Human Resource Management


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Human Resource Management

Be prepared to manage and lead employees.

Understanding and leading high-performance work practices

The human resource management major prepares students for professional positions in leadership, as well as those who are interested in a career in the human resources field. The ability to lead and understand an organization’s human resources is key to success in today’s knowledge based economy. Students will learn to evaluate ethical, social, civic, legal, cultural, and political issues, and how they impact the human resources of an organization. Students will also develop effective human resource strategy for innovation in a global environment.


Applicable curriculum provides infrastructure for success

As one of only 10 undergraduate programs across the country to be endorsed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) based on their guidelines and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, our program provides practical and applicable strategies to employ at your organization. Thirteen major content areas prepare students to lead employees in high performance work practices.

Students in this major develop skills and knowledge that enable them, for example, to: identify and interpret laws affecting labor in the workplace; utilize HR metrics to justify employee programs; and demonstrate an understanding of compensation issues.


Experiential learning and research based classes.

Our accomplished faculty work closely with students to develop the skills essential in any leadership role. Thirteen major content areas, based on extensive research analysis, strengthen students’ ability to lead employees in high-performance work practices.

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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.

There's no need to wiat months to start taking classes. At Mount Mercy, we have nine start dates throughout the year, and class blocks are every five weeks.

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I know I would not have had the opportunity with my current employer without the advantage of my Mount Mercy education.

Jennifer Watson ’08
Human Resource Assistant, Alliant Energy

Careers in Human Resource Management

Building relationships and creating professional ties.

Graduates from our HRM program have found jobs nationally and locally at companies like Transamerica, Rockwell Collins, GreatAmerica Financial Services and True North. Students who major or minor in human resource management at Mount Mercy follow a variety of paths, including:

  • 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
  • Master of Business Administration (Human Resources Emphasis)
  • Master of Strategic Leadership (Human Resources Emphasis)

Build a foundation for success.

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