In Florida, there are several colleges and universities that offer human resource management programs at the certificate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. However, half of these schools are private, for-profit institutions.
The following eight colleges represent Florida's largest, not-for-profit schools offering relevant programs. The programs offer specialization areas and some enrollees may be able to study online. Students gain experience through their participation in internships. The programs at the schools below feature human resource management and related business administration, psychology and organizational management programs.
The main campus for this private school is located in Miami Shores, and there are several undergraduate and graduate human resource management degree and certificate programs available. Undergraduate students can enroll in a bachelor's degree program in administration with a specialization in human resource administration. The specialization includes 15 units of coursework that covers such topics as training development, labor relations, alternative dispute resolutions, negotiation theory, benefits, recruitment, compensation, employment law and workplace diversity. Students who fulfill the specialization requirements and take a class in strategic human resource administration are eligible to earn an undergraduate human resource certificate. There is also a post baccalaureate certificate in human resources available, which requires students to take the same courses as the undergraduate certificate plus two additional administration courses. Another undergraduate degree option includes a bachelor's degree in psychology with a specialization in industrial/organizational psychology, which has such courses as industrial psychology and social psychology. Graduate students can pursue an education doctorate in organizational learning and leadership with a specialization in human resource development. Specialization courses for this degree program include program evaluation, organizational learning, employee improvement and performance analysis.
Located in St. Petersburg, this school does not have any degree programs directly in human resources management, but it does have degree programs that the BLS points out as viable majors for human resource managers. These majors include business administration and management. Courses in the business administration degree program include management and leadership, business law, accounting, marketing, organizational behavior, strategic management, human resource management and business policy. Topics covered in the management degree program include management information systems, leadership, marketing, organizational behavior, investment finance, strategic management, management economics and accounting. Students can choose to major in business administration and minor in management, or vice versa.
Florida Institute of Technology
Although the school is located in Melbourne, many of the degree programs are available through the institution's online branch, Florida Tech University. For example, the bachelor's degree in business administration is available completely online. Required courses for this program include human resource management, organizational behavior and decision-making tactics. There are also a few elective courses that may prove beneficial to future human resource managers, and those classes cover such topics as benefits, personnel law and employee compensation. The master's degree program in human resources management is a hybrid program offered partly online, partly in the classroom and partly off-site for some seminars. Courses include managerial accounting, information systems, business ethics, organizational behavior and organizational development. Available electives discuss employee relations, conflict resolution, business law, effective management and leadership.
Florida International University
Physically located in Miami, this school offers two online degree programs related to human resource management. The online bachelor's in business administration degree program has a focus in human resource management. Students in this program must complete 60 units of pre-core business classes followed by 60 units of core business courses. Pre-core business classes cover such topics as macroeconomics, planning decisions, microeconomics, introductory accounting and business statistics. Required core classes include business communications, operations management, marketing management, strategic management, information systems and financial management. The second online degree program is a master's degree in human resource management. There are 12 classes within this degree program, including performance and talent management, labor issues and conflict management, wellness management, employment law, management metrics, staffing organizations and reward systems management. Students must also attend human resource seminars to gain perspective on such skills as networking, résumé review and interviewing tactics.
Nova Southeastern University
The Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus of this university offers an undergraduate minor and two master's degree programs related to human resource management. Undergraduates in such fields as business, management, finance or marketing may be interested to participate in the human resource management minor. Required courses for this minor include strategic human resource management, organizational behavior, organizational development, workplace diversity and international human resource management. Courses for the hybrid master's degree program in human resource management include measuring human resources, talent management, enterprise information systems and customer value deliverables.
The Winter Park campus of this college does not offer any programs directly in human resource management, but the school does have a few related programs. For example, undergraduate students can pursue bachelor's degree programs in organizational behavior. This major examines how businesses operate by reviewing the psychological relationships between employees, employers, consumers and business trends. Classes in this major include social psychology, organizational development, group dynamics, decision-making and leadership. There is also a master's degree program in management for graduate students. Although a fairly general degree program, it does include a course directly in human resource management. Other required courses discuss business communications, negotiations, organizational behavior, business strategies, domestic consulting and business ethics.
St. Thomas University
Located in Miami Gardens, this university offers a master's degree program in business administration with a specialization in human resource management, a Master of Science in Management / Human Resource Management, and a Human Resource Management - Graduate Business Certificate. The master's degree program can be completed in less than two years, provided students go to school full-time. Admissions requirements include already holding a bachelor's degree. Although prerequisite courses are not required, the school does recommend that students have an undergraduate understanding of accounting, business statistics and economics. Required courses in the human resource management specialization include organizational development, regulatory aspects, labor-management relations, human resource planning, compensation administration and human resource staffing. Graduate students are also required to complete a related business internship, but they can only start the internship after meeting the program director's approval.
University of Miami
The Coral Gables campus offers a bachelor's degree program in business administration with a specialization in human resource management. Prior to starting specialization courses, students will need to take business foundation classes, such as economics, managerial accounting, business statistics, marketing and business law. There are 15 units of required courses for the human resource management major specialization, and courses may discuss training and development, tests and measurements, effective leadership, organizational development, salary administration, advanced organizational behavior and team leading. Professional core classes for business administration cover such areas as operations management, finance, strategic management, economics and information systems.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Human Resources Management Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2018-2018|
|Barry University||4-year private school; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Administration with Human Resource Administration Specialization,
Human Resource Undergraduate Certificate,
Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Human Resources,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology,
Education Doctorate in Organizational Learning and Leadership with a Specialization in Human Resource Development
|$30,014 (undergraduate); $17,820 (graduate)*|
|Eckerd College||4-year private college, not for profit; midsized city|| Bachelor in Business Administration,
Bachelor in Management
|Florida Institute of Technology||4-year private school, not for profit; small city|| Bachelor of Science in Business Administration,
Master of Science in Human Resources Management
|$41,850 (undergraduate); $22,588 (graduate)*|
|Florida International University||4-year public college; large suburb|| Bachelor of Business Administration- Human Resource Management,
Master of Science in Human Resource Management
|$6,556 in-district (undergraduate); $6,546 in-state (undergraduate); $18,954 out-of-state (undergraduate),
$11,097 in-state (graduate); $23,578 out-of-state (graduate)*
|Nova Southeastern University||4-year private school not for profit; large suburb|| Undergraduate Minor in Human Resource Management,
Master of Business Administration- Human Resource Management,
Master of Science in Human Resource Management
|$30,900 (undergraduate); $20,620 (graduate)*|
|Rollins College||4-year private college, not for profit; large suburb|| Bachelor in Organizational Behavior,
Master of Human Resources
|$49,760 (undergraduate); $18,914 (graduate)*|
|St. Thomas University||4-year private school, not for profit; large suburb|| Master in Business Administration- Human Resource Management,
Master of Science in Management / Human Resource Management,
Human Resource Management - Graduate Business Certificate
|$31,830 (undergraduate); $10,596 (graduate)*|
|University of Miami||4-year private college, not for profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Business Administration- Human Resource Management,
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration- Human Resource Management
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.