5 Things You Should Know About the Rasmussen University Human Resources and Organization Leadership Programs

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You’ve been considering your education options for a while now and are ready to zero in on a few options within the Business field. While many Business-focused degrees can serve as versatile launch points for a variety of careers, the Human Resources (HR) field in particular has captured your attention. This field requires a pairing of strong people skills and business savvy—and that sounds like it could be right up your alley!

Of course, with so many Human Resources degree programs out there, you still want to do your due diligence to make sure you find the right fit. If the Rasmussen University Human Resources and Organizational Leadership (HROL) programs are in your list of final contenders, you’re in the right place. Join us as we explore what makes our programs stand out from the rest.

5 Facts about the Rasmussen University Human Resources and Organizational Leadership programs

Below you'll find five practical reasons the Rasmussen University HROL programs stand out among the rest.

1. Coursework is designed to develop broad HR skills through realistic projects and assignments

First things first—you want a program that you know will have you prepared to hit the ground running in a human resources career. The curriculum of the Rasmussen University HROL programs was designed with direct input from advisors and instructors with significant experience in the field. That means you’ll be completing assignments that mirror real-world scenarios as you refine your skills.

“I am especially proud of our partnerships in the industry,” says Dr. Jennifer Trout, department chair of the program. “They helped design and create real-world, authentic assignments that our students get to learn and demonstrate.”

No matter where your courses take you—whether it’s analyzing the effectiveness of an employee retention program, comparing approaches to conflict management, or developing a human resources information system implementation plan—know that it’s all in pursuit of practical knowledge that will be valuable to employers.

2. Fully online, year-round courses aim to make your education achievable sooner

We know our students often have a lot on their plates with family obligations and complicated work schedules that can make earning a degree feel daunting. While it’ll still take effort and dedication, the online courses in our HROL programs can help make it all manageable. You’ll spend less time worrying about getting to and from campus and more time focusing from the comfort of your home on what matters more—your education.

With eight start dates per year and year-round scheduling, you also won’t have to worry about losing the positive momentum you’ve gained in pursuit of a degree. That means you’ll have the ability to earn a degree faster than you might expect. The Human Resources and Organizational Leadership Associate’s degree program can be completed in as few as 18 months.1 Once completed, you can seamlessly transition into the Bachelor’s degree program and have that completed in as few as another 18 months.1

3. Rasmussen University has been educating business students for more than a century

Sure, we’ve adapted our quality programs to be delivered in an online format to meet the needs of the modern student. But don’t let that make you lose sight of the fact that we’ve been educating business students for 120+ years.

Our story started in 1900, when Walter Rasmussen first founded the Rasmussen Practical School of Business in Stillwater, Minnesota. Clearly a lot has changed since then, but Rasmussen University has remained dedicated to providing quality education to students.

But don’t just take our word for it—Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. That means Rasmussen University has met certain standards of educational quality and is being continually reviewed to uphold those standards.

4. We aim to make graduate-level education affordable

It’s fairly common for senior-level human resources professionals to have a graduate degree under their belts. While earning a graduate degree might not be firmly in your plans at this moment, qualified students in the Human Resources and Organizational Leadership Bachelor’s degree program will have the opportunity to get a head start on their graduate education through the accelerated Master’s pathway option.

This offering allows eligible students to take up to four Master of Human Resources Management degree courses in lieu of Bachelor’s degree courses.This makes it possible for you to earn this graduate degree in as little as one additional year and potentially save up to $4,100.Keep in mind this opportunity is entirely optional and you don’t need to make this decision up front—you can always stay on the standard undergraduate path as you progress in your education if it makes more sense for you.

Even if you decide against pursuing the accelerated Master’s pathway offering, know that the Master of Human Resources Management degree program at Rasmussen University still presents a quality, affordable online option down the line. In fact, this program can be completed for under $13,000!3

5. The curriculum academically prepares you for industry certifications

When entering a tough job market, you’ll need to find ways to help yourself stand out from a crowded field of applicants—and professional certifications are an excellent way to do that. The Human Resources and Organizational Leadership Bachelor’s degree program is designed to academically prepare you to sit for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional certification exam. This program also academically prepares students for the Associate Professional in Human Resources® (aPHR®), Professional in Human Resources ®(PHR®) and Senior Professional Human Resources® (SPHR®) certifications offered by the HR Certification Institute®(HRCI®).

Professional certifications like these help provide employers with another way to verify at a glance that you possess the knowledge and skills needed for the job. This can help you get a foot in the door during a job search so you’ll be ready to shine in an interview—something the Rasmussen University Career Services team can help you with as well.

Take the first step toward a human resources career

Are you intrigued by what you’ve heard so far? The Rasmussen University Human Resources and Organizational Leadership degree programs can set you up for a lifelong people-focused career in business—and we’ll have your back along the way. If you’re ready to make a change, get started now by requesting more information to hear from an admissions advisor soon. From there, they will help walk you through the process and answer any of the questions you may still have.

1Completion time is dependent on the number of transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
2Number of eligible courses varies by program, and ranges from 1 to 4 courses. Time and cost savings are dependent on the eligible student enrolling in and completing both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Rasmussen University through the accelerated Master’s pathway. Completion time is dependent on the number of transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term. Please speak to an admissions advisor for details.
3Tuition for MBA, MHRM, and MHA programs is $205 per credit. Students in all programs must maintain continuous enrollment to remain eligible for the tuition pricing of $205 per credit. A student who withdraws and re-enrolls will be required to pay the tuition price offered at the time of their re-enrollment. Students who receive the tuition price of $205 per credit cannot use any additional discounts, grants and/or scholarships. If a student needs to retake one or more courses in the degree program, the total cost of the program will exceed $13,000. MBA, MHRM & MHA Program cost breakdown: $9,840 in tuition + $2,460 in fees = $12,300 in program cost. Program availability varies by campus and state; please see the Rasmussen University Catalog for details.

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About the author

Will Erstad

Will is a Sr. Content Specialist at Collegis Education. He researches and writes student-focused articles on a variety of topics for Rasmussen University. He is passionate about learning and enjoys writing engaging content to help current and future students on their path to a rewarding education.


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