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Doctor’s Degrees in Human Resource Management

289 Yearly Graduations
$83,200 Median Salary
$106,061 Median Debt
A doctor's degree in HR is offered at 30 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 40% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 6.9% of HR graduates were international students.

Education Levels of HR Majors

In 2019-2020, 289 doctor's degrees were awarded to HR majors. This makes it the 3rd most popular doctor'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 11,331
Master’s Degree 9,112
Basic Certificate 2,691
Graduate Certificate 1,700
Associate Degree 1,066
Undergraduate Certificate 427
Doctor’s Degree 289

Earnings of HR Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in HR is $83,200. 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 $75,150 and the high is $91,650.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in HR is $106,061. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $110,131 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $97,692.


The median monthly payment of a HR graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $1,236.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in HR. About 59.2% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 118
Women 171

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10
Black or African American 76
Hispanic or Latino 22
White 134
International Students 20
Other Races/Ethnicities 27

There are 30 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in HR. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

HR Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Organizational Behavior Studies 222
General Human Resources Management 31
Human Resources Development 26
Labor & Industrial Relations 9
Labor Studies 1

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 2,466
Business & Commerce 267
Management Sciences & Methods 119
Other Business & Marketing 67
Hospitality Management 54


*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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