Top 25 Masters in Human Resources

Are you looking to become a game-changer in organizational structure and policies? Do you have a vision on how to create workplaces where employees are both happy and healthy? The Top 25 Masters in Human Resources has all the skills and knowledge you need to move forward in your career. Some of these programs emphasize internship and practicum work to ensure job placement when you finish your degree. Other programs bring in highly regarded corporate leaders to give students a first-hand point of view regarding human capital management. Several of the programs below also offer classes held in the evenings for working professionals or online hybrid options. 

Vocations within the field of human resources have changed considerably in recent decades, and continue to do so. HR is no longer just a place where hiring, firing, and benefits are doled out. Human Resource departments and offices act in tandem with the broader goals of every organization, institution, or corporation. They play a significant role in creating strategies for ethical policies that directly impact successes and failures. HR professionals are expected to be educated and experienced in understanding a broad spectrum of responsibilities– from their administrative duties to the acquisition of talented employees. 

Most of the programs listed below have curriculum aligned with the Society for Human Resources Managers' HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates, while many others prepare students for SHRM certification. Several of the programs also offer dual degrees– typically an MBA or JD. Jobs for those who complete a Master's degree in the field range widely from payroll managers to compensation and benefits managers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median salary for managers in the field in 2018 at $133,300. The projected job growth rate for Human Resource careers is about average, with an anticipated 12,000 new jobs by 2026.

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Here are the Top 25 Masters in Human Resources for 2020!

#25. Drake University

Des Moines, IA

The Master of Science in Leadership Development

At Drake University, the Master of Science in Leadership Development offers its courses in the evenings and on weekends. For those interested in a career in human resources, this degree provides two separate concentrations: in leadership or talent development. Both concentrations are a total of 30 credits, and most Drake students complete their degree within two years. Students in either concentration will take core courses in Understanding Self and Others, Ethics and Leadership, and Analyzing and Communicating with Data. Students in the leadership concentration will take classes, such as Global Leadership, while students in the talent development concentration will focus on topics, such as performance consultation. Both concentrations culminate in a three-credit capstone project. The faculty members who make up the Department of the MSLD program at Drake are active in the Iowa Society for Human Resource Management Council, The Association for Talent Development, and the Central Iowa Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. 

Applicants to the program must possess a Bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 GPA. Conditional admission can be granted in certain situations by the Graduate Admission office. Students can also be able to take up to seven credits in the program before admission. Additional application materials include a two-page statement of interest, official transcripts, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and a resume. 

Graduate Tuition: $28,277

Score: 83.4

#24. Concordia University

St. Paul, MN

Master of Arts in Human Resource Management

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The 36-credit Master of Arts in Human Resource Management at Concordia University is offered online or on campus with evening classes. The program's curriculum meets the criteria set by the Society for Human Resource's academic standards in human resource education programming. Each term is a total of seven weeks. Students take courses in recruitment, selection, and retention, finance for human resource leaders, and compensation and benefits. Students can opt to take a mix of online and in-person courses. 

Admission requirements include official transcripts, a personal statement of no more than 1,000 words, and Concordia University's graduate school application. Concordia not only offers discounted tuition to its alumni, veterans, and employee partners, it also has numerous scholarships for graduate students. Concordia University cites a survey from 2015-16 indicating how 90.36% of their graduates found full-time jobs after graduating. Additionally, Concordia was ranked No. 3 in 2018 by Washington Monthly as a Top College for Adult Learners. 

Graduate Tuition: $19,714

Score: 83.5

#23. University of Colorado

Denver, CO

Master of Science in Management and Organization

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The Master of Science in Management and Organization at the University of Colorado offers ten specializations, one of them specifically in Managing Human Resources. Within this specialization, students will focus on subjects such as managing talent, employee performance, and the administrative aspects of compensation. Core coursework includes topics on leadership for teams and individual settings. As for the six electives, students can branch out and learn more about an area of interest, such as accounting, marketing, or information systems. The Business School at CU Denver has designed the MS in Management and Organization to be completed either in person or online. 

