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B.S. in Human Resource Management

Play a crucial role in an organization’s workforce with a human resources degree.

The SHRM-aligned curriculum of the bachelor’s completion program in Human Resource Management at Saint Mary’s is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to become an asset to any organization. With our human resources degree, you’ll be prepared to tackle the challenges of managing employees, developing organizational leadership, exploring global practices, and complying with labor laws and government regulations.

Our online program combines foundational business education with the key fundamentals of human resources, ensuring that you’ll have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving workplace.

Employers across Minnesota, such as the State of Minnesota, Fairview Health Systems, and Mayo Clinic, seek candidates with a human resources degree. With an average advertised salary of $77,000 per year, a degree can lead to a fulfilling career with ample opportunities for growth.

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or looking to advance your existing career, a degree in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University will prepare you for success.

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Individual credits and completion times vary


cost per credit

Aug.Oct.Jan. MarchMayJune

start dates

1 year

completion time


B.S. in Human Resource Management Program Highlights

  • The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the B.S. in Human Resource Management program at Saint Mary’s University fully aligns with SHRM’s Human Resources Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
  • Take up to 15 graduate credits and start your M.A. in Human Resource Management while completing your B.S. in Human Resource Management.

What You’ll Learn in Our Human Resource Management Program

  • Human resource management initiatives aligned with organizational strategy
  • Various human resource initiatives to improve employee engagement
  • Training and development strategies focusing on performance improvement
  • Cultural competence and its role in human resource management
  • Effective communication with diverse audiences in a variety of modes
  • Fundamental business administration skills needed by organizational leaders

Join us for an information session to learn more about programs, how to apply, transferring your credits, and more.  We offer live information sessions where you can meet other prospective learners and faculty, as well as an archive you can view on your own time.

Previous Credits Count Toward Your B.S. Degree

Prior credits earned, past work experience, and military service all count toward finishing your degree. All of them. Applying the credits you already have toward the career you want — and do it faster than you thought possible.  

  • Your past credits are always eligible – they never expire
  • Technical college credits are accepted
  • Transfer up to 90 credits (75% of your bachelor of science degree)
  • Transfer credits for prior learning
  • You can apply standardized tests such as CLEP or DSST toward your degree.
  • We accept military, industry, and business training via the American Council on Education (ACE) or PLA.

Submit your transcripts and we’ll get started creating a personalized degree plan for you.  Find out how quickly you can earn your degree.

Apply for Admission

Apply anytime to finish your bachelor’s degree. Many of the programs have six start times per year. Start here to take the next step.

    • Applicants must demonstrate an overall grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale with evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits¹.
    • These credits must include completion of one basic English composition course with a grade of “C-”or better.²
    • Applicants may be required to complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admissions process.

    ¹These credits may be made up of:

    • Industry Training and Military Separation Paper carrying American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations or,
    • Past College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) exam credits or,
    • International credits evaluated by a source accepted by Saint Mary’s University or,
    • Any credits transferable from a regionally accredited or non-regionally accredited institution.
    ²The English composition course requirement helps the student prepare for college level coursework. The applicant may be conditionally admitted if he or she cannot prove competency in this area, in which case the CLEP College Composition exam with essay or a similar university course must be taken within the first semester of study at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

  • Students who have completed 30 credits from  an accredited institution within the U.S. or the equivalent of these credits from an institution in an approved waiver country are exempt from demonstrating English language proficiency. Otherwise, students with transcripts from universities located outside of the U.S. are required to take and pass English proficiency testing. 

    Saint Mary’s accepts:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a

    • minimum score of 6.0
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo Language Test with a minimum score of 100
    • Pearson Test of English with a score of 51

    Please see our academic catalog for a list of all approved waiver countries.

  • Your application must include the following items:

    • Completed application form
    • All official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 semester credits with a basic English composition course.  
      • An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution.
    • Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards.  
    • Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) will also be accepted.

    Official Transcripts should be sent to Office of Admission

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    2500 Park Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Or email: tcadmission@smumn.edu

    Please reach out with any questions about the application process.

    Phone: (612) 728-5100

    Toll-free: (866) 437-2788

  • Priority Deadlines: Applicants completing the application process by the priority deadline are guaranteed consideration for their intended start date.*

    • Fall 2023: Friday, Aug. 4, 2023
    • Spring 2024: Friday, Dec. 1, 2023
    • Summer 2024: Friday, April 5, 2024
    • Fall 2024: Friday, Aug 2, 2024

    *Not all programs offer starts each semester

    • Fall 2023 : Aug. 28
    • Fall 2023 term 2:  Oct. 23


    • Spring 2024: Jan. 8
    • Spring 2024 term 2: March 4


    • Summer 2024 : May 6
    • Summer 2024 term 2: July 1


    • Fall 2024: Sept. 2

  • You can expect to be notified about your acceptance approximately two weeks following your application completion date.

Tuition & Fees

We help you find ways to finance your education.Talk to your Enrollment Counselor  about scholarships, loans, and other ways to make education affordable.

Course Catalog

In addition to foundational courses, you’ll take courses such as 

  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee and Labor Relations 
  • Applied Leadership and Management

The course catalog provides complete information about course requirements.

Careers & Salary

Every business, regardless of industry, depends on people to succeed. Human resource professionals play a key role in ensuring organizations and employees have what they need to succeed. At Saint Mary’s, you’ll gain the skills needed for entry- and mid-level roles in the growing HR management field.

Related Programs

Find the right program for right now — or the future. Saint Mary’s offers adult degree completion programs, as well as graduate certificates, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Saint Mary’s offers a generous transfer policy.  Many can transfer up to 90 credits toward our degree completion programs. Our transfer counselor specialists will guide you through the process.

  • At Saint Mary’s, we want you to succeed, and we help you do so, inside and outside of the classroom:

    Student Central: Your one stop for student services

    Library: Resources and services are available 24/7 to all students.

    Writing Center: Offers virtual and face-to-face services to support students

    Career Services: Can help you develop your career-readiness skills at any point in your education 

  • The only thing virtual about your online experience is the classroom. Our flexible online programs offer the rigor and reputation you expect from Saint Mary’s. 

    Explore more here.

  • If you are in a degree-granting program and enrolled at least half time, you may be eligible for financial aid. 

    Learn more here.

  • Life gets busy. Whether you’re raising a family, pursuing your career, or playing an active role in your community, we know you want to keep up with what you love while you take the next step in your career. That’s why Saint Mary’s online programs are flexible and designed to fit your demanding life.

News and Information from the School of Business and Technology


Published on: 2023-08-23
Published on: 2023-08-22

Sources and Disclaimer

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resources Specialists, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Compensation and Benefits Managers at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/compensation-and-benefits-managers.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resources Managers at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/human-resources-managers.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Training and Development Specialists at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/training-and-development-specialists.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  5. All other career data on this page can be found at Lightcast (lightcast.io) Q1 2023 Data, September 2022-February 2023.