Human Resource Management is of the hottest master's degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #22 most popular major in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.
For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 220 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for human resource management students pursuing a master's degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 9,750 master's degrees in human resource management during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Choosing a Great Human Resource Management School for Your Master's Degree
The HR master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:
Overall Quality Is a Must
The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a college's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.
Average Early-Career Salaries
Average early-career salary of those graduating with their master's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your master's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.
Other Factors We Consider
The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.
Major Focus - How much a school focuses on human resource management students vs. other majors.
Major Demand - The number of human resource management students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
Student Debt - How easy is it for human resource management to pay back their student loans after receiving their master's degree.
Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized human resource management related body.
Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for human resource management students working on their master's degree.
More Ways to Rank Human Resource Management Schools
The HR school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Human Resource Management Master's Degree Schools.
Featured Human Resource Management Programs
Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.
Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Human Resource Management in the United States
Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in human resource management. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.
University of Pennsylvania is a wonderful decision for students interested in a master's degree in human resource management. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia.
Human Resource Management master's degree recipients from University of Pennsylvania receive an earnings boost of around $35,065 above the average income of human resource management majors.
It's difficult to beat Villanova University if you want to pursue a master's degree in human resource management. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Villanova.
Human Resource Management master's degree recipients from Villanova University earn a boost of about $27,757 over the average income of human resource management majors.
UMN Twin Cities is a very large public university located in the city of Minneapolis.
Human Resource Management master's degree recipients from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities get an earnings boost of approximately $19,663 over the average earnings of human resource management majors.
UIUC is a very large public university located in the city of Champaign.
Master's recipients from the human resource management major at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign get $31,097 above the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.
Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public university with a fairly large student population.
Human Resource Management master's degree recipients from Ohio State University - Main Campus receive an earnings boost of around $16,289 above the typical income of human resource management graduates.
The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
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).