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Bachelor of Science in Business / Human Resource Management

Program Details

The B.S. in Business—Human Resource Management is designed for experienced HR professionals who are seeking a bachelor’s degree and the comprehensive HR body of knowledge to move up the HR career ladder. It is also appropriate for non-HR professionals who are looking to transition into the field of human resources.

This innovative program combines expertise in human resources with knowledge and skills in business and labor practices. You’ll receive a broad business education with HR-specific subject matter that is designed to align with the standards established by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). As part of this program you will be required to pass one of two HR-specific exams: either the Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) Certification Exam or the Assurance of Learning Exam administered by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Western Governors University is:

  • Challenging—The ideal student is a motivated self-starter who can commit at least 15 to 20 hours per week to their studies.
  • Accredited—Western Governors University is regionally accredited.
  • Affordable and Nonprofit—Tuition is less than half the cost of other reputable online universities. Your tuition goes toward your education, not to shareholders.


This program consists of 39 total courses.

Admission requirements:

  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Official transcripts of all prior academic work completed at community colleges, colleges, or universities you’ve attended
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Meet any program-specific admissions requirements
  • Interview with a WGU Enrollment Counselor

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.
WGU is the first online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 
WGU’s Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). WGU's nursing programs are CCNE accredited  (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-867-6791).