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Our human resource management major prepares our students to become strategic business leaders who enable organizations to succeed. We will give you a solid background in psychology, business, sociology and education — and prepare you for a variety of HR-related professions.

You'll gain extensive knowledge and skills in personnel management, leadership, adult development, computer applications, work-place regulations, compensation and benefits, organizational behavior, labor and industrial relations and more.

Additionally, you will benefit from opportunities to interact and work in the HR field:

  • HR Partner Program — Matched with a business partner, each student connects monthly with the HR professional to discuss the real-world application of concepts while developing a professional network.
  • Internships — Our Downtown location and industry relationships will help you obtain internships in the HR field.
  • Co-Op Program — Earn paid, full-time positions in the HR field as well as college credit.
Pictured is HR management alumna Maricca Spencer.

Human resource management alumna Maricca Spencer '17 is now a recruiting coordinator for The Bank of New York Mellon.

Courses & Topics

You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and HR classes emphasizing an interdisciplinary understanding of employee needs, selection and placement, and training and development such as:

  • Business Ethics
  • Labor Relations
  • Seminar in HR Management
  • Regulations in the Workplace
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Current Topics in Human Resource Management
  • HR Seminar Capstone

Alignment with Professional HR Organizations

Our human resources degree fully aligns with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society of Human Resource Management, the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. SHRM serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

Learn more about SHRM's Academic Initiatives

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom

Learn from professors with extensive industry and academic experience in the human resource management field.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Assistant Professor of HR Sandra Mervosh.
FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
  • Was president, CEO and owner of Venture Graphics, a project management company specializing in the printing industry
  • Also worked in various business roles including COO, vice president of production, estimator/customer service manager and production manager
  • Founded the networking organization Pittsburgh Women Succeeding Together

Internship Options

Students in our HR program have interned for organizations including:

  • Pictured is HR management alumna Angela Finke.Del Monte Foods
  • Waddell & Reed
  • Empyrean Services
  • Pennsylvania Women Work Program
  • American Lung Association
  • New Hill District Business Association
  • Holy Family Institute
  • Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute 
  • Pittsburgh Human Resources Association

Career Options

With a human resources degree, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • Pictured is HR management alumnus Denton Poe.HR Generalist
  • HR Specialist
  • HR Manager
  • Recruiter
  • Training and Development Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Compensation or Benefits Analyst/Manager
  • HR Information System Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Labor Relations Manager

Student & Alumni Success

Learn about internships our students have completed and where our graduates have gone on to build their HR careers.

More profiles
Pictured is HR student Lauren Androstic. | Photo by Randall Coleman
STUDENT INTERNSHIP
"My Point Park classes have helped me tremendously … Professor Mervosh is someone who cares about her students' success and is always available for HR-related questions or career advice."
Pictured is HR alumnus Kevin Dotson. Photo by Brandy Richey.
ALUMNI CAREER
"My degree in human resource management appealed to my managers because my role as physician employment coordinator is for someone who has an HR degree and wants to be exposed to various parts of the field."

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