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Human Resource Management

You’ve always considered yourself a “people person.” You’re fair-minded and have integrity. Often, you’re the one who mediates when an argument or debate breaks out in your group of friends. If you’re wondering how you can leverage this skill to a successful, well-paid career, you might consider the field of human resource management.

Bryant’s concentration in Human Resource Management prepares students for managerial positions in the field. All organizations now recognize that human capital is a source of competitive advantage in the global marketplace, and having a strong, proactive human resource department is critical to success. No longer just involved in hiring and benefits planning, the human resource department is now a major player in an organization’s strategic planning.

At Bryant, you will develop an understanding of the different human resource functions and complete an internship in the field. The integrated nature of the discipline will prepare you for national and international professional certification examinations, including those offered by the Society for Human Resource Management. The concentration in Human Resource Management fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Human Resource Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

You may choose to complement another course of study at Bryant with a minor in Human Resource Management, in which you will explore the different facets of managing people in organizational contexts, including the legal implications.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Through a variety of programs and services including Bryant’s Amica Center for Career Education and alumni mentoring programs, you will have unparalleled opportunities to interact with successful human resource management professionals. You will graduate with thorough knowledge of recruitment, selection, placement, and orientation of employees; training and career development; employment law and labor relations; management of performance appraisal, compensation, and benefit programs; and development of personnel policies and procedures for a domestic and an international workforce. You will be skilled in problem solving, critical thinking, writing, oral communication, listening, general research, organization, and management. You will also understand the contemporary issues and challenges in human resource management including cultural, ethical, global, legal, and political considerations.

You will be prepared to succeed as a human resource management professional as well as graduate studies. 

Human Resource Management Faculty

The Human Resource Management faculty comprises strong researchers and consultants who are experts in various industries and functions within the field. They are also outstanding teachers who bring their knowledge and expertise into the classroom to create effective learning experiences.


Jen Parkhurst ’97, ’06 MBA
Sourcing director,
Fidelity Investments

Parkhurst believes that among a leader’s responsibilities is ensuring organizational success. “Leadership is about awakening passion in people to get the desired result,” she says. “It’s important to impact others positively and motivate them to excel in their work.” As sourcing director at Fidelity Investments in Smithfield, RI, Parkhurst leads collaboratively. Her responsibilities include bringing people of various talents together from Fidelity locations around the world and helping them to work effectively together. She is president of the National Alumni Council of the Bryant University Alumni Association and was honored with an Alumni Achievement Award in 2011.


Bill Conaty ’67
Former General Electric executive

As senior vice president of human resources at General Electric, Conaty’s department became a key asset to former CEO Jack Welch, one of the most admired executives in recent American business history. “Most corporations are only as good as the people who work in them,” says Conaty, a member of Bryant’s board of trustees since 2001. “If you don’t have talented people and an HR organization making sure those individuals get the equitable treatment and professional development they deserve, your company will be at a real disadvantage.”


lori coakley

Lori Coakley, Ph.D.
Professor of Management

Lori Coakley, Ph.D., has received awards for teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate level, mentorship of students and faculty, and service and leadership on campus. She teaches classes in organizational behavior, leadership, and international management, and is on the faculty of the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant. Her ongoing consultant work centers on organizational behavior and strategic management issues, and she brings this practical experience to the classroom. “My consulting helps me engage my students at a different level, because I can challenge them with the same questions I’m being challenged with,” she says. “When faculty members use practical approaches, students understand that it’s not just theory in a textbook, but that they’re actually going to apply it when they leave Bryant.”