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Master’s Degrees in Human Resource Management

8,943 Yearly Graduations
$48,400 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
A master's degree in HR is offered at 317 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 46% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 5.9% of HR graduates were international students.

Education Levels of HR Majors

In 2018-2019, 8,943 master's degrees were awarded to HR majors. This earns it the #5 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in HR is $48,400. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $44,900 and the high is $56,200.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in HR is $41,000. 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, $44,416 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $36,644.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $478.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in HR. About 72.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,438
Women 6,505
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in HR

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 382
Black or African American 2,158
Hispanic or Latino 1,247
White 3,706
International Students 525
Other Races/Ethnicities 925
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of HR Master's Degree Students

There are 317 colleges that offer a master’s degree in HR. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri
487 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for HR students seekinga master's degree is Webster University. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,500 per year.

The HR program at Webster University awarded 487 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 69% were women and 70% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Colorado State University - Global Campus

Greenwood Village, Colorado
398 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Colorado State University - Global Campus comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in HR. Roughly 12,600 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 398 master's degrees were handed out to HR majors at Colorado State University - Global Campus. Of these students, 72% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
284 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their master's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Each year, around 113,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 284 people received their master's degree in HR from SNHU. Of these students, 82% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

231 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Oklahoma Norman Campus. Each year, around 28,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 231 people received their master's degree in HR from University of Oklahoma. Of these students, 74% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
219 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in HR. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. 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, 219 people received their master's degree in HR from Capella University. Of these students, 84% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
207 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in HR. Each year, around 0 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 207 master's degrees were handed out to HR majors at Penn State World Campus. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#7

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
171 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Michigan University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in HR. Each year, around 19,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,383 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,700 per year.

The HR program at Central Michigan University awarded 171 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 73% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

159 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in HR. Each year, around 94,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

The HR program at University of Phoenix - Arizona awarded 159 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 81% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
149 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Villanova University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in HR. Roughly 10,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,506 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 149 master's degrees were handed out to HR majors at Villanova. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#10

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
142 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in HR. Each year, around 50,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 142 people received their master's degree in HR from Rutgers New Brunswick. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#11

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas
139 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of the Incarnate Word is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in HR. Each year, around 8,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,280 per year.

The HR program at University of the Incarnate Word awarded 139 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 37% of this group were women, and 59% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
137 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

DeVry University - Illinois is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in HR. Roughly 18,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,663 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,072 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 137 people received their master's degree in HR from DeVry University - Illinois. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#13

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
127 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in HR. Each year, around 48,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 127 people received their master's degree in HR from Walden University. Around 72% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#14

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
123 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their master's degree is Stony Brook University. Each year, around 26,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 123 people received their master's degree in HR from SUNY Stony Brook. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 81% were women.

122 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in HR. Roughly 51,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 122 master's degrees were handed out to HR majors at UIUC. About 70% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

119 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for HR majors who are seeking their master's degree is Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global. Each year, around 11,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,083 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 119 people received their master's degree in HR from IWU. Of these students, 89% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

University of La Verne

La Verne, California
117 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of La Verne is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in HR. Roughly 7,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $43,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,256 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 117 people received their master's degree in HR from ULV. Around 65% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#18

New York University

New York, New York
114 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in HR. Each year, around 52,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

The HR program at New York University awarded 114 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#19

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
111 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in HR. Roughly 51,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

The HR program at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities awarded 111 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 79% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

105 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in HR. Each year, around 58,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 105 master's degrees were handed out to HR majors at FIU. Around 85% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

HR Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Human Resources Management 5,132
Organizational Behavior Studies 1,103
Other Human Resources Management 1,051
Human Resources Development 972
Labor & Industrial Relations 663

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 128,188
Accounting 20,770
Management Sciences & Methods 12,583
Business & Commerce 9,486
Finance & Financial Management 5,579

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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