Human Resource Management

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Classes start August 26, 2024

Advance your HR career.

Montreat College’s Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (HRM) program helps students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of human resource management and its relevance in business. The HRM degree addresses the legal and ethical components of the decision making process involved in the human resources environment. In addition, strategic elements of HRM, such as knowledge management, organizational behavior, and team development help students broaden their understanding of the field of Human Resources.

Montreat College’s Human Resource Management Degree is formally aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) curriculum guidelines.

Human Resource Management Degree Highlights

  • Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of human resource management and its relevance in business.
  • Address the legal and ethical components of the decision-making process involved in the human resources environment.
  • Explore human resource topics such as knowledge management, organizational behavior, and team development to broaden your understanding of the field and implement those skills immediately in your workplace.

For over 25 years, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been helping adult students acquire essential skills, complete their degrees, and take their career to the next level. Montreat offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a classroom or online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Montreat College’s Human Resource Management program offered?

Courses are offered online.

When are the start dates for the Human Resource Management degree program?

Please see the admissions page for specific enrollment and start dates.

How long does it take to complete the Human Resource Management degree program?

A Bachelor’s Degree is 120 credit hours and can take one to four years to complete depending upon the amount of credits you transfer in.

What are the length of online courses?

Starting Fall 2021, all courses will be eight-week sessions. There are 2 sessions in a semester. To be considered a full-time undergraduate student, a student must take 12 credit hours per semester. For the 12 credit hours, the student must take 2 courses (6 credit hours) the first eight-week session and 2 courses (6 credit hours) the second eight-week session. Semesters in this program are Spring, Summer, and Fall.


How much does the Human Resource Management degree program cost?

Montreat College programs are competitively priced, and we offer multiple forms of financial aid to help you achieve your educational goals.  Please see the current AGS Tuition and Fees page here.  Also, please keep in mind that there are multiple college and government financial aid programs available to help mitigate the cost of your education. You can learn more about your financial aid options

What jobs can you pursue with a Human Resource Management degree?

Human Resource Management possible jobs include: Executive recruiter, Human resource specialist, Job placement specialist, Professional advisor.


How much money do Human Resource Management professionals typically make?

According to the BLS, human resource managers earn an average annual salary of $113,300. However, the amount of money that such professionals make depends on many factors, including region, industry, and specialization.


What is the job market like for people with Human Resource Management degrees?

According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS), the job market for human resource managers is expected to grow 9% from 2016-26. As new companies form and organizations expand their operations, they will need human resources managers to oversee and administer their programs and to ensure that firms adhere to changing and complex employment laws.


What are the admissions requirements?

Applicants must submit the following for admissions consideration:

  • Montreat College Application for Admission
  • Official, final transcripts of all college courses taken*
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher in all previous college work attempted.
  • Official, final high school transcript or its equivalent (if transferring less than 12 semester credits of college credit)*
  • American Council on Education (ACE) verification demonstrating any eligible CLEP and DSST examinations, and non-collegiate military training.

*All final transcripts must include graduation information

What are the degree requirements?

  • Completion of the Bachelor General Education Core (39 credits)
  • Completion of the BSHRM Courses (48 credits)
  • Completion of electives to reach 120 credits
  • Completion of Individual Business Project (culminates in BUSN 4806)
  • Completion of 120 credit hours (two terms and 32 credit hours must be completed at Montreat College)

ENGL 3510 in the major can fulfill the Gen-Ed oral competency requirement.


BUSN 2201 Principles of Accounting I

Proprietary-based treatment of the accounting cycle, financial statements, merchandising, cash receivables, payables, inventories, plant property and equipment, payroll, accepted accounting principles and partnerships. Pre- or Co-requisite: BUSN 1101.

BUSN 2202 Principles of Accounting II

Treatment of corporations, investment, consolidated statements, tax impact on decision, statement analysis, changes in financial position, responsibility account, manufacturing, cost process job order, and standard. Pre- or Co-requisite: BUSN 2201.

BUSN 2622 Economics for Decision-Makers

Thorough understanding of economic concepts is a crucial part of effective decision­making. Economics for Decision Makers teaches students to consider micro and macro-economic theories when making business decisions. In addition, both rational and behavioral aspects of economics are studied, providing students a variety of perspectives when considering multiple alternatives.

