Online Human Resources Degrees

Earning your human resources degree online gives you access to some of the most innovative programs without limiting you to a specific geographic region. Many online programs have a built-in degree of flexibility that allows you to pursue your credentials at your own pace while still working.


Online programs in human resources run the gamut from certificates to master’s and even doctorate degrees. For a measure of quality, make sure any program you consider meets the guidelines of the HR Certification Institute. Many human resources professionals choose to take the HRCI certification tests, so going through a program that meets this organization’s standards is a big help.

If you already have a business degree, then earning an online certificate in human resources management may give you a professional advantage. If you are just getting started in your career, then earning your associate degree in human resources management online may help you land an entry-level position. Positions of real leadership and authority require experience as well as an advanced degree, making pursuing your bachelor’s or master’s degree online a wise choice. Many top institutions in the field offer bridge programs, where you start with or transfer credits from an associate degree, and apply them to a bachelor’s that connects to your ultimate master’s degree.

Advice from the Experts spoke with Neil Reichenberg, Executive Director of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. Mr. Reichenberg describes the work of IPMA-HR, as well as how students can benefit from joining the association. We also spoke with Central Michigan University and Loyola University Chicago on their Human Resources degree programs. Marnie Roestel and Kayla Slezak discuss CMU’s online Master of Science in Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources Administration, and Dr. Dow Scott discusses Loyola’s Master’s of Science in Human Resources degree program.

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