• Human Resources

    As a human resources professional, you’ll support and empower your employer’s most valuable resources: its employees.


Human Resources

M State offers two degree options that will prepare you for a career or for further study in the rewarding and growing field of human resources. We offer the only human resources associate degree programs in Minnesota that can be completed online, on our Moorhead campus or as a combination of online and on-campus courses.

Human resources professionals provide support to their companies and their employees in a variety of ways including communication with employees, data record keeping, administration of policies, employer/labor relations, recruiting and training new employees, and administration of wages and benefits.

Graduates of our Human Resources AAS degree program are prepared to be hired in entry- and mid-level positions as a human relations specialist. The Human Resources AS degree program is designed for students intending to transfer to four-year colleges and universities and continue their education in human resources. Both programs are 60 credits.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Federal, state and local employment regulationsand recordkeeping requirements
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills including interviewing, negotiation, presentation and training
  • Development and administration of ethical policies and procedures related to employment processes including employee selection, termination, performance evaluation, compensation, forecasting and benefit administration
  • Composition of business correspondence
  • Development and coordination of safety, health and security programs
  • Use of computer technology for business applications
  • Use of human relations knowledge and skills to solve human resource problems


Why M State

  • M State is an exceptional educational value
  • Small class sizes provide personalized education
  • Online human resources courses and degrees offer flexibility for students with family and job responsibilities
  • M State's chapter of the Student Human Resource Organization provides opportunities for expanding professional skills and networking
  • Program has strong community and professional partnerships

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Human Resources Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: eCampus, Moorhead

Human Resources Associate of Science (AS)
Locations: eCampus, Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Dana Haagenson
Accounting Instructor
Moorhead, eCampus
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Loren Haagenson
Moorhead, eCampus
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Human Resources Assistant regional wage

Human Resources Assistant regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's Human Resources program will have employment opportunities as Human Resources assistants.

Description: Compile and keep personnel records. Record data for each employee, such as address, weekly earnings, absences, amount of sales or production, supervisory reports, and date of and reason for termination. May prepare reports for employment records, file employment records, or search employee files and furnish information to authorized persons.

Typical education level:Associate's degree

For more information visit Career Coach.

Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead

data source: Career Coach


Human Resources Assistant employment

386 Employed in your area

15 Estimated annual job openings

82 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 62 16%
25-34 90 23%
35-44 76 20%
45-54 76 20%
55-64 64 17%
65+ 18 5%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Required courses in Human Resources

  • Human Resource Management
  • Employee Processes
  • Benefits Administration
  • Training and Development
  • Policy Administration
  • Wage/Salary Administration
  • Employee/Labor Relations
  • Human Resource Systems and Portfolio Evaluation

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322


M State’s student HR chapter wins national recognition

Members of the Student Human Resource Organization on Minnesota State Community and Technical College's Moorhead campus have earned national recognition for their chapter's activities.

SHRO received the national Society for Human Resource Management's Superior Merit Award for 2014-15 "for providing exceptional growth and development opportunities" to its members. The chapter's advisor is M State's HR instructor, Loren Haagenson.

SHRO's activities during the past year included:
• Partnering with Business Professionals of America in a clothing drive for Dress for Success
• Volunteering with M State Career Services Director Cindy Boe at campus job fairs and pre-job fair preparation events
• Attending a state HR student conference/competition.

The mission of the chapter, which has about 20 members, includes introducing students in any major to opportunities in the field of human resources and keeping students informed of developments in the profession. Members also have an opportunity to network with human resource professionals.

In recognition of its achievements, M State's SHRO chapter received a digital logo for use in communications and will be recognized in SHRM's publications and at its conferences.

The national organization is the largest in the world devoted to human resource management, representing more than 275,000 professional and 20,000 student members in more than 160 countries.

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 09:29am