In Maryland, several 2- and 4-year public and private schools offer training in human resources. Students can pursue an associate, a bachelor's or master's degree. Human resources may be the major area of study or it may be offered as a concentration within a larger business administration or management program. Degree program minors as well as undergraduate and graduate certificate programs are also available. Depending on the school, students may be able to complete courses online.
Bowie State University
At this Bowie school, students can earn a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development through the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Human Services. Core courses cover research analysis, proposal writing, training and adult education. Students also take a human resource development practicum and an integrative seminar. A comprehensive examination and the completion of 39 credit hours are required for graduation. Students can complete this program in a full or part-time format. Classes are available in the evening and online.
Harford Community College
Located in Bel Air, this school offers a business management certificate with a human resources concentration and an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management with a concentration in human resources. The certificate program includes 24 credits. Courses cover employee relations, employee training and development, human capital management, contemporary issues in business and management principles. The associate's degree program requires 62 credits at minimum. Students in this program complete the courses required for the certificate, as well as business ethics, business communications, communication technologies, internet research, business computer applications and general education requirements.
At this Frederick school, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in human resource management. Coursework for the concentration covers personnel management and employment/labor law. Students can choose to take comparative market economics or labor economics. To complete the program, students must complete an internship or study abroad.
At this Westminster school, students can earn a Master of Science in Human Resources Development. Courses in this program cover organizational theory and behavior, applied research, organizational change and development, applied business ethics, instructional system design, culture and diversity and career development. Students must also complete a portfolio development course and a practicum in human resource development.
Prince George's Community College
This school, located in Largo offers a Letter of Recognition in Human Resources Management and a Certificate in Human Resources Management. The letter of recognition is a three course program. Students must complete introduction to business and human resources management courses. They can select managing workplace diversity or customer service as their third course. The certificate requires the letter of recognition courses in addition to compensation and benefits management, employee training and development and an additional elective course.
The Community College of Baltimore County
At this Baltimore school, students can earn a Human Resources Management Certificate. The certificate requires 27 credits. Students study accounting principles, business and industry, supervision principles, business law, labor management relations, compensation, business communications and labor law.
This Towson school offers a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a human resource management track. Major coursework is the same for both the B.A. and B.S. Students study business and management and take human resource requirement and elective courses.
University of Maryland - University College
This school, located in Adelphi, offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management or a Master of Science in Management with a specialization in human resource management. The bachelor's degree program includes 12 credits of business foundation courses, 18 credits of core human resource management classes, three credits of supplemental human resource courses, a capstone and an information systems course. Students in the master's degree programs take core management courses and human resources courses that cover labor relations, recruitment, job analysis, organizational development, training and managing virtual and global teams. Both programs are available online. This school also offers an undergraduate minor in human resource management and a 12-credit graduate certificate in foundations of human resource management.
To work as a human resource specialist or manager, candidates need a bachelor's degree. Some high-level positions may require a master's degree. Employees in this field do not need to be licensed. However, many voluntary certifications are available, including a variety from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Human Resource Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Bowie State University||Four-year, public; large suburb||Master of Arts in Human Resource Development||$10,744 in-state; $14,956 out-of-state (graduate)|
|Harford Community College||Two-year, public; fringe rural|| Business Management Certificate with a concentration in human resources,
Associate of Applied Science in Business Management with a concentration in human resources
|$3,715 in-district; $5,887 in-state; $8,060 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|Hood College||Four-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in human resource management||$39,492 (undergraduate)|
|McDaniel College||Four-year, private not-for-profit; small suburb||Master of Science in Human Resources Development||$9,150 (graduate)|
|Prince George's Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Letter of Recognition in Human Resources Management,
Certificate in Human Resource Management
|$3,770 in-district; $6,050 in-state; $8,498 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|The Community College of Baltimore County||Two-year, public; large suburb||Human Resources Management Certificate||$4,276 in-district; $7,110 in-state; $10,204 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|Towson University||Four-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a human resource management track||$9,940 in-state; $23,208 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|University of Maryland - University College||Four-year, public; large suburb|| Minor in Human Resource Management,
Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management,
Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Human Resource Management,
Master of Science in Management with a specialization in human resource management
| $7,416 in-state; $12,336 out-of-state (undergraduate)
$8,514 in-state; $12,132 out-of-state (graduate)
Source: *NCES College Navigator