School and Ranking Info
Among the six private schools in Washington, DC, that offer programs in human resource management are two for-profit and four not-for-profit institutions. The largest of the not-for-profit universities is not only a high-ranking national university, it also received high marks from U.S. News & World Report for the quality of its undergraduate and graduate business programs.
- Winner: The main campus of George Washington University is located four blocks from the White House. Graduate programs in human resource management can be found at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences; graduate certificate and master's degree programs in human resource development are available at an off-campus location in Arlington, VA. In addition, the university's School of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) through which students can learn about human resource management.
School Info Chart
|Category||The George Washington University|
|Rankings||#54 among National Universities (2015);
#45 among Best Undergraduate Business Programs (2014);
#65 among Best Graduate Business Schools (2014)*
|School Type||4-year; private, not-for-profit|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $47,343**|
|Human Resource Management Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, master's and postgraduate certificate|
|Human Resource Management Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||48**|
|Most Popular Human Resource Management Program in 2012-2013||Postgraduate certificate (27 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||81%**|
|Noteworthy||Notable alumni include Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Colin Powell and Harry Reid|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
The George Washington University
- Students can join the GW Society for Human Resource Management
- Human resources management students can complete a leadership practicum
- School of Business provides students with the chance to study abroad
- Individual MBA programs allow for evening, hybrid, online and weekend study
George Washington University enrolls approximately 25,260 undergraduate and graduate students a year and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1. GWU's School of Business offers BBA and MBA programs with many opportunities for human resources coursework. In addition, GWU's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences offers a master's degree in human resources management; master's and graduate certificate programs in human resource development are available as well.
The 12-course master's degree program in human resource management covers topics in personnel testing and training, coaching, conflict management and human performance. Coursework found in the 12-course master's degree program in human resource development includes adult learning, organizational change and quantitative methodology. Students who complete the 12-credit graduate certificate in this same area can apply their credits to the degree program.
The BBA program offers seven concentrations, including an individualized course of study that may allow for a specialization in human resource management. Regardless of the concentration, students acquire a broad background in business ethics and law, human resources, marketing and operations management. Qualified graduates may be interested in the global, healthcare, professional or world executive MBA programs, which require 52.5-57 credits to complete and emphasize analytical skills, communication, leadership and team work.