Oregon Human Resources Universities with Degree Information

Jan 04, 2019

Universities in Oregon with Human Resources Programs

Human resources studies in Oregon are commonly available at the certificate and bachelor's degree levels and are often offered as an area of concentration within a business administration program. Read about two Oregon universities that offer human resources training and find out how these programs prepare students for employment. For more school details, you can also check out the comparison table at the end of this article.

  • Portland State University is situated in the city of Portland in northwestern Oregon and offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Administration.
  • Southern Oregon University is located in the southwestern portion of the state, in Ashland. This school has a Certificate of Management in Human Resources program available.

Comparison of Schools

When choosing a university for human resources training, there are many factors to consider. Keep reading to learn more about annual tuition charges, campus settings, enrollments, and graduation rates.

Portland State University Southern Oregon University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 26,693* 6,191*
Campus Setting Large city Midsize suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $8,783 (in-state)
$26,130 (out-of-state)*
$9,287 (in-state)
$24,630 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 79%* 77%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 92%* 78%*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2016-2017) 72%* 72%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in Fall 2011) 49%* 38%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Portland State University

A member of the Oregon University system, this school was ranked 32nd among Most Innovative Schools in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. With more than 26,000 students, Portland State offers more than 200 academic programs, including a human resources administration path.

Bachelor of Science in Business: Human Resources Management

Preparing students for entry-level administrative positions within any number of businesses, this 4-year degree combines practical business knowledge with essential communication and critical analysis skills. Students work with industry professionals to gain a well-rounded understanding of human resources management and the processes involved. The program allows students to become proficient in all areas of human resources. The program includes courses on human resource management, reward systems, performance management and employee selection. An internship is among the electives a students can choose. With this degree, students can work as human resource representatives, administrative officials and office managers.

Southern Oregon University

With two campuses and over 6,000 enrolled students, Southern Oregon University is a liberal arts college that offers 36 areas of study. With a thriving, active campus, the school focuses on student involvement and community outreach.

Certificate of Management in Human Resources

This degree, defined by the School of Business as fitting between an undergraduate minor and major, prepares students to communicate and work with people in a variety of work environments. Providing basic and advanced business courses, the certificate program gives students the opportunity to understand human resources processes and methods of business. Emphasizing communication and organizational skills, the program offers courses on human resources training design, employee interviewing and selection, group dynamics, organizational communication and legal and regulatory business practices. With this 48-credit certificate, students can pursue entry-level, nonsupervisory positions within financial, manufacturing, technology and other business industries. Students can also continue working toward a bachelor's degree in business administration.

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