Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management Program

The Tools to Lead & Spark Growth

Organizational behavior is the study of human behavior in organizational settings, and the organization itself. Human resources management is the process of hiring and developing employees so that they become more valuable to the organization. Human resource management includes conducting job analysis, planning personnel needs, recruiting the right people for the job, orienting and training, managing wages and salaries, providing benefits and incentives, evaluating performance, resolving disputes, and communicating with employees at all levels.

Why Earn Your Bachelor of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior & Human Resources at UM-Flint?

Professional Preparation

The Organizational Behavior & Human Resources major is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the fields of general management or in human resource management. These fields demand a range of personal qualities and skills, from the ability to work with diverse employees to the active promotion of organizational goals. The ideal student has “soft skills” like integrity, fair-mindedness, and a proactive personality, as well as being able to cope with conflicting points of view, function under pressure, and demonstrate discretion. The “hard skills” necessary include computer proficiency, strong written and oral communication, math, and principles of business.

The curriculum intends to give students a broad understanding of organizations by addressing necessary managerial knowledge and skills. In order to help an organization function effectively, the curriculum focuses on managing teams, leading change, negotiation tactics, human resource development, and exploring key areas in human resources management. It also emphasizes the study of employee work behavior and how to maximize the potential of an organization’s human resources.

100% Flexible Online Program Option

The program’s online format accommodates the learning styles and schedules of today’s busy students — whether those students are starting as first-year or taking advantage of transferable credits earned at another institution. The program is also available in a traditional face-to-face format.

Be Involved in Business

  • Society for Human Resource Management: The School of Management (SOM) proudly supports and sponsors nine student organizations that are nationally recognized and have received national awards. Student organization members gain real-life career experience and make professional connections not only within the Flint community, but worldwide. Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management students can be a member of the Society for Human Resource Management student chapter to align with their career occupation and networking. Members also have the opportunity for help and guidance on receiving a student/professional Society for Human Resource Management certification. UM-Flint’s Society for Human Resource Management won Outstanding Student Organization in 2021. Interested students can contact Brian Blume, Professor of Organizational Behavior & Human Resources
  • Internships/Career Readiness: An internship provides an opportunity to engage in an activity of experiential learning using the knowledge acquired in the classroom and putting it to practical use within the professional setting. An internship opportunity will provide hands-on experience allowing students to practice activities in their profession, as well as identify future career opportunities. Additionally, SOM partners with organizations locally, state-wide, and internationally for college internships. Internships may count for academic credit when participating in a paid internship opportunity.
  • Study Abroad: SOM hosts faculty-led study abroad trips that are three weeks or shorter in the spring/summer semester. You will gain firsthand knowledge about business and culture in a foreign country alongside an experienced professor and a group of peers. Study abroad trips count towards UM-Flint credit and are eligible for financial aid and scholarships.

Expert Faculty

UM-Flint’s Organizational Behavior & Human Resources faculty bring practical working knowledge into the learning environment and are experienced, tested, and respected global experts in their field. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of experience teaching and researching current business issues. Organizational Behavior & Human Resources faculty members are available to consult with students wishing to pursue careers in any of the above-mentioned areas.


The UM-Flint MSA program is accredited by AACSB International, the highest accrediting body for business schools worldwide. Only 5.5% of business schools are accredited by AACSB. In accordance with AACSB, we subscribe to the highest standards in management education. We prepare students to contribute to their organizations and the larger society and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers.

Dual BBA/MBA Degrees

High achieving students will have the opportunity to apply for the joint BBA/MBA program in their junior year. This program will allow students to substitute senior-level BBA major courses with corresponding MBA concentration courses. Students also have the opportunity to waive four MBA foundation courses by earning B’s or better in the equivalent BBA courses. BBA students in this program could earn their MBA for as few as 24 credits, instead of the traditional 45 credits.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management

In addition to the requirements for the BBA degree, at least 18 additional credits as follows:

A. Major Core Courses

  • MGT 344 – Human Resource Management (3)
  • MGT 347 – Managing Projects and Teams (3)
  • MGT 449 – Issues in Leadership and Change Management (3)

B. Major Electives
Three from:

  • INB 442 – International Management (3)
  • MGT 346 – Contemporary Labor-Management Issues (3)
  • MGT 394 – Management Internship Program (1-3)
  • MGT 443 – Developing Negotiations Skills (3)
  • MGT 445 – Human Resource Development (3)
  • PSY 427 – Personnel Selection and Evaluation (3)

Marketing Career Outlook

UM-Flint Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management students from 2019-2021 have interned at Michigan HR Day, Winegarden & Haley, Fessler & Bowman Inc., NCG Trillium Cinema, State of Michigan, Webasto, Custom Lawn Care, Coetic HR, General Motors, Soteria Home Health Care, Blue Chip Talent, JcPenny, Grand Pointe Automotive, City of Mason, Sea Automotive, and more.

UM-Flint SOM alumni are currently employed at a variety of organizations ranging from non-profits, corporations, self-employed, or Fortune 500 companies. Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management alumni work at companies such as Financial Plus Credit Union, DM Burr, MCA LLC., Meijer, BCBSN, Diplomat, Ascension, Quicken Loans, Optum, Huron Capital, Cengage Learning, Kelly Services, McLaren, Frankenmuth Insurance, General Motors, Ford, University of Michigan-Flint, and more.

The average salary for a Human Resources Specialist is $63,490 per year in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The projected percent change in employment from 2019 to 2029 is growing faster than average at around 7%. The average growth rate for all occupations is 4 percent.

$63,490 median annual wage for human resources specialists Source:

The top occupations for someone with a human resources management degree are:

  • Human Resources Manager/Generalist
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Consultant
  • Recruiter
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion specialist

Top Industries:

  • Automotive/Transportation
  • Consulting & Training
  • Government
  • Hospitality & Tourism 
  • Healthcare
  • Business

Advising Services

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to guide their educational journey. Explore all the possible pathways for your future, and book an appointment today.

In addition to academic advising, SOM provides extensive career advising services to help you define a clear path for your career. Contact Antonio Riggs at or call (810) 237-6680 to schedule your appointment.

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Ready to prepare for an exciting career leading organizations and supporting their most valuable assets – their employees? Apply today or contact us to learn more.