2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Human Resources Degrees

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All 25 of the online colleges in this list offer degrees in human resources for an average annual tuition of less than $12,000. Ranked first for affordability is Amberton University, a non-profit school offering online programs across multiple degree levels and taught by the same quality faculty as its on-campus degrees. Close behind Amberton in overall affordability is Columbia Southern University, with programs at the bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels running an average of $5,040 per year. Topics frequently covered in the human resources curriculum are recruiting and hiring, personnel training and management, leadership skills, payroll and benefits, and labor laws.

For this ranking, we required schools to have a human resources degree at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Human Resources Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Amberton University Annual Tuition $4,500 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#2 #2 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $5,040 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#3 #3 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $5,780 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's
#4 #4 Rasmussen College Annual Tuition $5,970 Human Resources Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#5 #5 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,212 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#6 #6 Fitchburg State University Annual Tuition $6,423 Human Resources Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Utah State University Annual Tuition $6,858 Human Resources Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 Granite State College Annual Tuition $7,800 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 Troy University Annual Tuition $8,068 Human Resources Degrees: Master's
#10 #10 Athens State University Annual Tuition $8,184 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's
#11 #11 Grantham University Annual Tuition $8,215 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's
#12 #12 Columbia College Annual Tuition $8,250 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#13 #13 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $8,400 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's
#14 #14 Western International University Annual Tuition $8,571 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#15 #15 California Intercontinental University Annual Tuition $8,888 Human Resources Degrees: Master's
#16 #16 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#17 #17 Wilmington University Annual Tuition $10,380 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#18 #18 California Southern University Annual Tuition $10,500 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#18 #18 Colorado State University-Global Annual Tuition $10,500 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#20 #20 Charter Oak State College Annual Tuition $10,890 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 #21 Baker College Online Annual Tuition $11,040 Human Resources Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#22 #22 Park University Annual Tuition $11,110 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#23 #23 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $11,250 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#24 #24 Trident University International Annual Tuition $11,250 Human Resources Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Amberton University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Human Relations and Business. This degree combines business administration with the study of effective communication and human relations. The curriculum includes 15 credits each in business administration, communication, and human behavior and development. This interdisciplinary degree teaches students how to apply technical and cognitive skills, and prepares graduates for work in a range of careers requiring business knowledge and communication skills. The BS in Human Relations and Business requires 120 semester hours for completion, 33 of which must be completed through Amberton University, and students may earn credits towards several certificate programs as part of this degree. Annual tuition averages $4,500.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,040
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Columbia Southern University offers an online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources. The BS in Business Administration will prepare students to make decisions regarding best practices in the workplace, financial analysis, interpretation of business concepts, and the effects of globalization on the work environment. A more specialized BS in Human Resource Management is also available online. Graduates of the Human Resource Management program will be proficient in identifying, analyzing, and solving issues relating to human resources and personnel management. Tuition averages $5,040 per year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Western Governors University (WGU) offers an online Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Taking courses such as Leadership and Management, Business Law and Ethics, and Project Management, students of the program will develop a solid understanding of labor and human resource practices and graduate the program prepared to become HR professionals. As part of the program completion requirements, students will be required to pass the CompTIA Project+ certification exam, which is included in the program tuition. The certification covers the six categories that make up the HR Body of Knowledge, as established by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). Business degree curriculums are developed by WGU’s Business Program Council, a group of leaders and experts in the industry. Tuition averages $5,780 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABHES

Rasmussen College offers an online bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Leadership. This degree is offered in an accelerated format, allowing students to complete the degree in as little as 18 months. In order to enroll in the accelerated degree completion program, prospective students must already have completed an associate degree from an accredited institution or have completed 60 quarter or 40 semester credits with passing grades. The organizational leadership focus of the degree prepares graduates to sit the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam and to enter the workforce as HR professionals, overseeing the hiring, training, and problem management of employees. Annual tuition averages $5,970.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,212
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Fort Hays State University (FHSU) offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with a concentration in Human Resources (HR) in addition to a BS in Business Education with a concentration in Training and Development. The 127-credit Bachelor of Business Administration in Management teaches students the skills they will need to optimize efficiency and productivity of human resources in the workplace. FHSU’s BS in Business Education requires 124 credits for completion, and incorporates the latest strategies in e-learning and instructional design. Graduates of the program will enter the workplace knowing how to design and deliver training programs to every level of corporate personnel. Instruction by full-time professors with industry experience ensures that both online programs meet the same quality standards of the on-campus program. Annual tuition averages $6,212 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,423
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE

