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2021 Best Colleges for Human Resource Management

Approximately 22,232 human resource management degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Human Resource Management ranking analyzed 114 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in human resource management. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Human Resource Management students.

Choosing a Great Human Resource Management School

Best Colleges for Human Resource Management The HR program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality HR program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The vast majority of the schools on this list are in at least the top 23% of our overall quality ranking.

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Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A human resource management degree from schools on this list usually translates into above average wages following graduation. While the average human resource management bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $42,441, graduates of colleges on this list average $52,129.

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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Human Resource Management students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other human resource management students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized human resource management related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Human Resource Management students.

Best Schools to Study Human Resource Management in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for a Human Resource Management degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 17 Best HR Colleges

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Every student pursuing a degree in human resource management needs to take a look at Cornell University. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Cornell also offers 2 different higher degree levels in human resource management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Human Resource Management majors from Cornell University earn a boost of about $17,036 over the average earnings of human resource management graduates.

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#2

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University is a great choice for individuals interested in a Human Resource Management major. Located in the small city East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 107 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Michigan State is a great college overall.

Michigan State University is one of the most popular college to study HR in United States with over 124 graduates last year. Human Resource Management graduates from Michigan State University receive an earnings boost of about $10,036 above the typical income of human resource management graduates.

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Every student who is interested in human resource management needs to check out Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick. This school ranks 183rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There are roughly 682 human resource management undergraduates enrolled in this program at Rutgers New Brunswick. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, HR students usually make around $44,600 in their early careers.

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It's difficult to beat University of Michigan - Ann Arbor if you wish to pursue human resource management as a major. Located in the midsize city Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of Michigan is a great school overall.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is one of the most popular school to study HR in United States with more than 51 graduates last year. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor human resource management majors earn $14,236 more than the average HR graduate.

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University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

Located in the city University of Richmond, U of Richmond is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 64 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of Richmond is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, U of Richmond also offers a Master's Degree in human resource management. After graduation, HR students usually earn an average of $42,000 in their early careers.

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#6

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

St. Joe's is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. This college ranks 225th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

Saint Joseph's University is one of the most popular school to study HR in United States exceeding 54 graduations last year. Human Resource Management students from Saint Joseph's University get a earnings boost of about $4,236 over the typical earnings of human resource management graduates.

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Located in the city Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 115th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There are roughly 143 human resource management undergraduates studying this program at GWU. Soon after graduating, HR students generally make about $44,300 in their early careers.

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#8

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Located in the suburb Saint Paul, Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 301st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Bethel University Minnesota offers a Master's Degree in human resource management. Graduates from the human resource management major at Bethel University Minnesota make $9,636 more than the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Located in the suburb Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 266th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oklahoma.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, University of Oklahoma offers a Master's Degree in human resource management. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career income of $45,000.

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Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the small city of University Park. A Best Colleges rank of 112 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Penn State University Park is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Penn State University Park also offers a Master's Degree in human resource management. Soon after graduation, HR students usually earn an average of $49,000 in the first five years of their career.

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UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. This school ranks 124th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, UMN Twin Cities also offers a Master's Degree in human resource management. Graduates of the HR program earn about $45,900 for their early career.

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Located in the city Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 109 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means BYU is a great college overall.

Brigham Young University - Provo is one of the most popular school to study HR in United States exceeding 50 graduations last year. Brigham Young University - Provo human resource management students receive $4,036 more than the standard HR graduate.

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Located in the small city Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 60 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great school overall.

There are roughly 88 human resource management undergrads enrolled in this program at UNC Chapel Hill. Soon after graduating, HR students usually earn about $45,600 in the first five years of their career.

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#14

Baylor University

Waco, TX

Located in the city Waco, Baylor is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 153rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

A preferred choice for human resource management undergraduates, there are roughly 35 students studying this degree at Baylor. Students who graduate from the HR program earn around $51,200 in the first couple years of working.

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Located in the large suburb Lisle, Benedictine U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 935th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

A preferred choice for human resource management undergrads, there are approximately 93 individuals studying this degree at Benedictine U. Graduates from the human resource management program at Benedictine University get $12,336 more than the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#16

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Located in the city Philadelphia, Temple is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 290th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Temple offers a Master's Degree in human resource management. After getting their bachelor's degree, HR students typically earn an average of $44,500 in their early careers.

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UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the city of Seattle. A Best Colleges rank of 97 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UW Seattle is a great college overall.

There are roughly 19 human resource management undergraduates studying this degree at UW Seattle. Human Resource Management graduates from University of Washington - Seattle Campus earn a boost of about $5,236 above the typical earnings of human resource management graduates.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
18 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
19 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
20 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
21 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
22 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
23 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
24 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
25 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ

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.

Majors Similar to HR

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241

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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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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