School and Ranking Information
There are a few schools in Albuquerque offering degrees in human resource management. The following two universities and one community college are considered the top three based on rankings, degree levels, number of degrees awarded and tuition:
- Winner: University of New Mexico in Albuquerque came in first because of its multiple levels of degrees awarded in human resource management, large number of degrees awarded and three national rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
- Runner Up #1: Webster University, situated in Albuquerque, received the first runner up spot due to its high level of human resource management degrees offered, graduation rate and ranking within the top 70 online master's programs in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report.
- Runner Up #2: Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque got third place for its public school status and low tuition rates.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of New Mexico||Webster University||Central New Mexico Community College|
|Ranking|| #181 on 2014 National University list,
#119 on 2014 Best Undergraduate Business Program list,
#157 on 2014 \Part-Tme MBA list*
|#62 on 2013 Best Online Graduate Program list||unranked|
|Location||Albuquerque, NM||Albuquerque, NM||Albuquerque, NM|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, profit, not-for-profit||2-year, public|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)|| $6,050 (in-state, undergraduate),
$20,688 (out-of-state, undergraduate),
$6,642 (in-state, graduate),
$21,258 (out-of-state, graduate)**,
$1,145 (HR certificate)***
|$11,250 (graduate)**|| $1,310 (in-state, undergraduate),
$6,464 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
|Human Resource Management Degree Levels Offered||Certificate; bachelor's and master's degrees||Master's degrees||Certificate|
|Human Resources Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012||745**||N/A||37**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class||46%**||64%**||10% (12% transfer-out rate)**|
|Noteworthy||HR concentrations are part of business administration programs||Webster offers educational opportunities in Albuquerque in collaboration with U.S. Department of Defense||Courses may be applied to business administration associate degree|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator
Winner: University of New Mexico
- Internship is part of bachelor's and master's degree programs
- The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) collaborates with the university to offer the certificate program
The University of New Mexico's Bachelor of Business Administration with human resource management concentration is 128 credits and covers topics in operations management, marketing, career management skills, international management, strategic management and employment law. A human resource concentration is also part of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. The 30-credit program consists of classes in training and development, labor relations, organizational development, negotiation and leadership.
The school also offers a 12-week human resource management certificate that prepares students for certification in the field. Students have the option of pursuing the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. In order to be eligible for PHR certification, students must have 1-4 years of experience; SPHR candidates must have at least four years of experience in the field.
Runner Up #1: Webster University
- Programs are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ASBSP)
- Opportunity to earn an Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Arts (MA)
Webster University has two campuses located in the Albuquerque area at Albuquerque Metro and Kirtland Air Force Base. The MA program is 36 credits, while the MBA program is 51 credits. Students at Albuquerque Metro can pursue a master's degree in human resources management. Courses in the program include organizational behavior, training and development, employment law, staffing, compensation and labor-management relations. The human resources development master's degree is offered at the Kirtland Air Force Base. Students in the program study research and assessment methods, integrated studies, career management, organizational and group development and organizational behavior.
Runner Up #2: Central New Mexico Community College
- Offers roughly 80 certificates and 40 associate degrees
- Programs are accredited through The Higher Learning Commission
Central New Mexico Community College offers a 15-credit human resource certificate that can be completed in two semesters. Students in the program take courses in business law, principles of management, supervision, organizational behavior and human resource management. The program offers students an opportunity to learn about recruiting and motivating employees, ethics, career development and performance appraisal.