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2021 Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools

803 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.

The Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 803 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for business students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Human Resource Management program at each school on the list.

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

Our 2021 rankings named University of Phoenix - Arizona the most popular school in the United States for human resource management students. UOPX - Arizona is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Tempe.

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Out of the 803 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Colorado State University - Global Campus landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the city of Greenwood Village, Colorado State University - Global Campus is a public college with a large student population.

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#3

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

The excellent programs at Western Governors University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best human resource management schools in the United States. WGU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the 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 #4 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the city of New Brunswick.

On average, HR graduates from Rutgers New Brunswick take out $25,592 in student loans while working on their degree. 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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Out of the 803 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the # 5 spot on the list. University of Oklahoma is a very large public school located in the midsize suburb of Norman.

HR majors at University of Oklahoma take out an average of $24,094 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $267.

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University of Maryland Global Campus ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. UMGC is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Adelphi.

HR majors at UMGC take out an average of $33,242 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $367.

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#7

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for human resource management students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their degree, HR graduates from Webster carry an average student debt load of $52,200. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $608.

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#8

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Capella University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

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Southern New Hampshire University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular human resource management programs. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Manchester.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at SNHU take out is $37,600. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $438.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular 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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#11

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

With a ranking of #11, Ashford University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for human resource management students. Ashford University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego.

After completing their degree, HR graduates from Ashford University carry an average student debt load of $39,188. 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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#12

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, HR graduates from Cornell take out $24,750 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#13

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. Central Michigan is a large public school located in the town of Mount Pleasant.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Central Michigan take out is $34,432. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $383.

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With a ranking of #14, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for human resource management students. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

While working on their degree, HR majors at UMN Twin Cities accumulate an average of around $31,151 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $347, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the city of University Park.

While working on their degree, HR majors at Penn State University Park accumulate an average of around $34,000 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $379.

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Florida International University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular human resource management programs. FIU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Miami.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at FIU take out is $30,414. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $343, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

SUNY Empire State College ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. SUNY Empire is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Saratoga Springs.

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With a ranking of #18, University of the Incarnate Word did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for human resource management students. UIW is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Antonio.

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#19

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Villanova take out is $34,166. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $398.

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#20

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the large city of Virginia Beach, Regent is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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DeVry University - Illinois did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for human resource management students. It came in at #21 on the list. DeVry University - Illinois is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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#22

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. Temple is a very large public school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

HR majors at Temple take out an average of $26,381 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $274.

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#23

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

With a ranking of #23, Oakland University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for human resource management students. Located in the suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, HR graduates from Oakland carry an average student debt load of $26,944. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#24

Park University

Parkville, MO

Park University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for human resource management students. It came in at #24 on the list. Park University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Parkville.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at Park University take out is $24,344. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $253, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for human resource management students. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#26

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#27

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#28

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#29

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#30

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
#31

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#32

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#34

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#35

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO
#37

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY
#38

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE
#39

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#41

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#45

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA
#46

New York University

New York, NY
#47

Franklin University

Columbus, OH
#48

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#49

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS
#49

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 803 different United States human resource management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
52 Champlain College Burlington, VT
53 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
54 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
54 Trident University International Cypress, CA
56 Troy University Troy, AL
57 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
57 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
59 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
60 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
60 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
62 National University La Jolla, CA
63 Benedictine University Lisle, IL
64 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
65 Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara, CA
66 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
66 Southern Nazarene University Bethany, OK
66 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
69 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
70 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
70 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
72 Towson University Towson, MD
73 Baker College Flint, MI
74 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
74 University of North Texas Denton, TX
76 Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI
77 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
77 Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, PR
79 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
79 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
81 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
82 Strayer University - Virginia Arlington, VA
82 Concordia University, Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
84 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
84 University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras San Juan, PR
86 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
87 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
87 Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
87 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
90 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
90 Excelsior College Albany, NY
92 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
93 Utah State University Logan, UT
94 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
94 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
96 Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR
96 DePaul University Chicago, IL
96 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
99 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
100 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
101 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
101 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
103 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
104 Winona State University Winona, MN
105 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
105 Brandman University Irvine, CA
105 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
108 Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH
108 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
110 National University College Bayamon, PR
111 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
111 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
111 Pace University - New York New York, NY
114 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
114 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
116 Madonna University Livonia, MI
116 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
116 Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY
116 Nyack College Nyack, NY
120 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
120 Strayer University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
120 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
123 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
123 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
123 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
126 Clark College Vancouver, WA
126 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
126 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
126 Tusculum College Greeneville, TN
126 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
131 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
131 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
131 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
131 Alliant International University San Diego, CA
135 Tiffin University Tiffin, OH
135 Post University Waterbury, CT
135 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
138 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
138 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
140 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
140 Idaho State University Pocatello, ID
140 Johnson & Wales University - Online Providence, RI
143 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
143 Atlanta Technical College Atlanta, GA
143 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
146 Georgetown University Washington, DC
146 University of Denver Denver, CO
146 San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia, CA
146 Sullivan University Louisville, KY
150 Fresno Pacific University Fresno, CA
150 Texas A & M University - Central Texas Killeen, TX
150 Ball State University Muncie, IN
150 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
150 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
150 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
150 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Metro San Juan, PR
150 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
158 Brenau University Gainesville, GA
158 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
160 Charter Oak State College New Britain, CT
160 Bryant & Stratton College - Online Orchard Park, NY
160 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
160 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN

Human Resource Management by Region

View the Most Popular 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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