Many companies, agencies or organizations need Human Resource professionals to help oversee the employee experience, from recruitment to training to compensation, business law, performance reviews and many more tasks.
There are a number of possible careers in HR, some of which are profiled in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (BLS OOH, http://bls.gov/ooh), and others listed in the review entries below. In terms of career outlook, job increases in HR for the period 2014-2024 are estimated as ranging from 4 to 9%, with the latter being slightly higher than average for all jobs in the United States.
If you are interested in a career in HR, or want to add the skills for a management career, this article will help you start your college search process. The article supplements our previous college rankings lists of degrees in human resources studies. In this case, we look at 25 “top value” colleges that offer an online bachelor’s degree with either a major or concentration in Human Resources-related studies, including Human Resources Management (HRM) and Administration (HRA).
This ranking is part of a series that looks at not only cost (particularly the average yearly net price for undergrads at each college) but also considers several institutional factors measuring quality and overall experience. The ranking factors are described in the Ranking Methodology section at the bottom of this article.
College Ranking Dashboard Information
Each entry for the 25 colleges ranked below provides a summary of online undergrad human resources degrees at the bachelor’s level. In addition to the summary for each entry, there is a “data dashboard.” In these dashboards, you can find charts and data points. The latter either come from NCES (http://nces.ed.gov/) data or are calculated. A legend for each dashboard data point list is shown below, followed by the 25 ranked colleges. The ranking methodology is at the end of this article.
- Year established: when this campus (or sometimes the parent) was founded.
- Location: location of campus, or headquarters for all-distance colleges
- In-state tuition + fees: listed average undergrad tuition plus mandatory fees for in-state students.
- Out-of-state tuition +fees: listed average undergrad tuition plus mandatory fees for out-of-state students.
- Net price: the yearly average total cost for all students (tuition, fees, books, etc.)
- %fulltime retention: % of full-time 1st-year undergrads who return
- %allDistEdu: % of undergrads who are taking all distance education courses, online delivery or otherwise.
- %someDistEdu: % of undergrads who are taking some distance education courses, online or otherwise.
- # students: total number of students at all study levels, on-campus and online.
- # undergrads: total number of undergraduate students.
- # grads: total number of graduate students.
- Graduation rate: % of undergrads who eventually graduate, based on first-time, full-time undergrads. Might be zero, if the college has no such students in a given year.
- Transfer-out rate: % of undergrads who transfer out of this college.
- Campus setting: community type and size.
- Campus housing: yes/no – are there on-campus student residence units.
- Affiliation/ governance: religious affiliation, system affiliation, or external board of regents.
- Institutional accreditation: : accrediting body for the college.
- Program accreditation: accrediting body for the degree program or parent department, if applicable.
Rankings: Top Value Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Resources
Rooney Library, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (source)
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (BSHRM), which follows standards set by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Students gain the skills necessary to understand the HR needs of an organization (business, government or nonprofit), develop and manage training programs, safety programs, etc. Graduates of this program typically find careers such as Compensation Manager, Conciliator, Director of Human Resources, Director of Industrial Relations, EEO Officers or Affirmative Action Coordinators, Employer Relations Manager, Employment and Placement Managers, Job Analyst, Labor Relations Manager, Mediator/ Arbitrator. Some of these careers may require completion of advanced degrees and professional certifications.
Students need complete 125 credits to graduate from this online HRM degree. The HRM major takes up 48 credits, of which 27cr are Business Core courses and 21cr are Management courses. As well, Journalism and related courses take 48cr. Remaining credits are part of various other requirements. This program is also available as an online Minor, which may interest students who want to combine HRM studies with other topics.
Sample courses: Human Resource Management; Organizational Behavior; Legal Issues in Human Resource Management; Marketing Research; Racial and Cultural Minorities.
