Human Resource (HR) Degree in North Dakota


In 2014, Forbes ranked North Dakota as the second best state for business in the country. For instance, Microsoft Corporation is dramatically expanding its operations in Fargo—so much so that an unnamed carrier at the Fargo Airport was said to be looking into direct flights to Seattle.

The North Dakota Workforce Intelligence Network has designated human resources specialists, training and development specialists, and payroll and timekeeping clerks as having a “bright outlook.”  This status designates professions that have a growth rate faster than average or a large number of openings due to growth.

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HR Degrees Available Through Private Universities and State Schools in North Dakota

College and universities in North Dakota offer a number of options for obtaining an excellent grounding in HR business practices, from associate’s degrees for those looking to enter the job market, to bachelor’s degrees for existing HR professionals looking to advance to positions in management. 

A number of the HR management programs in North Dakota are in business schools that offer training in a wide breadth of business practices.  The variety of educational options available in North Dakota enables new students and business professionals from any background to tailor their education to their career goals.

Associate’s Degrees in Human Resources - Designed for those preparing to become HR assistants, payroll assistants, and compensation specialists, among others

Associate of Applied Science in HR and Organizational Leadership – Bismarck

  • 91 credit hours
  • This does not include Foundational courses—students must either pass an entrance placement exam or complete these courses

Associate of Applied Science in HR and Organizational Leadership – Fargo

  • 91 credit hours
  • This does not include Foundational courses—students must either pass an entrance placement exam or complete these courses

Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Resources - Designed for those preparing to become HR managers, recruiters and labor relations specialists, among others

Bachelor in HR and Organizational Leadership – Bismarck

  • 181 credit hours
  • This assumes that the student entered with a conferred Associate’s degree

Bachelor in HR and Organizational Leadership – Fargo

  • 181 credit hours
  • This assumes that the student entered with a conferred Associate’s degree

Bachelor of Science in HR Management – Bismarck (Online option)

  • 69 credit hours

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—HR Management Major – Valley City

  • 120 credit hours
  • Internships available for those who lack previous employment experience

Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in HR Management – Grand Forks

  • 125 credit hour program
  • 60 credits must be from a four-year institution
  • Must have at least 60 credit hours to be admitted to the business college

MBAs with a Concentration in Human Resources Management - Designed for those preparing to become HR Directors or VPs

MBA:  Concentration in HR Management – Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks AFB, Watford City (Blended online/on-site for all locations)

  • Does not require an HR bachelor’s degree
  • 8 core business cores and 6 HR management courses
  • Offered in an accelerated format that enables students to complete the degree in as few as 18 months while continuing to work
  • Classes meet one night a week

North Dakota’s Largest Employers of HR Professionals

The US Department of Labor ranked the major employers of HR professionals in North Dakota as of 2014 to be:

  • Frontier Profiles in Fargo - 6,412 total employees
  • North Dakota State University in Fargo - 4,500 total employees
  • Altru Health System in Grand Forks - 3,500 total employees
  • Altru’s Outreach Therapy in Devils Lake - 3,500 total employees
  • Grand Forks Air Force Base - 3,000 total employees
  • Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo - 3,000 total employees
  • St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck - 3,000 total employees
  • Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck - 2,200 total employees
  • Community Pharmacy HM Infusion in Bismarck - 2,000 total employees
  • Trinity Hospital—Pathology in Minot - 2,000 total employees

Salary Ranges for HR Professionals in North Dakota

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the salaries for a number of HR positions in North Dakota as of 2014.  The values shown range from the starting salaries at the bottom 10% (typically entry-level professionals) to the average salaries for experienced professionals in the 90th percentile:

  • Human Resource Managers: $63,790 - $139,400
  • Training and Development Managers: $60,190 - $139,010
  • Human Resources Specialists: $36,340 - $75,550
  • Labor Relations Specialists: $40,580 - $89,320
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists: $34,870 - $77,470
  • Training and Development Specialists: $30,130 - $84,470
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks: $30,180 - $49,360
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping: $25,450 - $48,190

Job Growth Projections for HR Positions in North Dakota

The North Dakota Workforce Intelligence Network expects the level of job growth for HR professionals to be strong during the period between 2012 and 2022:

  • Human Resource Managers: 13.9%                       
  • Training and Development Managers: 19.5%
  • Human Resources Specialists: 10.9%
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists: 13.4%
  • Training and Development Specialists: 18.5%           
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks: 11.3%
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping: 3.7%

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