Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management

The B.S. in Human Resource Management is a 124-credit program, listed with SUNY and New York State Education Department as a registered bachelor of science degree program in human resource management. It is designed to serve students who are interested in pursuing future careers as human resource management professionals in a wide variety of companies or industries. The program provides the foundation of core competencies, theoretical and technical body of knowledge in the content areas of Human Resource Management, general business, and SUNY liberal arts and general education requirements. Students will have the option of completing the degree program through various delivery modes: online, blended, and/or face-to-face study.

Students enrolled in 16 credits per semester, two semesters per year, could expect to complete this program in four years. Empire State College also offers a summer term that includes courses in Human Resource Management.  It permits courses transfer based on the college’s policy. Students may transfer up to 93 total upper and lower level credits of same listed courses/topics or equivalent courses, from SUNY or non-SUNY accredited higher education institution, as fit in the program following the college’s policy. The program provides students with the option to pursue a more structured degree program in Human Resource Management while offering them the option to individualize their degree through their selection of electives.


The admissions requirements for the B.S. in Human Resource Management will be the same as current undergraduate admissions requirements, which include proof of high school completion and the ability to pursue college-level work as demonstrated through an essay, which is submitted with the admissions application.

The program will follow the college policy for granting PLA credits to be among the maximum transferred credits [93].

The B.S. in Human Resource Management is based upon the guidelines for a Human Resource Management concentration in the Registered Area of Study of Business, Management and Economics. Therefore, students designing a B.S. in Human Resource Management should consult the concentration guidelines, available here. For students who matriculate beginning in the Spring 2020 term or after, because they can now design and pursue a B.S. in Human Resource Management, a concentration title of Human Resource Management is not permitted for a program developed in the AOS Business, Management and Economics. 

How a typical student may progress through the program - B.S. in Human Resource Management (PDF 151kB)

Learning Resources

Empire State College Online Library Business Studies Resources

Empire State College Online Library Internet Recommendations

Society for Human Resource Management

Academy of Human Resource Development

O*Net Summary Report for Human Resource Managers

For students matriculated prior to the Spring 2020 term only: Human Resource Management Concentration for Students Matriculated After July 1-2009 (PDF 50kB).