Lightsey Chapel Auditorium, Charleston Southern University (source)
Charleston Southern University (CSU) offers two online Human Resources degrees: (1) a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (BSHRM); (2) BS Organizational Management with a Concentration in Human Resource Management. These HRM program prepares students for HR careers, including roles in compensation, labor relations, law, recruiting, training and development and others. Amongst the awards CSU has received, it is listed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Online Bachelor’s Program college ranking, and was designated a military-friendly school in 2016.
Both online HRM programs require at least 125 credits for graduation. Some credits may be awarded for CLEP examination results. For the BSHRM, the Major is in Organizational Management and takes up 51 credits, including courses for the HRM concentration. Courses in the Liberal Arts Core take 47cr, and the remaining credits in other requirements. A minor is not required. The curriculum combines business and management topics, and integrates Christian principles/ worldview. See CSU site to compare programs.
Sample courses: Human Resources Management; Labor Relations; Organizational Culture; Employee Training and Development; Compensation; Staffing.
23: Geneva College
Geneva College (source)
Geneva College (GC) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Resources (BPS-HR). (Note: a BBA with concentration in Human Resources Management is only available on-campus.). This is an accelerated Adult Degree Program, which can be completed in as little as 16 months, as it is a degree-completion program requiring 60+ credits (e.g., an associate’s degree) before eligibility. In addition to the fundamentals of HR, students learn about communication styles, decision-making, ethics, group dynamics, organizational behavior and more. Graduates of this program typically find entry-level work as a Human Resource Generalist, with roles that may include benefits, compensation, conflict resolution, safety, training and others. GC itself was ranked as a 2017 Best Value Regional University by U.S. News & World Report.
This online HR program requires a total of 120 credits, at least half of which students will have completed before entry. Course in the Core Requirements/ Electives category take up 36 credits. The curriculum integrates Christian principles. Students may be interested in adding a minor, such as Psychology, Organizational Leadership or Christian Ministry Leadership.
Sample courses: Introduction to Human Resources; Business and Interpersonal Communication; Policies and Personnel Management; Human Resources: Research and Resources; Principles of Management and Supervision.
Huntington University (source)
The Adult Degree Programs division of Huntington University (HU) offers one online Human Resources degree: an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (BSHRM). This is a degree completion program requiring at least 50 credit hours for eligibility, and is particularly designed for adult students. Graduates of the program typically find a career as a Human Resource Generalist.
The total required credits for graduation from this online HRM degree is 128 credits, with 50cr already completed before entry into the program. This is a degree-completion program, with 51 credits assigned to the Major and 37cr to Core General Education. A Business capstone project is part of the curriculum, and requires “a thesis-type written report and oral presentation.” Course sessions take place one evening a week online (or at either of two campuses) and are in an accelerated 5-week format. Christian principles are integrated into the curriculum.
Sample courses: Group and Organizational Behavior; Business Law; Staffing and Training Development; Compensation Management; Recruiting and Staffing Policies.
Thrift Library, Anderson University, South Carolina (source)
The College of Business at Anderson University (AU) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Human Resource Administration (BOL-HRA). AU has ranked highly in college review lists by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), including #1 in 2015 (Regional College in the South with the Best Undergraduate Teaching) and #2 in 2016 (Most Innovative Regional College in the South). The HRM program prepares students for careers that combine organizational leadership with HRA and integrates Christian principles.
Students will complete 120 credits to graduation from this online HRA degree. The emphasis is on Organizational Leadership, which is allotted 48 credits. The HRA concentration takes up 12 credits, while the remainder is covered by courses in General Education (36cr) and other requirements. Courses are delivered in an 8-week format. The HRA curriculum, specifically, includes courses in accounting and budgeting, compensation, training and development, which supplement Organizational Leadership topics. Students will have completed an associate’s degree (max 64 credits) before being eligible for this bachelor’s program.
Sample courses: Principles of Management; Management of Human Resources; Employment and Labor Law; Leadership.
