Top Ranked Human Resource Management Degree Program - Nashville, TN

School and Ranking Info

There are just four schools in the Nashville, TN, area that offer degree programs in human resource management, and two of them are for-profit institutions. Taking into consideration its rankings and program offerings, the top school for studying human resource management in Nashville is a private, not-for-profit university that ranked among U.S. News & World Report's best value institutions for 2015.

  • Winner: Vanderbilt University is located just a little over two miles from downtown Nashville. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs in human and organizational development as well as a specialized Master of Business Administration (MBA) in the field.

School Info Chart

Category Vanderbilt University
Rankings #16 among National Universities (2015);
#11 among Best Value Schools (2015);
#2 among Best Graduate Education Schools (2014)*
#25 among Best Graduate Business Schools (2014)*
Location Nashville, TN
School Type 4-year; private, not-for-profit
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $42,978**
Human Resource Management Degree Awards Offered Bachelor's and master's
Human Resource Management Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 36**
Most Popular Human Resource Management Business Degree Programs in 2013 Master's (36 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class 93%**
Noteworthy The Owen Graduate School of Management is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); Vanderbilt has a student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management

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

Vanderbilt University

  • Interhall Council helps first-year students transition to college life
  • Undergraduates participate in a senior internship and have the option to write a thesis
  • Students at the Owen Graduate School of Management can engage in community consulting
  • MBA students have access to the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership

Vanderbilt University is a 4-year, private research school with an annual student population of approximately 12,750 and a student-faculty ratio of 8:1. The Bachelor of Science in Human Organizational Development and the Master of Education in Leadership and Organizational Development are offered by the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. The Owen Graduate School of Management offers an MBA in Human and Organizational Performance. In 2012, the university's MBA program in human resources was ranked 4th in the nation and 7th globally by the Financial Times.

Undergraduates in the 120-credit Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development program learn to solve personnel-related issues in a business setting. Course topics include group behavior, human development, organizational theory and psychology. Students in the M.Ed. in Leadership and Organizational Development program can choose electives to tailor their program to focus on human resource development and talent management. Graduate students in the MBA program can pursue a 12-credit concentration or a 20-credit specialization in human and organizational performance. Coursework may include studies in talent management and sourcing, compensation and decision-making, employee relations and negotiation or organization design.

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