Fitchburg State University (FSU) offers an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Human Resource Management (HRM). This 10 class, 30-credit course can be completed in as little as 17 months. Required HRM courses include: The Human Resource Function and the Manager, Legal Issues in Human Resources Management, and Selected Topics in Management. All business programs at Fitchburg State University have been accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Annual tuition averages $6,423 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,858
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and AACSB

Utah State University (USU) offers an online Master of Human Resources (HR). Designed for working professionals looking to accelerate a career in human resources, this program consists of 36 credits and can be completed over the course of one year, four semesters, or two years, depending on student preference. The curriculum concentrates on leadership, strategy, and the human side of organizations, and an international specialization is available. Online students who are located out of state will occasionally be asked to participate in classes via online conferencing software. Tuition averages $6,858 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE

Granite State College offers an online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resource Administration. The program curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of human resource management, with courses in strategic management, ethical and legal principles as they apply to employees, and managing diverse cultures in a global workforce. Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment opportunities in the areas of training and development, recruiting, benefits, payroll, and employee relations. This bachelor’s degree can be completed in 120 credit hours. Tuition averages $7,800 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,068
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Troy University offers three online master’s degrees including a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM). The MSHRM degree is an advanced online study program that offers a flexible schedule for the working professional and can be completed in one year. Taught by a highly qualified faculty of diverse and experienced professionals, the MSHRM program focuses on preparing graduates for leadership roles in a global workplace. The program is aligned with the recommended HR education guidelines of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Average annual tuition at Troy University is $8,068.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Athens State University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (HRM). As a part of the Business school, the program’s curriculum covers traditional business topics as well as specialized management and related psychology concepts. Courses include Labor/Management Relations, Compensations and Benefits, Business Policy, and more. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified for employment in the HRM industry or for graduate study in a related specialization. Program completion requires a total of 124 credit hours, 62 of which must be listed in the HRM curriculum. Annual tuition averages $8,184.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,215
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Grantham University offers a fully-online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resources Management (HRM) and a Bachelors of Business Administration with an HR focus. The BS in HRM program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the following subjects: business management, business law, labor relations, employment law, training and development, performance management, quality management, compensation, and organizational behavior. The Business Administration degree offers students a more general understanding of business principles, while also including several HRM-focused classes. Tuition averages $8,215 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Columbia College offers a fully-online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resource Management. Courses include Compensation and Benefits Systems, Business Ethics, and Labor Relations. Columbia College also offers a Human Resource Management Certificate, which requires 18 credits for completion and gives students a foundation in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) law, dealing with labor unions, and conducting employee performance reviews. Graduates of the HRM certificate program will be prepared for careers in recruitment and hiring, employee compensation and benefits, corporate policy, employee assistance programs, and personnel training. Average annual tuition is $8,250.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

The Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSUL) offers an online Bachelor of Applied Science in Resource Management with a 60-credit concentration in Human Resource Management. This degree is designed for professionals already working in management or human resource positions and for those wanting to move into these departments within their organizations. NSUL offers an array of competency-based learning courses and prior learning assessments to help online students complete their degrees in a short timeframe. Online programs are available with special ‘per credit’ pricing, wherein students pay $100 per credit after the first 12 credits in each semester. Annual tuition averages $8,400.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,571
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Western International University (WIU) offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management (HRM). Focusing on issues from labor relations to operations management, this undergraduate degree prepares students for a variety of positions in the HRM field. Designed according to the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) Body of Knowledge recommendations for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, this degree leaves graduates prepared to tackle issues in organization, employment practices, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and health, safety, and security programs. This 120-credit degree takes three and a half years to complete. The average annual tuition is $8,571.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,888
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

