Companies cannot be successful without the unified efforts of their employees-the workforce. The attainment of success rests profoundly on the quality of the ‘human capital’, a term used synonymously with ‘human resources.’ Some of the responsibilities of the Human Resources (HR) Manager and his/her staff are: ensure the company is in compliance with labor laws and standards, administer and assess company benefits, recruit, and terminate an employee. The duties will vary depending on the type of organization and the number of employees.

These colleges/universities have been selected according to their ranking in sources as US News & World report, Wall Street Journal articles, Military Times, as well as the respective college or university’s programs and faculty. Additional sources, applicable to that particular college, are addressed in the text for each school.

1. Penn State World Campus

Since 1892, students like you have been able to complete a Penn State education without traveling to a physical campus. Their World Campus is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Online Bachelor Programs for 2016. Penn State was ranked the No. 1 institution in the nation for producing the best-prepared, most well-rounded graduates who are most able to succeed once hired, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal.

Penn State’s School of Labor and Employment Relations has offered undergraduate degree programs since its founding in 1942. As a student in one of the United States’ largest undergraduate programs for labor and employment relations, you can acquire the comprehensive knowledge you need to address today’s most important issues in human resources and employment relations. Penn offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science (each 123 credits):

The bachelor of arts program relies on a curriculum steeped in the social sciences, humanities, and language as a supplement to the prescribed labor and employment relations courses. This option is best suited for you if you wish to focus your career in the fields of employment law, organizational culture and behavior, workforce diversity, labor relations or other human resources roles.

The bachelor of science program offers the prescribed curriculum in labor and employment relations, with additional course electives in management, communications, and accounting. This degree may be your best choice if you wish to work in training and development, staffing, recruitment, compensation, benefits, and labor relations.

Tuition: $535 per credit

2. Colorado State University-Global University

Colorado State University-Global Campus is the nation’s first 100% online state university. The school is proud to be one of the few regionally accredited online universities by the Higher Learning Commission. The online bachelor’s degrees at CSU-Global ranked as #16 in the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. CSU-Global ranked as #121 in the 2014 Best Colleges in National Universities list. CSU also made U.S. News lists for “Best Colleges for Veterans,” “Least Debt, Class of 2014,” “Highest Six-Year Graduation Rates” and “High School Counselor Rankings.” For six years in a row, G.I. Jobs magazine has ranked CSU among the top military-friendly schools in the nation.

Students enrolled in  CSU’s online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Resource Management degree program will learn the foundations of organizational structure and the role of HR professionals in building a culture, managing policy, resolving conflict, and maximizing employee performance.  Specific areas of study include the management of team dynamics, conflict resolution, business policy and employee law, and training and professional development. This program is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The program consists of 10 three-credit core courses as part of a full 120-credit bachelor’s degree.

Tuition: $350 per credit

3. University of the Incarnate Word

Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, UIW provides a high quality education to students pursuing academic degrees in more than 40 of today’s high in-demand undergraduate programs while carrying on the original Mission of the Sisters. University of the Incarnate Word ranked as #71 in the US News& World Report list of Best Colleges in Regional Universities. In 2013, the school was ranked #41 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report . In 2014, it earned the designation  as  a Military Friendly School list by Victory Media: a veteran-owned, rapidly-growing, privately held business providing resources for former military.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges provides University of the Incarnate Word accreditation.

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources prepares students for challenges in the workplace related to managing and developing people. This includes those interested in HR careers, as well as those who desire to improve their ability to solve problems, improve processes and enhance the effectiveness of people in organizations. In addition to developing competencies in key HR activities (staffing; training and development; performance management; compensation and benefits; legal compliance), the student will develop important skills in critical thinking, problem solving, technology and business communication.

The curriculum consists 46 hours of Core Curriculum, 21 hours of Business Courses, and 24 hours of HR Specialization. The remaining hours needed to meet the 120 hour requirement are elected by the student.

Tuition: $515 per hour

4. Southern New Hampshire University

The state of New Hampshire in 1963 granted the university its charter, which gave it degree-granting authority. The first associate degrees were awarded that year, and the first bachelor’s degrees were conferred three years later. Southern New Hampshire University became a nonprofit institution under a board of trustees in September 1968. The university extended its reach worldwide with the launching of its Internet-based distance learning program, now known as SNHU Online, in 1995.

This institution is ranked as one of the top Military Friendly colleges. SNHU proudly sponsors Run to Home Base and Mission Gratitude, fundraising events for the Home Base Program. The program helps to heal the invisible wounds of veterans and their families. The school also partnerships with Operation Homefront by sponsoring gala dinners for military spouses and awards an SNHU scholarship to a military spouse or family member at each event.

SNHU’s online Bachelor of Science in Business Studies program with a concentration in human resources management is perfect for professionals with previous college credit. The program structure allows you to apply previously taken business courses to finish your degree in less time. This degree is currently aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. This 120 credit hour program will give graduates the skills needed for entry- and mid-level roles in the growing HR management field.

