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2021 Best Value Colleges for Human Resource Management

104 Colleges
11,757 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,632 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Human Resource Management School for You

Best Value Colleges for Human Resource ManagementHuman Resource Management is the #42 most popular major in the country with 11,757 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Human Resource Management ranking analyzed 104 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in HR. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. Instead, we are looking at those HR schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

More Ways to Rank Human Resource Management Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value HR Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Human Resource Management Schools in the United States

Check out the HR programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 15% Best Value Human Resource Management Schools

Brigham Young University - Provo comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo. On top of its placing in our value rankings, BYU also did well on our Best Colleges for Human Resource Management list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at BYU is 5.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,239. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from BYU is $64,132. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Southern Nazarene University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Bethany, SNU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

At SNU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,685. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SNU be around $99,477. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, HR graduates from SNU carry an average student debtload of $19,050. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $195, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value human resource management schools. Regent is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Virginia Beach.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Regent is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,913. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Regent is $100,588. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, HR majors at Regent accumulate an average of around $28,638 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $302, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value human resource management schools. SMU MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Winona. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SMU MN also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Human Resource Management ranking.

At SMU MN, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,285. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SMU MN is about $112,141. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, HR majors at SMU MN accumulate an average of around $19,743 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $195, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Bluffton University

Bluffton, OH

Bluffton University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Bluffton, Bluffton is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Bluffton is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,055. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Bluffton is $118,544. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, HR graduates from Bluffton take out $18,297 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $220.

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Our rankings recognize Winona State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Winona State is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Winona.

The average student at Winona State graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,880. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Winona State is $98,022. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

HR majors at Winona State take out an average of $22,238 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At Central Michigan, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and it costs about $24,977 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan is about $116,393. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, HR graduates from Central Michigan carry an average student debtload of $29,537. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $299.

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Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University Minnesota landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value human resource management schools. Located in the suburb of Saint Paul, Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Bethel University Minnesota also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Human Resource Management rankings.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Bethel University Minnesota to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,296. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bethel University Minnesota is about $137,180. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, HR majors at Bethel University Minnesota accumulate an average of around $24,695 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $230.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public school located in the city of Chapel Hill. UNC Chapel Hill also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Human Resource Management list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The average student at UNC Chapel Hill graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,820. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill is about $109,694. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, HR graduates from UNC Chapel Hill carry an average student debtload of $16,827. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $176.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Oklahoma Norman Campus. Located in the suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public college with a fairly large student population. University of Oklahoma also made our Best Colleges for Human Resource Management list, coming in at #9.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at University of Oklahoma to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,331. This means that the average student pays around $134,973 to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Oklahoma. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at University of Oklahoma take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,142. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $217, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Located in the town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public college with a large student population.

It takes the average student at UW - Whitewater about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,164. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Whitewater be around $91,343. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, HR majors at UW - Whitewater accumulate an average of around $21,584 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $244.

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#12

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value human resource management schools. U of H is a fairly large public school located in the city of Houston.

The average student at U of H graduates in less than 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,217. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of H is about $116,503. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, HR graduates from U of H take out $20,521 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $200.

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#13

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Our rankings recognize Lindenwood University as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Charles.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Lindenwood University is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,464. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University is $98,842. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, HR majors at Lindenwood University accumulate an average of around $29,557 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $304.

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Our rankings recognize Benedictine University as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Lisle, Benedictine U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Benedictine U also did well on our Best Colleges for Human Resource Management list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

It takes the average student at Benedictine U about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,755. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine U is $138,134. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, HR graduates from Benedictine U carry an average student debtload of $32,018. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $308.

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Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Mount Mercy University. Located in the midsize city of Cedar Rapids, Mount Mercy is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Mount Mercy about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,989. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy is $137,233. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, HR graduates from Mount Mercy carry an average student debtload of $23,419. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $236, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Human Resource Management award.

Rank College Location
16 Florida International University Miami, FL
17 Nyack College Nyack, NY
18 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
19 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
20 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI

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Majors Similar to HR

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 172,408
Accounting 53,997
Finance & Financial Management 46,736
Marketing 44,258
General Business/Commerce 25,818

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Arunkumar Umapathy.

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