Harvey Library, Hampton University (source)
Hampton University (HU) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Science in Systems Organization and Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management (BSSOM-HRM). (There is also an online certificate version of the concentration.) Students gain the skills and knowledge for solving “complex organizational management problems.” Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for a professional certification exam such as PHR (Professional Human Resource), and to seek entry- and mid-level HR careers in public and private sectors.
This online HRM program requires 122 credits for completion. The curriculum has an emphasis on general management topics, and combines that with HRM-specific courses, general business, and various general education courses (communications, sociology, psychology, science and tech, etc.)
Sample courses: Legal Aspects of Human Resource Mgmt; Training and Development in Organizations; Compensation and Benefits Administration; Personnel/Human Resources Management; Business Communication.
William Penn University (source)
William Penn University (WPU) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management (BAHRM). The program prepares students with the skills and knowledge required to pass various professional HR certification exams, including PHR (Professional in Human Resources). Typical careers for graduates of this program include: Compensation and Benefits Manager, Human Resource Manager, Labor Relations Specialist, Training and Development Manager.
The curriculum for this online HRM degree consists of nine Business Core courses (accounting, management, business, economics, math) and nine HRM courses (business, management, HRM). Students can also combine online courses with evening sessions (in person), if preferred.
Sample courses: Employment Law; Organizational Behavior; International Business; Employment Law; Strategic Management.
Hawaii Pacific University (source)
The College of Extended and Interdisciplinary Education (CEIE, part of the Military Campus) at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) offers one partially online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Development (BAHRD). (HPU also offers an on-campus-only Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Human Resource Management, or BSBA-HRM.) Students gain skills for HR tasks that include development and training, organizational development, performance reviews (individual and organization), management and more.
This hybrid online HRD degree requires 120 credits for graduation. General Education courses take up 72 credits in total (split evenly between lower- and upper-division) — which despite the category name includes major courses. Upper division Major Electives take up six credits, and Unrestricted Electives make up the remainder of required credits. As this program may not be available to all students, please contact HPU to determine your eligibility.
Sample courses: Introduction to Human Resource Development; Strategic Talent Management; Principles of Instructional Design; Training Methods and Delivery in Business; E-Learning and Learning Technologies.
Leprino Hall, Colorado Christian University (source)
The College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Colorado Christian University (CCU) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (BSHRM). (Alternatives are an online minor in HRM or an online HRM certificate program.) The program follows the standards set by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Students learn skills in several areas of HR, including compensation and benefits, development and training, labor and employment law, performance management, workforce planning. Graduates of this program typically find careers in business, HR or management.
Students need to complete 120 credits for completion of this online HRM degree. Of that 120 credits, 30cr are reserved for the Major, 42cr for Electives, and the remainder are in Foundation Core, General Education and other requirements. This is a degree-completion program and as such can be completed in four semesters. (CCU does offer an Associate of Science in HRM, which consists of 60 credits in total.) The curriculum integrates a biblical worldview, and courses are mostly five weeks in duration.
Sample courses: Human Resource Administration; Labor and Employment Law; Workforce Planning, Staffing, Metrics; Employee and Labor Relations; Training and Development.
Hodson Hall, Indiana Wesleyan University (source)
The College of Adult and Professional Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion (IWUM) offers two partially online Human Resources degrees: a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Business Administration or a major in Management, each with a specialization in Human Resource Management specialization (BSBA-HRM and BSM-HRM). Both of these are degree-completion programs designed particularly for adult students, and the HRM portion aligns with standards set by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). To be eligible, students will need to have completed prerequisite courses. While the HRM portion of either degree are similar, one has an emphasis on general business and the other on management. Students should choose between the two depending on the type of career they plan to have.
Either online HRM degree can be completed in 18-20 months. (Optionally, students can attend one weeknight class per week.) Both programs have nearly the same HR Specialization courses and many of the same required courses in business, finance, accounting, management, etc. Amongst the differences is that the BSBA has a Seminar in Business while the BSM requires completing an Applied Management Project. See site for specific course details for each degree option.
