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2021 Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools

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

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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Business Degree Central has created its Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 239 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for business students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

Check out the online HR programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our analysis found University of Phoenix - Arizona to be the most popular school for human resource management students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. UOPX - Arizona is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Tempe.

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#2

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Western Governors University is a great place for human resource management students pursuing an online degree. WGU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Rutgers University - New Brunswick. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools list. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Rutgers New Brunswick take out is $25,592. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $284, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Maryland Global Campus. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools list. UMGC is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Adelphi.

After completing their degree, HR graduates from UMGC carry an average student debtload of $33,242. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $367.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Colorado State University - Global Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the city of Greenwood Village, Colorado State University - Global Campus is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#6

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

Ashford University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human resource management students. It came in at #6 on the list. Ashford University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

HR majors at Ashford University take out an average of $39,188 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $407, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

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 #7 on the list. SUNY Empire is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Saratoga Springs.

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#8

Park University

Parkville, MO

Park University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Park University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Parkville.

While working on their degree, HR majors at Park University accumulate an average of around $24,344 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $253, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Located in the town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their degree, HR majors at Columbia College Missouri accumulate an average of around $29,976 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $311, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools list. Capella University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools list. Penn State World Campus is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

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#13

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. Located in the city of Virginia Beach, Regent is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Rasmussen College - Florida did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human resource management students. It came in at #14 on the list. Rasmussen College - Florida is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the small city of Ocala.

After completing their degree, HR graduates from Rasmussen College - Florida carry an average student debtload of $22,380. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $232.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, IUPUI is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, HR graduates from IUPUI take out $25,628 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $266.

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#16

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for human resource management students. It came in at #16 on the list. NKU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Highland Heights.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at NKU take out is $33,590. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $375.

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Southern New Hampshire University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Manchester.

On average, HR graduates from SNHU take out $37,600 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $438.

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#18

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools list. Wilmington University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of New Castle.

HR majors at Wilmington University take out an average of $27,995 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $304.

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#19

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

With a ranking of #19, Bellevue University did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. Bellevue University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Bellevue.

While working on their degree, HR majors at Bellevue University accumulate an average of around $32,219 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $360, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of the Incarnate Word landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best human resource management programs. UIW is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Antonio.

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Southern Nazarene University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools ranking. SNU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Bethany.

While working on their degree, HR majors at SNU accumulate an average of around $18,750 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $195.

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With a ranking of #22, Colorado Christian University did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. CCU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Lakewood.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at CCU take out is $29,167. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $303.

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Georgia Northwestern Technical College 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 small city of Rome, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#24

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

With a ranking of #24, Temple University did quite well on this year’s best schools for human resource management students. Temple is a very large public school located in the city of Philadelphia.

On average, HR graduates from Temple take out $26,381 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $274.

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#25

Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Champlain College ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the city of Burlington, Champlain is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#26

Davenport University

Grand Rapids, MI
#29

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI
#30

Franklin University

Columbus, OH
#30

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN
#32

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA
#33

Baker College

Flint, MI
#33

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#35

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
36 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
37 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
38 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
38 Nyack College Nyack, NY
38 Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY
41 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
41 Grantham University Lenexa, KS
41 Madonna University Livonia, MI
41 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
41 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
46 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
46 Post University Waterbury, CT

View the Most Popular Online Human Resource Management Schools for a specific region near you.

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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