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Human Resource Management

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With 5- and 10-week classes
Of 10 U.S. Programs
Certified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
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Leading high-performance work practices

Be prepared to manage and lead employees.

Our human resource management major prepares you for professional positions in leadership, as well as a career in the human resources field. With our program, you’ll gain the ability to lead and understand an organization’s human resources in today’s knowledge-based economy.

You’ll develop effective human resource strategy for innovation in global and local environments—and how to immediately apply what you learn.

Why Mount Mercy?

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.

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

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.

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

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)