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Top School in St. Louis for an HR Management Degree

Students wishing to study human resource management in the St. Louis, MO, area have a few schools to choose from. Read about the top schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

A handful of schools can be found within 25 miles of St. Louis offering degree programs in human resources management and personnel administration. The following schools make the top-3 list for rankings, location and how many degrees they've awarded in the field:

  • Winner: Washington University in St. Louis tops the list for receiving numerous national rankings in 2013 and 2014 from U.S. News & World Report and for its high graduation rate.
  • Runner Up #1: Webster University, situated within St. Louis, comes next for its cumulative degrees that have been awarded in the area of study and for U.S. News & World Report's regional ranking given to the school in 2014.
  • Runner Up #2: Lindenwood University in St. Charles is in third by reason of its tuition rates and the different degree level options it offers in the field.

School Comparison Table

Category Washington University in St. Louis Webster University Lindenwood University
Ranking #21 in U.S. among graduate business schools (2013)*
#13 in U.S. among undergraduate business programs (2013)*
#14 in U.S. among national universities (2014)*
#21 among Midwest regional universities (2014)* N/A
Location St. Louis St. Louis St. Charles, Missouri (21 miles from St. Louis)
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $43,705 (undergraduate);
$43,280 (graduate)*
$23,070 (undergraduate);
$11,250 (graduate)**
$14,600 (undergraduate);
$14,600 (graduate)**
Human Resources Management Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's Bachelor's and master's Bachelor's and master's
Degrees Awarded (2011-2012) 7 (BSBA),
7 (MBA)**
190 (bachelor's in general business administration),
687 (online master's degrees in HRM)**
76 (BA),
66 (MA)**
Graduation Rate (150% of Normal Program Time, 2006-2013) 94%** 64%** 41%**
Noteworthy Business was the fourth most popular major for graduates in 2012* University has worldwide campus locations, including sites in China, Africa and the Netherlands Encourages volunteerism among students and participates in Community Work Service - Work & Learn program

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

Winner: Washington University in St. Louis

  • Student-faculty ratio of 7:1 as of 2012, according to the NCES
  • 3 + 2 BSBA/MBA accelerated program
  • Experiential learning requirements
  • International study opportunities

Washington University in St. Louis is a medium-sized private institution housing the Olin Business School. Founded in 1917, the school offers undergraduate business programs that include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in organization and human resources. Undergraduate students may also pursue an MBA through the accelerated 5-year program. International study programs afford students the opportunity to study abroad in cities such as Paris, Hong Kong, Koblenz, Germany or Manchester, England.

Graduate MBA students can select the Consulting and General Management platform with a concentration in human capital consulting. Graduate coursework includes topics such as human resources strategies, organizational economics, compensation and negotiation. Students will also complete an experiential learning course as a practicum requirement. The Center for Experiential Learning provides students with opportunities to engage in other areas of practical study, such as the Taylor Community Consulting Program.

First Runner-Up: Webster University

  • 90% of full-time, first-year students received financial aid in 2011-2012, according to the NCES
  • Online delivery options or traditional campus programs
  • Master of Arts or MBA program concentrations in HRM

Founded in 1915, Webster University is a private institution that has grown to include global online programs and multiple international campuses. Through the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, students can pursue a BA in Management with a concentration in human resources management. Undergraduate courses cover personnel law, compensation management, human resources strategies and labor relations.

Graduate students can pursue an MA in Human Resources Development through a 36-credit program that includes courses on organizational behavior, career management and human resources assessment. The human resources development program can also be included as an area of emphasis in the 51-credit MBA program. Additionally, MBA students can pursue an area of emphasis in human resources management, with program courses covering training, staffing and employment law. Undergraduate and graduate programs are also available through online course delivery.

Second Runner-Up: Lindenwood University

  • 98% of full-time, first-year students received financial aid in 2011-2012, according to the NCES
  • Online MBA available
  • Students can join the Human Resources Club

Lindenwood University in St. Charles was founded in 1827 as a private liberal arts institution with Judeo-Christian-oriented programs. Through the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, students can pursue a BA in Human Resources Management. Program courses cover topics such as labor relations and compensation benefits, as well as other specialized human resources topics.

Graduate students may pursue an MBA with an emphasis in human resources management through a 39-credit program. Graduate coursework covers employee health, organizational behavior and personnel law, as well as coursework covering employee training and development. The MBA program is offered through traditional campus courses or as an online program. Undergraduate and graduate students can also participate in the Human Resources Club, a student organization offering career development and networking resources.


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