Top School in Sacramento for an HR Management Degree

School and Ranking Information

A few schools are found within a 50-mile radius of Sacramento that have degrees in human resource management, including several 4-year institutions. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, tuition and program levels offered in the field:

  • Winner: California State University in Sacramento is the top pick for its regional and national rankings from U.S. News & World Report in 2013 and 2014 and total amount of degrees awarded.
  • Runner Up #1: University of the Pacific, located in Stockton, is the first runner up due to its program options in the field and AACSB accreditation.
  • Runner Up #2: Drexel University in Sacramento secures third place for its national rankings in 2014 from U.S. News & World Report and its location.

School Comparison Chart

Category California State University - Sacramento University of the Pacific Drexel University Sacramento
Rankings 66th among regional universities in the West (2014);
22nd among public schools in the West (2014);
266th best undergraduate business program (2013)*
47th among best value national universities (2014);
112th among national universities (2014)*
97th among national universities in 2014;
161st among best graduate education schools*
Location Sacramento, CA Stockton, CA (about 46.8 miles from downtown Sacramento) Sacramento, CA
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,620 (in-state, undergraduate);
$18,278 (out-of-state, undergraduate),
$7,868 (in-state, graduate),
$17,414 (out-of-state, graduate)**
$38,320 (undergraduate),
$37,950 (graduate)**
$28,215 (graduate)**
Human Resource Management Award Levels Offered Certificate, bachelor's and master's degrees Certificate and bachelor's degree Master's degree
Human Resource Management Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012) 1,132 (including all business administration and management degrees)** 132 (including all undergraduate business administration and management degrees)** 44 (all campuses)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class 41% (5% transfer-out rate)** 58%** 65% (26% transfer-out rate) (all campuses)**
Noteworthy Only not-for-profit school in Sacramento with an undergraduate degree in human resources The Eberhardt School of Business has a grant program to help cover academic travel, conference fees, research equipment and other related items for qualified students Scholarships available specifically for graduate students at the Sacramento campus

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: California State University - Sacramento

  • The university's Human Resources Management Association, a student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management, has a mentorship program for HR students
  • The College of Business Administration offers more than 35 departmental scholarships, including one for human resources management students
  • College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)

California State University - Sacramento offers human resources concentrations as part of its bachelor's degree in business administration and Master of Business Administration degree programs. The university also offers a certificate in human resources management through its College of Continuing Education. The bachelor's degree program includes courses in employment law and management along with core business courses. Human resources concentration courses in the MBA include negotiation, industrial relations and personnel management.

Runner-Up #1: University of the Pacific

  • Business students can join the Human Resources Student Association at UOP
  • 86% of all students had some grant or scholarship aid in 2011-2012, according to NCES
  • Eberhardt School of Business is accredited by AACSB

The University of the Pacific offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in management and human resources. This specialization includes courses in conflict management, leadership and change, employment law and group dynamics. Internships are available for business students to gain experience. The school is home to several institutes and centers, including the Westgate Center for Leadership and Management Development. The Center for Professional and Continuing Education at UOP offers online continuing education classes in human resources management that lead to a certificate.

Runner-Up #2: Drexel University Sacramento

  • Classes are held online and on campus; on-campus classes are held on Friday evenings and Saturdays to accommodate working professionals
  • Human resources professionals enrolled in the program may use current employment to fulfill co-op requirement

Drexel University Sacramento students can complete a Master of Science in Human Resource Development with a concentration in strategic human resources, instructional design, project management or program evaluation. Students interested in HR management can complete the strategic human resources concentration, which offers courses in human resources leadership and management. This 2-year, 45-credit program is offered through the Drexel University School of Education and can be completed on campus, online or both. Classes are held in the evening to accommodate working professionals.

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