Top Ranked Human Resource Management Degree - Honolulu, HI

Students interested in studying human resource management in Honolulu, HI, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

Of the three schools near Honolulu offering programs in human resources management (HRM), one is a large, public university, and the other two are smaller private, not-for-profit schools. Based upon school rankings, the diversity of HRM-related degrees offered, and the schools' graduation rates, these schools have been ranked as follows:

  • Winner: The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH) earns the top spot on this list because it has several national rankings by U.S. News & World Report. UHM also has the highest graduation rate among the three schools and offers the widest variety of HRM degree programs.
  • Runner Up #1: Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) places second because it holds a regional ranking and offers HRM certificate, bachelor's degree and master's degree programs.
  • Runner Up #2: Brigham Young University - Hawaii (BYU) comes in a close third in this grouping. While BYU holds a higher regional school ranking than HPU and has the second-highest graduation rate of the group, its only HRM-related program is a bachelor's degree in business with a human resources concentration.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Hawaii at Manoa Hawaii Pacific University Brigham Young University - Hawaii
Rankings Tied for #168 among top national universities (2015), #133 among top national undergraduate business programs (2014), tied for #93 among top public schools nationwide (2014)* Tied for #80 among top regional universities in the West (2015)* Tied for #16 among top regional colleges in the West (2015)*
Location Honolulu, HI Honolulu, HI Laie, HI (23.6 miles from Honolulu)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $9,904 (in-state, undergraduate), $27,472 (out-of-state, undergraduate), $13,116 (in-state, graduate), $30,660 (out-of-state, graduate)** $20,180 (undergraduate), $14,900 (graduate)** $4,770 (undergraduate)**
Human Resource Management Program Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees** Certificate; bachelor's and master's degrees** Bachelor's degree**
Human Resource Management Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2012-2013 34** 50** 15**
Most Popular Human Resource Management Program (2012-2013) Bachelor's in Human Resource Management (34 awarded)** Bachelor's in Human Resource Management (27 awarded)** Bachelor's in Human Resource Management (15 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2007 Entering Class 57%** 40%** 47%**
Noteworthy Shidler College of Business has the only graduate program in Hawaii accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)*** Considered the most diverse college in the nation, according to a 2013 College Factual survey**** Home to the Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***University of Hawaii at Manoa, ****Hawaii Pacific University.

Winner: University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • More than 500 undergraduate and graduate business students are placed in internships each year
  • Offers Bloomberg Terminal Certification

Undergraduate and graduate degrees in HRM are available at the University of Hawaii at Manoa through its Shidler School of Business. HRM is one of four majors offered in the undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration. In addition to general education, foundation and HRM core courses, students must select four appropriate elective courses. Core courses cover staffing, labor problems, compensation and organizational change.

The Master of Human Resource Management is offered in an accelerated, executive format. The 16-month, 30-credit hour program is designed for working professionals. The school prefers that applicants have accumulated at least two years of working experience. Training and development, staffing processes, labor relations and HRM finance are a few of the course topics covered in this program.

Runner-Up #1: Hawaii Pacific University

  • The Princeton Review ranked HPU as one of the top 124 colleges in the Western region of the country for 2014
  • HPU was recognized for the excellence of its business programs in the 27th edition of Rugg's Recommendations on the Colleges
  • Bloomberg Businessweek recognized HPU as one of the best colleges for return on investment

Students can pursue undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs in human resource management at Hawaii Pacific University's College of Business Administration. Students can customize their program to focus on human resource management through electives as they earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Students may elect to serve an internship in the final semester of their senior year.

The school also offers a 36-credit hour program leading to a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management. Students are required to complete a 3-credit capstone course. The capstone course is actually a seminar designed to prepare students to sit for the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) examination to earn a credential as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

The undergraduate certificate program consists of five courses that can enhance a student's standing in the field and may include a practicum. The 4-course graduate certificate program is designed for current human resource professionals. This professional certificate program can be a step toward credentialing in human resource management.

Runner-Up #2: Brigham Young University - Hawaii

  • Operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Closely linked to the Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Self-employment training and business plan competitions are offered at the college

The College of Business, Computing and Government at Brigham Young University - Hawaii offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Management program with a concentration in human resource and organizational behavior. According to the university, business management was the most popular major among degree-seeking students in winter 2011. The 120-credit hour program includes 55 credit hours of business and human resource courses, as well as two religion courses. All students must also complete one capstone course each in career management and strategic management.

Students can receive specialized instruction through the Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship. By completing eight credit hours of classroom instruction and seven additional activity sessions in one academic year, students can earn a Certificate of Entrepreneurship.

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