Mercyhurst University

Human Resource Management Bachelor of Arts


A Human Resource Management degree qualifies you to work in virtually every industry since every business needs strong human resource leaders. Every organization needs strong human resource leaders to administer and oversee programs that benefit employees, as well those to manage the fast-changing, complex employment laws. From determining staffing needs, to recruitment and training, to keeping employee records, overseeing benefits, and managing compensation, HR managers play an integral role in business. As the demand rises for HR managers, so does the competitive nature of these positions. That’s why the people best poised to land these types of jobs are college graduates, especially those with bachelor’s degrees in human resource management. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for HR managers will grow quickly — by 9 percent each year until 2024. The bureau reports a median salary of $104,440 per year for HR managers. Students who graduate with a major in Human Resource Management will be able to provide their skills, knowledge and understanding of human resource functions to organizations in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors of the workforce.


In June of 2017, the Human Resource Management program received alignment with the Society for Human Resource Management. Read more here.

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Forbes has spoken! It says one of the most in-demand jobs right now is HR management, ranking it at No. 6 on its list of “The 10 Most Promising Jobs of 2016,” with 3,468 openings last year and a median base salary of $85,000 among all HR professionals.

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HR Management students have held internships at corporations such as Peek n’ Peak Resort and Conference Center, Scott Enterprises, Inc., HealthSouth, General Electric, City of Erie Department of Human Resources, HCR ManorCare, Thistledown Racino and Saint Vincent Health Center. 

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According to, Human Resource Management was recently ranked as one of the most in-demand careers to pursue if you have a college degree.

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Graduates can earn advanced credentials in HR. After gaining at least one year of field experience, graduates of the HR program may qualify to sit for the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional (CP) certification exam. Or, after fouryears, HR personnel may sit for the Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certification exam.


We asked our students to tell us in five words or less why they love studying Human Resource Management.
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"Found a career I value."
Kelsey Connely
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"Sharing expertise and encouraging growth."
Daniel Tremblay
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"Real training for the future!"
Melba Martinez
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"An inspiring learning environment."
Anna Johnson
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"Great major, great career path!"
Lauren Geary



HRMG 206 Human Resource Management

With an emphasis on managerial and legal requirements, this course discusses basic personnel processes involved in the selection, development and maintenance of human resources.

HRMG 340 Recruitment and Selection

This course provides a start-to-finish perspective of the hiring process in today’s modern business world from methods of recruitment to narrowing selection from a pool of candidates.

HRMG 345 Training and Development

This course exposes students to different types of training and development at all levels of employment. The student will be introduced to concepts that demonstrate the significance of training and developing employee skills. This course will help students determine which training methods are most appropriate for achieving particular objectives and shows the link between training objectives, training methods and training evaluation. Students will learn how to identify and write training objectives. Prerequisite: MGMT 206.

Meet the Faculty

Juan Argaez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Adrienne Foos
Adrienne Foos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Gary Sullivan
Gary Sullivan
Assistant Professor of Insurance Risk Management
John Parente, D.Ed.
Assistant Professor of Sports Business
Kimberly Zacherl, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Assistant Professor of Business; Program Director, Human Resource Management
Kristofer Gossett, DBA
Assistant Professor
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Lee Anna Belovarac
Lee Anna Belovarac, MBA
Assistant Professor
Mahtab Athari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
Mark Simpson
Mark Simpson, M.B.A. CPA CFP
Murray Pyle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Quantitative Management
Penny Hanes
Penny Hanes, MBA, CPA
Associate Professor
Selin Yalcindag, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
William Jeffress, MBA
Instructor of Sport Business