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2020 Best Online Bachelor's in Human Resources Degree Programs

By the GradReports team | Updated 4/1/2020

These are the top 25 colleges that offer an online Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources based on the median salary of this major's graduates one year after college. The top ranked school is Benedictine University, with a median salary of $62,000. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota human resources majors graduated with $18,750 of student debt, the lowest median debt out of the schools ranked in the top 25 for salary. Starting median salaries for graduates from the top 25 schools range from $41,400-$62,000.

Tuition, median salaries, and median debt were reported by the U.S. Department of Education in November 2019. View our methodology for more details about these rankings or read more about the top-ranked schools.

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Salary and debt data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Salary and debt data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Median Debt Median Salary
#1 #1 Lisle (IL) Lisle (IL) $34,290 $29,688 $62,000
#2 #2 Immaculata (PA) Immaculata (PA) $27,750 $33,687 $55,900
#3 #3 Greenwood Village (CO) Greenwood Village (CO) $8,400 $20,875 $54,900
#4 #4 Lakewood (CO) Lakewood (CO) $37,432 $29,167 $52,200
#5 #5 Minneapolis (MN) Minneapolis (MN) $14,328 $30,819 $50,900
#6 #6 State College (PA) State College (PA) $38,651 $27,000 $49,000
#7 #7 Winona (MN) Winona (MN) $41,150 $18,750 $48,500
#9 #9 Mequon (WI) Mequon (WI) $33,062 $30,410 $47,100
#10 #10 Saint Paul (MN) Saint Paul (MN) $24,400 $25,000 $46,900
#11 #11 Orange Beach (AL) Orange Beach (AL) $6,600 $24,181 $46,200
#12 #12 Wichita (KS) Wichita (KS) $18,226 $28,000 $46,100
#14 #14 San Antonio (TX) San Antonio (TX) $34,400 $31,038 $45,500
#16 #16 Winfield (KS) Winfield (KS) $36,650 Not Reported $44,900
#17 #17 New Brunswick (NJ) New Brunswick (NJ) $33,963 $22,250 $44,600
#18 #18 Philadelphia (PA) Philadelphia (PA) $35,608 $26,381 $44,500
#20 #20 Louisville (KY) Louisville (KY) $19,740 $33,708 $43,900
#22 #22 Saint Paul (MN) Saint Paul (MN) $9,684 $21,055 $43,500
#23 #23 Saint Charles (MO) Saint Charles (MO) $19,300 $29,250 $42,900
#25 #25 Chandler (AZ) Chandler (AZ) $11,960 - $12,110 $39,188 $41,400

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Learn more about the top colleges for a Bachelor's in Human Resources degree. You can also read student reviews of each school by clicking on the stars. Although student reviews were not used as a ranking factor in this list, we provide ratings and reviews so students can consider the experience of alumni in their decision-making process.

Lisle (IL)
Median Salary $62,000
Median Debt $29,688
Annual Tuition $34,290
Graduation Rate 53%

An online Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership is offered by Benedictine University. This degree is designed to be completed in two years and focuses on maximizing human capital through leadership skills and techniques.

This 120-credit degree is split up into three blocks consisting of 42 program-specific credits, 42 general education credits, and 36 elective credits. Courses focus on human resource management, marketing, business statistics, psychology, and organizational behavior. The school also has a generous transfer policy allowing students to transfer up to 90 credits. This includes credits from previous coursework, work experience, or military training.

Students with this degree have found roles in Human Services, Human Resources, Training and Development, and Social Services. Graduates also have access to a lifetime of career assistance and can meet with a career adviser right when they start classes. In addition, 90% of Benedictine graduates reported that they were satisfied with their online education experience.

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Immaculata (PA)
Median Salary $55,900
Median Debt $33,687
Annual Tuition $27,750
Graduation Rate 61%

Immaculata University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management. These classes are offered online and on-campus, with both day and evening classes. Students who enroll in an accelerated program can graduate in two years by taking nine credits per semester in the spring, summer, and fall. The school also provides networking and entrepreneurial opportunities through Enactus, a non-profit organization, and its business club.

The university offers the ability to transfer up to 72 undergraduate credits and helps familiarize students with online learning through their success seminars. Over the course of the program, students will learn to evaluate an organization's management, structure, and culture. The curriculum is designed to touch upon leadership, employee training, compensation, labor relations, risk management, and program administration.

Graduates are prepared for a wide variety of human resource specializations in positions related to employee welfare, recruitment, selection, and internal employee relations.

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Greenwood Village (CO)
Median Salary $54,900
Median Debt $20,875
Annual Tuition $8,400
Graduation Rate 64%

An online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management is offered by Colorado State University Global. This program is designed to provide fundamental knowledge and leadership skills that will be effective in employee administration and organizational development. This degree is designed for students that are interested in staff training, staff management, and conflict resolution.

This standard 120-credit degree includes 31 credits of general education to provide students with a breadth of knowledge in subjects such as political science, history, and math. The core program covers topics such as team dynamics management, conflict resolution, public policy, employee law, and training. The program concludes with a capstone course, where students apply the knowledge they learned throughout their degree.

Human resource professionals are vital to the workplace, and upon graduation, students have found positions that include human resources coordinator, administrator, manager, and staffing specialist. Regardless of their role, these positions all focus on creating effective teams through motivation, culture, and change management.

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Median Salary $52,200
Median Debt $29,167
Annual Tuition $37,432
Graduation Rate 61%

Colorado Christian University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. This degree seeks to combine human resources, business management, and development with biblical and ethical principles of leadership. Classes are designed for adult students, such as those juggling work and family commitments, and are available both online and at regional centers.

This 120-hour (credit) degree allows students to transfer up to 90 credits from another regionally or nationally accredited college. The program is split up into a General Education Core of 42 hours, Foundations Core of 6 hours, Major Core of 30 hours, and Electives of 42 hours. Program goals are aligned with the Society of Human Resource Management. This degree focuses on employee training, development, compensation, performance management and compensation.

Career opportunities include Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Coordinator, Compensation or Benefit Analyst, and Labor Relations Manager. Students looking to further their education can also apply for the Master of Business Administration at Colorado Christian University.

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Minneapolis (MN)
Median Salary $50,900
Median Debt $30,819
Annual Tuition $14,328
Graduation Rate N/A

Capella University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Business with a specialization in Human Resource Management. The school provides two online learning tracks known as GuidedPath and FlexPath. The GuidedPath track will be more familiar to students, where tuition is based on the number of credits they take. However, with the FlexPath track, there is a unique flat-rate tuition per 12-week session. Students are able to take as many courses in that 12-week session and still pay the same flat-rate. Thus, the fastest 10% of students in the FlexPath track are able to graduate with a bachelor's in only 12 months.

Depending on which track students choose, the total credits needed for graduation varies from 180 credits with GuidedPath to 90 credits with FlexPath. Coursework includes topics such as staffing, compensation, recruitment, labor relations, training, and development. Students in the GuidedPath track can also transfer up to 135 credits into the program from regionally accredited schools. Bachelor's scholarships are available for new students who enroll in at least seven or more credits each quarter.

Students graduating with this degree can expect job titles including Human Resources Coordinator, Human Resources Assistant, Human Resources Analyst, and Human Resources Manager, with 93% of Capella business alumni recommending the program.

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