Tuition: $320 per credit hour

5. Upper Iowa University

Since 1857, Upper Iowa University (UIU) has been preparing students to succeed—in the classroom and in the world. The school has been recognized by Military Times as Best for Vets 2016; Best In-State Online College 2016, Best Online Programs for Bachelor’s degrees by US News & World Report 2016. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is approved by the Louisiana Higher Education Board, the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, and the Iowa Department of Education.

The School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources Management online. As with other colleges. UIU’s HR program has been recognized by the Society of Human Resource Management. Their 120 credit undergraduate curriculum delves into subjects as: Strategic management, personnel selection and evaluation, labor relations and negotiation, and organizational behavior. Collectively, the courses are designed to prepare graduates for a career in HR management, compensation and benefits management, labor specialist or training and development coordinator.

The Online Program course week begins on Monday and ends the following Sunday. You are expected to actively participate and contribute to the learning experience in your course at least four of each seven day academic week. Participation means providing substantive comments, questions and contributions that advance the learning process for you and other learners in the course.

Tuition: $1,290 per 3-credit hour course; $250 per hour Active Duty Military

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7. University of Maryland-University College

For more than 65 years, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has provided educational opportunities to students around the world, earning the university a global reputation for excellence. Today, UMUC educates more than 80,000 students with divisions in Asia and Europe and a presence on military installations in more than 20 countries. In 2014, rated the school a Best Buy; in 2015, it was awarded Educator of the Year by the World Affairs Council; and in 2016, it ranks #4 (#1 in 2015) Best for Vets by Military Times.

UMUC’s offers an online Bachelor of Science in Management Studies with the Major in Human Resources Management. The curriculum is designed for students to gain an understanding of human resource functions—such as resource planning; recruitment, selection, placement, and orientation of employees; training and career development; labor relations; performance appraisal and rewards programs; and development of personnel policies and procedures—in private- and public-sector settings. Their Department of Business and Management has worked closely with the federal government and the Society of Human Resource Management to align our courses in the human resource management degree with employers’ expectations. Graduates of the 120 credit program will have the expertise to apply knowledge of human behavior, labor relations, and current laws and regulations to produce a working environment that is safe, fair, and compliant with regulations.

Tuition: $284 per credit (Maryland residents); $499 (non-residents); $250 (Military, including spouses and dependents)

8. Western Governors University

Western Governors University is a nonprofit online university founded and supported by 19 U.S. governors in 1995. The governors enlisted the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to help design the newly envisioned university. Over the years the university has garnered praise from the business leaders, namely Bill Gates, for their low-cost, competency-based online programs.  In 2013, Fast Company named WGU Most Innovative Company: “For showing public schools another way to do business. The low-cost, self-paced WGU focuses on skills that lead to better jobs in teaching, health care, IT, and business.”

WGU offers an online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. This program covers the six categories that make up the HR Body of Knowledge established by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). Additionally, this program is aligned with and will help you prepare for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification Exam and the Assurance of Learning Exam. As a competency-based online university, progress through your degree program is determined by demonstrating your competence through carefully designed assessments and completion of a professional portfolio, capstone, or both. This online degree program at WGU is 2-2.5 years for students with an associate’s degree or equivalent and 4-5 years for students with little or no prior college. The program requires a total of 120 competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

Tuition: $350 per CU (Part-time tuition is scheduled at 5-8 competency units per term for undergraduate degrees)

9. Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Ala., that strives to change and improve lives through higher education. A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. It has been recognized as one of the top schools for active-duty military members and veterans. CSU is an institutional member of the American Council on Education (ACE), a major higher education coordinating body that influences public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

CSU’s College of Business offers a  Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. This degree prepares students for positions in human resource department leadership, to establish and advance organizational policies and guidelines, and to utilize the tools and techniques for developing transformational work environments. The program is designed to prepare graduates to become influential business leaders equipped with the ability to identify, analyze, and solve complex human resource and management issues.

The curriculum consists of a total of 120 credit hours of which there are: 36 General Education hours, 36 Major Requirements, and 48 Electives. Students may select electives from courses not used to meet other requirements. A sampling of the Major courses are: HR Management, Employment Law, Collective Bargaining, Training and Development, and Compensation and Benefits.

Tuition: $210 per credit hour. CSU is approved to offer military Tuition Assistance (TA) and assist with Veterans Affairs benefits.

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11. Capella University

Founded in 1993 as The Graduate School of America (TGSA), the name was changed to Capella University in 1999. In 2006, Capella receives high marks and all accreditation stipulations are removed after the first comprehensive Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) check–up. AQIP participation requires members to analyze operational processes, measure outcomes, and set ambitious performance goals.

Additionally, The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that this program fully aligns with the SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Capella also offers career planning services and networking opportunities—including resources within the online Human Resources Student Center, as well as a virtual student chapter of SHRM

The school has been recognized as a Yellow Ribbon Organization by the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota’s governor for outstanding support of our military. There is a 10-15% tuition discounts for service members and veterans. Capella is proud to also extend this discount to the spouses and dependents of active duty service members.

