Top Ranked University for Human Resource Management - Chicago, IL

Many schools in Chicago have top ranking human resource management programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for human resource management, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

Students seeking a human resource management (HRM) program in Chicago can choose from nearly 20 public and private schools within a 25-mile radius of the downtown area. Based on rankings and program offerings, the following three schools offering HRM programs are considered the best in the area:

  • Winner: DePaul University in Chicago came in first because it is the most highly ranked of the three schools by U.S. News & World Report. DePaul's Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business is one of the most highly ranked business schools in the nation, and offers an MBA in HRM and a master's degree in human resources (HR). DePaul is also nationally ranked as a university overall and for its undergraduate business programs.
  • Runner Up #1: Loyola University Chicago (LUC) offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in HRM and an MBA with a concentration in HR. U.S. News & World Report has ranked LUC as a top national university and has also recognized its undergraduate business programs.
  • Runner Up #2: Roosevelt University offers multiple HRM programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), an M.S., and an HRM credential. Roosevelt has been ranked in the top 100 Regional Schools in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

School Comparison Chart

Category DePaul University Loyola University Chicago Roosevelt University
Ranking(s) 134th for national universities*, 87th for undergraduate business programs, nationwide*, 93rd for graduate business schools, nationwide* 106th for national universities*, 87th for undergraduate business programs, nationwide* 78th for regional universities (North)*
Location Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
School Type Four-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $32,295 (undergraduate), $5,878 (graduate)** $34,578 (undergraduate), $17,010 (graduate)** $25,950 (undergraduate), $17,800 (graduate)**
Human Resources Management Degree Levels Offered Master's degrees** Bachelor's and master's degrees** Bachelor's and master's degrees**
Human Resources Management Degrees (all levels) Awarded in 2011-2012 16** 42** 48**
Most Popular Human Resources Management Program in 2011-2012 Master's degree (16 awarded)** Master's degree (39 awarded)** Master's degree (31 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 66%** 70%** 46%**
Noteworthy Largest Catholic university in U.S., with more than 25,000 students Has international campus near downtown Rome Multi-college community residence hall in Chicago houses students from Roosevelt University, Robert Morris University, Columbia College, and DePaul

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

Winner: DePaul University

  • DePaul offers about 275 degree programs
  • NCES statistics showed 96% of full-time beginning undergraduates received financial aid in 2011-2012
  • 58th for online undergraduate program in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report

DePaul's nationally recognized Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business has two graduate HR programs. The school's MBA with a HRM concentration consists of 48 quarter hours, offered full-time in the day, and part-time with evening and weekend classes. Students must complete the program within six years. The core business requirements include managerial decision-making courses and a capstone. The concentration requirement consists of four courses covering subject areas such as recruitment and selection, negotiation skills, employment law, and compensation.

The MS in HR program requires 12 courses, with five taken from HR courses, four from HR elective selections, and the final three from business electives. The required HR courses cover strategic management, recruitment, personnel psychology, compensation, and organizational behavior. One HR elective is an internship, which is recommended for students without any HR experience. Students in the MBA program may transfer into the MS program, with credit allowance conditioned on course type and age.

Runner-Up #1: Loyola University Chicago

  • 93% of faculty holds the highest academic degrees in their respective fields, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked 49th among best value schools in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report
  • U.S. News & World Report states school offers over 100 study abroad options in 55 countries

The Quinlan School of Business at LUC offers a BBA in HRM degree program and a MBA with a HRM concentration. All students attending the business school are required to complete 13 courses in all areas of business. Further, LUC has a core curriculum requirement to satisfy what LUC defines as the six skills necessary to deal with today's society, as well as to understand the four values essential to a LUC education. Students in the BBA HRM program then need to satisfy the program's 15 credit hours by taking courses in principles of HRM, employment relations, and an additional three upper level HRM courses, such as HR staffing or development, global HR or employment relations, negotiations, and principles of HR management. Additional options include an internship and an independent study course. The MBA with concentration in HRM requires its candidates to select three from nearly 20 courses. A sampling of the available courses includes HR law, global HR management, HR development, labor management relations, and staffing.

Runner-Up #2: Roosevelt University

  • Students work with the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation to help reform the criminal justice system
  • Roosevelt had a 76% acceptance rate for 2012-2013, according to NCES
  • The overall student-faculty ratio is 12:1, according to NCES

Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago through its Heller College of Business (Heller) offers undergraduate and graduate HRM programs. Heller additionally offers a HRM Minor program and a HRM credential program. The BSBA program in HRM requires general education and business course requirements in addition to the program's major six courses. The 18 semester hours covering the major requirements include introduction to HRM, wage and salary administration, employment techniques, and organizational development. Two electives taken from upper level HRM course complete the requirements. The graduate HRM program has students complete 31 semester hours, consisting of an orientation course, six core classes, and four electives. Students with completed HR coursework may petition to take more advanced courses in lieu of one HR core course. The core courses the students need to complete cover strategic issues in HRM, employee staffing, compensation management, executive leadership, and a seminar. The 18-unit Minor and 15-unit credential programs are offered for undergraduate degree holders to enhance HRM knowledge, with the allowance to transfer into the M.S. and MBA HRM programs.

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