School and Ranking Information
There are fewer than 10 schools within a 20-mile radius of Mesa with programs in the field. The following schools are considered the top three according to rankings, school type and tuition rates:
- Winner: Arizona State University in Tempe is the winning school due to its national ranking in 2014 from U.S. News & World Report, close proximity to Mesa and for its AACSB accreditation. ASU offers a bachelor's degree in the field of study.
- Runner Up #1: Ottawa University, located in Phoenix, is the second pick for its program level variety in the field and for the option to take programs in human resource management online. This institution offers bachelor's and master's degrees in human resource management.
- Runner Up #2: Phoenix College in Phoenix secures third place due to it being a public institution and having low tuition rates. This school's academic offering in human resource management is at the certificate level.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Arizona State University||Ottawa University - Phoenix||Phoenix College|
|Ranking||#142 national university on 2014 list*||unranked||unranked|
|Location||Tempe, AZ (five miles from Mesa)||Phoenix, AZ (17 miles from Mesa)||Phoenix, AZ (15 miles from Mesa)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, profit, not-for-profit||2-year, public|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)|| $9,724 (in-state, undergraduate),
$22,977 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
| $10,960 (undergraduate),
| $1,854 (in-state, undergraduate),
$7,638 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
|Human Resource Management Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's degree||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Certificate|
|Human Resources Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012||Not available||34**||7**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||57% for 2006 entering class**||Not available||17% (22% transfer-out rate) for 2009 entering class**|
|Noteworthy||#2 Up-and-Coming School in 2014*||MA in Human Resource offers two concentrations||Students must earn a 'C' or better in all required courses|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; *NCES College Navigator
Winner: Arizona State University
- Program is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- 11 Research and service centers and a research institute are located within the W.P. Carey School of Business
Arizona State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a human resources concentration. Classes in the program cover topics in staffing, hiring, training, employment law, recruitment and more. Students study theoretical concepts and learn how to apply those concepts in a practical setting. The program prepares graduates for employment in business and government settings.
Runner Up #1: Ottawa University - Phoenix
- Bachelor's and master's degree programs are available online
- Graduates of the master's degree can also take the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam
The human resource bachelor's degree at Ottawa University - Phoenix features concentrations in communication, adult education, health care management, leadership and management, entrepreneurship, global operations and social enterprise management. Students take courses in employment law and policy, human resources administration, employment and staffing, compensation and benefits and training and development. Students enrolled in the human resources master's degree can pursue concentrations in health care management and leadership and management. Master's degree courses include professional ethics, organizational behavior, employment law, recruitment, wage and benefits administration, assessment and evaluation and human resource trends and issues.
Runner Up #2: Phoenix College
- Workshops and seminars are available to working professionals
- College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools and designated as a Hispanic Servicing Institute
Students at Phoenix College can pursue a human resource management certificate. The program is 24 credits and features courses in office ethics, management and leadership, human relations, personnel management and employment management. Courses teach students about problem-solving, employee orientation, creating documents, collective bargaining and negotiation and employment regulations. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in the field.