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Top Human Resource Management Graduate Programs: List of Schools

Learn about some of the top schools to offer human resource management programs at the graduate level. Learn about the program details and rankings for three of these schools, and see a list of other top universities in the nation to offer such programs. View article »

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Human Resource Management Programs

Human resource management programs prepare graduates to oversee employee hiring, training, compensation, and other elements of managing people in a work environment. Most programs award a Master of Human Resources, which may offer graduates a competitive edge in the job market.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Human Resources Development
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Labor Studies
  • Organizational Behavior

School Overviews

Three of the top schools to offer graduate-level programs in human resources management are Rutgers University, New York University, and Capella University. These schools are notable because they provide comprehensive training, covering a wide range of topics in order to thoroughly prepare graduates for professional careers in the human resources field.

Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ

This university has paid internships and placement programs for graduates. Specifically, Master of Human Resource Management students at this university learn to design human resource management systems and evaluate their effects on an organization's performance. Additionally, students take advantage of financial analysis, contemporary research methods and up-to-date software to design, implement, and assess the country's most effective HRM programs. There are also a few student organizations in which students can choose to participate.

New York University in New York City, NY

NYU's School of Professional studies has existed for nearly 80 years. A Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development is offered by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, a division that offers programs with equal parts practical experience and academic studies. Also, there are three graduate certificate programs, in Benefits and Compensation, Human Resource Management, and Organizational and Executive Coaching.

Capella University in Minneapolis, MN

The school offers a fully online MBA in human resource management. The Master's in Human Resources Management program at Capella University is available entirely online. Coursework includes advanced studies in business theory, information technology use, communications, ethics, law, and strategic management, among other topics. Students also participate in interactive simulations that can prepare them for real life work in a human resources department. The program is available entirely online and is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Top Graduate HR Programs

These universities also offer excellent graduate level human resources management programs:

  • DePaul University's graduate business programs are accredited by the AACSB International, putting it among five percent of business schools in the world to earn that distinction. The school is in Chicago, IL.
  • Pennsylvania State University in University Park, was ranked #14 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top public schools for 2017.
  • The University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD, has a 100% acceptance rate.
  • Webster University in Saint Louis, MO, offers small, convenient class sizes and classes that begin five times each year.

Aspiring human resources managers can find excellent graduate programs that provide broad training in the field at both public and private universities.

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