Sample courses: Human Resources Development; Total Rewards; Comprehensive Overview of HRM; Human Resources Management; Financial Decisions for Managers.
Hyatt Village, Concordia University-Saint Paul (source)
Concordia University-Saint Paul (CSP) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management (BAHRM). The degree aligns with standards that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has set. Skills gained by students include arbitration and mediation, building workplace morale, conflict management, recruitment, training and more. Typical careers for graduates of the Concordia HRM program include: Employment and Recruitment Specialist, Human Resource Generalist, Human Resource Manager.
The Major portion of this online HRM degree consists of 40 credits (10 courses), for a total of 128 credits for graduation. Other credits are filled through general education and other requirements. Courses are seven weeks each, though students can choose to mix online with evening (in-person) sessions.
Sample courses: Principles of Ethical Management; Human Resource Management and Employment Law; Recruitment, Selection, and Onboarding; Strategic Compensation Systems; Organization Development.
Saint Leo University (source)
The Tapia School of Business at Saint Leo University (SLU) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (BSHRM). The program is aligned with the standards set by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Students gain knowledge in multiple HR skill areas, including benefits and compensation, development and training, interviewing and counseling, recruitment, risk management. Typical careers for graduates of this program include Compensation Manager, EEO Manager, Human Resource Generalist, Human Resource Manager, Human Resource Professional, Safety Director, Training Director.
Students must complete a total of 120 credits for graduation from this online HRM degree program. Of that 120 credits, 27cr are for courses in the Human Resource Core, 15cr for Electives, 36rcr for the Common Body of Knowledge (business, management, marketing, economics, accounting, statistics, etc.). Remaining credits are covered by various foundation and general education courses. An internship is part of the curriculum. However, students with HRM or HRA work experience may be eligible for a waiver. A capstone is also included, and prepares students for the PHR (Professional Human Resources) certification examination.
Sample courses: Risk Management; Human Resource Development; Total Compensation; Human Resources Strategic Planning; Management of Human Resources.
Davenport University, Livonia Campus (source)
The Maine College of Business at Davenport University (DU) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management (HRMG BBA). This program is aligned with standards set by the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM). In addition to an education in business, students learn skills for HR-related tasks such as compensation, dispute resolution, leadership strategies, negotiation, organizational behavior, staffing, and training. Typical careers for graduates of this program include: Compensation and Benefit Manager, Employee Relations Manager, Human Resource Specialist, Job Analyst, Labor Relations Manager, Recruiting and Staffing Manager.
Completion of 120 credits is required for graduation in this online HRM degree. Courses in the Major take up 40 credits, Open Electives 9cr. There is a strong emphasis on business, and courses in the Foundations of Business category take up 32 credits, while Foundations of Excellence (general education) take the remaining 39cr.
Sample courses: Human Resource Management; Staffing Organizations; Training for Organizations; Negotiation and Dispute Resolution; Compensation Administration.
12: Peirce College
Peirce College (source)
Peirce College (PC) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management (BSHRM). The degree aligns with standards set by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and is part of the collection of online programs that earned PC a spot in U.S. News & World Report’s (USNWR’s) 2016 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs college rankings list. Students gain skills in multiple areas that are important for business growth, including benefits, compensation, recruitment, training and more. Typical entry-level careers for graduates of this program include HR Assistant, HR Generalist, HR Specialist or HR Recruiter.
This online HRM degree requires 121 credits. Students can take courses online, on-campus or as a combination of these, as best suits their preference and schedule. The credit breakdown is 43cr for Institutional Requirements and 78cr for Program Requirements (including HRM, business and elective courses). A capstone course is part of this curriculum.
Sample courses: Human Resource Management; Managing Employment Law; Training Development and Design; HR Information Systems; Human Capital Management.
