Human Resource Management

2022 Best Human Resource Management Schools

514 Colleges in the United States
26,616 HR Degrees Awarded
$46,242 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you plan on majoring in human resource management, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #43 in the country in terms of popularity. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

College Factual looked at 514 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Human Resource Management Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 26,616 degrees in human resource management during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Human Resource Management School

Best Human Resource Management Schools Your choice of human resource management school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Human Resource Management School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Human Resource Management Degree Level

The HR school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Human Resource Management Schools. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Human Resource Management in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the HR degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in HR

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
388 HR Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Cornell University if you wish to pursue a degree in human resource management. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were approximately 388 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year. Those human resource management students who get their degree from Cornell University receive $34,658 more than the standard HR student.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In PA
43 HR Degrees Awarded

University of Pennsylvania is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in human resource management. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were roughly 43 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In MO
47 HR Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Washington University in St Louis if you wish to pursue a degree in human resource management. WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Saint Louis. A Best Schools rank of #28 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means WUSTL is a great university overall.

There were approximately 47 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA
216 HR Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in human resource management has to take a look at University of Southern California. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 216 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In TN
45 HR Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #37 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were approximately 45 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
249 HR Degrees Awarded

Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Villanova. This university ranks 8th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 249 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the human resource management major at Villanova University get $31,558 more than the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
46 HR Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were approximately 46 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Human Resource Management degree recipients from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor get an earnings boost of about $17,658 above the typical income of human resource management majors.

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#8

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
56 HR Degrees Awarded

Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 56 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the human resource management degree program at Georgetown University get $31,758 more than the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#9

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
33rd Most Popular In CA

Claremont McKenna is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Claremont. A Best Schools rank of #5 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Claremont McKenna is a great college overall.

There were approximately 1 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Claremont McKenna in the most recent data year.

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#10

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In IL
54 HR Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 54 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
141 HR Degrees Awarded

UIUC is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Champaign. This university ranks 3rd out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 141 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the human resource management major at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earn $41,458 above the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type

UCLA is a very large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #46 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.More information about a degree in human resource management from University of California - Los Angeles

#13

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
18th Most Popular In CA

SCU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Santa Clara. This university ranks 12th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 23 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at SCU in the most recent data year.

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#14

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In MA
67 HR Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 67 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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#15

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In MA

Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #45 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 3 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#16

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In CA
62 HR Degrees Awarded

Pepperdine is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Malibu. This university ranks 25th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 62 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Pepperdine in the most recent year we have data available.

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#17

New York University

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
80 HR Degrees Awarded

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. This university ranks 7th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 80 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available. Those human resource management students who get their degree from New York University make $30,358 more than the average HR graduate.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
82 HR Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 82 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, HR degree recipients usually make around $45,600 at the beginning of their careers.

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#19

George Washington University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
186 HR Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 9 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were roughly 186 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent year we have data available. Those human resource management students who get their degree from George Washington University earn $13,158 more than the standard HR student.

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#20

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In VA
101 HR Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of University of Richmond, URichmond is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 6th out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 101 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at URichmond in the most recent data year.

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#21

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In CA

Located in the large suburb of Claremont, Pitzer is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 14th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 15 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Pitzer in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
676 HR Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 49 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There were approximately 676 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Rutgers New Brunswick in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the human resource management degree program at Rutgers University - New Brunswick make $5,508 more than the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#23

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
189 HR Degrees Awarded

Michigan State is a fairly large public university located in the small city of East Lansing. This university ranks 4th out of 67 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were approximately 189 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent data year. Human Resource Management degree recipients from Michigan State University earn a boost of about $26,758 above the typical earnings of human resource management graduates.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
303 HR Degrees Awarded

UMN Twin Cities is a very large public university located in the city of Minneapolis. This university ranks 4th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were approximately 303 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at UMN Twin Cities in the most recent data year. After graduating, HR degree recipients generally make around $45,050 at the beginning of their careers.

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#25

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY
181 HR Degrees Awarded

Located in the small suburb of Saratoga Springs, SUNY Empire is a public college with a large student population. This college ranks 53rd out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 181 human resource management students who graduated with this degree at SUNY Empire in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Human Resource Management Schools

#25

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY
#26

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#30

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

#35

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#38

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#40

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

#42

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#44

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#45

Providence College

Providence, RI
#46

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#48

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ
#49

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Human Resource Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 514 different United States human resource management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
51 Nyack College Nyack, NY
52 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
53 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
54 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
55 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
56 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
57 American University Washington, DC
58 Southern Nazarene University Bethany, OK
59 Alliant International University San Diego, CA
60 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
61 Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara, CA
62 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
63 Park University Parkville, MO
64 Towson University Towson, MD
65 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
66 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
67 Clemson University Clemson, SC
68 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
69 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
70 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
71 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
72 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
73 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
74 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
75 Baylor University Waco, TX
76 Winona State University Winona, MN
77 Baruch College New York, NY

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 Human Resource Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
78 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
79 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
80 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
81 University of Houston Houston, TX
82 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
83 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
84 Brandman University Irvine, CA
85 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
86 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
87 DePaul University Chicago, IL
88 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
89 The University of Arizona Global Campus San Diego, CA
90 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
91 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
92 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
93 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
94 Champlain College Burlington, VT
95 Chapman University Orange, CA
96 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
97 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
98 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
99 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
100 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
101 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
102 North Central College Naperville, IL

Human Resource Management by Region

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One of 21 majors within the Business, Management & Marketing area of study, Human Resource Management has other similar majors worth exploring.

HR Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 17,415
Organizational Behavior Studies 3,607
Human Resources Development 2,019
Labor & Industrial Relations 1,903
Other Human Resources Management and Services 1,527
Labor Studies 145

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Majors Similar to HR

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 404,734
Accounting 101,094
Finance & Financial Management 57,893
General Business/Commerce 55,749
Marketing 52,262
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 36,038
Hospitality Management 17,830
Business Support & Assistant Services 17,755
Management Information Systems 14,198
Entrepreneurial Studies 11,008

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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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