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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 with 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.


Colorado Mesa University is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.

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 for Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management Certificate is designed to prepare students to practice HR Management in a variety of organizations. The curriculum is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK).

Academic Requirements for Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • 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. 

Need more info on career options for human resources? Explore what you can do with a human resource management degree. Or contact IRIS for academic and career advising.


Projected growth*

Projected employment growth from 2016 to 2026.


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).