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2021 Best Value Human Resource Management Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

530 Colleges
$6,856 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$46,242 Avg Salary

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.

The Best Value Human Resource Management Schools ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 530 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for HR students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Human Resource Management Schools in the United States

Check out the HR programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in HR

Our analysis found Minnesota State Community and Technical College to be the best value school for human resource management students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the remote town of Fergus Falls, M State is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

M State undergraduate students pay an average of $5,560 in tuition and fees each year.

M State also claimed a spot on our Best Human Resource Management Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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Out of the 530 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Chippewa Valley Technical College landed the # 2 spot on the list. CVTC is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Eau Claire.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at CVTC are $6,481 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, CVTC is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Human Resource Management Schools list.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Moraine Park Technical College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the city of Fond du Lac, Moraine Park Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Moraine Park Technical College are $5,885 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Moraine Park Technical College also did well on our Best Human Resource Management Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the city of Green Bay, NWTC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NWTC are $6,625 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, NWTC also did well on our Best Human Resource Management Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Provo. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU are $5,790 per year.

BYU also claimed a spot on our Best Human Resource Management Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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With a ranking of #6, Northcentral Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for human resource management students. Located in the small city of Wausau, North Central Technical College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Central Technical College are $5,247 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, North Central Technical College also did well on our Best Human Resource Management Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#7

Inver Hills Community College

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Inver Hills Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for human resource management students. It came in at #7 on the list. IHCC is a small public school located in the suburb of Inver Grove Heights.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at IHCC are $5,485 a year.

IHCC also claimed a spot on our Best Human Resource Management Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#8

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
$6,670 Average Tuition & Fees

Western Governors University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value human resource management programs. WGU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Salt Lake City.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WGU are $6,670 per year.

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#9

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL
$5,655 Average Tuition & Fees

Columbia Southern University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Columbia Southern University are $5,655 per year.

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Dakota County Technical College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Human Resource Management Schools list. DCTC is a small public school located in the rural area of Rosemount.

DCTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,864 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, DCTC is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Human Resource Management Schools list.

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#11

Mid-State Technical College

Wisconsin Rapids, WI
$6,609 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #11, Mid-State Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for human resource management students. Mid-State is a small public school located in the rural area of Wisconsin Rapids.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Mid-State are $6,609 a year.

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Fox Valley Technical College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value human resource management programs. Located in the suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at FVTC are $6,688 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, FVTC also is in the top 10% of our Best Human Resource Management Schools ranking.

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#12

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA
$16,585 Average Tuition & Fees

Fitchburg State University landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value human resource management programs. Fitchburg State is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize suburb of Fitchburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Fitchburg State are $16,585 per year.

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#14

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI
$6,488 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #14, Western Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for human resource management students. Western Technical College is a small public school located in the city of La Crosse.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Western Technical College are $6,488 per year.

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With a ranking of #15, Colorado State University - Global Campus did quite well on this year’s best value 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.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Colorado State University - Global Campus are $8,400 per year.

Colorado State University - Global Campus also claimed a spot on our Best Human Resource Management Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#16

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Coon Rapids, MN
$5,207 Average Tuition & Fees

Anoka-Ramsey Community College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Human Resource Management Schools list. Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Coon Rapids.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus undergraduate students pay an average of $5,207 in tuition and fees each year.

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#17

Rio Salado College

Tempe, AZ

Rio Salado College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for human resource management students. It came in at #17 on the list. Rio Salado College is a large public school located in the midsize city of Tempe.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Rio Salado College are $7,854 per year. On average, HR graduates from Rio Salado College take out $12,727 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $132, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rio Salado College also is in the top 10% of our Best Human Resource Management Schools ranking.

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#18

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, MN
$5,736 Average Tuition & Fees

Saint Paul College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value human resource management programs. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Saint Paul College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Saint Paul College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,736 in tuition and fees each year.

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$6,395 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #19, Waukesha County Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for human resource management students. WCTC is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Pewaukee.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WCTC are $6,395 a year.

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$5,588 Average Tuition & Fees

Georgia Piedmont Technical College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Clarkston, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,588 in tuition and fees each year.

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Rasmussen College - Minnesota ranked #21 on this year’s Best Value Human Resource Management Schools list. Rasmussen College - Minnesota is a small private for-profit school located in the small city of St. Cloud.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Rasmussen College - Minnesota are $10,935 a year. 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.

Rasmussen College - Minnesota excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Human Resource Management Schools list.

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Trident University International came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Human Resource Management Schools ranking. TUI is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the suburb of Cypress.

TUI undergraduate students pay an average of $9,240 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, TUI also did well on our Best Human Resource Management Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$5,526 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #23, Southern Crescent Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for human resource management students. Located in the large suburb of Griffin, Southern Crescent Technical College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Southern Crescent Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,526 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,462 Average Tuition & Fees

Georgia Northwestern Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for human resource management students. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the small city of Rome, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Georgia Northwestern Technical College are $5,462 a year.

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Savannah Technical College

Savannah, GA
$5,422 Average Tuition & Fees

Savannah Technical College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Human Resource Management Schools list. Savannah Tech is a small public school located in the city of Savannah.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Savannah Tech are $5,422 per year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Human Resource Management Schools

#28

Park University

Parkville, MO
#30

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA
#32

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE
#39

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS
#40

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN
#41

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD
#42

Blackhawk Technical College

Janesville, WI
#45

Providence College

Providence, RI
#46

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, ND
#47

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
#48

Universidad Metropolitana

San Juan, PR
#49

Tusculum College

Greeneville, TN

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Human Resource Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 530 different United States human resource management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
52 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
53 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
54 Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA
54 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
56 Edison State Community College Piqua, OH
57 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce Mercedita, PR
58 Columbia College Columbia, MO
58 National American University - Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD
60 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
61 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
62 Franklin University Columbus, OH
62 Villanova University Villanova, PA
64 Concordia University, Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
65 Central Ohio Technical College Newark, OH
66 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
67 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
68 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
69 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
70 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
70 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
72 Granite State College Concord, NH
73 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
74 Linfield College - Online and Continuing Education McMinnville, OR
75 Brandman University Irvine, CA
76 Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR
77 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
77 Cleary University Howell, MI
79 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
79 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Human Resource Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
81 Northwest State Community College Archbold, OH
82 Chadron State College Chadron, NE
83 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
84 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
85 Averett University - Graduate & Professional Studies Danville, VA
86 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
86 Southern Wesleyan University Central, SC
88 Belhaven University Jackson, MS
89 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
90 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
91 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
92 Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD
93 University of Phoenix - Illinois Schaumburg, IL
94 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
94 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
96 University of Phoenix - Tennessee Nashville, TN
96 Houston Baptist University Houston, TX
98 University of Phoenix - Michigan Southfield, MI
99 Winona State University Winona, MN
100 Ashford University San Diego, CA
101 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
101 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
103 University of Phoenix - Georgia Sandy Springs, GA
104 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
105 University of Phoenix - New Jersey Jersey City, NJ
105 Holyoke Community College Holyoke, 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 17,412
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.

  • 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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