Top Ranked Human Resource Management Degree Programs - Milwaukee, WI

Students interested in studying human resource management have 11 schools to choose from within 25 miles of Milwaukee, WI. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking information to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

Human resource management studies in and near Milwaukee, WI, can be found at public, private and for-profit institutions, either as standalone programs or as parts of business administration programs. Based on ranking, degrees offered and graduation rates, the following universities are considered the top three schools for human resource management degree programs in Milwaukee:

  • Winner: Marquette University's national and business program rankings and its high graduation rate earn it the top spot among the three schools. Human resource management studies are offered at the bachelor's and master's degree levels.
  • Runner Up #1: Though it is located just outside of Milwaukee, Concordia University - Wisconsin ranks as the first runner up due to its regional ranking and because it awards the highest number of degrees in human resource management. Students can pursue an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree.
  • Runner Up #2: Cardinal Stritch University is the third best option, since it is not ranked and has the lowest graduation rate of the schools. Students can earn a certificate, bachelor's degree or master's degree in human resource management.

School Comparison Chart

Category Marquette University Concordia University - Wisconsin Cardinal Stritch University
Rankings #75 in Best National Universities in 2014*,
#86 in Best National Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013*,
#49 in Best Value Schools - National in 2014*,
# 50 in Best National Part-time MBA Programs in 2013*
#68 in Regional Universities - Midwest in 2014* N/A*
Location Milwaukee, WI Mequon, WI (16.2 miles from Milwaukee) Milwaukee, WI
School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit** 4-year, private, not-for-profit** 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $33,244 (undergraduate)**, $17,730 (graduate)** $24,180 (undergraduate)**, $8,940 (graduate)** $24,330 (undergraduate)**, $9,790 (graduate)**
Human Resource Management Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees Certificates, bachelor's and master's degrees
Human Resource Management Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 27** 60** N/A
Most Popular Human Resource Management Program (2011-2012) Master of Science in Human Resources (21 awarded)** Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management (39 awarded)** N/A
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class 80%** 59%** 38%**
Noteworthy College was among the first 40 schools to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International (AACSB) Affiliated with the Lutheran Church, CUW was the first university in the Missouri Synod college system Holds recognition from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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

Winner: Marquette University

  • Ranked in the top 75 undergraduate business schools in the country in 2013 by Bloomberg Businessweek
  • The school offers a human resource management student organization
  • Study abroad options for master's degree students

The Department of Management of the College of Business Administration at Marquette University offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Student can major in human resource management by completing 27 credit requirements in human resource-related courses, in addition to general education and foundation courses. Among the major requirement courses is a 3-credit internship. Students majoring in another area can minor in human resource management by completing seven appropriate courses

The Graduate School of Management offers a 30-credit-hour program leading to a Master of Science in Human Resources. Because students can participate on a full- or part-time basis, the program can be completed in 1-2 years. As part of the 9-credit elective course requirement, students can opt to sign up for a study abroad course in international business. The school also offers a program leading to a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in human resources. This part-time program meets once weekly evenings or Saturdays and can take up to 3.5 years to complete.

Runner-Up #1: Concordia University - Wisconsin

  • Programs accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
  • Over half of the faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree
  • One main campus in Mequon and nine additional off-campus centers throughout Wisconsin and in St. Louis, MO

Concordia University - Wisconsin offers degree programs in human resource management by way of distance education. The university's School of Business Administration operates the Concordia University Wisconsin Adult Accelerated program. Designed for working adults, the program allows students to earn an Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management either entirely online or through a hybrid delivery system. In the hybrid system, students complete courses partially online and partially face-to-face at one of the university's ten education centers.

By way of the same delivery methods, business professionals can earn a Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management. Students interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Administration can select human resource management out of ten possible concentrations. GMAT or GRE results are not required for admission to either graduate program.

Runner-Up #2: Cardinal Stritch University

  • 99% of incoming freshmen received financial aid in the 2011-2012 year, according to NCES
  • Business was the most popular major in 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Accelerated evening program option for the Bachelor of Science in Management

Cardinal Stritch University offers a certificate program in human resource management, a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a sequence option in human resource management and a Master of Science in Management that focuses on human resource management. In additional to these traditional programs, the university's evening programs, which are offered in an accelerated format, include a Bachelor of Science in Management that focuses on human resource management.

The certificate program provides an overview of the field of human resources, from staffing to labor relations to employee development. Curriculum topics for the B.A. in Business include human resource management theory, communication, ethics, compensation and multinational business environments. The M.S. program incorporates advanced study in management, motivation, organizational behavior and leading an organization through change. Finally, human resource management topics covered in the accelerated evening B.S. program include performance assessment, employee training and public- and private-sector personnel issues.

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