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Online Human Resources Degrees and Certificates

UMUC's online human resources degrees and certificates 1 give you a competitive edge and prepare you for industry certification.

  • Learn from real-life examples: Human resources faculty bring their professional experience to classroom assignments, giving you practical knowledge and skills you can apply right away on the job.
  • Earn your seat at the decision-making table: Increasingly, human resources practitioners are members of a business's strategic leadership team. UMUC's programs will help you build management and leadership competencies for effectiveness in the boardroom.
  • Prepare for certification: Our human resources curriculum aligns with standards developed by the Society for Human Resources Management so you can prepare for industry exams and certification.

brandy-merson-alumna"I've worked in several small businesses, but my ultimate goal was to work at a larger organization within a human resources department—something I wouldn't have been able to do without a degree. Just before I graduated, I was able to land that dream job at a prestigious community hospital."

Brandy Merson

Human Resources, Anne Arundel Health System
BS in Human Resource Management, '13

Bachelor's Degrees and Certificates in Human Resources

Master's Degrees and Graduate Certificates in Human Resources

Human Resource Management Club

Join discussions about the field of human resources as you network with students working in the industry and share career information. This group is a chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Donald RiderFeatured Faculty: Donald Rider

Professor of Business and Marketing

Donald G. Rider is an active teacher and trainer. He is the author of two books, "The Desktop Guide to [Unfair Labor Practices]" and "Effective Writing for Feds."

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Donald RiderDonald Rider

Professor of Business and Human Resources

Donald G. Rider is an active teacher and trainer. He is the author of two books, “The Desktop Guide to [Unfair Labor Practices]” and “Effective Writing for Feds.”

Rider previously worked at the FDIC in the fields of labor and employment law. He represented the agency in arbitration and unfair labor practice cases and before the Federal Service Impasses Panel. He also presented cases before the MSPB and EEOC, served as legal advisor to agency bargaining teams and as an advocate in mediation, fact-finding and interest arbitration. His federal career also included stints with the NLRB and FLRA and as associate general counsel of the Federal Personnel Management Institute.

Rider earned a law degree from American University and his undergraduate degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

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2 Source: U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net OnLine.

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Growing Demand


projected growth in demand for human resources specialists and training/ development specialists through 2020 2

Human Resources Faculty‑Practitioners

Here's just a sampling of our faculty's professional experience.

Where Human Resources
Faculty Members Work
(past and present)

  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Federal Personnel Management Institute
  • Employment and labor relations law firm

Positions Held by Human Resources Faculty Members

  • Counselor for labor and employment law
  • Associate general counsel
  • Private practice attorney