The program gives students access to the Business School's Business Career Connections team both during and after the program. This service connects current students and alumni with hundreds of employers, career guidance counseling, workshops, networking events, and monthly job emails. As part of the curriculum, the university's Business School also regularly hosts high profile speakers from corporations such as Amazon, Kaiser Permanente, Ball Aerospace, and Neurotech. 

Graduate Tuition: $14,586

Score: 84.4

#22. Columbus State University

Columbus, GA

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

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The 36-credit Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at Columbus State University offers a concentration in Human Resources Management with core curricula encompassing organizational behavior and leadership, global management, and conflict resolution. Within the human resources management specialization, students will delve into topics on recruitment and selection, employee development, and labor relations. Elective courses are the student's choice, where they can branch out into fields like economics or finance. 

Admission requirements to the MS in Organizational Leadership program are a Bachelor's degree, GMAT or GRE scores, two letters of recommendation from former employers or faculty. Columbus State University has numerous scholarships for graduate students. Columbus State University also offers multiple services, support, and tuition assistance to members of the military. The university is a brief drive to Fort Benning's Main Post. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to register for a graduate school tour

Graduate Tuition: $11,334

Score: 84.6

#21. Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI

Master of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development

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The Master of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development at Eastern Michigan University has several flexible options to complete the program. Students can take classes on the Ypsilanti campus with evening and weekend courses, or take classes online. Overall, the 30-credit MS in HROD takes around two years to complete, although part-time enrollment is also an option. The program's curriculum is designed for current professionals who are already working in the field of human resources. Coursework covers topics on Organizational Theory and Behavior, Human Resource Development, and a three credits practicum. Elective classes include subjects on employment law, human resources and technology, and management in unionized settings. 

Applicants to the MS in Human Resources and Organizational Development should have a minimum 2.75 GPA in their undergraduate work. Applicants with a GPA greater than 3.0 do not have to supply GRE scores. Additional admission requirements include at least five years in human resources management experience or senior HR certification. The program is home to an active student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, which was named Outstanding Chapter in 2018.

Graduate Tuition: $14,090

Score: 85.2

#20. University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development

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The Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development at the University of Louisville is available to students in three different settings. The MS HROD can be completed entirely online, at the Louisville campus, or, at the Fort Knox campus. The curriculum for all three settings consists of a total of either 33 or 36 credits of coursework. Students can choose a thesis (36 hours) or portfolio/fieldwork (33 hours) option. For 18 credits of the core curriculum credits, students will take classes on topics such as adult and organizational learning, organizational analysis, and strategic human resources. Elective courses in the program delve into subjects on diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, and performance improvement. 

To apply for admission to the program, applicants must submit competitive GRE scores, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of the applicant's academic and career goals that outlines prior human-resources related experience. Transcripts from all previous institutions indicating an overall GPA of 3.0, as well as a current resume, are also required. The program accepts new admission applications for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. The College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville offers several forms of financial aid through graduate assistantships, scholarships, and employment opportunities in the university. 

Graduate Tuition: $17,008

Score: 86.9

#19. Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

Master of Arts in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management

 
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The 39-credit Master of Arts in Business Management at Azusa Pacific University can be completed within 12 months. The program's concentration in Human Resource Management is offered completely online. New cohorts to the program begin six times per year, and each term is just eight weeks in length. The program's curriculum integrates subjects on workplace safety, compensation and benefits, and the changing tide of legal issues in human resources. APU's Master in Business Management is made up of over two dozen academic leaders with human resources industry experience.

APU is a Yellow Ribbon School, which means they cover the entire cost of tuition for non-active members of the military, along with discounted tuition to any active member of the military. Two online information sessions about the MA in Business Management are offered each month to prospective students. For students interested in taking classes in person, the APU campus is located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles. 

Graduate Tuition: $28,784

Score: 88.5

#18. Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations

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In the 36 credit Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University, graduate students can focus on one of seven key knowledge areas. These seven areas focus on human resource management, strategy and firm performance, international HR and LR, organizational change leadership, workplace law, labor relations, and analytical skills for HR and LR. Core, required coursework includes classes on collective bargaining, the economics of human resources, and human resources practices and decisions. In addition to coursework, students have the opportunity for a summer internship with companies that can lead to full-time employment. MHRLR students have worked as interns with corporations such as Coca-Cola, BP, Dell, Ford, Boeing, and many more. The program also offers a four-year dual-degree MHRLR/JD option.

