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Human Resources Online

Bachelor of Business Administration

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The online BBA in Human Resources is a flexible option that prepares you for a variety of jobs with top employers in a growing industry.


Is this program right for you?

Human resources professionals play a crucial role in an organization’s success: They attract, motivate, develop and retain employees. If you enjoy a high level of personal interaction and have a healthy amount of empathy and patience, advancing in this field is for you.

In the UW–Madison Online BBA in Human Resources you will learn about leadership, strategy, and decision-making that will land you in a demanding yet rewarding field. Through the highly ranked Wisconsin School of Business, you will gain valuable skills in communication, collaboration, problem solving, research and planning. You will learn to analyze an organization’s compensation strategy, discern the best staffing techniques, address challenges facing labor and employment relations, use the best negotiation tactics and design work systems that help employees contribute to an organization’s performance.

After you graduate, you’ll attract top national employers in a variety of industries, such as finance and insurance, health care and social assistance, professional/scientific/technical services and manufacturing. The BBA in Human Resources from UW–Madison Online will equip you for a broad array of careers, from human resources manager to compensation analyst or compliance manager.

Is this program right for you?

Human resources professionals play a crucial role in an organization’s success: They attract, motivate, develop and retain employees. If you enjoy a high level of personal interaction and have a healthy amount of empathy and patience, advancing in this field is for you.

In the UW–Madison Online BBA in Human Resources you will learn about leadership, strategy, and decision-making that will land you in a demanding yet rewarding field. Through the highly ranked Wisconsin School of Business, you will gain valuable skills in communication, collaboration, problem solving, research and planning. You will learn to analyze an organization’s compensation strategy, discern the best staffing techniques, address challenges facing labor and employment relations, use the best negotiation tactics and design work systems that help employees contribute to an organization’s performance.

After you graduate, you’ll attract top national employers in a variety of industries, such as finance and insurance, health care and social assistance, professional/scientific/technical services and manufacturing. The BBA in Human Resources from UW–Madison Online will equip you for a broad array of careers, from human resources manager to compensation analyst or compliance manager.

Admissions requirements

To be considered for UW–Madison Online you must be a transfer student. A transfer student is anyone who has attended another college or university after graduating from high school and wishes to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at UW–Madison.

In order to be eligible for transfer admission for UW–Madison Online, you must have completed at least 12 transferable semester hours of college-level work. AP, A-Level, IB, and CLEP cannot be used toward the 12 transferable credit requirement.

Freshman applicants are not eligible for admission to UW–Madison Online. A freshman includes anyone who is currently a student in high school or who has not taken college coursework since graduating from high school.

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Program highlights

  • Students will learn from world-class faculty who have achieved global recognition.
  • Top employers, from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial firms, turn to the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB) to recruit, hire and promote business leaders. The WSB maintains more than 600 corporate partners throughout the nation and across the world.
  • More than 40,000 strong and growing each year, the Wisconsin Business Alumni community is a connection to business professionals across the globe. You’ll join a community known for dynamic leadership, innovative solutions and excellence.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is ranked #7 in public undergraduate business programs by U.S. News & World Report, 2021.

How you'll learn

All courses are online so you can learn from anywhere in the world. Most courses have assignment deadlines, exams, quizzes and discussions throughout the term. Peer and instructor interaction varies based on the course, and discussion and engagement in the digital learning environment is encouraged. The program is designed for part-time students so you can keep career and family commitments.

Sample curriculum

Business Preparatory Requirements

  • Personal and Professional Foundations in Business
  • Workplace Writing and Communication
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Managerial Accounting
  • Business Analytics I
  • Business Analytics II

Business Core and Breadth Requirements

  • Introduction to Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Managing Organizations
  • Operations Management
  • Business Law
  • Principles of Risk Management

Human Resources Major Requirements

  • Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Compensation Theory and Administration
  • Personnel Staffing and Evaluation

The courses above are required for BBA in Human Resource online majors. In addition to required courses for the BBA in Human Resource online major, all students are required to fulfill a minimum set of general education and breadth requirements as well as a minimum of 120 total credits to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. Students will also be required to satisfy four pre-business courses including Introduction to Speech Composition, Principles of Economics, Introduction to Psychology and Calculus.

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  • Learn how this program can fit into your life
  • Learn more about credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Discuss financial aid options

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