Capella’s online Bachelor of Science in Business with Human Resource Management Specialization program helps you develop specialized skills with a solid business acumen.  Bachelor’s students need 45 quarter credits to satisfy the general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories:  Communication, Humanities, Natural Science & Mathematics, and Social Science. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the same categories. The Specialization Courses are 48 quarter credits total with 180 total quarter credits (including electives) required for graduation.

If you’re highly motivated, looking to save time and money, and crave the freedom and flexibility of setting your own pace, you may want to consider FlexPath. Rather than face weekly deadlines, you’ll work at your own pace to complete a series of assessments for each course.

Tuition: $350 per hour (structured format); $2,200 per quarter (FlexPath)

12. Georgia Southwestern State University

Georgia Southwestern State University, a four-year unit of the University System of Georgia, was founded in 1906 as the Third Agricultural and Mechanical School. The school was a 2 year institution until 1964, when the University System of Georgia authorized Georgia Southwestern College to begin its transition to a four-year degree-granting institution. The School of Business Administration offers Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees in Accounting, Human Resources Management, Management and Marketing specializations. On the graduate level, the school offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Notable alumni includes former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Their School of Business Administration offers a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. degree in Human Resource Management is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully enter the human resources field. Students in this program have many opportunities for active learning, including projects outside of the classroom and a strong internship program. Many students enjoy business-related extracurricular activities like the nationally competitive Entrepreneurial Action (ENACTUS) team, helping to further round out their academic experience. This undergraduate major can be completed in as few as 2 years online by taking 3 semesters (fall, spring & summer) each year.

Tuition: $216 per hour

13. LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University (LETU) is named for its founder, R.G. LeTourneau, who was one of the world’s greatest inventors of earth-moving equipment. LeTourneau Technical Institute, founded in 1946, opened its doors with only male students. In 1961 the school became LeTourneau College, a co-educational four-year school. The Education Department at LeTourneau University is an approved program and a provider of credentials for private Christian school educators. Today, LETU offers more than 90 graduate and undergraduate academic programs in Aviation & Aeronautical Science, Engineering & Engineering Technology, Education, Business & Technology, Sciences, Nursing, and Theology & Vocation. Over 78% of the faculty hold a doctorate or highest degree in their field.

LETU offers an online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Human Resource concentration; the program is a total of 128 credit hours-72 of which are majors. There are 44 hours of General Education and 12 elective course. The course material will teach students in-depth skills in human resource concepts, staffing procedures, compensation and benefits and conflict resolution. Plus, prepare you  to sit for the National Human Resource Certification Exam given annually by the Society of Human Resource Management. Their degree program fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR curriculum guides.

Tuition: $475 per credit hour

14. Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University is a private, regionally accredited liberal arts university outside Tampa, FL. Founded in 1889, they now enroll nearly 16,000 students across the world. At University Campus, at education centers, and through the Center for Online Learning, the school offers a practical, effective model for life and leadership in a challenging world. This learning institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. More importantly, all distance-learning students have access to free online tutoring, available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Also, each online student is assigned a personal advisor who is available by phone or email to help you create a course schedule that works for you, answer academic questions, evaluate your progress, and update you on university policies and procedures.

The School of Business at St. Leo offers a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management online. In addition to the analytical tools and technologies necessary to solve complex management problems, the program emphasizes leadership skills within Saint Leo University’s core values and traditions.

Saint Leo’s online human resource management B.A. is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), a professional accreditor for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world. This 120 credit hour program has also been reviewed by the influential Society for Human Resource Management and has been confirmed to meet SHRM guidelines for undergraduate programs.

Tuition: $470 per credit hour; $250 (Active Military)

15. Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University was founded in 1884 as the Philadelphia Textile School in the wake of the 1876 Centennial Exposition. In 1941, the School was granted the right to award baccalaureate degrees and changed its name to the Philadelphia Textile Institute (PTI). The School’s name was changed to Philadelphia University on July 13, 1999. Their online degree programs are known as PhilaU Online which uses their award-winning Nexus Learning approach — active, collaborative learning that is connected to the real world and infused with the liberal arts.

The school offers a 120 credit hours’ Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management fully online. The curriculum teaches you the laws governing the workplace to conflict management, leadership theory, learning with technology and more. The curriculum consists of 24 credits General Requirements, up to 30 Lower Division Electives, 18 General Education Core credits, 21 credits Professional Core, 12 Upper Division Electives, and 15 Major Concentration. In the lower division electives, you may transfer credits earned from another accredited university. The upper electives are  chosen with the help of your academic advisor.

Graduates will be able to pursue a career as a: Personnel recruiter, training and development coordinator, payroll specialist, compensation analyst, or HR specialist.  As a result, their job placement rate is 95 percent and graduates are employed at some of the top companies in the world.

Tuition: $605 per credit hour


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