BUSN 3501 Business Ethics and Business Law

This course examines, analyzes, and applies the nature, formation, and system of law in the United States to the modern business environment. It also raises basic questions on moral reasoning and the morality of economic systems both in the United States of America and internationally, and examines the ethical relationships between the corporation, its employees, and its customers.

BUSN 3402 Labor Relations

A study of the history and development of labor relations, structure of union organizations, and process of collective bargaining negotiations and contract administration. With declining union membership over the last ten years, special emphasis is placed on employee relations in nonunion organizations. Contemporary issues include public sector and international labor relations. Pre- or co-requisite: BUSN 2401

BUSN 3511 Employment Law

This course provides a comprehensive analysis of federal and state laws as they affect the human resource function, including equal employment opportunity, wage/overtime payment, employment agreements, and other restrictions on management’s rights. Emphasis is placed on applying employment laws to develop programs that enable organizations to be proactive in meeting both company and work force needs, with an eye to resolving workplace disputes, preventing litigation, and implementing and administering personnel policies and practices in compliance with applicable law.

BUSN 3101 International Business

A study of business as practiced in different nations and cultures examining the influence of difference in the political, competitive, economic, social, legal, and technological environments on the main business functions (marketing, production, and finance) and business effectiveness. Also discussed are problems of international financial instability and exchange rate volatility. Foreign currency hedging problems are examined and solved.

BUSN 3444 Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management

This course examines the process of learning in individuals and organizations in order to facilitate organizational effectiveness. Students will also apply fundamental theories related to knowledge management and learn to use technology tools in order to implement positive systemic change in organizations.

BUSN 3442 Groups, Teams, and Organizational Behavior

This course explores the interaction of groups and teams through the study of organizational behavior. Through this course, students will grow in their understanding of social dynamics in organizations and learn to lead groups and teams constructively. Topics covered include: organizational culture, motivation, group dynamics, high­-performance teams, role definition, self-organization, team assessment, and team design.

BUSN 3667 Money, Markets, and the Economic Environment

This course explores the fundamental elements of developed market economies and the major factors that affect them. This includes investigating the core assumptions of economies. how government regulation affects economic growth, and the impact of globalization on world markets. Students learn to analyze economic policy to make business declsions that help them navigate the economic environment.

BUSN 4403 Managing Organizational Change

The only constant in organizations is change. In this course students will use strategic innovation and change management processes in order to help organizations adapt and thrive in a world of rapid and continuous change. Students will learn theories of change management, as well as have the opportunity to apply concepts and frameworks of change management in their workplaces and in their daily lives.

BUSN 4806 Leadership and Human Resource Management (Capstone Project)

A study of the leadership, technical, and legal issues confronting human resource managers in today’s dynamic business environment. Includes an examination of principles and techniques utilized to effectively lead and manage the human resource/personnel staff function in modern business organizations. Prerequisite: Completion of all other courses for the BS in Human Resource Management program.

BUSN 4307 Marketing Management

An integrated course in marketing systematically oriented with emphasis on the marketing mix and the formulation of competitive strategies. Special attention is given to the control function, market analysis, marketing information, and sales forecasting. Case analysis is stressed.

CYBR 1141 Information Systems Technology for Managers

This course provides a thorough overview of information systems technology for management. Through lecture, case study, Internet exploration and hands-on applications, students examine a wide variety of critical uses of information technology by management. Prerequisite: CYBR 1131.

ENGL 3510 Managerial Communications

This course aims at improving the speaking, writing, listening, and facilitating skills of students who are, or aspire to be, supervisors and managers. Prerequisites: ENGL 1121 and ENGL 1122.

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I think Montreat College is a gem and more people should know about it. I found Montreat’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies to be the best plan for my busy lifestyle.

Laresa Griffin ’06

I think Montreat College is a gem and more people should know about it. I found Montreat’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies to be the best plan for my busy lifestyle.


Portrait of Stephen Dukas

Dr. Paul Gratton
Associate Professor of Business

Portrait of Paul Gratton

Dr. Stephen P. Dukas
Associate Professor of Business​

Isabella Junqueira

Dr. Bola Bayode
Assistant Dean of Distance Education
Program Director, Business
Assistant Professor of Business

Laurel Schneider
Department Chair, Business and Technology
Assistant Professor of Business