School and Ranking Information
Both nonprofit and for-profit institutions in Denver offer master's level studies in human resource management. The following three universities are considered top schools for human resource management graduate studies in Denver based on rankings and number of degrees awarded:
- Winner: The University of Denver grabs the top spot due to its overall national ranking as well as its highly ranked online graduate business programs.
- Runner Up #1: Regis University is the first runner up because of the high number of degrees conferred in the related area of organizational leadership as well as its regional ranking.
- Runner Up #2: The University of Colorado - Denver places third because it has the most affordable graduate tuition rates of the three schools and the highest student population of all schools offering human resource management programs in Denver.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Denver||Regis University||University of Colorado - Denver|
|Ranking||#88 (tie) Best National Universities (2015)*||#29 among Best Universities in the West (2015)*||#91 among universities in the West (2014)**|
|Location||Denver, CO||Denver, CO||Denver, CO|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$40,038***||$10,890***||$7,627 (in-state), $21,325 (out-of-state)*|
|Human Resource Management Master's Degrees Awarded in (2012-2013)||19***||105 (in organizational leadership)***||N/A|
|Noteworthy||Online graduate business programs ranked #22 among national universities (2015)*||Online graduate business programs ranked #71 among national universities (2015)*||Among only 5% of business schools in the U.S. to be fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) - International****|
Sources: *NCES; **Forbes.com; ***U.S. News and World Report; ****University of Colorado - Denver
Winner: University of Denver
- Internships available
- Online and evening classes offered
- HR students can custom design their study plan
The College of Professional and Continuing Studies offers a 48-credit-hour master's degree in strategic human resource management. Students in the program can choose a concentration in human resource management and development or global human resources. Courses could include employee relations, compensation and benefits, human resources planning and current issues in human resource management. In addition to studying principles of human resources, students also study advanced research and writing skills needed to complete the capstone project or the 7,000-8,000-word paper required for the capstone seminar.
Runner-Up #1: Regis University
- Online and on-campus formats available
- Executive Night Speaker series features business executives and other prominent professionals
- Career services offers counseling, networking, and meetings with employers
Earning the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in human resource management and leadership requires 30-33 hours of coursework, depending on the student's level of professional experience. Core courses focus on general leadership education. Students take concentration courses covering industry-related topics like compensation and relating to employees. Students also study the legal aspects of the human resources field. Courses are available face-to-face and online. The university also offers a strategic human resources integration graduate certificate
Runner-Up #2: University of Colorado - Denver
- Human resources program available fully online
- Small class sizes offered
- Networking, internships, and job shadowing available through the School of Business' career office
Students can earn a master's degree in management and organization, with a specialization in managing human resources. Courses address such topics as global management practices, performance management, compensation management, staffing and training. In addition to the management and human resources curriculum, students are required to take six hours of courses from other areas of the School of Business. Students in this program don't have to take a comprehensive exam or complete a thesis to graduate.