Admission to the program requires that applicants have taken classes in Behavioral Science, Statistics, and Microeconomics and received a B or better. Other materials include a resume, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, a personal statement, and GRE or GMAT scores. For professionals who have worked in the field of human resources for five or more years, GRE and GMAT scores can be waived. 

Graduate Tuition: $16,684

Score: 88.5

#17. University of Rhode Island

Providence, RI

Master of Science in Labor Relations and Human Resources

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The Master of Science in Labor Relations and Human Resources at the University of Rhode Island is a 36-credit program. Students can choose labor relations or human resources as a specialization, as the curriculum corresponds with the SHRM's recommended courses for the MS degree. LRHR studies include Employment and Labor Law; Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining; and Work, Employment, and Society. In the student's final semester, a capstone course in Labor Relations and Human Resources is taken where students will prepare a final presentation. 

Admission to the program requires that students submit a 600 word or less writing sample regarding an issue relevant to human resources. A statement of purpose is also required, as are two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references. Applications are accepted in April, July or November with new terms starting in the summer, fall, and spring. The MSLRHR at the University of Rhode Island is closely affiliated with the Labor and Employment Relations Association Rhode Island Chapter, the Rhode Island Labor History Society, and the Society for Human Resource Management URI Student Chapter. 

Graduate Tuition: $18,739

Score: 89.3

#16. Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Master of Science in Human Resources

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Pepperdine University's Master of Science in Human Resources can be completed in less than two years. The 39-credit program brings together leading knowledge in ethically driven management, the development of leadership, and the application of the curriculum's concepts to real situations outside of the classroom. Coursework can be completed online, or at the western Los Angeles campus in Malibu. Pepperdine's MSHR curriculum aligns with those set by the Society for Human Resources guidebook for degree-based coursework. Students will take classes in Financial Accounting; Personal and Leadership Development; and Digital Platforms for Human Resources Processes and Information Management. 

The program has start dates in the Fall and Spring beginning in August or January respectively. An essay, resume, transcripts, and work experience in the field of one year at full-time employment or three years of part-time employment are required for admissions. GRE or GMAT scores are not required. The MS in HR program falls under the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University, which offers many merit-based scholarships to its students. 

Graduate Tuition: $33,700

Score: 90.3

#15. Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change

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The Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change at Case Western Reserve University emphasizes a balance of maintaining healthy businesses with ethical and sustainable practices. The program gears its curriculum to create leaders who are concerned with the well being of employees and the long-term environmental impact of companies and corporations. The MPOD takes place throughout five week-long residencies, with each residency occurring every 10-12 weeks. This setup was designed with the human resources professional in mind so that the student can continue working. Between each residency, students will engage in coursework online, reading and writing, and virtual conferences. 

Courses while in residency include Coaching Leadership and Executive Assessment and Development, Foundations of Strategic Thinking, and Organization Design for a Knowledge World. In addition to the five residencies, students will travel with their peers in a 10-day study tour to a country outside of North America. Additionally, students are assigned a client in the Cleveland area as part of a practicum consultation learning experience. Students will also engage in a self-directed field project with an organization or company of the student's choice. 

Graduate Tuition: $34,973

Score: 90.7

#14. DePaul University

Chicago, IL

Masters in Human Resources

With a backdrop of Chicago's business district, the Master's in Human Resources at DePaul University gives graduate students multiple opportunities to work with hundreds of national and local organizations. The Masters' core coursework focuses on subjects such as Managing for Effective and Ethical Organization and Strategic Management of Human Resources. Elective courses include topics on Labor Economics and Labor Relations or Negotiation Law. Internships and independent study are also options. The program admits new students in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms. 

Because of DePaul's and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business's strong alliances with local and national companies, alumni of the program have a strong professional network upon graduation. Approximately 116,000 of Depaul's alumni live and work in the Chicago area. The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business has a robust scholarship fund. Information sessions about the MSHR at DePaul are offered to prospective students regularly with class visits, admissions counseling appointments, and evening graduate school open houses. 

