Illinois Human Resource Management Universities and Schools

Research human resource management programs in Illinois, which currently has 28 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degree programs and get some quick facts for two Illinois schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Training for Human Resource Managers in Illinois

Students interested in careers hiring, training, motivating and retaining employees for organizations can consider enrolling in human resource management degree programs. Illinois schools offer programs in this field at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Find out about the degrees, concentrations and curricula at two Illinois schools. The table at the conclusion of this article also offers additional facts about both schools.

  • DePaul University is located in Chicago and offers a bachelor's degree in business with a management major and a master's degree in business administration with a human resource management concentration.
  • Western Illinois University, located in the western portion of the state, in Macomb, offers a bachelor's degree in human resource management.

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Comparison of Schools

After comparing the information about available degrees, checking out the following table can answer some additional questions about these two schools. Learn about the tuition charges, enrollment figures and graduation rates to make a well-informed choice.

DePaul University Western Illinois University
School Type 4-year, private, non-profit 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 23,799* 11,458*
Campus Setting Large city Remote town
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $36,361* $12,889 (in-state)
$17,291 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 96%* 84%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 70%* 70%*
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2014) 87%* 72%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 71%* 54%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

DePaul University

Nationally recognized as a high-quality school, DePaul University enrolls more than 24,000 students each year. It offers more than 260 degree programs on six campuses in the Chicago area.

Bachelor of Science in Business with a Management Major

The BSB in Management program at DePaul is available with six concentration options, including one in human resources. This 4-year degree prepares students for entry-level positions as human resources representatives, staffing and employment specialists, compensation analysts and employment interviewers. The program emphasizes organizational communication and cooperation, teaching students to clearly express business and personal messages through effective communicative practices. Courses include training and career development, compensation, recruitment and selection, organizational development and management consulting. Students may also choose a second concentration area among general management, entrepreneurship, leadership and change management, human resources, sports management and operations management.

Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Human Resource Management

The school also offers a Master of Business Administration program with a human resource management concentration. MBA students take core courses in areas like financial accounting, economics and management before choosing their concentration courses. Students in the human resources management track can select among classes in recruitment, benefits and compensation, change management, employment law and health insurance. Graduates are prepared for careers managing employees in a variety of settings. The MBA program is available in accelerated and flexible formats.

Western Illinois University

With a student body of more than 11,000, Western Illinois University is ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the country's 'Best Value Colleges,' and has been previously ranked as one of the top colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. The management department offers a comprehensive human resource management degree program for undergraduates.

Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management

Requiring 120 credits, this 4-year degree prepares students to work as human resource representatives in a range of business fields. The curriculum teaches students to work efficiently and effectively with peers and coworkers through critical thinking, team-building and cooperative projects, advanced business courses and professional seminars and workshops. With this degree, students can seek entry-level human resource management positions in service-based and product-based industries, including the finance and insurance, manufacturing, medical and gas and energy production industries. Courses include compensation management, staffing and employment, collective bargaining, international human resource management and appraising and developing employees.

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