Management & Human Resources, A.A.S.

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Council Bluffs Campus
Clarinda Center
Cass County Center
Page/Fremont County Center
Shelby County Center

Program Information

Few professions offer as many opportunities as those in management or human resources. More and more organizations see the need for HR personnel, and every company has managers. You could become one of these professionals by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Management and Human Resources degree program. In just two years, you can earn an Associate's degree and begin working immediately.

In this program, you will acquire the foundation needed for a wide range of careers by taking core courses in both management and human resources. To round out your skills, you will also study accounting, marketing, communication, business, and related topics.

Students who complete this AAS degree will have earned a Management & Human Resources certificate and a Management & Human Resources diploma by completion. 

Job Outlook

5,818 Jobs (2020)

+2.9% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

Managers get work done through others. They lead employees and the organizations they work for. As a manager, your job is to plan, organize, lead, and control the daily schedule of employees and of the business, including interviewing, hiring, and coordinating employees. You may create and coordinate budgets, and collaborate with and report to upper management in a company. There are a variety of positions and functions within the management umbrella that students can pursue after earning a management credential.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Human Resources (HR) specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They also handle employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training. With a company’s employees arguably being its most valuable asset, students holding a human resources credential are better prepared to contribute to the ongoing success of a company through the important job of working with its employees.


  • Entry: $23.58
  • Average: $32.23
  • Experienced: $59.56

Career Examples

  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Human Resources Specialists
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Editors
  • Writers and Authors
  • Training and Development Managers

First Semester

MGT 101 - Principles of Management 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 130 - Principles of Supervision 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 138 - Employee Evaluation and Training Techniques 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 175 - Introduction to Law for Managers and Supervisors 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 180 - Management and Labor Relations 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 170 - Human Resource Management 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

Second Semester

MGT 190 - Employee Compensation and Benefits Management 3.0 Credit(s)
ACC 111 - Introduction to Accounting 3.0 Credit(s)
MKT 110 - Principles of Marketing 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 711 - Business and Financial Mathematics 2 3.0 Credit(s)
CSC 116 - Information Computing 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Third Semester

BUS 102 - Introduction to Business 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)
ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
BUS 121 - Business Communications 3.0 Credit(s)
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

BUS 154 - E-business 3.0 Credit(s)
ACC 311 - Computer Accounting 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 165 - Principles of Quality 3.0 Credit(s)
SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 932 - Internship 3 1.0 - 8.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required 66.0


2 May substitute with MAT 102 or higher.
A minimum of three credits of internship are required.


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Review theoretical concepts and practical applications of fundamental management principles.
  • Describe basic techniques of supervising employees to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Demonstrate steps of the training process and techniques of presenting workplace training.
  • Interpret fundamental concepts of Total Quality Management and related topics.
  • Identify techniques and tools used in managing human resources.
  • Discuss fundamental concepts of the American legal system as they relate to the workplace and the individual.
  • Practice basic steps and procedures of conducting labor-management relations in the unionized workplace.
  • Generalize about employee compensation and benefits programs in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate the use of job search, portfolio development, interview, and workplace success skills.
  • Employ knowledge/skills/attitudes gained to successfully perform in a management/human resources internship.

Program Disclaimers

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