Human Resources and Organizational Leadership

Online Bachelor's Degree, Online Associate's Degree

Employers are drawn to leaders who believe an organization’s people are its most valuable asset. And, with an online Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Leadership, you’ll secure sought-after leadership skills for working in a people-centric career. Along with program-specific skills, you’ll also develop essential soft skills, including communication and critical thinking, to be well-rounded and career-ready.

In as few as 18 months, you’ll be ready to make your impact in this vital field.1 Our flexible, affordable online courses make earning your degree more convenient than ever.

With our accelerated Master’s pathway, you can take up to four Master’s courses as part of your Bachelor’s degree—setting you up to save time and money on your MBA, or complete your Master of Human Resource Management in as little as one additional year while saving up to $3,300.4

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  • Prepare for Industry Exams

    Our advanced curriculum prepares you academically for the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) Certified Professional certification exam. In addition, the program academically prepares you 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®).2

  • Self-Directed Assessments & Empowered Learning™

    The Associate’s and Bachelor’s Completer degrees programs are available with $149 self-directed assessments, which allow you to show that you already have the skills in a particular course and don’t need to take it. Save time and money with self-directed assessments and other Knowledge Credit options.

    The Bachelor’s degree is also available with Empowered Learning, which means you can:

    • Access courses anytime, from almost anywhere
    • Go faster when you can, and slower when you need to
    • Create real-world projects that prove you new knowledge
    • Stay connected with faculty and peers in live sessions

    For additional information, visit our Empowered Learning page.

  • We Don’t Stop at HR

    We offer both Human Resources and Organizational Leadership in one degree. While some other schools stop at HR, we enable graduates to be a well-rounded human resources strategic partner for the companies they work for. Courses cover the one-on-one employee facets including hiring, recruiting, training, performance, benefits and retention—but also the big picture focus on the management and leadership approach as a whole. You'll understand how individuals and these systems work together to support the overall goals of an organization.

  • Ready to Learn? We’re Ready to Teach.

    In as few as 18 months, you could earn a degree and be ready for the work world.1 Benefit from a program built on the idea that people come first. This is why we support you through your academic journey with experienced instructors, academic advising, tutoring, library and learning services and other support services. You'll benefit from the flexibility, affordability and accessibility you need with online courses designed for the life you lead and the future you envision.

Human Resources and Organizational Leadership Credentials Offered

Human Resources and Organizational Leadership

Bachelor's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience
  • Empowered Learning™

Intended for

Motivated students interested in working with an organization’s people and looking to develop leadership skills to pursue or advance a successful career in human resources and organizational leadership across a wide range of organizations. Also for students interested in an accelerated pathway to a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management.

Prepares you for

Human resources manager, compensation and benefits manager, training and development manager, personnel recruiter, training and development specialist, benefits coordinator, compensation and benefits analyst, human resource generalist, human resource director

Human Resources and Organizational Leadership

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources

Intended for

Students looking to enter a human resources and organizational leadership career working with an organization's people across a wide range of organizations with fundamental knowledge about the field. Also ideal for students interested in a program designed to simply ladder-up their credits toward a Bachelor's degree.

Prepares you for

Human resource generalist, training and development specialist, job analysis/recruiting specialist, benefits coordinator

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Turn Your Online Human Resources and Organizational Leadership Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your Human Resources and Organizational Leadership education easier by offering online courses that fit into a busy working schedule. You’ll be able to participate in live, interactive lectures designed to enhance your online experience and provide an opportunity to interact with your instructor and classmates. And, at the Bachelor’s-degree level, you can participate in an optional internship to culminate your education and help train you for a career in HR.

Designed to help you take your career further, our ladder approach to education allows you to smoothly earn each credential as you go, from Associate's to Bachelor's to Master's. If your educational goals go beyond a Bachelor's degree, you can pursue our online accelerated Master's pathway and finish up to one-third of your Master of Human Resources Management credits, or one course toward your MBA, while earning your online Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Leadership—saving you up to $3,300 in the process.4

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.5 Here are just a few examples of where an online Human Resources and Organizational Leadership degree can take you.

Training and Development Specialists

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $33,900 10th Percentile
    • $45,870 25th Percentile
    • $62,700 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Human Resources Specialists

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $37,710 10th Percentile
    • $48,190 25th Percentile
    • $63,490 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Human Resources Managers

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $71,180 10th Percentile
    • $91,730 25th Percentile
    • $121,220 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

"In studying HR and organizational training and development, I gained the ability to effect change in people and the way they do business. I am able to teach leaders how to believe in their own people."

Student, Human Resources and Organizational Leadership

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. aPHR™, PHR® and SPHR® are all registered trademarks of HR Certification Institute.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed October 6, 2021] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed October 6, 2021] BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  4. Time and cost savings depend on the eligible student enrolling and completing both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Rasmussen University through the accelerated Master’s pathway program. Program availability varies by campus and state, please see the Rasmussen University catalog for details.
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Study. Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2020. Accessed on November 8, 2021. Data is for persons age 25 and older who are full-time wage and salary earners.
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