Best Degree Programs in Human Resource Management - Portland, OR

Students interested in studying human resource management in Portland, OR, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

Students can find a few schools in the Portland area with programs in human resource management. The following schools are considered the top three going by tuition, rankings and graduation rate:

  • Winner: Portland State University in Portland is the winner for its tuition rates, the number of degrees awarded in the area of study and for the business administration school's sizable mentor program.
  • Runner Up #1: George Fox University's Portland campus makes the list as the first runner up for its part-time program in the field to accommodate busy schedules and for the program being recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management.
  • Runner Up #2: University of Portland comes in third place due to its multiple high regional rankings in 2013 from U.S. News & World Report and for the institution's graduation rate.

School Comparison Chart

Category Portland State University George Fox University University of Portland
Ranking(s) Tenth among up-and-coming schools in 2012, national*
166th among undergraduate business programs in 2012, national*
23rd among regional universities in the West in 2013* Sixth among regional universities in the West in 2013*
Sixth among schools with the best value in the West in 2013*
Location Portland, OR Portland, OR Portland, OR
School Type Four-year, public Four-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees 2012-2013 $7,653 (undergraduate, in-state)
$22,863 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**
$710 per credit*** $14,558 (graduate)**
Human Resource Management Degree Level Offered Bachelor's degree Master's degree Master's degree
Human Resource Management Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 89** 100 General business administration and management (human resource management not reported)** 2 Communication, journalism and related programs (human resource management not reported)**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class 38%** 62%** 76%**
Noteworthy Business school sponsors the largest mentor program in the Pacific Northwest George Fox University has the only MBA program in the Pacific Northwest that is acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management To achieve the master's degree, students can choose to write a thesis or complete a project in their specialized area of interest

Sources: *U.S. World & News Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***George Fox University

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Winner: Portland State University

  • PSU has the largest business school in Oregon, per the school's website
  • The School of Business gives students the opportunity to study abroad to gain cross-cultural experience
  • Students have access to eight centers and research institutes

PSU's Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The large faculty in the School of Business Administration (SBA), with 62 tenured and full-time members, helps keep class sizes small. Undergraduate business students are given many experiences to develop their professional skills: a required group project developing a business strategy for a local organization, nine active student groups (including one specifically for human resource management), mentorships and internships. The college has three scholarships that are specific to undergraduates in human resource management. The SBA has excellent career services for students and alumni including career counseling, workshops in career development and job boards. Each year, 25 students are accepted into the SBA honors track.

Runner-Up #1: George Fox University

  • The program is a part-time MBA with classes on weeknights and weekends
  • Nearly 25% of all master's degrees awarded at George Fox University in 2012 were MBAs, according to NCES College Navigator
  • NCES lists a student-faculty ratio of 13:1

Students seeking a graduate degree in human resource management can consider the part-time MBA program with a concentration in strategic human resource management at George Fox University. The 24-month program is available at the Portland Center in Portland. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Professional experience is required in order to be accepted into the program. Unique features of the program include working in a cohort group, small class sizes, a large alumni network and the option to study abroad. Human resource management coursework includes human resource management foundations, management strategies and human resource development.

Runner-Up #2: University of Portland

  • The school stated that for 18 years in a row U.S. World & News Report has placed UP in the top ten western regional schools
  • University of Portland is a Catholic school that continues to be run in part by the Congregation of Holy Cross

The University of Portland has a Master of Science in Communication Studies with a track in human resources. The degree requires 36 credit hours, 12 of which are human resources courses at UP's business school. Students have opportunities to develop their skills by studying abroad, volunteering in the community and completing internships for credit. The eight full-time faculty members in the Communication Studies Department specialize in many areas of management such as leadership and dealing with conflicts.

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