Human Resources Management Career Training in Seattle, WA

Nov 06, 2018

The Seattle area has 10 schools that offer human resources management training within 40 miles of the city's center. Learn about the program and admission requirements at three of these institutions to make an informed education decision.

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Seattle Human Resources Management Schools

Students interested in human resources management training in Seattle have several options available. The three schools featured in this article offer certificate and/or degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Read an overview of the required coursework available in their programs, and then further compare the institutions using the table of facts and figures.

  • A bachelor's degree in business administration with a human resources management emphasis is available at the Seattle campus of the University of Washington, which is located around three miles from downtown. For those students with a degree who are seeking human resources career advancement opportunities, this university also offers a certificate program.
  • City University of Seattle (CityU), located directly in the city, offers a business administration master's degree that includes a human resources management concentration as well as a bachelor's degree in management. CityU students have the choice of commuting to campus classes or completing their training in a virtual classroom by studying online.
  • Pierce College - Puyallup administers a human resources program that leads to a certificate after completing approximately 55 credits of coursework. The school is located about 33 miles from Seattle's downtown area.

Comparison of Schools

Consider the info in the table below as you work towards making a decision on where to study human resources management. It contains details on the profiled schools' costs, student enrollment, graduation rates and more.

University of Washington City University of Seattle Pierce College - Puyallup
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 46,166* 2,199* 4,590*
Campus Setting Large city* Large city* Large suburb*
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $10,974 in-state; $35,538 out-of-state* $16,920* $3,831 in-state; $4,245 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 57%* 39% receiving grant or scholarship aid, 25% receiving federal student loans* 54%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 46%* N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 94% for full-time students* 20% for part-time students* 61% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 84% (for students who began Fall 2011)* 100% (for students who began studies Fall 2011)* 30% (for students who began Fall 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Washington in Seattle

Established in 1861, the University of Washington (UW Seattle) is one of the oldest public academic institutions located within the western coastal region of the United States. The Michael G. Foster School of Business at UW offers an undergraduate business administration degree with a concentration in human resources management. The UW Professional & Continuing Education division offers several certificate programs, including a human resources program, which provide prospective students with a variety of formats for pursuing their studies, including evening and weekend classes as well as online options.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Human Resources Management

The human resources management option is one of several areas of concentration available to undergraduate students. Students who select the human resources management emphasis take coursework in employee recruitment and training and managerial techniques. Business administration majors are required to select two corresponding electives, with options including leadership development, organizational development and change, and negotiations.

Certificate in Human Resources Management

Human resources professionals or those with management experience can earn a certificate in human resources management at UW Seattle. Candidates can complete the program in nine months while taking courses in employee relations, staff development and training, workforce planning, and reward systems.

City University of Seattle

CityU's School of Management offers both an undergraduate- and graduate-level program for individuals who have experience in human resources management. For students seeking alternative formats for their education, CityU offers Web-based learning options or hybrid programs that require some courses to be completed on campus.

Bachelor of Arts in Management

In this program, students can develop the basic managerial skills needed to oversee various business departments, including human resources. One course focuses on the strategic management of human resources. Other courses are taken in organizational communications, marketing principles, project management and leadership. A total of 50 of the program's 180 credits are taken in the core business curriculum.

Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management

The MBA program offers several areas of emphasis, including human resources management. Courses focus on management principles, recruiting, training, and employee benefits. Students can also choose to participate in an internship. After completing this program, students are prepared to earn certifications offered by the HR Certification Institute, including the Professional in Human Resources and Global Professional in Human Resources.

Pierce College - Puyallup

Pierce College has campus locations in Lakewood and Puyallup. The college's business department offers 15 certificate programs, including human resources, which can be completed in about a year. Students can enroll in these programs throughout the year.

Human Resource Management Certificate

Pierce College's certificate program includes courses in small business planning and management principles. Students take courses in workplace relations, employment law, payroll, and accounting as well as human resources trends and English composition.

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