Graduate Tuition: $32,927

Score: 91.7

#13. University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington, TX

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

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The Master of Science in Human Resource Management at the University of Texas at Arlington offers a thesis or non-thesis option. The non-thesis option consists of 36 credits, whereas the thesis option is a total of 30 credits. Core coursework includes Economic Analysis, Accounting Analysis, Business Financial Management, and Advanced Methods for Analytics. Students who have graduated from the MSHRM program at UT-Arlington now work at American Airlines, Lockheed Martin, T-Mobile, and UT Southwestern Medical Center. 

Students who apply to this program are expected to have a Bachelor's degree in administration. If this is not the case, an additional 18 credits of coursework are required. Application materials include GMAT and GRE scores, a 3.0 GPA; a 200-word personal goals essay; three letters of recommendation, and professional work experience. In the case of low GRE or GMAT scores, a GPA of under 3.0, probationary admission may be granted with certain provisions. The MSHRM program is under the umbrella of the UTA College of Business, which has many scholarships available to its graduate students. 

Graduate Tuition: $12,533

Score: 92.3

#12. The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

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In The Ohio State University's Master of Science in Human Resource Management program, each student is assigned a specific career consultant. Throughout the program, the student's career coach and the Office of Career Management provide support and assistance in creating a clear path to the student's job placement post-graduation. The program's curriculum was designed with the working student in mind, with classes often held in the evening. Students can complete the program at either full or part-time enrollment. Courses in the program cover topics on organizational development and change, contemporary employment practices and the law, and understanding teams and leadership for HR managers. Students choose to complete the program with a thesis or a practicum experience.

Applicants to the program can have a Bachelor's degree in any field. Other application materials include GRE test scores, a resume, a maximum 750-word essay, two letters of recommendation, transcripts from all previous institutions, and a video interview. Applications to the program are received and reviewed on a rolling basis. The MSHRM offers regular on-campus or virtual information sessions to prospective students. 

Graduate Tuition: $18,042

Score: 92.5

#11. Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Master of Management

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At Marquette University, graduate students complete this 30 credit program in a hybrid-course format. The program is designed with half of the courses online, and a half in person. The program integrates practices from several fields, such as leadership and human resource management. Students will take classes such as organizational development, managing human capital, and diversity and inclusion in global organizations. All students will complete a capstone project to finish the degree. The program can be completed in less than a year and a half.

Admission application materials include official transcripts from all previous institutions, GRE or GMAT scores, essay questions, and a resume. The Graduate School of Management at Marquette University holds regular information sessions. Attendees will have the $50 application fee waived. Marquette University is home to the Center for Applied Economics, the Student-run Business Program, and the Center for Supply Chain Management. 

Graduate Tuition: $32,377

Score: 92.9

#10. Florida International University

Miami, FL

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

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The Master of Science in Human Resource Management at Florida International University is completed in one year with class times on the weekends. Courses are taught by faculty who have first-hand experience in the field of human resources. Part-time enrollment is possible, with students completing the program in two years. The curriculum prepares for SHRM certification. Students in the program will delve into subjects such as employee safety and security, the legal aspects of promotion and compensation, and conflict in groups, organizations, and individuals. Students in the program receive a one-year student membership to SHRM. 

Admission application materials include a 3.0 GPA, GMAT or GRE scores, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and transcripts from all previous institutions. The program prefers that applicants have at least five years of experience as a professional in the field of human resources. Applicants without this background are considered on a case-by-case basis. FIU's MSHRM program offers scholarships of up to $7,500 to its students. The program provides regular information sessions and invites prospective students to sit in on a Saturday class.

