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New Bachelor’s Program In Human Resource Management Coming This Fall


By Mark Kramer

This Fall, the Marilyn Davies College of Business will offer a new Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program in Human Resource Management (HRM), pending Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approval.

UHD is the first higher education institution in Greater Houston to host a bachelor’s program dedicated to HRM that addresses the increasing need for human resource professionals. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the growth of human resource jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree will increase 15-20 percent over the next decade.

Dr. Julio Canedo, Assistant Professor of Management, said the program is designed in alignment with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) curriculum as well as input from human resource leaders in the Houston area.

“There is a great demand for qualified and talented human resource professionals in today’s job market,” Canedo said. “With our University being located in the heart of Downtown, this new program provides for great networking and future career opportunities in the human resources field.” With an HRM degree, students can secure careers as job analysts, recruitment specialists, compensation and benefits specialists, and ultimately human resource managers.

On completion of this degree, students will: 

  • Understand the legal, regulatory, and ethical aspects of HRM processes. 
  • Design compensation and benefits systems that are internally fair and externally competitive. 
  • Examine the various forms of diversity and inclusion and their roles in business. 
  • Create and evaluate effective training and development programs
  • Develop practical skills to attract, select, and manage talent. 
  • Outline the logic, metrics, methods, and data analysis conducive to strategic HR decision-making
  • Design HRM systems aligned to the strategic organizational intent.

In addition, students can take elective courses that will prepare them for the Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) test. Canedo noted that this certification is attractive to employers seeking qualified human resource professionals.

“The SHRM-CP certification is a great asset to have, and it opens doors for better opportunities for students to land jobs and succeed in their careers,” he said.

To learn more about the BBA in Human Resource Management program, visit the website.

About The University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.