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Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Resource Management

11,757 Yearly Graduations
$42,900 Median Salary
$26,266 Median Debt
There are 409 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in HR. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 35% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 3.1% of HR graduates were international students.

Education Levels of HR Majors

In 2018-2019, 11,757 bachelor's degrees were awarded to HR majors. This makes it the 8th most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in HR at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 11,757
Master’s Degree 8,943
Basic Certificate 2,611
Graduate Certificate 1,510
Associate’s Degree 1,241
Undergraduate Certificate 444
Doctor’s Degree 317

Earnings of HR Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in HR is $42,900. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $39,900 and the high is $45,150.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in HR is $26,266. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $44,017 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $22,250.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $272.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in HR. About 68.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,720
Women 8,037
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in HR

The racial-ethnic distribution of HR bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 493
Black or African American 1,566
Hispanic or Latino 1,559
White 6,787
International Students 366
Other Races/Ethnicities 986
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of HR Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 409 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in HR. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
740 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Governors University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for HR majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 136,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

The HR program at Western Governors University awarded 740 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 80% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
537 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in HR. Roughly 50,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 537 people received their bachelor's degree in HR from Rutgers New Brunswick. About 59% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

389 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Maryland Global Campus. Roughly 58,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 389 people received their bachelor's degree in HR from UMGC. About 72% of this group were women, and 53% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Colorado State University - Global Campus

Greenwood Village, Colorado
351 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Colorado State University - Global Campus is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in HR. Each year, around 12,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,400 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,000 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 351 people received their bachelor's degree in HR from Colorado State University - Global Campus. About 71% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

299 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in HR. Roughly 28,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,788 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,583 per year.

The HR program at University of Oklahoma Norman Campus awarded 299 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 44% were women.

#6

Ashford University

San Diego, California
289 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Ashford University. Roughly 32,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 289 people received their bachelor's degree in HR from Ashford University. About 80% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
281 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cornell University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in HR. Each year, around 24,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,500 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 281 bachelor's degrees were handed out to HR majors at Cornell. Of these students, 51% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
198 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Pennsylvania State University - University Park. Each year, around 91,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,416 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,960 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 198 people received their bachelor's degree in HR from Penn State University Park. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

#9

Columbia College

Columbia, Missouri
187 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in HR. Each year, around 9,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,912 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,602 per year.

The HR program at Columbia College awarded 187 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#10

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
186 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arizona is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in HR. Roughly 44,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 186 people received their bachelor's degree in HR from University of Arizona. Of these students, 40% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan
179 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oakland University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in HR. Roughly 19,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,520 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,546 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 179 people received their bachelor's degree in HR from Oakland. Of these students, 83% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Park University

Parkville, Missouri
166 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Park University. Roughly 11,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,999 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,012 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 166 bachelor's degrees were handed out to HR majors at Park University. About 58% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan
156 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wayne State University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in HR. Roughly 26,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,024 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,285 per year.

The HR program at Wayne State University awarded 156 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 54% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
153 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Columbia Southern University. Each year, around 20,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,520 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,780 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 153 bachelor's degrees were handed out to HR majors at Columbia Southern University. Of these students, 71% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon
148 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Portland State University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in HR. Each year, around 25,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,462 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,718 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 148 bachelor's degrees were handed out to HR majors at Portland State University. About 62% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
143 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Temple University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in HR. Each year, around 38,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,956 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 143 bachelor's degrees were handed out to HR majors at Temple. Of these students, 69% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
135 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Iowa. Each year, around 31,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,073 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,079 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 135 people received their bachelor's degree in HR from Iowa. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 47% were women.

#18

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
125 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Pennsylvania State University - World Campus. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,484 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,682 per year.

The HR program at Pennsylvania State University - World Campus awarded 125 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 54% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
120 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Houston is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in HR. Each year, around 46,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,219 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,370 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 120 people received their bachelor's degree in HR from UH. Around 73% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#20

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
117 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Capella University. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 117 people received their bachelor's degree in HR from Capella University. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

HR Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Human Resources Management 7,490
Organizational Behavior Studies 2,124
Labor & Industrial Relations 969
Human Resources Development 696
Other Human Resources Management 428

Below are some popular majors that are similar to HR that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 172,408
Accounting 53,997
Finance & Financial Management 46,736
Marketing 44,258
Business & Commerce 25,818

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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