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Human Resource Management

of surveyed alumni within 9 months of graduation
Of 10 U.S. Programs
Certified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
On-Campus or Online
Choose your format

Building relationships, maximizing performance

Lead employees toward success.

Personnel are the backbone of any business. As a human resource management student, you'll learn the skills to effectively manage and support business strategies.

Discover how to maximize the impact of effective high-performance work practices like talent recruitment, organizational planning, and employee engagement. With our program, you’ll gain the ability to lead and understand an organization’s human resources in today’s knowledge-based economy.

Choose your format

Learn from anywhere with our online (on-demand) classes, where you'll complete coursework each week at a time/place that works best for you.

With 9 start dates year-round and 5- and 10-week block classes, this pathway allows you to effectively balance work, school, and life.

Dive into the accelerated format, program requirements, and course details! 

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The on-campus modality offers courses in-person at the semester pace.

This is a great option for students wanting a residential, on-campus experience, or who are comfortable commuting to classes during the day.

Dana Schultz ’18, ’19

I was ecstatic to come to class and learn from people in the field. The content kept us engaged.

What will I learn?

Industry leaders share their firsthand knowledge in the classroom.

From the basics of payroll to the complexities of organizational design, community leaders working in the human resource management field will guide you through every facet of your degree as adjunct faculty. Up-to-date information about current patterns and modern strategies in the field are essential to prepare you for employment after graduation.

Mount Mercy’s Human Resource Management program is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), distinguishing it as a top choice for students who are looking for a competitive edge in the job market after graduation.

You’ll develop skills and knowledge like how to:

  • Identify and interpret labor laws
  • Utilize HR metrics to justify employee programs
  • Demonstrate an understanding of compensation issues
  • Employ practical and applicable strategies at your organization
  • Evaluate ethical, social, civic, legal, cultural, and political issues, and how they impact the human resources of an organization

Where can it take me?

Find your path to success in the human resource management field.

Businesses of all sizes have human resource needs that you'll be able to fill as a Mount Mercy University graduate. The leadership and communication skills you'll gain through the program will lead you to success in any industry for both local and global companies.

The human resource management program also offers a minor, which is a great companion to other business majors. For some students, continuing on for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Strategic Leadership (MSL) at Mount Mercy is their next step—both have many areas of emphasis, including human resources.

What are the next steps?

Transfer up to 75 credits from an Iowa community college or up to 93 credits from a regionally accredited 4-year university.

Veterans may also earn credit for military training via the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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How do I apply?

We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure. Start your application today! 

Questions? No worries, we’re here to help! Check out our FAQ for more information, and feel free to contact us with any additional questions.

We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

 Mount Mercy University Admissions
 1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in human resource management

Develop and lead effective personnel strategy.

Mount Mercy human resource management graduates benefit from a well-established relationship with the local business community, who are always in search of qualified graduates. 

Our graduates have found jobs locally and nationally at companies like Transamerica, Collins Aerospace, GreatAmerica Financial Services, and TrueNorth.

You'll find Mount Mercy graduates working in positions like: 
  • Human Resource Specialist, Generalist, or Director
  • Affirmative Action Coordinator
  • Compensation Director
  • Employee Benefits Director
  • Employment and Staffing Director
  • Industrial Relations Director
  • Mediator
  • Occupational Analyst
  • Recruiter
  • Training and Development Director