Atlanta Human Resource Management Programs
Students interested in studying human resource management (HRM) in Atlanta have many options, including the three schools featured in this article - all of which happen to be located within about half an hour of downtown. Discover the human resource coursework required by these institutions and then compare the colleges using the provided table of statistics. A few details on some other area school options are provided as well.
- Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers HRM undergraduate programs at the certificate, diploma and associate's degree levels. The campus is about 10 miles from central Atlanta.
- Located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University is the largest school profiled and offers a bachelor's and master's degree program in human resource management.
- Gwinnett Technical College is located in the northeastern suburb of Lawrenceville roughly 28 miles from Atlanta's downtown area. Students can earn an associate's degree or certificate in HRM.
Comparison of Schools
You can further explore your education options by reviewing this table. It has a number of facts about the featured colleges, including stats on acceptance rates, tuition and student enrollment, that could help one institution stand out in your search.
|Georgia Piedmont Technical College||Georgia State University||Gwinnett Technical College|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||4,115*||32,816*||8,321*|
|Campus Setting||Suburb||Large city||Suburb|
|Tuition & Fees 2017-2018 (Undergraduate)||$2,920 in-state; $5,056 out-of-state*||$9,112 in-state; $23,971 out-of-state*||$2,868 in-state; $5,004 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||92%*||94%*||79%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||70%*||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||68% for full-time students*||83% for full-time students*||61% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||40% (for students who began Fall 2014)*||53% (for students who began Fall 2011)*||36% (for students who began Fall 2014)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Formerly known as DeKalb Technical College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers several human resources education programs within its business information and professional services division. Students in the HRM programs at this school study various aspects of employee/employer relations and should be ready for work in the human resources departments at most businesses.
Human Resource Management Specialist Certificate
The HRM specialist certificate program comprises 21 credit hours of HRM courses. The curriculum is designed to provide the necessary skills for obtaining an entry-level HR position and advancing to management. Coursework includes management principles, organizational behavior and employee development. Students can also choose from electives in employment law, business regulations and labor relations.
Human Resource Management Diploma
This program requires 11 credit hours in communications, English, professional development and business mathematics, as well as 46 credit hours in HRM core courses. Coursework includes financial accounting, computer use, employment law, business ethics, labor/management relations and employee training. Students must complete a team project.
Associate in Applied Science in Human Resource Management
The AAS in Human Resource Management is a 64-credit-hour program. General education course requirements include English composition, college algebra and psychology. Students take basic business courses in management communication, financial accounting, business ethics and leadership, along with HRM classes in employment law, performance management and employee development.
Georgia State University
Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Managerial Sciences that allows students to choose an HRM career track. The school also has an MBA program that offers a concentration in human resource management.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Managerial Sciences, Human Resource Management Concentration
The BBA in Managerial Sciences program requires students to complete general education courses as well as business foundation courses, such as accounting and macroeconomics. All BBA students take a course in human resource management, another in managerial decision making and one in operations management. They also must complete a writing course that teaches critical thinking. Students who choose the HRM concentration can take courses in legal issues of HR, compensation and employee selection processes.
Master of Business Administration, Human Resource Management Concentration
The MBA program at Georgia State University is for experienced business professionals. It requires 39 to 54 credit hours, depending upon the student's previous education and options chosen and should be completed within five years. In order to be accepted to the program, students must have an undergraduate degree and basic knowledge of computers and college algebra. All MBA students take core courses in business fundamentals and complete a capstone course in global competitive strategy. HRM students complete a basic human resource management course as well as courses in recruitment and compensation. Elective course options include international and strategic human resources and legal and ethical considerations.
Gwinnett Technical College
Students in the human resource management programs at Gwinnett Technical College take courses dealing with the philosophy, policies and practices for working with employees in an organization. The certificate program offers only technical courses, while the AAS degree program requires general education classes in addition to the technical instruction.
Human Resource Management Specialist Certificate
The HRM specialist certificate program calls for 18 credit hours and requires at least two semesters to complete. Students take courses in general human resources, organizational behavior, performance management and employee training. They must choose between a course in employment law and one in labor relations. Management electives round out the program.
Associate of Applied Science in Business Management, Human Resource Management Concentration
This program consists of 63 credit hours and requires at least four semesters of study. It is designed for students currently in management or who are anticipating a move to management. Students must complete general education courses in areas such as language arts, natural sciences, math and behavioral science. Technical courses include performance management, economics, ethics, employment law and a team project. HRM concentration courses include labor management relations, employee development, project management and an elective.
Brenau University offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management both online and at the North Atlanta campus, about 22 miles from downtown Atlanta. The school also offers an MBA in Human Resource Management online and at the main campus in Gainesville, which is approximately 49 miles from downtown Atlanta. Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, about 33 miles south of Atlanta, offers an HRM Specialist Certificate.