SHRM Aligned Bachelor’s in Human Resources Programs in North Dakota

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Bachelor’s in Human Resources degree programs in North Dakota are becoming increasingly important as the human resource profession undergoes many changes over the next few years.

In North Dakota, there were more than 300 people employed in the human resources field in 2014, whether they were human resource managers, compensation and benefits managers or training and development managers. The average salary for human resource managers was $97,410 per year, followed by training and development managers who earned $92,410 per year. Compensation and benefits managers earned an average of $88,980 per year in North Dakota.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resource management positions were expected to grow by 13 percent over the next decade. The average salary nationwide was $99,720, just slightly higher than that of a human resource manager in North Dakota.

The industry is expected to grow as more companies form and currently existing organizations expand. Human resource managers ensure that companies adhere to complex employment laws as well as those related to safety of employees. In addition, the adoption of the Affordable Care Act may lead to an increase in the need for human resource managers who have a background in benefits.

Dickinson State University

College of Education, Business and Applied Sciences

The College of Education, Business and Applied Sciences at Dickinson University is divided into five departments:

  • Agriculture and Technical Studies
  • Business and Management
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Nursing
  • Teacher Education

The Department of Business and Management prepares students for careers in business, industry, education and government. Programs offered by the department prepare students to become active in their community and to use critical thinking skills to work effectively and efficiently. The department offers bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, finance, human resource management, business and business education. In addition, the department offers an associate degree in office administration with concentrations in accounting, agri-business, graphic design, legal, management and medical fields.

Bachelor of Science Degree – Human Resource Management

The Department of Business and Management offer an SHRM aligned Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher in order to graduate from the program. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills to demonstrate and understanding of accounting, economics, management and business analysis as they apply to managing the human aspects of businesses. In addition to General Education courses, students must complete the following in order to complete the program:

  • Elements of Accounting I and II
  • Business Communication
  • Spreadsheet Applications
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Business Law I and II
  • Management and Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business Ethics and Critical Thinking
  • Production/Operations Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Business Policy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Managerial Finance
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Staffing and Workforce Diversity
  • Compensation Management
  • Human Resource Development
  • Labor Relations

Students must also take 17 credit hours in electives related to human resources, such as accounting, leadership, commerce, finance or marketing.


  • Higher Learning Commission
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education


Dickinson University
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601
Telephone: 800-279-HAWK (4295)
Email: [email protected]

University of North Dakota

College of Business & Public Administration

The College of Business & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota is dedicated to preparing students for the next generation of business leadership. Students are provided core studies in arts, sciences and humanities as well as an extensive body of knowledge in business and government. All programs also include specialized courses that provide greater depth of understanding in business, public administration or political science.

The College of Business & Public Administration has over a 98 percent job placement rate and boast more than 19,000 alumni. The college is ranked in the top five percent of colleges of its type around the world. It is the largest business school in North Dakota and offers more than 20 professional student clubs and organizations.

B.B.A. with Major in Human Resource Management

The Bachelor of Arts in Business with a major in Human Resource Management at the College of Business & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota prepares students to excel in human resource leadership professions. Students are provided the tools and knowledge to make strategic decisions in the hiring, development and retention of employees. The program follows guidelines developed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in order to position students to move directly into responsible human resource positions upon graduation.


  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business


Department of Management
College of Business & Public Administration
Gamble Hall Room 330
330 Centennial Drive Stop 8377
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8377
Telephone: 701-777-3631
Email: [email protected]

As employment laws change and with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, bachelor’s in Human Resources degree programs in North Dakota and other states will become increasingly more important.

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