Program Description

The Human Resources Associate Degree program provides a well-rounded study in the Human Resources profession within the context of the fundamentals of a business organization, finance, management and related studies. This program provides the learner with training in a broad range of Human Resource topics including: employment law, training and development, compensation and benefits, labor relations and safety programs.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,122
Books & Supplies: $465

Starting Salary

Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).


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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

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


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Staffing Coordinator
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Payroll/Benefits Coordinator
  • Hiring Coordinator
  • Human Resources Generalist


The Human Resources Associate Degree is a 61–62 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

College 101 1.00
Managing Safety & Risk In Business 3.00
Management Principles 3.00
Managing Human Resources 3.00
Math With Business Applications 3.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00

Second Term

Excel Level 1 1.00
Word Level 1 1.00
Meeting Facilitation 1.00
Organizational Behavior And Development 3.00
Leading Change And Diversity 3.00
Talent Development 3.00
Introduction To Diversity Studies 3.00

Third Term

Total Rewards 3.00
Talent Acquisition 3.00
Microeconomics 3.00
Accounting 1 4.00
Accounting Fundamentals 3.00
Psychology Of Human Relations 3.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00

Fourth Term

Payroll Accounting 3.00
Employment Law 3.00
Employee Relations 3.00
Human Resource Analytics 2.00
Employment Law 3.00
Oral/interpersonal Communication 3.00
Speech 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Upper Iowa University Bachelor of Human Resources Management
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration Accounting
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration Healthcare Management
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration HR Management
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration IT Management
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration Management
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2024–2025 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semesters — Fall 2024 and Spring 2025.
Expenses Student Living With Parents (Home) Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)
In-State Tuition & Fees
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
In-State Tuition & Fees
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
Living Expenses (Housing & Food) $3,008 $9,147
Books / Supplies $1,465 $1,465
Transportation $4,017 $4,017
Personal Expenses $3,608 $3,608
Loan Fees $85 $85
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2024–2025 academic year. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

For the 2024–2025 academic year, the Wisconsin Resident tuition rate is $149.50 per credit and Out-of-State resident tuition is $224.25 per credit.

For the 2024–2025 academic year, Student Fees include: a minimum $5.00 material fee and a $13.15 per credit activity fee. A $4.00 per semester insurance fee will be assessed to students taking at least one course which has a scheduled session on campus.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

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We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.

NTC Financial Aid Office


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