Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management Fundamentals

Human resource management (HRM) includes the set of tasks directed at effectively managing an organization’s human resources. HRM professionals create and oversee the talent management systems related to compensation, benefits, career development, training, staffing and other functions. The overall objective of HRM practitioners is to structure staffing systems to recruit and retain the best talent by making an organization an employer of choice.

Professional Preparation

An undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management will prepare you to pursue exciting careers as HR professionals. The degree will also prepare you for further graduate study or a certification. Students may opt to pursue either a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management offered by The University of Akron or a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification offered by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  

Our Faculty

  • are innovative
  • are passionate about their teaching and students’ learning
  • are experts in their areas of teaching
  • bring the business world to life through case studies, seminar presentations and discussions, problem-solving and skills performance

Akron Advantage

All College of Business Administration programs are accredited at the highest possible level by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). In addition, the CBA is one of only 171 schools that have earned separate accounting accreditation. The College has been consistently rated as one of the best business schools in the nation by the Princeton Review and ranked in the top 6 percent of all undergraduate programs by BusinessWeek magazine.

Our close ties to regional businesses provide many benefits for our students. Business executives share their expertise as mentors and guest lecturers in classes, and provide valuable advice on program and course content, helping to keep our curricula fresh, relevant and rigorous. Students gain valuable hands-on experience through group projects that assign them to solve problems for local businesses and by participating in co-op and internship programs at regional companies.

We are able to provide our students with training in cutting-edge technology as a result of our academic alliances with technology vendors such as SAP, Microsoft, and Oracle.

Our active student organizations enable our students to enrich their college experience by providing opportunities for them to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, and by opening doors to new friendships, networking, professional growth, and even jobs.  Many of our student organizations have excelled in regional and national competitions, often against highly regarded colleges and universities across the country.

Real-World Experience

Our faculty periodically consult with local businesses and corporate advisory board members to add new content and relevance in their classes. As part of the curriculum, students have to complete a senior project for a local firm as part of a consulting team. Our classes typically include guest speakers, site visits, case studies and team-based activities. Students also gain practical professional experience through paid internships and UA's optional cooperative education program.   

Recent Placements Include

  • FirstEnergy Corporation
  • A Schulman
  • JoAnn Stores
  • PNC (formerly National City Bank)
  • Infocision
  • Summa Health Systems
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Applied Industrial Technologies
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Sterling Jewelers

Human Resource Management Student Organizations

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a national, professional organization of Human Resource practitioners, educators, and various professionals involved with Human Resources. UA-SHRM is a student chapter of the national Society for Human Resource Management. The University of Akron SHRM group consistently win gold and silver medals in the Ohio HR Games competing against teams from universities and colleges across Ohio and the country.


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Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

Human resource management is a key component of an organization's management process. Human resource management professionals have evolved from their 20th century role as behind the scenes administrators to active involvement as strategic business partners. Senior management teams recognize the significant contributions of HR to an organization's bottom-line and overall success. 

A degree in Human Resource Management paves the way for several opportunities in organizations. Some of the positions offered to our recent graduates include:

  • Human Resource Representative – Compensation
  • Recruiter, Training and Organization Development Specialist
  • Human Resource Coordinator
  • Supervisor, Patient Services
  • Corporate College Recruiter
  • Manager, HRIS Strategy
  • Recruitment Manager

Career Outlook

There are numerous career opportunities in the field of human resources and industrial relations. HR managers are required in every organization – from nonprofits to businesses, consulting firms, government agencies and labor groups. Overall employment of HR, training and labor relations managers and specialists is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  

The position of HR manager was voted as the fourth best job in America, according to surveys done by Money magazine and Salary.com. Annual earnings for human resources professionals vary according to occupation, level of experience, training, location and size of the firm. The median salary of HR professionals exceeds $80,000. 

Opportunities will continue to grow in the HR profession.   Historically, our students have received competitive job offers and our majors are highly sought after for paid internships during their junior year. Most internships lead to full-time employment.

Career Center

The Career Center works closely with the College of Business Administration to assist all business majors in identifying career opportunities and in making decisions about their future careers. Through the center, students have access to:

  • a comprehensive Career Resource Library
  • internships and co-ops
  • short career development programs in such areas as interviewing, resume writing, business etiquette, corresponding with potential employers and networking skills development
  • computer work stations for resume writing and employment research
  • UA Career Fairs

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