Graduate Tuition: $12,219

Score: 93.0

#9. Loyola University

Chicago, IL

Master of Science in Human Resources

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The Master of Science in Human Resources was designed to create leaders in the field who can apply business acumen with social responsibility. Depending on the student's human resources background, students may be required to complete an internship in addition to the 12 required courses. These classes range from topics on compensation to employment relations and data-driven decision making to human resources law. Loyola University has strong ties and partnerships to Chicago-area companies and national corporations. The program has over 3,000 alumni, providing many networking opportunities, particularly with the Institute of Human Resources and Employment Relations Mentor Program

Requirements to enter the program include two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a resume, and transcripts from all previous institutions. GRE or GMAT test scores are not required to apply. There are four start dates in August, November, February, and May. In addition to the mentor program, Loyola's Quinlan School of Business offers many career services to current students and alumni from coaching to regular events and job fairs.

Graduate Tuition: $34,526

Score: 93.1

#8. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Master of Business Administration in Human and Organizational Performance

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The Master of Business Administration in Human and Organizational Performance begins with students taking classes in principles fundamental to business organization. These classes include managerial finance, managerial statistics, and management communication. After these core nine credits, students will then branch off into the classes specific to the Human and Organizational Performance concentration. Courses within the concentration cover topics such as training systems management. All students in the MBA program complete an internship in the summer term. Students have access to recruiters in their field through the Career Management Center. Alumni of the program can utilize Owen Graduate School of Management with career assistance and in case of job displacement. 

Vanderbilt holds regular MBA Discover weekends for prospective students. New sessions of the program start three times per year. Vanderbilt considers itself military friendly and has designed the MBA program with members of the military in mind. Applicants who apply to the program are automatically considered for the Owen Graduate School of Management's scholarships. The Princeton Review ranked Vanderbilt's MBA No. 2 for Best MBA for Human Resources. 

Graduate Tuition: $23,295

Score: 93.7

#7. University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations

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The University of Minnesota's Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations can be completed in two years, although working students can complete the program at part-time enrollment in three to four years. Part-time students attend classes in the evening, taking four to eight credits each semester. Most classes meet just once per week. There are a total of 24 core classes in the program, with 24 elective credits. Core coursework consists of topics such as Business Principles for the HRIR Professional, Staffing, Training and Development, and Compensation and Benefits. The elective course options include Managing Diversity, Performance Management, and Employer-Sponsored Benefit Plans.

The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota also offers a dual Master of Business Administration and HRIR degree. Completing the dual degree program would require an additional one year of full-time enrollment. The MA HRIR degree emphasizes global relations in the program and has two study abroad programs where students are immersed in a program at a partner university. The Global Enrichment program is a short term course of just two to six weeks, and the Global Immersion program is a semester long. All students admitted to the program must take a prerequisite undergraduate course in Microeconomics. 

Graduate Tuition: $16,808

Score: 95.2

#6. New York University 

New York, New York

Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development

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At New York University, the Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development prepares its students to understand the intricacies of organizational behavior and apply data-driven metrics for ethical business practices. Students select a concentration in human capital management, organizational effectiveness, global talent management, or learning, development, and executive coaching. The program is 42 credits and includes eight required courses and 24 electives. The core curriculum consists of topics in quantitative methods and metrics for decision making, information technology, and business writing and presentation. Students can opt to complete elective credits in an internship. To graduate, students engage in a capstone project or thesis. 

The program admits three times per year for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, transcripts from all previous institutions are required. In some cases, the admissions office can also require standardized testing scores. NYU's student SHRM chapter has one a Superior Merit award since it started five years ago for their work in networking and professional growth events. NYU's School of Professional Studies provides various scholarship funds for graduate students each year, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 awards. 

Graduate Tuition: $36,256

Score: 95.9

#5. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL

Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations 

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The Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a 48 credit program. Most students complete the program in a year and a half, but part-time enrollment is also possible. The program is also offered entirely online, for students who can not attend classes on campus. The MHRIR is designed to allow students the flexibility to take classes in areas of human resources of particular interest. Only two courses are required: Employment Relations Systems and Quantitative Methods in Labor and Employment Relations. Students can opt to focus on subjects such as organizational behavior, labor markets, or union management. To complete the degree, either a thesis or additional coursework is required. 

Top employers for alumni of the MHRIR include Boeing, IBM, Honeywell, and CenturyLink, among others. The School of Labor Relations office at the University of Illinois is a significant resource for current students and alumni. They are responsible for the placement of over 90% of graduates finding employment post-graduation. Regular information sessions are held on campus for prospective students.

