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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Human Resource Development

Take advantage of the growing demand for employees with a strong foundation in human resources, and finish your bachelor's degree online in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in human resource development. 

Whether you are a seasoned professional or a newcomer to the field of human resources, the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies program will help you tailor your degree with online courses in management, organizational behavior, compensation, social psychology, communication, training, workforce planning, recruitment, and selection, and more. 

Program Benefits

  • You’re in the Driver’s Seat: Design your own degree concentration through your perfect mix of 100% online courses, and optional blended, or on-campus offerings to fit your busy life. Plus, most of our courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them on your schedule. 
  • Accelerate Your Degree: Bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and life and work experience to accelerate your degree, saving you time and money. 
  • Cross Disciplinary Boundaries: Craft your individualized degree concentration to suit your goals and interests, from taking online courses in social justice to study human resources, diversity and inclusion, to focusing on organizational behavior by adding psychology courses. 
  • Community College Friendly: Learn about the Mass Transfer Gen Ed Foundation and benefit from our 50-year history of support for community college students
  • Boston Children's Hospital and Mass General Brigham employees: Receive a 10% discount and more. Learn more about how you can benefit from our employer partnerships

Your Future in Human Resource Development

With an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focused in human resource development, you will gain the knowledge and enhance the skills you need to help advance your career in high-demand areas such as recruitment and talent acquisition, training, compensation and benefits, management, organizational leadership, employee relations, and more. We can also help you complete your undergraduate degree before applying to graduate school for your MBA.

Flexible, Cross-Disciplinary Courses

You will study with distinguished instructors in the UMass Isenberg School of Management, the College of Social and Behavior Sciences, the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences, and more.

To give you an idea of the types of online human resources and related courses you could choose from, here is a sampling offered over the past few years.