School and Ranking Information
There are around 10 schools within roughly a 100-mile radius of Phoenix that offer programs in human resource management. Based on such considerations as school type, location and tuition rates, the top three schools are as follows:
- Winner: Phoenix College, located in Phoenix, is the winning school on account of being a public institution with low tuition rates and for being situated within Phoenix.
- Runner Up #1: Ottawa University in Phoenix comes in second place due to its degree level choices and for the number of degrees awarded in the area of study.
- Runner Up #2: Pima Community College in Tucson makes the list as the second runner up for its tuition rates and the available online delivery of its human resource management program.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Phoenix College||Ottawa University||Pima Community College|
|Location||Phoenix, AZ||Phoenix, AZ||Tucson, AZ (104 miles from downtown Phoenix)|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, private nonprofit||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees||$1,854* (full-time, 2012-2013, in-state, undergraduate); $7,638* (full-time, 2012-2013, out-of-state)||$10,960* (full-time, 2012-2013, undergraduate); $555** (per credit hour, 2013-2014, graduate)||$1,652* (full-time, 2012-2013, in-state); $7,784* (full-time, 2012-2013, out-of-state)|
|Human Resources Management Award Levels Offered||undergraduate certificate||bachelor's and master's degrees||undergraduate certificate|
|Human Resources Management Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012)||7*||34*||27*|
|Most Popular Human Resources Management Program (2011-2012)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2008 Entering Class||19%*||N/A||12%*|
|Noteworthy||Students may enter the field of human resources management after the completion of the certificate program||Both programs are also offered online||The online program allows students to pursue education on their own time|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Ottawa University.
Winner: Phoenix College
- Students may apply credits towards earned in this program to the Associate of Applied Science in Management program
- The certificate can be completed with as little as 24 credit hours
- Strong student to faculty ratio at 18:1*
Completing the certificate in human resources management can lead to careers in benefits administration, employee relations and employment management. Students should be aware that some courses may have prerequisite or co-requisite courses. The program consists of courses including computer usage and applications, human resource employment management, management and leadership and office culture and ethics. Students who are interested in pursuing the Associate in Applied Science in Management must complete 64-65 credit hours.
Runner-Up #1: Ottawa University
- Students in the bachelor's degree program may choose from a wide variety of concentrations and minors
- Strong student to faculty ratio at 15:1*
- Graduates may pursue careers in areas such as personnel supervision, compensation, employee benefits and labor/employee relations
Ottawa University offers students the flexibility to pursue the degree program that fits their schedule and career goals. The bachelor's degree program may be completed with a concentration in communication, entrepreneurship, global operations, leadership and management, adult education or social enterprise management. Some required courses for the bachelor's degree program include training and development, business mathematics, business statistics, macroeconomics and microeconomics. Graduate students can expect to take courses such as employment law, organizational behavior and theory and managing human resource costs.
Runner-Up #2: Pima Community College
- The certificate can be completed with 18 credit hours
- Students can pursue education in a large school environment
- The program is offered online
While Piedmont Community College is not located in Phoenix, students can still pursue a human resources certificate program. The curriculum includes courses including labor relations, human resource law, human resources management and training and development. Students may also supplement their existing careers with human resources skills obtained in this program. Six courses are required for the program.