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2021 Best Human Resource Management Schools

649 Colleges
$46,242 Avg Salary
$34,825 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Human Resource Management School for You

Human Resource Management is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 7th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 26,823 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which business program is right for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Business Degree Central has developed this Best Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 649 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for business students.

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2021 Best Human Resource Management Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for HR majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Schools in HR

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our analysis found Cornell University to be the best school for human resource management students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

HR majors at Cornell take out an average of $24,750 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#2

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Fielding Graduate University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Human Resource Management Schools list. Fielding is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Santa Barbara.

While working on their degree, HR majors at Fielding accumulate an average of around $122,521 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,428, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at University of Virginia - Main Campus helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best human resource management schools in the United States. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Pennsylvania is a great place for human resource management students. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, HR graduates from UPenn carry an average student debtload of $40,718. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $474.

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The excellent programs at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best human resource management schools in the United States. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor.

After completing their degree, HR graduates from U of Michigan carry an average student debtload of $12,875. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $134.

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#6

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

On average, HR graduates from Villanova take out $34,166 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $398.

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#7

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Human Resource Management Schools list. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

After completing their degree, HR graduates from Northwestern U carry an average student debtload of $31,666. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $329.

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With a ranking of #8, Indiana University - Bloomington did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington.

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#9

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign ranked #10 on this year’s Best Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, HR majors at UIUC accumulate an average of around $41,607 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $485.

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#11

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University Minnesota came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Bethel University Minnesota is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Paul.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Bethel University Minnesota take out is $26,322. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $297.

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#12

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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With a ranking of #13, Stevens Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. Stevens is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hoboken.

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#14

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing.

While working on their degree, HR majors at Michigan State accumulate an average of around $29,834 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $333, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #15, Washington University in St Louis did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

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With a ranking of #16, Minnesota State Community and Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. Located in the town of Fergus Falls, M State is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. CVTC is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Eau Claire.

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#18

Cleary University

Howell, MI

With a ranking of #18, Cleary University did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. Located in the suburb of Howell, Cleary College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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Rasmussen College - Minnesota did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human resource management students. It came in at #19 on the list. Rasmussen College - Minnesota is a small private for-profit school located in the small city of St. Cloud.

On average, HR graduates from Rasmussen College - Minnesota take out $22,380 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $232.

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#20

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill.

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With a ranking of #21, Colorado State University - Global Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. Located in the large city of Greenwood Village, Colorado State University - Global Campus is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#22

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human resource management students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Georgetown take out is $54,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $629, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Santa Clara.

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Rasmussen College - Wisconsin landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay, Rasmussen College - Wisconsin is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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University of Southern California ranked #25 on this year’s Best Human Resource Management Schools list. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Human Resource Management Schools

#29

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
#31

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
#36

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#37

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#39

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#41

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#43

New York University

New York, NY
#45

Boston University

Boston, MA
#48

Rio Salado College

Tempe, AZ
#49

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Human Resource Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 649 different United States human resource management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Judson University Elgin, IL
52 Providence College Providence, RI
53 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
54 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
55 Pennsylvania State University - Great Valley Malvern, PA
56 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
57 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
58 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
59 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
60 University of Georgia Athens, GA
61 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
62 Baylor University Waco, TX
63 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
64 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
64 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
66 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
67 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
68 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI
69 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
70 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, OH
71 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
72 LeTourneau University Longview, TX
73 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND
74 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
75 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
76 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
77 Fresno Pacific University Fresno, CA
78 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
79 Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Human Resource Management students that almost earned our Best Human Resource Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
80 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
81 University of Maryland - University College Adelphi, MD
82 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
83 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
84 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
85 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
86 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
87 Linfield College - Online and Continuing Education McMinnville, OR
88 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
89 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
90 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
91 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
92 Winona State University Winona, MN
93 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
94 Clemson University Clemson, SC
95 Pennsylvania State University - New Kensington New Kensington, PA
96 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
97 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
98 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
99 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
100 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
101 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
102 Towson University Towson, MD
103 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
104 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
105 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
106 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT

Human Resource Management by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 21 majors within the business area of study, human resource management has other similar majors worth exploring.

HR Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 17,412
Organizational Behavior Studies 3,773
Human Resources Development 2,001
Labor & Industrial Relations 1,882
Other Human Resources Management and Services 1,632
Labor Studies 123

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

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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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