Human Resources

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Program Number: 10-116-1
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, West Bend
This program is eligible for financial aid

No two days are the same in the human resources field, from problem solving to helping others succeed, to navigating the ever-changing employment laws. An associate degree in Human Resources from Moraine Park Technical College can help you get started in a career you’ll love.

About the Program

The Human Resources Associate of Applied Science degree at Moraine Park sets students up for a successful HR career by laying a strong foundation in communication, human relations and business fundamentals. Students learn to recruit, hire, and onboard new team members, maintain personnel records, coordinate compensation and benefit programs, and administer safety programs. They are equipped to support managers as they lead and motivate employees. Graduates are prepared for a variety of roles within Human Resources and Talent Development including recruitment, training, onboarding, as well as compensation and benefits roles.

What You’ll Learn

Students gain hands-on human resources experience, learning how to create an organizational workforce plan, develop training programs, examine HRIS applications, organizational engagement programs, incorporate employment law into business practices and foster effective employee relations.

Transfer Opportunities

Earn credits at MPTC and transfer to a four-year college to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Visit the Transfer to a Four-Year College page for more information on credit transfer agreements between Moraine Park and four-year colleges, both public and private.

Admission Process

Standard Admissions steps details

Credit for Prior Learning

Earn college credit outside the classroom through Moraine Park’s Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) opportunities. Credit opportunities are available for:

  •   Previous college coursework from prior institutions
  •   Military training and experience
  •   Passing of MPTC or national exams
  •   Skills or knowledge developed on the job or through other life experiences

Visit MPTC’s Credit for Prior Learning page for more information.

Approximate Costs



  • $146.20 per credit (resident)
  • $219.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

  • $188.90 per credit (resident)
  • $283.35 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Student Fees

  • $4.50 minimum per course Material Fee
  • $12.50 per-credit Supplemental Fee for Undergraduate courses
  • $10 minimum per credit Online Course Fee (Fee suspended for 2023-2024)
  • $4.50 per term mandatory Student Accident Insurance Fee

Please refer to Tuition & Fee Information for additional enrollment fee information.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for associate degree and technical diploma programs (those that are 2 semesters in length and typically with 28 credits or more). Processing can take 4-5 weeks after a student's completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received. Visit the Financial Aid page to learn more.

Course Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
102-110 Introduction to Business 3
103-159 Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
106-182 Information Management 3
196-193 Human Resource Management 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
890-101 College 101 2
Semester 2
101-141 Payroll Accounting 3
102-115 Business and Employee Relations 3
116-152 Orientation and Training 3
116-154 Recruiting and Hiring 3
196-136 Safety in the Workplace 3
Communication Course 3
Semester 3
102-120 Principles of Management 3
106-135 Business Media Management 3
196-134 Legal Issues in the Workplace 3
Mathematics Course 3
Behavioral Science Course 3
Semester 4
Business Practice Firm
or Business Practicum
116-156 Compensation and Benefits 3
196-164 Personal Skills for the Workplace 3
Social Science Course 3
Social Science Course 3
 Total Credits63

Program Outcomes

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


Earn a certificate and associate degree along this pathway. Start with some courses for entry-level employment, and continue with additional courses for higher wages and job advancement.

Career Opportunities

  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Recruiter and Talent Acquisition
  • Human Resource Training and Development
  • Human Resource Coordinator
  • Benefits Specialist

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates