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Bachelors and Masters Programs for a Human Resources Management Career in Indiana

Between 2012 and 2022, the Indiana Department of Workforce expects the number of human resource manager jobs to increase by 13.2% statewide. The occupational classification for HR workers, which includes HR training and development specialists, benefits specialists, labor relations specialists and generalists is expected to see a 6.6% increase in the number of jobs over the same period.

With 1,890 human resources managers and 9,900 human resources specialists already employed in the state, Indiana’s human resources professionals are playing a significant role in rebuilding the state’s workforce as the economy improves and major industries ramp up hiring.

Featured Programs:

Capella offers 100% online DBA, PhD, MS, and BS degrees in Human Resources Management. These programs are designed to prepare you to enhance the performance of organizations and to foster innovative workplaces whether you are new to Human Resources or a seasoned professional. Click here to request information about Capella's Human Resource Management degrees.

Benedictine University offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management. Courses in the concentration are 100 percent online and examine employee recruitment strategies, performance and appraisal management, compensation and benefits administration, and employment law. Students may be able to transfer up to 90 credits from previous undergraduate work. Classes start every eight weeks – Click here to learn more.

The University of Scranton's online Master of Science in Human Resources program offers a curriculum that fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The rigorous coursework integrates the most up-to-date research and incorporates human resource best practices to illustrate how HR professionals achieve organizational goals. Click here to request information.

Offered within the Haub School of Business, which holds dual AACSB International accreditation, the MS in Strategic Human Resource Management from Saint Joseph's University's program will transform you into a strategic partner within your HR profession. Click here to request information

Indiana’s growing economic strength and expanding job market can be seen in overall job growth projections for the coming decade. The Indiana Department of Workforce expects a 10.8% increase in the total number of jobs in the state between 2012 and 2022, which will place 15,000 more Indiana residents in jobs that are right for them.

Job growth overall suggests a growing demand for the HR professionals that recruit, hire, train and manage the benefits for a growing workforce.

A Closer Look at Careers in Human Resources with Some of Indiana’s Top Employers

With the Indiana’s healthcare industry representing the state’s single biggest employer, major hospital systems throughout the state rely heavily on the talented professionals that make up their substantial HR departments.

The state’s top employers in the healthcare industry turn to skilled benefits managers, labor relations specialists and other HR professionals to manage a tremendous workforce made up of medical specialists, technical support staff, hospital administrators and more:

  • Indiana University Medical Center, 30,000 employees
  • Vincent Emergency Hospital, 10,000 employees
  • Parkview Regional Medical Center, 8,800 employees
  • Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, 7,000 employees

A look at job descriptions found in vacancy announcements for HR professionals provides a better understanding of what’s involved in working as an HR generalist, coordinator or specialist with some of Indiana’s top employers (from a survey of job vacancies taken in May 2015 and shown here for illustrative purposes only):

HR Generalist, Apollo Security Job duties include the development of department goals, administering the company compensation program, and recruiting volunteers, students, and other nonexempt personnel

Human Resources Coordinator, Ryder Job duties include organizing company activities, coordinating the annual wage survey data processes, conducting employee orientations, and supporting employees in their Annual Benefits Enrollment

Benefits and Wellness Specialist, Finish Line Job duties include working with injured workers and ensuring those workers understand their benefits, working towards federal compliance on a number of workplace issues including worker’s compensation and leaves of absence and assisting the benefits team with annual open enrollment.

Preparing for a Career in Human Resources with the Right Degree

HR training specialists, compensation and benefits managers, labor relations specialists, and other HR professionals often hold undergraduate or graduate degrees in any one of a number of majors related to human resources and human resource management:

  • Human Resources
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Administration
  • Industrial Relations
  • Industrial Organizational Relations/Psychology

A bachelor’s degree is appropriate for most positions, including those in lower-to-mid-level management. Upper-level management and executive positions are generally reserved for those with a Master’s degree of specialized MBA.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Human Resources and Human Resource Management

Human resources programs at the undergraduate level can be structured as conventional BA/BS programs with a major in human resources, BA/BA programs in business management with a minor in human resources, or as Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programs with a concentration in human resource management:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Human Resources concentration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Management with a Human Resources Specialization
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management

Typical coursework can depend largely on the way the program is structured and the choice of major:

Bachelor of Science or Arts in Human Resources

  • Workforce planning and development
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Employee training
  • Employee health and safety
  • Human resource management
  • Labor law

Bachelor of Science or Arts in Human Resource Management

  • Staffing
  • Training and development
  • Compensation and rewards
  • Global human resource management
  • Career management
  • Benefits
  • Corporate governance
  • Conflict management
  • Diversity

Master’s Degree Programs in Human Resource Management (HRM)

Professionals with a master’s or specialized MBA in to human resources management are well-qualified for corporate and public sector leadership positions.

Graduate programs don’t always require a specific undergraduate major when enrolling new students, but do typically stipulate specific prerequisites that include coursework in general business topics.

Typical master’s degrees in HRM include:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Human Resources specialization
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Organizational Management with a concentration in Human Resources
  • Master of Science (MS) in Human Resources Management
  • Master of Human Resources (MHR)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Human Resources
  • Master of Science (MS) in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Human Resource Management

Typical coursework can depend largely on the way the program is structured:

Master of Science or Arts in Human Resource Management

  • Law, Ethics, and Politics in Human Relations
  • Business Foundations
  • Change Leadership
  • Human Resources Global Contexts
  • Corporate Communication
  • Business Research
  • Human Resource Information Systems

Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Human Resource Management

  • Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics for Business
  • Business Finances
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Responsible Corporate Leadership
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic HR Management
  • Business Law

Voluntary Certification Programs

While the state’s top employers often require job candidates for key HR positions to hold an undergraduate or graduate degree, voluntary certification through a national certifying body is also often preferred:

  • HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
    • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
    • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
    • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)
    • Human Resource Management Professional (HRMP)
    • Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP)
    • California Certification for PHR and SPHR certified professionals

  • Recognition Professionals International (RPI)
    • Structuring Recognition Systems for Success – CRP I
    • Strategic Planning & Measurement – CRP II*
    • Recognition Management & Maintenance – CRP III*
    • Applying Recognition Systems – CRP IV*

What Some of Indiana’s Top Employers Look for When Hiring HR Managers and Specialists

The education requirements shown in the following job postings help illustrate the value of holding the right kind of degree (from a survey of job vacancies taken in May 2015 and shown for illustrative purposes only):

Human Resources Manager, Lowe’s – Preferred qualifications: Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification or equivalent

Human Resources Specialist, Indiana University A bachelor’s degree is required, but preference will be given to HR practitioners with experience in a university setting and who are involved with hiring faculty and staff; PHR/SPHR/SHRM-CP/SCP preferred

Human Resources Manager, Artemis Educational requirements include a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business, organizational behavior/development, or human resource management; PHR or SPHR Certifications is preferred

Executive Talent Acquisition Professional, Fifth Third Bank A bachelor’s degree in HR or a business related field is required

Director of Recruiting, Titus A bachelor’s degree in human resources or a related business degree is required, but a master’s degree or MBA is preferred

Manager of Learning and Leadership Development, Angie’s List An undergraduate degree in human resources, education, or a related field is required; an M.B.A. or graduate degree in education is a plus

Top HR Employers and Professional Associations in Indiana

Shown here are Indiana’s top public sector HR employers, staffing firms and professional associations:

State Government

Professional Associations

Private Staffing Firms

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