Graduate Tuition: $16,639

Score: 96.1

#4. Texas A&M University

Champaign, IL

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

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The 37-credit Master of Science in Human Resource Management gives its students a comprehensive knowledge base of the field. The curriculum aims to integrate finance, marketing, operations, and accounting. Graduate students develop interpersonal, conceptual, technical, and communication skills throughout the program. Following a year of preparatory coursework in subjects such as Organizational Change and Development, Talent Management, and Labor Relations, students engage in a professional internship with one of Texas A&M's many corporate partners. This is a non-thesis program that emphasizes relevant hands-on experience and job placement preparation.

Prospective students to the MS-HRM at Texas A&M should have some background in business– either academically or professionally. Prerequisite courses may be required for students without this background include Survey of Accounting Principles, Introductory Accounting, or Survey of Marketing. The program admits only once per year for the Fall term with applications due by December 15, 2020. GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, two essays, a resume, and an interview are all required components of the application to the MSHRM program. The MS-HRM has a limited number of competitive graduate assistantships, and Texas A&M offers many fellowships and scholarships to graduate students.

Graduate Tuition: $19,544

Score: 96.3

#3. University of Wisconsin – Madison

Madison, WI

MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management

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The MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a track-record of alumni job placement. Of the graduating class of 2018, 100% of the students received an offer of full-time employment. UW-Wisconsin MBA alumni employers include Johnson & Johnson, Aramark, Amazon, and Chevron– and many more. The median salary for graduates of the program is $95,000. Recruiters for companies such as IBM and Cisco consistently seek out graduates of the MBA program. 

Internships are central to the curriculum of this program. Students in the program evaluate and assess actual human resource problems related to issues of compensation, negotiation, and evaluation. They apply coaching techniques and strategies from the program to a variety of work settings and situations. Applicants to the program are selected based on many different factors– not just their GRE scores or previous academic work. The School of Business seeks students who are a good fit within the cohort and have interests and who contribute to the classroom experience. Prospective students can find out more about the program with a tour from a Wisconsin MBA Ambassador while attending an informational meeting.

Graduate Tuition: $15,910

Score: 97.3

#2. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Master of Industrial and Labor Relations

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The 48-credit Masters in Human Resource Studies at Cornell University brings together lectures and learning from industry experts with hands-on experiences. Within the program, students can opt to concentrate in one of six different areas: Labor Market Policy, Collective Representation, International and Comparative Labor, Dispute Resolution and Human Resources and Organizations. The program offers ample opportunities for cross-disciplinary study, with 14 other colleges at Cornell University. Students can take up to six elective courses. The program also offers a dual degree program where students can pursue an MBA. The MILR program at Cornell was designed for students who are coming directly out of undergraduate studies and have limited work HR experience. 

The program is relatively competitive to gain entrance into, with an average acceptance rate of 35-40%. Application materials include transcripts, two letters of recommendation, GRE or GMAT scores, a resume, and a statement of purpose. Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, which the MILR degree program falls under, provides several generous fellowships and graduate assistantships. Prospective students can schedule a visit to Cornell to meet with the MILR faculty or have lunch with a current graduate student. 

Graduate Tuition: $31,449

Score: 98.0

#1. Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Master of Science in Human Resource Development

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The Master of Science in Human Resource Development at Villanova University is offered both on-campus and online. Classes in either setting occur in the evening on weekdays. The MS in HRD program is a total of 36 credits with required courses encompassing financial and human capital, organization development, and employment law. Elective topics include HR Technology, Relational Capital, and Ethics. All classes are held in an eight-week-long format. The SHRM Chapter at Villanova is an active student group, with many networking events each year, including the annual networking reception. The faculty at Villanova is made up of over a dozen professionals, whose human resources experience spans both the public and private sectors. 

The program's curriculum follows the guidelines set by SHRM. To gain admission, applicants should submit transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of goals, a writing sample, and resume. For those interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, application materials should be submitted by March 15 for consideration. Villanova University has a nearly two-century legacy and is located 20 minutes from Philadelphia. 

Graduate Tuition: $18,905

Score: 100

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