Dede Plaza and fountain, Indiana State University (source)
Indiana State University (ISU) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry (BSHRD). This degree is aligned with the standards set by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Typical careers for graduates of this program include Human Resource Development Specialist. This role often includes tasks such as education and training of employees, developing programs, managing programs, etc. Graduates might also work in roles related to union/ labor relations, performance management systems, career development, and more.
Courses in this HRD major are available online and total 51 credits, of which 42cr are Required and 9cr are Directed Electives. An internship is part of the curriculum. All other credits will be filled by various curriculum requirements, including general education and prerequisites. A minor in this program is recommended, to improve career opportunities, but is not compulsory. American and Canadian students, including transfer students, are eligible to take this degree.
Sample courses: Characteristics of Human Resource Development; Labor Relations in Human Resource Development; Work-Life Integration; Developing Occupational and Training Programs; Methods and Strategies for Instructional Programs.
University of Arkansas (source)
University of Arkansas (UARK) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor’s in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education (HRWD). (UARK also offers an on-campus only HRM concentration.) The program is one of several that collectively earned UARK a spot in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of their Best Online Bachelor’s Programs ranking. This is a degree that prepares students to be training specialists in human resources / workforce development. Note: Graduates of the program do not typically pursue teaching licensure.
This online HRM degree requires 120 credits and can be completed in four years or less. The 120 credits breaks down to 51cr for HRWD Required courses, 35cr for University Core courses, and the remainder in various other requirements. Students start as Pre-HRWD majors and must satisfy certain criteria (see site for details) before being eligible to become HRWD majors. Spring and Fall semesters have 15-week courses, while Summer has two five-week sessions. A capstone is part of the final semester.
Sample courses: Foundations of Human Resource Development; Career Development; The Generational Dynamics in the Workplace; Writing for Human Resource and Workforce Development; Strategic Human Resource Development .
Metropolitan State University (source)
The College of Management at Metropolitan State University (MSU) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Science Human Resource Management (BSHRM). Areas of study include benefits, compensation, employee development, employee relations, policies, and staffing. Graduates of this program can pursue HR careers in business, government or nonprofits. General managers may also be interested in this program.
A total of 120 credits is required for completion of this online HRM degree. The HRM Core courses take 24 credits, HRM Required courses take 20 credits, and HRM Electives take four credits. The remaining credits consist of courses in Foundation and other requirements. Students can select two majors under certain conditions. (See site for details or contact MSU.)
Sample courses: Human Resource Management: A Strategic Framework; Staffing Organizations; Employee Development and Training; Compensation Management; Employee Benefits Management.
Wilmington University (source)
The College of Online and Experiential Learning (COEL) at Wilmington University (WU) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (BSHRM) degree-completion program with a 15-credit concentration in Nonprofit Management. Students with a suitable associate’s degree from a partner institution can take this as a completion program. (There is also an online Minor version of the HRM concentration.) Students gain knowledge and skills in compensation/ benefits, employee relations, training and development, staffing, amongst others.
Completion of this online Human Resources degree requires 120 credits. Courses in the Business Core and the HRM Core each take up 33 credits. HRM/BBM Electives make up nine credits, while Free Electives take six credits. General Education (27cr) and other requirements make up the remaining program credits. The concentration in Nonprofit Management is 15 credits and includes an optional internship. The HRM curriculum is in alignment with the standards set by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Sample courses: Staffing Organizations; Organizational Development; Human Resource Management; Strategic Human Capital Management; International Human Resource Management.
Park University, Mackay Hall (source)
The College of Management (COM) at Park University (Park) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management (BBA-HRM). (A BS Human Resource Management (BSHRM) degree is available on-campus only.) The program is business focus, adding breadth to HRM concepts. Graduates of this program may be interested in roles in business or government leadership, entrepreneurship or various types of management positions in multiple markets.
The program requires a total of 120 credits. Courses in the Business Core Curriculum take up 36 credits, while the HRM concentration takes 24cr (eight courses, including three business electives). The remaining credits are covered by Liberal Education courses (37cr) and other requirements. Students declare their major (in this case, HRM) before completing 60 credit hours (unless they are a transfer student).
