Human Resource Management Degree

The human resource management concentration provides the foundation necessary to obtain a broad business education and focuses on the specific functions of HR: staffing; employee development; compensation and benefits; health and safety; and employee and labor relations. These specific competencies prepare students to effectively identify opportunities to improve relations and performance with an organization’s most valuable asset — the employees.

The CMU human resource management concentration is aligned the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Competency Model and curriculum. This means that our curriculum is aligned with the cutting-edge research and knowledge coming from the HR trenches — the professionals who are raising the bar and blazing new paths in the industry. Our program is closely supported by the Western Colorado Human Resource Management Association (WCHRA), which also provides students opportunities for internships and partnerships. These relationships provide students with relevant industry experience and competencies that set them apart from other graduates.

The need for additional personnel in the area of human resource management will only grow in the future. Become a part of the industry that performs vital functions for all businesses: finding the right people for the right job and then providing training and development for that employee.

Academic Requirements

Career Opportunities:

  • Human resource specialist
  • HR assistant
  • Compensation and benefits manager
  • Training and development manager

Human resources managers are responsible for planning, directing and/or coordinating the human resources activities and staff of an organization. 

  • Every organization needs to manage their human resources well, whether it is titled HR or not. The Human Resources program will teach you what is imperative for organizational vibrancy.
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    Samantha Cathey
    Alumna, '19
  • If you have a head for business and a heart for people, then HR might be the career for you!
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    Dr. Christi Sanders, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Assistant Professor
5-9%

Projected growth*

Projected employment growth from 2016 to 2026.

$110K

Median wages*

Based on BLS 2017 wage data

*Data based on Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections (view source).