By HRMBA Staff
This article highlights the top 10 best online master’s in human resources degree programs of 2015, based on our own internal research and editorial review.
The schools we selected feature a broad range of human resources management courses, meet accreditation standards, employ full-time faculty with professional experience and research credentials, and hold an above-standard reputation. School rankings and awards were factored heavily in selecting these online degree programs.
All schools bear approval from a major regional or national accrediting body. Some programs combine business, leadership, and human resources, while others focus exclusively on employee relations. In general, online human resources master’s degree programs prepare students for advancement in the field by offering high-level classes combined with hands-on practice.
It should be noted that the graduate tuition listed for each school is the most current average rate for in-state full-time students, as published by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Science, National Center for Education Statistics (College Navigator). The tuition price may not reflect program fees; therefore, it is important to contact the school directly to obtain the most recent tuition rate for the program of interest.
#10 – Regis University
Online Master of Science Organizational Leadership – Human Resource Management and Leadership
Graduate Tuition : $10,224
Earning a master’s in human resources online from Regis University provides opportunities to advance in fields of human resources, business management, and organizational leadership. Typical program required courses include Attracting and Retaining Workforce Talent, Leading Change and Innovation, and Strategies in Compensation and Benefits. The online master’s in HR program aligns itself with the Society of Human Resource Management and the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis University the 29th Best Regional University in the West and the 9th Best College for Veterans in its 2015 edition of Best Colleges.
#9 – Brenau University
Online Human Resources Management MBA
Graduate Tuition : $8,596
Brenau University is a private college located in Gainesville, Georgia. The school offers an online master’s in human resources that focuses on combining the practice of business and HR. Students who graduate from the program earn an online Master of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management. U.S. News and World Report ranks Brenau University the 43rd Best Regional University in the South. The school is also ranked the 12th Best College for Veterans. Brenau has been offering degrees since 1878, and was recognized with honor-roll status by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
#8 – University of Texas at Tyler
Online Master of Science in Human Resource Development
Graduate Tuition : $4,662
University of Texas at Tyler offers a master’s in HR online degree program that is recognized as one of the best online master’s programs for human resources in the nation. The completely online program is self-paced, practical, and innovative. Students take courses from faculty who are respected leaders in the field. U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Texas at Tyler the 68th Best Regional University in the West and the 24th Best Public School in its 2015 edition of Best Colleges. While no thesis is required to complete the master’s degree, research-focused curriculum and student-led projects are incorporated.
#7 – Drexel University Online
Master of Science in Human Resource Development Online
Graduate Tuition : $30,321
Drexel University offers online human resources master’s degree program designed for the working professional who need flexible scheduling to continue education. Drexel has offered online courses since 1966, including human resource and management programs. The same distinguished faculty members who teach on campus teach many of the master’s in HR online classes. U.S. News and World Report ranks Drexel University among the top 10 Up-and-Coming institutions. The school was the recipient of the 2010 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education. In the 2015 edition of Best Colleges, U.S. News and World Report ranks Drexel the 95th Best National University in the country.
#6 – Abilene Christian University
Online Master’s in Organizational Development
Graduate Tuition : $18,228
The online master’s in HR from Abilene Christian University is a top-ranked program designed with flexible scheduling that is conducive to student needs. The program is offered entirely online and neither the GRE nor the GMAT is required for admission. Gaining a master’s in human resources online opens doors for advancement in the HR field. U.S. News and World Report ranks Abilene Christian University as the 17th Best Regional University in the West. The school is also ranked as the 6th Best Value School, the 4th Best College for Veterans, and the 2nd Best Up-and-Coming School in the nation.
#5 – Florida International University
Master of Science in Human Resource Management Online
Graduate Tuition : $8,912
The online master’s in human resources program at Florida International University in Miami, is available to students who have scored 500 or higher on the GMAT or 1,000 or higher on the GRE old scoring scale, or have worked five years in a professional human resources work environment. The master’s in HR online program is offered 100 percent online and may be completed within 12 months. U.S. News and World Report ranks Florida International University as among the Best Global Universities in the world. The school’s graduate programs are consistently ranked in the top 100 among regionally and nationally accredited programs.
#4 – University of Scranton
Master of Science in Human Resources Online
Graduate Tuition : $10,806
Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the University of Scranton is a leader in human resource preparedness for graduate students. The school offers an online master’s in HR degree program, which integrates the Jesuit beliefs with the best practices in human resources. The accredited program is offered fully online by expert faculty who work as professionals in the field. U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Scranton the 7th Best Regional University in the North. The school is also ranked as the 12th Best Value School and the 5th Best Up-and-Coming School. Several of its online graduate programs and graduate schools are also nationally recognized.
#3 – Villanova University
Master of Science in Human Resources Online
Graduate Tuition : $16,397
Villanova University offers an online human resources master’s degree that is available to students with prior experience in human resources. The program is administered entirely online, with a flexible schedule and opportunity to earn a master’s degree in HR in less than two years. The program is ranked highly by Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks Villanova #1 among the Best Regional Universities in the North. It is considered to be a Best Value School, and was ranked #1 in U.S. News’ 2015 edition of Best Colleges.
#2 – Stony Brook University
Online Master of Science in Human Resource Management
Graduate Tuition : $10,370
The Master’s in Human Resources online at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York incorporates theory and hands-on practice for HR professionals who want upward mobility through gaining the necessary skills to succeed. The program prepares students to work as HR generalists, managers, directors, staffing specialists, and benefits analysts. U.S. News and World Report ranks Stony Brook the 88th Best National University in the country. Three of the school’s graduate programs are nationally ranked among the best of their kind. Coursework in the HR Management program is offered entirely online.
#1 – Pennsylvania State World Campus
Online Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations
Graduate Tuition : $18,816
Penn State World Campus offers an online master’s in human resources degree designed for graduate students who want to succeed in leadership and employment relations on the job. Curriculum combines human resources with employment relations to bring an interesting mix of HR classes and studies. U.S. News and World Report ranks Penn State World Campus 1st for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and in the top 7 for several of the school’s graduate programs. In 2013, the school’s Labor and Employment Relations received designation and acknowledgement for its growth, size, and national reputation. It is regarded as one of the top human resources programs in the country.
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• Forbes Magazine, America’s Top Colleges
• Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator
• Princeton Review, College Rankings
• U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges Rankings and Lists