Top-Ranked HR Management Degree Program in Richmond, VA

Three schools in the Richmond, VA, area have top ranking human resources (HR) programs. Read on to find out what one top school has to offer for human resources, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

Among the three schools in Richmond, VA, that offer programs in human resource management are a for-profit college, a small, not-for-profit institution and a large public university. The latter was chosen as the best school for human resource management based upon its business school accreditation, program options and U.S. News & World Report rankings.

  • Winner: Virginia Commonwealth University is composed of one college and 13 schools, including the professionally accredited School of Business. The university offers more than 220 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, such as the Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in human resource management, as well as a certificate in the same area of study.

School Info Chart

Category Virginia Commonwealth University
Rankings #156 among National Universities (2015);
#84 among Top Public Schools (2015);
#113 among Best Undergraduate Business Programs (2014);
#101 among Part-Time MBA programs (2014)*
Location Richmond, VA
School Type 4-year; public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate:
$12,002 (in-state);
$29,473 (out-of-state)**
Human Resources Degrees Offered Bachelor's and postgraduate certificate
Human Resources Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 6**
Most Popular Human Resources Program in 2012-2013 Postgraduate certificate (6 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 57%**
Noteworthy School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • School of Business offers scholarships
  • School of Business helps students obtain internships and job placements
  • Eligible business students can join Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society

Virginia Commonwealth University has an annual enrollment of nearly 31,000 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1. Undergraduate students at the School of Business can pursue one of 16 majors or three minors; a certificate in international management studies is also available. Graduate students can earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA), specialized Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business; the school also offers postgraduate certificates. In 2014, the School of Business made The Princeton Review's 'The Best 295 Business Schools' edition.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business program include advanced business courses in financial, operations and strategic management; organizational behavior and communication; business statistics and marketing, among other related topics. Undergraduates also receive training in accounting, the use of spreadsheets and word processing. To fulfill the 24-credit concentration in human resource management, students can take electives in employment benefits and law, international human resources, labor relations or occupational safety. Similar coursework can be found in the postgraduate certificate in human resource management, which requires 30 credits or two years to complete.

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