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Human Resource Management

Start dates a year
With 5- and 10-week classes
Of 10 U.S. Programs
Certified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
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Building relationships, maximizing performance

Lead employees toward success.

Personnel are the backbone of any business. As a human resource management student you will learn the skills to effectively manage their success to support business strategies.

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

Dana Schultz ’18, ’19

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

Why Mount Mercy?

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

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Working professionals can complete their degree in as little as 18-24 months! 

Preparing for the Human Resource Management Certification programs (PHR and GPHR), our plan of study for working adults allows you to learn new and applicable strategies while also optimizing flexibility.

Choose the format that works best for you—online, in-person, accelerated, or Degree in Three. Whatever you decide, our faculty and staff are here to help you succeed.

Working professionals can also take evening, weekly classes. This pathway allows you to effectively balance work, school, and life. Have your schedule work for you with options like:

  • 9 start dates year-round
  • Evening, weekly classes
  • 10% tuition discount for employees of our educational partners

Accelerated plan of study

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 will be able to fill as a Mount Mercy University graduate. The leadership and communication skills you will gain through the program will lead you to success in any industry for both local and global campanies.

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 Masters 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.

Learn more about:

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

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

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, Rockwell Collins, GreatAmerica Financial Services, and TrueNorth.

You will 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