Sample courses: Introduction to Human Resource Management; Planning and Staffing; Employment Law; Compensation Management; Human Resources Development.
Maxwell Library, Ohio Christian University (source)
The Adult and Graduate Studies division of Ohio Christian University (OCU) offers one online Human Resources degree: a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Human Resources (BABHR). Students will develop the skills and knowledge for various HR tasks, including understanding the HR needs of an organization, developing policies and programs such as compensation and performance reviews.
This online HR degree requires a total of 120 credits. Of this 120, Program Electives take up 45cr and General Electives take up 39cr. General Education takes up 36cr. For students taking the HR concentration, that amounts to 45 credits of courses. A significant portion of General Electives will consist of business or related courses. The curriculum integrates a Christian worldview.
Sample courses: Introduction to Human Resources and Workforce Planning; Compensation and Benefits; Employee and Labor Relations; Training and Development; .
Campus Recreation, Georgia Southwestern State University (source)
The School of Business Administration at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) offers one partially online Human Resources bachelor’s degree: a Bachelor of Arts in Business with Concentration in Human Resources Management (BAB-HRM). GSW emphasizes the following careers for graduates of this program: Compensation and Benefits Specialist, Corporate Recruiter, Corporate Trainer, Diversity Manger, Employee Relations and discipline, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist, HR Director/ Chief HR Officer (CHRO), HR Generalist, HR Manager.
Students of GSW’s School of Business Administration (SOBA) must complete a minimum of 60 credits before declaring a major or minor. Note that some core courses are not available online. Contact an advisor for more information. This HRM program’s curriculum is aligned with standards defined by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), to more closely match employer expectations. Students who complete this degree are prepared to sit for the professional certification exam as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
Sample courses: Human Resources Law; Intro to HR Management; Organizational Theory; Compensation Management; Current Issues in HRM.
Dickinson State University (source)
The Department of Business and Management at Dickinson State University (DSU) offers one online Human Resources bachelor’s degree: a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (BSHRM). (An online HRM certificate program is also available). Graduates of this program typically find work as an HR Specialist.
The total credit requirement for this online HRM degree is 120 credits. Of that, 34cr are for HRM Major Business Core courses and 27cr are for HRM Core courses. The remaining credits are for General Education (31cr) and Pre-Major courses (28cr). The curriculum combines courses in six topic groups, including accounting, business, communications, economics, marketing and management.
Sample courses: Management and Leadership; Organizational Behavior; Business Ethics and Critical Thinking; Production/Operations Management; Management Information Systems.
Landon Undergraduate School of Business (in the College of Business) at Florida International University (FIU) offers one online Human Resources bachelor’s degree: a Bachelor of Business Administration with major in Human Resource Management (BBA-HRM). Graduates of the program develop the knowledge and skills to recruit, develop evaluation programs, conduct performance reviews and disciplinary actions, amongst others. Graduates of this program find careers such as Administrative Services Manager, Medical and Health Services Manager, Postmaster, Mail Superintendent, Training and Development Specialist. The College and both its undergrad and graduate schools have listed in the top 10 of various publishers’ college rankings, including U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times and more.
This online HRM degree requires 120 credits for graduation. The primary focus of the program is on skills related to organizational management, including interpersonal skills, recruiting, employee selection, development of training programs, incorporation of feedback, performance review practices, and disciplinary actions. The curriculum completion of nine HRM and four Elective courses (business) at the upper-division level, plus other requirements totalling 60 credits in the junior and senior years.
Sample courses: Managing Diversity; International Human Resources Management; Compensation and Benefits; Human Resource Management; Training and Development.
Downtown Columbia, MO (source)
The Business Administration department at Columbia College (CC) offers two online Human Resources bachelor’s degree programs: Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BABA, BSBA) with a major in Human Resources Management (HRM). There is also an online 18-credit certificate in HRM. The HRM programs prepare graduates for entry-level HR roles in compensation/ benefits, corporate policy recruitment, training, etc.
