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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 $6,000.4

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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

  • Flex Choice®: Get Credit for What You Know

    The Associate’s degree is available with Flex Choice® self-directed assessment offerings, which allows you to blend traditional online courses with self-directed assessments that provide optional coaching assistance. The Bachelor’s Completer degree program is also available with Flex Choice® and allows you to combine traditional online coursework, self-directed assessments and competency-based education (CBE)—the best of all worlds, so you can receive credit for what you know and can do. For additional information, visit our Flex Choice 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
  • Flex Choice®

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
  • Flex Choice®

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 while earning your online Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Leadership—saving you up to $4,000 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.2 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

    • $32,950 10th Percentile
    • $44,480 25th Percentile
    • $60,870 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3

    12%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Human Resources Specialists

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $36,270 10th Percentile
    • $46,460 25th Percentile
    • $60,880 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3

    7%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Human Resources Managers

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $66,870 10th Percentile
    • $85,750 25th Percentile
    • $113,300 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3

    9%

  • 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.

David
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 May 21, 2019] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. 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. Number 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 College 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.
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Study. Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2019. Accessed by 7/15/2020. Data is for persons age 25 and older full-time wage and salary earners. https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm
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