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Human Resource Management

Learn the tangible skills through experiential settings for navigating daily management challenges and employee relations as a human resource management major.

Why Human Resource Management?

As a human resource management major at USD, you will learn to think creatively and collaborate effectively so you can solve complex problems in a business environment. Here you will develop skills in management functions, human resource planning, organizational effectiveness and employee relations. Our program provides you with rich experiences in and beyond the classroom so you can pursue your career to become an effective asset to a company’s performance.

Become a leader to manage change and conflict management in organizational settings as a human resource management major.


Degrees & Offerings

Human Resource Management (B.B.A)

  Vermillion Main Campus

A degree in human resource management provides a solid foundation for students wanting to leverage human capital to create vibrant, attractive workplaces that have what it takes to beat the competition.

Business Administration (B.B.A/M.B.A.)

Accelerated Program
  Vermillion Main Campus

Business majors meeting requirements for entry into the Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program may opt to complete both the B.B.A and M.B.A. concurrently. Students who pursue this option will be awarded their undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously, upon completion of the two programs. Permission to be awarded the undergraduate degree prior to the completion of the graduate degree is available.

Program Details






Known For Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.


As a student at USD, the opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Explore your interests, find your community and experience your education to the fullest extent through the following opportunities.

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The real-world experiences you gain through an internship will equip you with valuable skills that will set you apart after graduation. 

In the USD Beacom School of Business, you will benefit from a robust internship program that has placed students across the country and globe. You will gain rich experiential learning opportunities and will be able to use the techniques you have learned in courses in a business setting. Plus, with our network of alumni around the world, you can access invaluable advice on how to achieve the career of your dreams.

Do you have your sights set on Cuba? Africa? Germany? Japan? Ireland? The USD Beacom School of Business can help you get there. Our students have participated in conferences and faculty-led courses around the world, and our student aid helps make those experiences affordable.

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USD is home to more than 170 student organizations, including several that are housed in the Beacom School of Business. You may be interested in joining Beta Alpha Psi, Society for Human Resource Management or Coyote Capital Management  to make friends, develop new skills and explore your interests.

Explore Student Organizations

As a business administration student at USD, you will be supported by your faculty and peers to make connections between your academic experience and your career path. You will grow personally and professionally during their time on campus and your career development begins the first day of classes.

The Career Success Center has career development services to support students every step of the way. You will build relationships with alumni, employers and graduate schools to optimize internship, job and career opportunities. These partnerships assist you in developing co-curricular experiences that will help to ensure they are successful in their future pursuits.

USD offers a range of scholarships for students, including scholarships specifically for health services administration majors. The Beacom School of Business strives to recognize and reward outstanding students for their accomplishments and potential through scholarships and travel funding.

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departments & facilities

Our faculty are experts in their fields, bringing practical experience working in different business, finance, marketing or accounting firms.
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Accounting & Finance

Accounting and finance are among the most needed skill sets in the business world. The Division of Accounting and Finance prepares students through hands-on-experience in and out of the classroom so they can lead successful financial careers in any field.

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Economics & Decision Sciences

Analyzing and applying data is both one of the greatest opportunities and challenges modern business professionals face, and USD's Division of Economics and Decision is there to help you embrace that challenge head on.

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Entrepreneurship, Management & Marketing

As the business world continues to grow and diversify, our students graduate with both a firm knowledge of business essentials and the experience they'll need to apply that knowledge to an exciting, ever-changing field.

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Health Services Management

Equipped with real-world research projects, internships with industry-changing companies, you'll learn to apply business principles to the rapidly growing healthcare field and lead the charge into the future.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Beacom School of Business.
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Thomas Tiahrt

Associate Professor Decision Sciences


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Kate Amundson

Program Assistant I
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Mike Allgrunn



Econometrics, Labor Economics, Analytics,Economics/ Managerial Economics
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Chad Birger

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Chet Barney

Associate Professor,Management
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Gregory Bertsch

Assistant Professor of Practice
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Klaus Beckmann

Chair, Accounting & Finance and Associate Professor
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Daniel Crook

SBDC Business Consultant
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David Carr Ph.D.

Chair, ECON & DSCI/Professor
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Erin Cornelsen



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Marti Carlson

Executive Asst. to the Dean
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Tyler Custis

Assistant Professor
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Karen Davies

Instructor in Accounting
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Derek Franken

Instructor of Accounting
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Emma Groninger

Asst. Director of Recruiting
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Bart Hanus

Associate Prof Decision Science
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Carly Heard

Dir, Beacom Student Services
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Marcella Hurley

PTAC Program Manager
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Matthew Heard

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Koni Lamprecht

Program Assistant II
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Yi Liu

Assistant Professor of DS
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Elizabeth Manser Payne

Assistant Professor
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Reed Muehler

Instructor Management
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Stoen Mollman

Dir. SBIR for SBDC
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Tom Martin

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Paul Ordyna

Assistant Professor
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John Pilkinton

FA23 Adjunct - ECON 201
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Emily Quinn

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Carole South-Winter

Associate Professor
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Jewel Shepherd

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
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Kyle Schoenfelder

Academic Advisor
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Dan Tracy

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Bob Weyrich

Pierre Regional Director
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Mandie Weinandt

Director, CTL/Instructor
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Rand Wergin

Associate Professor
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Sebastian Wai

Assistant Professor
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Gain Real-World Experience

The Society for Human Resource Management​ (SHRM) is a unique worldwide organization with both student and professional membership, allowing you to meet and work with professionals in human resources. Joining SHRM entitles you to monthly human resource publications, leadership opportunities, career development assistance and fun social times.
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Network and Navigate Your Dream Career

Beacom School of Business invites the business community to stay current on business issues through guest speakers, events and networking opportunities that occur throughout the year. We also invite interest from the business, government and not-for-profit community regarding potential partnerships that offer mutual benefits such as: 


  • Presentations, panels and discussions
  • Student connections, internships and recruiting opportunities
  • Engagement with faculty to share expertise and expand research
  • Support for scholarships and other business school initiatives

Tuition & Costs

USD offers low tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students, as well as scholarships, financial aid and employment opportunities to help make your education even more affordable.
SD Residents, SD Advantage* & Child of Alumni
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* SD Advantage: The in-state rate is available to new undergraduate students who are residents of South Dakota, Colorado, Illinois (starting Summer 2023), Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin (starting Summer 2023), Wyoming and children of alumni of USD.

More About Tuition & Costs

This is an estimated annual cost. Other factors may change the cost of tuition.

Undergraduate Tuition & Costs

Learn more about tuition and fees for undergraduate students and see how your out-of-pocket costs at USD compare to those at other colleges and universities.

Financial Aid

Navigating options for how to pay for college can be challenging, but you are not alone. The Office of Financial Aid will work with you and your family to explore how you can make your college education even more affordable.


USD awards nearly $9.5 million in scholarships each year. View our scholarships to see which ones you may qualify for and how you can apply.


hear from a usd alum

Success story Ashley Dvorak smiling.
My management degree gave me exposure to all four major aspects of business - Accounting, Marketing, Finance, and Management - rather than one specific area of study. The faculty, staff, and my peers at USD were always extremely supportive and willing to help me achieve my personal and professional goals.

Ashley Augspurger-Dvorak

B.B.A Business Management, Human Resource Management '10

Benefits Specialist, South Dakota Department of Social Services

Pierre, South Dakota


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