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2022 Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools

779 Colleges
$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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Business Degree Central has created its Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 779 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular 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 analysis found University of Phoenix - Arizona to be the most popular school for human resource management students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Tempe.

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#2

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Western Governors University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. WGU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Salt Lake City.

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Out of the 779 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Colorado State University - Global Campus landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Greenwood Village, Colorado State University - Global Campus is a public college with a large student population.

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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 fairly large public school located in the small 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 779 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 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 came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools ranking. UMGC is a fairly large public school located in the 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

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular human resource management programs. Capella University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

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#9

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster University ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit college 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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#10

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #10 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular human resource management programs. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly 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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With a ranking of #11, Southern New Hampshire University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for human resource management students. 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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With a ranking of #12, DeVry University - Illinois did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for human resource management students. DeVry University - Illinois is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #13 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular human resource management programs. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly 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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Florida International University ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. FIU is a fairly large public school located in the large 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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#15

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University came in at #15 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 school 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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#16

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University landed the #16 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular human resource management programs. Located in the large 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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#17

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

With a ranking of #17, Regent University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for human resource management students. 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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University of Southern California did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for human resource management students. It came in at #18 on the list. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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#19

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. Central Michigan is a large public school located in the distant 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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#20

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University landed the #20 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular human resource management programs. Temple is a very large public school located in the 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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University of the Incarnate Word ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools list. UIW is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Antonio.

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#22

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools ranking. Columbia Southern University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the town of Orange Beach.

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#23

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

With a ranking of #23, Michigan State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for human resource management students. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

HR majors at Michigan State take out an average of $29,834 in student loans while working on their egree. 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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#24

George Washington University

Washington, DC

With a ranking of #24, George Washington University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for human resource management students. GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

The average amount in student loans that HR majors at GWU take out is $34,188. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $384, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona 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. University of Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tucson.

On average, HR graduates from University of Arizona take out $20,805 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $216, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#27

Park University

Parkville, MO
#28

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
#29

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#30

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN
#31

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#32

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#35

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE
#36

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#37

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY
#38

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
#38

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO
#40

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA
#42

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#43

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS
#45

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ
#46

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#48

Franklin University

Columbus, OH

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Most Popular Human Resource Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 779 different United States human resource management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
52 Troy University Troy, AL
53 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
53 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
55 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
55 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
57 Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara, CA
58 Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, PR
59 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
60 Concordia University, Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
61 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
62 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
63 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
64 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
64 New York University New York, NY
66 National University La Jolla, CA
67 Brandman University Irvine, CA
67 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
67 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
70 University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras San Juan, PR
71 National University College Bayamon, PR
71 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
71 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
71 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
75 Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI
75 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
77 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
77 University of North Texas Denton, TX
77 DePaul University Chicago, IL
80 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
80 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
82 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
82 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
84 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
84 Towson University Towson, MD
86 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
86 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
88 Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR
89 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
89 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
91 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
92 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
92 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
92 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
95 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
96 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
96 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
96 University of Denver Denver, CO
96 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
100 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
100 Strayer University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
102 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
102 Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
102 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
102 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
106 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
107 Georgetown University Washington, DC
107 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
107 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
107 Excelsior College Albany, NY
107 Utah State University Logan, UT
112 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
112 Baker College Owosso, MI
112 Belhaven University Jackson, MS
112 San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia, CA
116 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
116 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
116 American InterContinental University - Online Schaumburg, IL
116 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
116 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL

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
121 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
121 Tiffin University Tiffin, OH
121 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
124 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA
125 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
125 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
125 Post University Waterbury, CT
128 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
129 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
130 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
130 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
130 Benedictine University Lisle, IL
130 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
130 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
130 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
136 Strayer University - Virginia Arlington, VA
136 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
138 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
138 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
138 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
138 Johnson & Wales University - Online Providence, RI
142 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
143 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
143 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
145 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
145 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
145 Purdue University Global Indianapolis, IN
145 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
145 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
150 South Texas College McAllen, TX
150 Ball State University Muncie, IN
150 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
150 Strayer University - Global Region Washington, DC
150 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
155 Sullivan University Louisville, KY
155 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
155 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
155 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
155 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
155 Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY

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 26 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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