Both online bachelor’s programs require 120 credits. General Education courses take up 38-41 credits; six credits for Foreign Language requirements; three credits for Multicultural requirements; and 51 credits for Core BusAdmin requirements. The HRM major has 18 credits in required courses and 1-4 credits in electives. Students can take up to two internships at three credits each.
Sample courses: Business Communication; Principles of Management; Business Ethics; Management Science; Strategic Management.
Montgomery, AL; Carolyn Blount Theatre (source)
The College of Business and Leadership at Amridge University (AU) offers one online Human Resources bachelor’s degree program: a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership (BSHRL). The program prepares graduates for roles such as Human Resource Manager, Human Resource Specialist, Human Resource Generalist, Corporate Trainer. Skills acquired include employee screening, human resource forecasting, development of compensation systems and others. Graduates are also prepared for advanced degrees including law, organizational leadership, counseling, etc.
Students must complete 128 credits, which includes: 40cr of General Education courses; 56cr of courses in the major; 28cr of Elective courses; and a four-credit capstone course. The curriculum combines courses in psychology, sociology, history, economics, business, human development, management and more.
Sample courses: Management Intervention; Motivation and Performance; Human Resources Management: Analysis and Procedures; Fundamentals of Effective Leadership; Leadership Principles and Ethics.
This ranking system combines affordability (60%) with a number of institutional “value” metrics (total of 40%) that together give an overall sense of a college’s reputation (or potential) with undergrad students, based on available statistics. These factors are consistently applied against all colleges listed in the NCES database (http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/) as having a bachelor’s program in Human Resources-related topics. E.g., the “candidate cohort.” Because of this approach, there may be some colleges here that have already been listed in our various other bachelor’s of human resources rankings, as well as some newly listed.
The affordability metrics are calculated using a relative scale based on the cost values for all the initial candidate colleges. E.g., based on the minimum and maximum values for each cost metric across the candidate cohort. Where any given college’s value for that cost metric falls in the overall range determines the score in that metric for that college. For example, assume a topic of accounting, for illustration purposes, and that there are about 300 colleges listed in NCES as offering a bachelor’s program in accounting. If the in-state tuition values for all 300 colleges range from $1,200 per year to $60,000 per year, points are awarded to each college based on where their in-state tuition falls in that range. The lower the relative cost value, the more points a college is awarded. This approach is applied to all three cost metrics.
Non-price metrics, on the other hand, are typically already a percentage from 0-100. So their scores are determined by applying a multiple. So if Retention (see below) is worth 10% of the overall score, each college’s full-time undergrad retention score is multiplied by 0.10, to get the value of this ranking factor’s score.
Missing values are handled differently based on what they represent. Incomplete info for a college is not penalized in most cases. However, an unreported graduation rate means a college is filtered out. Otherwise, that ranking factor is set to zero, giving colleges a chance to get ranked if enough other, more important, factors support it.
The ranking factors used in this article, in approximately declining order of weight, are as follows:
- In-state tuition — Covers relative affordability for the bulk of students.
- Out-of-state tuition — Covers relative affordability for non-resident students taking one of these online programs.
- GradRate — Score based on percentage of first-time, full-time undergrads who graduate their program. Colleges without such students may have a zero score here. However, if other ranking factors support it, the college may still appear in the 25 ranked colleges on that basis.
- Net price — Covers relative affordability for all undergrads based on average yearly net prices
- Retention — Covers the percentage of full-time undergrads continuing in degree programs after freshman year.
- OnlyDE — Score based on percentage of undergrads taking all Distance Education courses (including online) for their degree program.
- SomeDE — Score based on percentage of undergrads taking some DistEd courses for their degree program.
Note that ranking factors and their weighting may vary slightly from article to article in the “Top Value Affordable” series. In this specific list, we also filtered out colleges with below 20% graduation rate.