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2022 Best Human Resource Management Schools

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

Finding the Best Human Resource Management School for You

In 2019-2020, 26,616 human resource management students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #7 most popular in the country.

With all the business programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best 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 603 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for business students.

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2022 Best Human Resource Management Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Human Resource Management Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Human Resource Management

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our 2022 rankings named Cornell University the best school in the United States for human resource management students. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly 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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Out of the 603 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the # 2 spot on the list. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Pennsylvania. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly 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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Out of the 603 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Washington University in St Louis landed the # 4 spot on the list. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

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#5

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

The excellent programs at Vanderbilt University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best human resource management schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#6

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

With a ranking of #6, Claremont McKenna College did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. Claremont McKenna is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Claremont.

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#7

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Northwestern take out is $31,666. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $329.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public school with a very large student population.

HR majors at U-M take out an average of $12,875 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $134.

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#9

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

With a ranking of #9, Villanova University did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. Located in the 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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#10

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Indiana University - Bloomington did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human resource management students. It came in at #11 on the list. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington.

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#12

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Resource Management Schools ranking. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Santa Clara.

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With a ranking of #13, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college 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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#14

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #14 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill.

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University of Southern California did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human resource management students. It came in at #15 on the list. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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#16

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

With a ranking of #16, Georgetown University did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit school 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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University of California - Los Angeles landed the #17 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#18

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

SUNY Empire State College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human resource management students. It came in at #18 on the list. SUNY Empire is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Saratoga Springs.

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#19

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

With a ranking of #19, Pepperdine University did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. Located in the suburb of Malibu, Pepperdine is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

HR majors at Pepperdine take out an average of $61,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $711.

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#20

Nyack College

Nyack, NY

Nyack College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Nyack is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nyack.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Nyack take out is $21,375. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $222.

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Stevens Institute of Technology ranked #21 on this year’s Best Human Resource Management Schools list. Stevens is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hoboken.

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#22

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Human Resource Management Schools list. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small 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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#23

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Human Resource Management Schools ranking. USFCA is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at USFCA take out is $34,235. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $399, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

University of Delaware landed the #24 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Located in the suburb of Newark, UD is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#25

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, IL

Waubonsee Community College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Human Resource Management Schools list. Waubonsee is a moderately-sized public school located in the rural area of Sugar Grove.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Human Resource Management Schools

#26

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#27

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#29

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#31

Waldorf University

Forest City, IA
#32

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA
#34

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#35

Southwestern College

Winfield, KS
#36

Inver Hills Community College

Inver Grove Heights, MN
#37

Providence College

Providence, RI
#39

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN
#40

New York University

New York, NY
#43

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#46

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#47

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA
#48

Assumption University

Worcester, MA
#50

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Human Resource Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 603 different United States human resource management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
52 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
53 Butler County Community College Butler, PA
54 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
55 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
56 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
57 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
58 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
59 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
60 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
61 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
62 Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara, CA
63 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
64 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
65 Becker College Worcester, MA
66 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
67 Champlain College Burlington, VT
68 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
69 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
70 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI
71 Grand View University Des Moines, IA
72 Cleary University Howell, MI
73 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, OH
74 Cedar Crest College Allentown, PA
75 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
76 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
77 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
78 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
79 Park University Parkville, MO
80 Winona State University Winona, MN
81 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
82 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
83 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
84 Walsh College Troy, MI
85 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
86 Southern Nazarene University Bethany, OK
87 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
87 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
89 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
90 Fisher College Boston, MA

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
91 North Central College Naperville, IL
92 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
93 Baylor University Waco, TX
94 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
95 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
96 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
97 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
98 King’s College Wilkes-Barre, PA
99 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
100 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
101 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
102 Concordia University, Chicago River Forest, IL
103 Chapman University Orange, CA
104 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
105 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
106 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
107 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
108 Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati, OH
109 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
110 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
111 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
112 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
113 American University Washington, DC
114 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
115 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
116 Edgewood College Madison, WI
117 Judson University Elgin, IL
118 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
119 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
120 Nichols College Dudley, MA

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 17,415
Organizational Behavior Studies 3,607
Human Resources Development 2,019
Labor & Industrial Relations 1,903
Other Human Resources Management and Services 1,527
Labor Studies 145

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 404,734
Accounting 101,094
Finance & Financial Management 57,893
General Business/Commerce 55,749
Marketing 52,262

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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