Human Resources Administration and Development

  • College

    College of Professional Advancement

  • Department

    Leadership Studies

  • Degree

    B.S.

  • Location

    Douglas County, Henry County

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Develop skills and competencies for success as a human resource professional

Mercer University’s Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Administration and Development grounds students with an understanding of workplace-related behavior. The major combines a broad liberal arts foundation, a comprehensive set of human resources core courses, and a choice of specialization.

  • The Administration concentration explores workplace law, employee compensation and benefits, budgeting, ethics, and technology management.
  • The Training and Development concentration covers topics including adult learning, curriculum design, materials development, instructional design, and web design.

A grasp of factors that shape human personality and interaction are foundational to the human resources profession. The coursework helps students to:

  • Understand differences in ability, personality, learning styles, and motivation
  • Hone crucial interpersonal skills for effective communication
  • Grasp the importance of culture and diversity, including in the global workplace
  • Develop analytical skills, decision-making, and problem-solving skills
  • Learn how to work with teams and encourage collaboration

Designed for busy and working adults

Mercer understands having multiple priorities, so we design classes with your schedule in mind. Students can pursue the B.S. in Human Resources Administration and Development at our Douglas and Henry County locations through evening classes. However, some general education courses may be completed online. There are two eight-week sessions during the fall and spring semesters, and one eight-week and one four-week session during the summer semester. Mercer admits students to the program in January, March, May, August, and October.

Improve organizational effectiveness with a career in human resources

Mercer University’s Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Administration and Development offers students a career path in consulting firms, corporate organizations, educational institutions, government, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, nonprofit agencies, and more.

New and existing organizations need human resources managers to oversee programs and ensure companies observe changing and complex employment laws. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for human resources managers was $113,300 in May 2018.

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Meet Our Professors

Qualified instructors equip students with the skills and competencies necessary to carry out essential human resources functions that can benefit employees and organizations.

I began the B.S. in Human Resources Administration and Development program totally blinded as to how it would impact my future. Initially, I was insecure of how going back to college after more than ten years would affect me. After my first semester at Mercer, I immediately gained the confidence I needed to strive and meet my educational goals.

Latonya Manswell , B.S. in Human Resources Administration and Development ’19

Mercer has prepared me to be a critical thinker and collaborate with others to achieve a common goal. The professors in the Human Resources program keep students up-to-date on new trends, technologies, and laws.

Deborah Kirkland, B.S. in Human Resources Administration and Development ’20

Mercer has prepared me by giving me the tools needed to achieve a successful career. The administration concentration of the B.S. in Human Resources program focused on areas like ethics and workplace law and relations, so I have the knowledge to learn how to perform in an employee relations role specifically.

Rene Jones, B.S. Human Resources Administration and Development ’17

My job depends on me to be personable, professional, friendly, and empathic. I often have one-on-one sessions with parents and sometimes group work sessions which enable me to use the diversity, motivation, and interpersonal skills that I learned at Mercer in the in Human Resources Administration and Development program. I am better able to communicate with parents to help them help themselves solve their own problems with the information and resources that I provide to them.

Yvonne Scrubb, B.S. in Human Resources Administration and Development ’16