Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management (BA)

This Missouri College program in Human Resource Management is a Bachelor's degree completion program designed for students who have already earned an associate's degree in a business-related field. The curriculum focuses on challenging students to develop an industry-current understanding of employment laws, hiring and termination techniques, resume building and business writing.

The Missouri College Bachelor of Arts Completion Program is a 126-credit hour program. Students will have the opportunity to participate in work-based projects designed to teach them how to motivate, evaluate, train, hire and understand the current legal parameters surrounding the staffing of a modern business. Graduates will be expected to:

  • Build a human resource management knowledge structure on top of the previous technical skills developed in a business related associate degree program.
  • Develop core competencies in legal aspects and ethical issues of Human Resource in today’s work environment.
  • Demonstrate the use of personality profiles of employees, applicant pool development and assessing skills in pre-employment programs.
  • Understand organizational behavior within today’s business environment.
  • Explain and review current Human Resource Plan programs, cost analysis and salary matrices.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to the assessment of area companies Human Resource policies and procedures and educational/training programs.
  • Demonstrate the use of statistical analysis to aid in management decisions.
  • Understand team dynamics and the role teams play in today’s workforce.
  • Develop an entrepreneurial view toward addressing current issues in the field of business.
  • Develop leadership, interpersonal and communication skills in managing human resources in diverse organizations.
  • Demonstrate utilization of work-based projects that incorporate leadership, teamwork and communication skill sets in the compilation of a management portfolio.

Coursework in this program focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to add value to a business at the management level. It supports life-long learning goals and career-building skills by challenging students to think critically, act ethically and assume the responsibility of a professional citizen and career leader. For example:

  • In Organizational Behavior, students will examine individual, group and organizational performance as it relates to organizational structures in contemporary business and organizations.
  • In Training and Development, coursework covers various teaching, learning and development techniques, methodologies and practices for employees and includes an overview of the concept of succession planning and its positive effects on low employee turnover.
  • In Developing and Managing Teams, emphasis is placed on the principles of team building and conflict resolution. Methods of building cohesive teams and diffusing confrontation will be discussed, and students will explore the opportunities and challenges that arise from a diverse workforce.

Other core requirements in this program include:

  • Contract Law in Business
  • Business Statistics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership in Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Developing a Customer Relations Program
  • Management Portfolio Development
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Legal Issues in HR
  • Advanced Topics in HR Management
  • Organizational Communications 3

Course curriculum is subject to change.