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Top School in New York City for a HR Management Degree

There are several schools in the New York City area that have top ranking human resource management and personnel administration programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for human resource management and personnel administration, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

Nearly 10 schools within a 20-mile radius of downtown New York City have programs in human resource management and personnel administration. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, degree levels offered and graduation rates:

  • Winner: New York University, located in New York City, secured the top spot due to its multiple national rankings received in 2013 and 2014 from U.S. News & World Report, number of degrees awarded in HR management and graduation rate.
  • Runner Up #1: Pace University in New York City is the first runner up for its multiple degree level options in the field and for its promising mention in Forbes magazine.
  • Runner Up #2: Touro College, situated within New York City, is in third place for its top-125 regional ranking from U.S. News & World Report in 2014 and its tuition rates.

School Comparison Chart

Category New York University Pace University Touro College
Ranking(s) 10th among graduate business schools (2013)*
5th among undergraduate business programs (2013)*
32nd among national universities (2014)*
159th among undergraduate business programs (2013)*
173rd among national universities (2014)*
123rd for regional universities (North) in 2014*
Location New York, NY New York, NY New York, NY
School Type Four-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $43,204 (undergraduate);
$36,820 (graduate)**
$36,614 (undergraduate);
$31,968 (graduate)**
$14,850 (undergraduate);
$26,800 (graduate)**
HRM and Personnel Administration Degree Levels Offered Master's degrees; graduate certificate Bachelor's and master's degrees Master's degrees
HRM and Personnel Administration Degrees (all levels) Awarded in 2011-2012 85** 51** 2**
Most Popular HRM and Personnel Administration Program in 2011-2012 Master's degree (76 awarded)** Master's degree (30 awarded)** Master's degree (2 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class 85%** 56%** 27%**
Noteworthy In 2012, enrolled over 44,500 students, but maintained a low student-faculty ratio of 10:1 Forbes magazine lists Pace as one of top 20 'Colleges That Will Make You Rich'*** Has multiple facilities worldwide, including five in or near NYC

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Pace University website.

Winner: New York University

  • Largest U.S. private university
  • Association of American Universities member
  • HRM curriculum is taught by professionals in the human resources industry

Founded during the Depression as the Division of General Education, NYU-SCPS now offers an array of educational opportunities to an international student body. Among nearly 30 graduate degree and certificate programs are an M.S. degree and graduate certificate in HRM. Available online or at the Midtown and Woolworth Building campuses, the 42-credit degree program offers concentrations in HRM, organizational effectiveness, and HR development. Full-time students can complete the program in two years, and it takes five years for part-time students.

Upon completion of core and concentration HRM curriculum covering behavior of organizations, quantitative modeling, research methodology, and dispute resolution, graduates are qualified and equipped to pursue HRM opportunities at corporate or government entities. The online or traditional 18-credit HRM certificate allows for faster completion of a program. The required coursework matches the HRM degree program's core curriculum.

Runner-Up #1: Pace University

  • For the 2011-2012 school year, 99% of first-time undergraduates received financial aid, according to NCES
  • Among the top 20 U.S. universities for undergraduate internship placement, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked 1st for online bachelor's program, according to U.S. News & World Report

At its downtown Manhattan campus, Pace is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The Lubin school offers BBA programs with concentrations in HRM, MBA programs with concentrations in HRM, and MS degree programs in HRM. The undergraduate program offers a broad educational HRM foundation, including areas of study like recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees. Coursework includes employment law, group dynamics, and compensation and benefits package development.

The 45- to 58-credit MBA program with an HRM concentration teaches students various HRM skills, including negotiation, bargaining, staffing, recruitment, and personnel retention. Students are required to complete a capstone project for graduation. Classes are held during the evenings to accommodate students who work in the day. The 30-credit MS degree program offers students access to the latest HRM industry technologies and tools. The program matches its courses and required projects with the work of actual companies, particularly multinational corporations, and students are supported by a faculty of experienced professionals. Students may choose from tracks covering standard or strategic global HRM.

Runner-Up #2: Touro College

  • Full accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Mission is to provide higher education for Jewish communities
  • NCES statistics showed that 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates received financial aid in 2011-2012

Touro's 33-credit MS in HRM degree program can take two years to complete, and it requires six core HRM courses. These cover topics such as ethics, employment law, capital management, and HRM in the 21st century. Four electives allow students to focus on areas of interest, like talent management, negotiation, and conflict resolution. An internship is also available, and the final requirement is a capstone project. The 15-credit advanced HRM certificate is focused on practical applications in HRM assets. Its five courses match the MS degree core curriculum. The shorter certificate program offers expedited access to HRM opportunities as employees, consultants, or educators.


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