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Human Resources - Associate Degree

Human resource specialists play a respected role in any organization. From small businesses to large corporations, human resource specialists are needed to understand and advise employees and supervisors on the following topics: employment law, training and development of employees, compensation and benefits administration, labor relations, and wellness/safety initiatives. Typical positions in this field include human resources generalist; hiring coordinator; payroll/benefits coordinator; staffing coordinator; labor relations specialist; compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists; and training and development specialist.

Program Code: 101161
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Area of Study: Business

Program Costs & Financial Aid

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This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

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All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Human Resource Compliance, 611162

Organizational Safety and Health, 611161

Employee Benefits, Relations, and Development, 901163


  • Day
  • Evening
  • Full-time
  • Online
  • Part-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply.
  • Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to transcripts@nwtc.edu.
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at start@nwtc.edu or 920-498-5444.

What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Human Resources associate degree in the number of semesters shown. For alternate study plans, refer to the information in the Related Links area at the right of this page.

Total Credits 63
  • Curriculum Note: Many courses in this program are offered in a variety of formats such as blended, online, in person or online live.
  • Most credits from this degree can be transferred to some four-year colleges for learners interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree.
  • The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Create an organizational workforce plan.
  • Develop training programs.
  • Examine organizational total rewards programs.
  • Incorporate employment law into business practices.
  • Facilitate effective employee relations.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 57% in field


Median Starting Salary

Source: NWTC Graduate Outcome Survey

Employment Potential

Human Resources Generalist

  • Hiring Coordinator
  • Payroll/Benefits Coordinator
  • Staffing Coordinator
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may also find employment as a Human Resource Manager.

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.

What else do I need to know about the program?


Programs in the College of Business at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP's accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

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Overland Park, KS 66213

Phone: (913) 339-9356


Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses.

Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.