Top Master's Programs for Human Resource Management - Jacksonville, FL

School and Ranking Information

Those seeking a degree in human resource management in Jacksonville, FL, have limited options within the city but will find several schools offering these studies in a 50-mile radius. The following schools are considered the top three in the Jacksonville area for human resource management programs based on rankings, number of degrees awarded and graduation rates:

  • Winner: The University of North Florida is the top school because of its high regional ranking and because it is the only one of the schools located directly in Jacksonville. Human resource management can be studied at the bachelor's and master's degree levels at this university.
  • Runner Up #1: The University of Florida is named as the first runner up due to its national ranking and because it is the largest of the three schools in terms of student enrollment. It also awards the highest number of bachelor's and master's degrees in human resource management and boasts the highest graduation rate.
  • Runner Up #2: Named to the third spot is Bethune - Cookman University, which is a highly ranked regional school but not as highly ranked as the previous two institutions. It has a master's degree relating to human resource management.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of North Florida University of Florida Bethune - Cookman University
Ranking #41 Regional University in the South** #54 National University
#10 Accounting College**
#58 Regional College in the South
#36 Historically Black Colleges and Universities**
Location Jacksonville, FL Gainesville, FL Daytona Beach, FL
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private-not for profit
Tuition (2013) $6,235 (undergraduate, in-state)
$20,694 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$8,427 (graduate, in-state)
$19,585 (graduate, out-of-state)*
$6,143 (undergraduate, in-state)
$28,420 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$10,770 (graduate, out-of-state)
$27,335 (graduate, out-of-state)*
$1,324 (undergraduate, in-state and out-of-state)
$18,540 (graduate, in-state out-of-state)*
Human Resource Management Program Levels Offered Bachelor's and graduate degrees Bachelor's and graduate degrees Master's degree
Human Resource Management Certificates and Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 375* 1,267* 17*
Most Popular Human Resource Management Program (2012) Bachelor's in Business Administration* Master's in Business Administration* Master's in Organizational Behavior Studies*
2011 Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 50%* 84%* 37%*
Noteworthy The Princeton Review rated the university among the top 75 best value public colleges and universities in the United States The faculty at the University of Florida have been awarded two Pulitzer Prizes, a Fields Medal, and the Smithsonian Institution's award for conservation Originally was founded as Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in 1904

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

Winner: University of North Florida

  • Ranked as the 16th best regional university in the South in 2013
  • For the 2009 fiscal year, the university had a three-year cohort default rate of 8.5% based on reports by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
  • Was named as one of the 'Best in the Southeast' by The Princeton Review in 2013t

The Master's of Business Administration (MBA) with a Concentration in Human Resource Management curriculum is comprised 27 credits of core courses and nine credits of human resource management courses. Designed for students of all undergraduate backgrounds, the program aims to shape students into ethical business leaders with a broad range of management skills. The core business curriculum teaches strategies for generating loyal customers and theories relevant to the structure of organizations. The human resource management focus addresses staffing organizations, training employees, negotiating labor disputes and managing employee benefits.

Runner-Up #1: University of Florida

  • The university has over 4,000 faculty members, some of which were elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Students who were accepted for the freshman class in fall 2013 had an average GPA of 4.3
  • In Fall 2011, 1,375 international baccalaureate students were accepted at the university. That was more than any other university in the United States

The University of Florida offers a Master's of Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management. Coursework will involve a minimum of 48 credit hours and usually takes two academic years to complete. The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students the tools to necessary to understand the intricacies of human resource management. Over time, graduates will have a keen understanding to make decisions that revolve around human resources in the business world. In order to be admitted to the program, students have to turn in their official scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test.

Runner-Up #2: Bethune - Cookman University

  • During the 2012-2013 school year, the student faculty ratio at Bethune - Cookman was 16:1 according to NCES
  • NCES reported that 3,347 undergraduate students at the university were awarded financial aid in 2011- 2012
  • Over 13,200 students have graduated from Bethune- Cookman University since 1943

The 18-month Master's of Science in Transformative Leadership program has a large amount of coursework taught online. An action research thesis is part of the curriculum and encourages entry level managers, middle managers, and those who recently graduated college to participate. The admissions steps for the program include a $50.00 application fee, three letters of recommendation, GRE or Miller Analogies Test scores, a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA, an entrance essay, and employer research participation form. Students can expect a three or four day beginning and midterm residency every semester. Three classes each semester have to be taken in the curriculum. Those who are participating in the program will take courses that revolve around cognition, communication, action research, data collection, cultural diversity, and organizational change.

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