point system; 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay one flat-rate tuition fee per session*
$2,300 per quarter, 90 total program points, 68 max transfer points

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*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 (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs.

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Ask our Alumni

Have questions about our programs and what actual alumni have done with their degree? Ask our alumni about their experiences, and see if Capella is a fit for you.


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. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

Low-Cost Gen Ed Courses

Our learning partner, Sophia Learning, is a self-paced, online option for fulfilling bachelor’s requirements for only $329 per course.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Accredited & Respected

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

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Description
BUS4043 Compensation and Benefits Management
BUS4044 Legal Issues in Human Resource Management
BUS4045 Recruiting, Retention, and Development
BUS4046 Employee and Labor Relations
BUS4047 Employee Training and Development

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 distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Get personalized coursework help from a subject matter expert and one-on-one support for academic skills and specific subjects.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Interview with Capella Human Resources Faculty Chair Shelley Robbins, PhD

As faculty chair at Capella University, she shares her thoughts on industry trends, most memorable moment as chair, and more.

The Value of Competency-Based Education for HR Professionals

Competency-based education is valuable for human resource professionals, as students and in the hiring process.

Move Forward in Your Career

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*

  • Compensation and benefits specialist and manager
  • HR information systems (HRIS) specialist and manager
  • Human capital specialist and manager
  • Human resource business partner
  • Human resource consultant
  • Human resource generalist
  • Human resource manager
  • Labor relations specialist and manager
  • Staffing specialist and manager
  • Performance management specialist and manager
  • Talent acquisition specialist and manager
  • Talent development specialist and manager

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Consulting firm
  • Corporation
  • Government-local, state and federal
  • Health care organization
  • K–12 school
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Manufacturing firm
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Retail organization
  • Small business

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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