California Intercontinental University offers an online Master of Business Administration with a focus in Organizational Development and Human Resource Management. Students will gain a solid graduate-level understanding of human resource management basics such as salary, compensation, recruiting, diversity, and corporate disciplinary action. They will also learn how to integrate management theories and practices and implement best practices in order to improve organizational performance in the workplace. This 45-credit degree takes two years to complete and costs $395 per credit hour. Annual tuition averages $8,888.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Studies with a focus in Human Resource Management. Designed for professionals with previous college credit, this program allows students to shorten the degree completion time by gaining credit for previously-completed related coursework. SNHU also offers a BS in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resource Management. This program is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest Human Resource membership organization. Students will study compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and change and conflict in the business environment. Both degrees are available completely online, and average annual tuition is $9,600.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Wilmington University offers a fully-online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (HRM). Featuring a strong business management component, the HRM program gives students a solid foundation in human resource planning, staffing, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and training and development. Graduates of the program will possess the skills necessary for HR careers in various types of organizations. Program completion requires 120 credits, and the curriculum fully complies with the standards set out by the Society for Human Resource Management. Annual tuition averages $10,380.

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  • Annual Tuition:
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

Southern University and A&M College offers a Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources Management. Coursework in the Human Resources concentration includes Labor-Management Relations, Employment Law, Compensation Management, and Business & Professional Ethics. The curriculum is constantly evolving in order to prepare students for the changing demands and challenges of the global marketplace. This online MBA is accredited through The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Online students can access classes and grades as well as the library, bookstore, and student services through the school’s online learning portal. Average annual tuition is .

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and DEAC

California Southern University offers a flexible, fully-online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in Human Resources Management (HRM). Program completion requires a total of 120 semester credits, including a minimum of 51 credits within the major. Students will complete general business coursework in addition to 15 credit hours in the HRM concentration, taking courses such as Staffing Organizations, Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, Employee Training and Development, and more. All online students have access to CalSouthern’s Online Library, which contains a wide variety of tools and resources to assist with research, writing, and study needs. Average annual tuition is $10,500.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and AACSB

Colorado State University offers a number of human resources degrees, including an online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resource Management (HRM) with various specializations available. The HRM curriculum is compliant with the guidelines set out by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and covers topics such as the management of team dynamics, conflict resolution, business policy and employee law, and training and professional development. Students looking for a more generalized degree in the field can enroll in either the BS in Business Management or the BS in Organizational Leadership program, both of which are also available online. Tuition averages $10,500 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,890
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE

Charter Oak State College offers the fully-online Bachelor’s in General Studies: Human Resources Concentration. The program is designed for students looking to enter the HR field as well as working professional looking to advance their careers through professional development. The 39 credits of required coursework for the concentration include HR basics such as Organizational Communication, Leadership, Workplace Issues/Diversity, Financial Accounting, Employment Law, and more. Tuition averages $10,890 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Baker College Online offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management (HRM). This career-focused degree includes coursework in workforce planning and development, compensation and benefits, global human resource management, and employee health and safety. The curriculum is developed under the guidance of business professionals, with instructors using real-life experience alongside classroom education to help students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global workplace. To achieve program completion, students are required to choose one of thirteen different minors. The total number of credit hours needed to complete the degree is approximately 185, but this varies slightly depending on which minor the student chooses to pursue. Tuition averages $11,040 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,110
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Park University offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management. The program requires at completion of at least 120 credit hours, including 18-21 within the HRM specialization. Students will study general business leadership and organizational skills, along with more specific HR coursework in employment law, compensation management, and planning and staffing. Park University also offers an online MBA with a focus on HR management. The School of Business is accredited by ACBSP (the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs).

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACBSP

Liberty University Online offers programs at several degree levels, including the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resource Managements. This fully-online program prepares students to enter careers as HR professionals, offering courses such as Employee and Labor Relations, Compensation Management, Workforce Planning and Employment, and Human Resource Development. Program completion requires 120 credit hours, 30 of which must be completed through Liberty University Online. Average annual tuition is $11,250.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC

Trident University International offers a fully-online Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. Students enrolled in this program gain knowledge of general business skills including finance, accounting, marketing, organizational behavior, and strategic management. Upon completing the four year program, graduates will be equipped with practical skills such as staffing, training, HR informational systems, and benefits. The program requires completion of 120 credits, made up of general education requirements, core program coursework, and elective courses. Average annual tuition is $11,250.

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