Why This Matters

  • ORGANIZATIONS WILL NEED ANOTHER 10,000+ HR MANAGERS BY 2029

    Human resources manager jobs are growing at a faster-than-average pace of 6%. Another 10,400 HR manager positions are expected to be available by 2029.

  • 3,100 MORE DEVELOPMENT AND TALENT MANAGERS ARE NEEDED

    Within HR, development and talent managers are in especially high demand. The specialization is relatively new, but there already are more than 42,000 positions available, and another 3,100 are expected.

  • EARN ANOTHER $54,800 ANNUALLY WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE

    HR specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree and earn an average annual salary of $61.920. In comparison, HR managers with master’s degrees make $116,720 a year.

Our Research

We looked at many Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resources programs to identify the best. Our list includes on-campus, online, and hybrid options, although online programs sometimes have short in-person requirements.

Every program that made our list is regionally accredited, and many also have accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. For a more extensive explanation, check out Our Ranking Methodology.

  • 76 hours to write this article
  • 195 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 212 education programs we compared

The Top 50 MBA in Human Resources Degree Programs

Best MBA in Human Resources Degree Programs
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What You Should Know About This Degree

Human resources managers may find themselves working in a few different settings. While many have a traditional office job with a single employer, others work as external consultants or hiring managers. These latter situations might require extensive travel, so you’ll want to consider your willingness to go on business trips as you evaluate a potential career in this field.

The courses for online MBA in Human Resource degrees can generally be completed remotely, but these programs might have components that must be done in person. For example, they may have brief in-person orientations or seminars, or they may require in-person internships. Confirm that any in-person requirement will fit within your budget and schedule.

Several human resources certifications are available for professionals in the field. Although these certifications are voluntary, employers are giving them increasingly more weight in the hiring process. Accelerated certifications through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) are available if you’re in an SHRM-approved MBA program. You can still be certified through the society if you go to a non-approved program, but the certification process will likely take longer.

What’s Next?

Here are some questions to ask when considering MBA in Human Resources programs:

  • What tests are required for this online degree? MBA degree programs usually require applicants to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), although some may waive this requirement for students with qualifying undergraduate GPAs. When you decide which programs you’d like to apply to, check whether they have a test requirement, and schedule the appropriate exam.
  • Am I eligible for this program? Most MBA programs require an undergraduate degree, and students may need an undergraduate degree in a related field. Some programs might also have a work experience requirement, although this is less common.

When you find a few programs you’re interested in, get their admissions details by visiting their websites or contacting the programs. Know application deadlines and which materials you must submit by those dates.

Also consider how you’ll pay for your schooling. You can ask programs about scholarships and other financial aid. And find out if your employer offers tuition remission or reimbursement. A number of companies offer those perks to mid-level employees pursuing MBA degrees.