Best way to proceed towards HR
I've got a question about changing my career path towards HR but I'm trying to figure out the best way to get there. As a background, I have a bachelor of science degree in management with an accounting concentration as well as the American payroll association fpc certification. Amongst other responsibilities, I do payroll for the company that I am with and love it but honestly I would like to work for a larger company and transition into a hr role. Even when I look at job postings it seems most larger companies lump payroll into hr positions so I feel I am going down the right path. My question is education wise, what would be best? I've looked at masters/mba programs but when I look at job postings, I've noticed even sr level hr positions usually only ask for a bachelor's (and years of xp.) I don't want to take out additional student loans for something that might hurt me long term. Another option I've looked at are graduate certificates but after counting the cost, to me it makes more sense to just get an actual degree like the mba with a human resource concentration from lsu-s for right under 12k. Aacsb accredited and read several good reviews on the program. The last route I'm looking at is to continue doing what I'm doing and look at getting the aphr certificate. Its still fairly new compared to other hr certifications but certifications seem prevalent in the hr field and really after reviewing what it covered it seemed like it would give me a solid foundation of hr without going into debt as well as not having to worry about other classes like in a full blown masters. I'm just not sure how hiring managers would view the certificate since my undergrad was in accounting and most of my work experience has been in that field. Any suggestions? I'm leaning towards trying for the certification then possibly joining shrm vs adding to my student loan balance but I'm sure there are people here who either work in hr or have worked in hr and could give me better advice. I've never had any negative dealings with hr personally but it's a field I'm very interested in exploring and shifting into. I thank everyone for their time and looking forward to hearing responses.