A few universities in Alabama grant bachelor's and master's degrees and/or certificates in human resources management. While certification isn't required by the state, human resources managers may take certification exams from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) after gaining some work experience.
Students of the following programs might study online or on campus. Programs may culminate with capstone courses or internships. Below are brief overviews of human resources management programs that are offered at six schools in Alabama.
Athens State University
Students can earn a bachelor's degree in human resource management on campus or online from Athens State University in Athens. The 124-semester-hour human resource management program includes 41 semester hours of general education courses and 21 semester hours of pre-professional courses, such as accounting, business statistics and computer use for business. Students complete 59 semester hours of major courses that include personnel psychology, labor-management relations, benefits management and employment law. The capstone course is a business simulation that requires students to use their management decision-making skills. A minor is also available.
At Auburn University, located in Auburn, human resources management students begin as pre-business majors taking two years of mostly general education courses followed by two years of professional coursework specific to the human resources management major. As they work towards the bachelor's degree, students learn methods of recruitment, training, compensation and decision-making. The program also includes general business courses such as finance, business analytics and accounting. Students are encouraged to join Auburn's chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Auburn University at Montgomery
The metropolitan Montgomery campus of Auburn University a bachelor's degree in human resource management. In the bachelor's degree program, students take 24 credit hours of courses including compensation management, employment law and recruitment. The school has a student chapter of SHRM, and students are encouraged to gain experience through internships.
Located in Montgomery, Faulkner University offers two types of bachelor's degree programs in human resource management. Students in the non-traditional executive program must be at least 23 and have completed two years of college. The program can be completed in one year of classes held one night a week. Faulkner also offers an accelerated bachelor's degree program that can be completed in a year of daytime classes by students of any age. They must have 72 hours of college credits to enter this program. Each program requires 48 credit hours of human resource management courses. Students learn about supervision, statistical methods, research and communications in business. Several research projects are required.
At Troy University in Troy, management majors can choose a concentration in human resource management for their bachelor's degrees. They take general studies courses including employment law and organizational behavior, then choose six courses in human resource management, such as staffing, organizational development, collective bargaining or an internship.
Troy University's master's degree program in human resource management calls for 30 credit hours of courses, including employee relations, organizational development and staffing. An internship is optional. Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree in business administration or a bachelor's degree and business foundations courses. Through Troy's continuing education department, students can complete a 12-week certification preparation program to earn one of the Society for Human Resource Management's two certifications. This program is available online and at the Phenix City, Dothan and Montgomery campuses.
University of Alabama in Huntsville
The University of Alabama in Huntsville offers a bachelor's in management that allows students to choose human resource management as a concentration. The program calls for 21 hours of human resource management courses, including labor relations and organizational behavior. University students with bachelor's degrees in a subject other than human resource management can enroll in a certificate program. This program totals 24 credit hours, with five required courses and three electives. It covers topics such as compensation management, employment law and labor relations. The school also offers a program leading to a Master of Science in Management - Human Resource Management.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Human Resources Management Degree Programs or Certificates Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Athens State University||Four-year, public; fringe town||Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management||$6,810 in-state,
|Auburn University||Four-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Human Resources Management|| $11,276 in-state ,
$30,524 out-of-state *
|Auburn University at Montgomery||Four-year, public; midsize city||
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Human Resource Management
| $8,404 in-state;
$17,812 out-of-state *
|Faulkner University||Four-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (HRM Executive Program),
Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management
|Troy University||Four-year, public; rural|| Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Global Business with a concentration in human resource management,
Master of Science in Human Resource Management
|Undergraduate: $8,908 in-state;
$16,708 out-of-state ,
Graduate: $8,506 in-state,
|University of Alabama in Huntsville||Four-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Management with a concentration in human resource management,
Master of Science in Management - Human Resource Management
Certificate in Human Resource Management
|Undergraduate: $10,714 in-state,
Graduate: $11,214 in-state,
Source: *NCES College Navigator.