Management, Human Resources Management Concentration, B.S.B.A.

Shippensburg University's AACSB-accredited Management, Human Resources Management Concentration, B.S.B.A. program is unique in its focus on individuals and groups of individuals integral to company success and the equitable, ethical and legal concerns involved in managing an organization’s human resources.

What Will I Learn?

Top ranked Schools StudyHuman resource management encompasses the practices organizations use to attract, develop, engage and retain the talent needed to drive organizational success. This program offers a solid understanding of the HR skills and competencies required to excel in a career in HR management. The courses emphasize core HR topics that provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed. Elective courses complement the required core very well and allow you to explore personal interests.

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Meet Mary Hykes '20

“The most important thing about the human resource management program, as well as all the programs in the department, is the faculty. They truly care about the students and will do anything to help them succeed.”

How Mary Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

You will need to complete 120 credits in the following areas:

  • General education courses: All students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
  • Business core courses: This core includes economics, finance, information systems, marketing, organization behavior and business law as well as other business subjects.
  • Human resource management courses: This sequence of courses provides the necessary technical knowledge with respect to tools, techniques and concepts.

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

Possible double majors include finance, accounting, MIS, accounting, supply chain management and public administration.

Recommended minors include psychology, computer science and technical/professional communications.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Graduates can expect to start their careers as:

  • HR coordinators
  • HR specialists in recruiting, training, compensation, employee relations or labor relations
  • HR analysts
  • HR generalists

Mid-level positions in HR include:

  • Senior specialist
  • Senior analyst
  • HR business partners
  • HR managers
  • HR specialty manager

Senior level positions in HR include:

  • HR director
  • Senior HR manager
  • Vice president of HR
  • Chief human resource officer

The program also provides a solid foundation for graduate education in management, industrial relations, human resource management and organizational development.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

The John L. Grove College of Business is internationally accredited by the most prestigious business-accrediting agency, AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Shippensburg University offers small class sizes and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one contact with faculty members. Classes are taught by professors with both a strong theoretical and practical understanding of business management and human resource management. Our faculty have a diverse range of professional and academic backgrounds and are actively involved in HR research and HR consulting.

There are a number of clubs you can participate in to learn more about your area of study outside the classroom. Student professional organizations will provide you with a variety of opportunities to develop professional contacts, enhance your course of study with hands-on application and build lasting friendships within the business community. HR management students are strongly encouraged to join our student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management.