Overview of Field
The term "Human resources" simply means the workforce of an organization. Due to the growing size of organizations, management of human resources has become a vast field with technicalities, strategies and policies. The term coined for the department managing the human resources of an organization is "HR". Demand is on the rise for efficient HR managers with quality human resources degrees.
The field for human resource management can be entered both via a bachelor’s and a master’s level degree. Hence, universities offer both types of human resources degrees. For example, universities offer the choice of specialization in human resource management while pursuing a bachelor program in business administration or management. The bachelor’s degree normally requires 4 years to complete.
Human Resources degrees at master’s level are offered as either a Masters in Human Resource Management or an MBA with specialization in Human Resource Management. It takes 1-2 years to complete a human resources master’s degree.
Human resources degrees are also offered via distance learning by many universities.
As human resource management is a business related field, therefore, many business foundation courses are covered in both bachelor’s and master’s level such as:
- Organizational Behavior
- Managerial Applications of Information Technology
- Marketing Management
Basic social sciences and psychology courses add to the quality of the degree.
Subjects related to human resources include:
- Training and Development
- Management of Human Resources
- Strategic Staffing
- Employment Law
- Organizational Change Management
- Industrial Psychology
The admission requirements for programs offering human resources degrees are university-specific. Some universities just require official transcripts and a completed application for admission in the bachelor’s or master’s program. On the other hand, others may request for recommendation letters, statement of purpose, GRE/GMAT scores and even work experience for admission in the Master’s level program.
An HR manager has to deal with all the employees of an organization. He/she should be good at communicating, negotiating and handling employee grievances. Such personal qualities are not entirely achieved through education but also through a person’s inherent personality. The top universities try to measure such qualities in a person through interviews before admission in their HR programs.
With a bachelor’s degree in human resources, people can strive for becoming a labor relations manager, HR manager, employment interviewers, recruitment specialists, employee benefits manager, training manager, etc. Master’s level human resources degrees are required by larger organizations, which pay more. The average salary of a person with a human resources degree may range from $50,000 to $145,000.