Human resource management

Kelley School of Business

Human resource (HR) managers are the epitome of “people” people. Think of them as casting directors who help put the right people in the right job—and then develop the culture and compensation packages to keep them motivated. But the focus of HR is bigger than acquiring and managing talent.

While human resource managers do recruit, hire, train, and assess a company's talent—what many would call an organization’s true assets—their core role is to understand how to get people to be the best they can be and turn their performance into success for the organization. To that end, human resource managers play a strategic role, impacting decisions about organizational structure, change management, work design, and more.

When you enter the human resource management field, you may travel the traditional route of human resources and labor relations—such as compliance with employment and labor laws, management development, wage and salary administration, organizational planning, and contract negotiation—or you may choose to jump into the newer areas in the behavioral sciences, tracking their implications for human resource management programs.

Degree map

One of the most difficult tasks of being a college student is figuring out what classes to take and when to take them. In order to make the process a little easier, each major at IU Indianapolis has its own degree map outlining the path you should take to graduate as quickly as possible.

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Degree planning information

Current program offerings may be found in your pre-business student Canvas site.

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Human resource management

Get admitted to the Kelley School of Business

Admission by certification

Current IU Indianapolis students no longer have to submit an application to be admitted from University College to the Kelley School of Business Undergraduate Program. You'll be notified when the admission requirements are met. To certify into the Kelley School of Business from University College, you'll need to meet one of the sets of admission criteria. You'll be certified as soon as you meet either set of criteria.

Certification process
  • Be sure to list your major as pre-business, pre-accounting, pre-finance, pre-management, pre-HR management, pre-marketing, or pre-supply chain management with your University College advisor (international dimension and real estate co-majors may be chosen after certification).
  • You'll automatically be reviewed for certification each semester after the final grades post.
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, the Kelley School of Business admissions team will reach out to you via your IU email account regarding your certification.
  • Certification must be accepted by the student for certification to be finalized.

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business; economics; labor studies; organizational leadership; public and environmental affairs; sport management; and tourism, conventions, and event management.

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