2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Human Resources

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
2020 Most Affordable Human Resources Masters Degrees Badge
By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

Ranked by affordability, these 24 schools all offer online low-cost master's degrees in human resources. Tennessee State University, the #1 option, charges only $3,842 per year for its Master of Professional Studies - Human Resource Leadership. Fort Hays State University, ranked #2, has an annual tuition rate $4,316 and offers classes such as Conflict Management Through Communication, and Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, and Organizational Behavior in a Global Context.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Tennessee State University $3,842
# 2 #2 Fort Hays State University $4,316
# 3 #3 Wichita State University $4,529
# 4 #4 Amberton University $4,770
# 5 #5 Midwestern State University $6,219
# 6 #6 Pittsburg State University $6,240
# 7 #7 American Public University System $6,300
# 8 #8 Strayer University $6,640
# 9 #9 Wayne State College $6,673
# 10 #10 Spalding University $7,310
# 11 #11 Troy University $7,410
# 12 #12 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign $7,712
# 13 #13 Briar Cliff University $7,860
# 14 #14 West Chester University of Pennsylvania $7,890
# 15 #15 University of South Dakota $8,384
# 16 #16 Wilmington University $8,784
# 17 (tie) #17 (tie) Colorado State University Global $9,000
# 17 (tie) #17 (tie) Touro University Worldwide $9,000
# 19 #19 Ohio Christian University $9,540
# 20 #20 Excelsior College $9,675
# 21 #21 Indiana State University $9,738
# 22 #22 Wayland Baptist University $9,760
# 23 #23 Indiana Wesleyan University Online $10,062
# 24 #24 Southern Wesleyan University $10,170
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $3,842
Annual Tuition: $3,842
Annual Tuition: $3,842

Tennessee State University (TSU) offers a Master's of Professional Studies (MPS) - Human Resources Leadership degree available entirely online. This 33-credit MPS degree is designed to equip students with a strong foundation in human resources principles, procedures, and critical thinking skills. The program is offered through the TN eCampus, which is a cooperative development and learning model encompassing 13 community colleges and 27 colleges in the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). The curriculum... includes nine credits of core requirements, 12 credits of concentration courses, nine elective courses, and a three-credit professional project course.

Online classes are asynchronous and delivered through the D2L Brightspace learning management platform. Distance learners have access to course content, including lectures, discussions, and assignments. Students must complete readings, projects, and essays. TSU offers credit for past work experience and training that can be earned through examinations, recommendations, or portfolio assessments. Online learners have access to the same resources as on-campus students, including a virtual bookstore, electronic library resources, tutoring services, academic advising, and help desk support.

To apply, prospective graduate students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and provide official transcripts with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Applicants must also submit an online application (with fee) and a statement of purpose.

  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 200
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 256
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (615) 963-5000

Example Classes: Compensation and Benefits, Conflict Management and Negotiation, Foundations of Leadership, Instructional Design Training and Development, Leadership in Organization, Recruitment, Selection, and Retention

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Professional Studies - Human Resource Leadership
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,316
Annual Tuition: $4,316
Annual Tuition: $4,316

Fort Hays State University (FHSU) offers a fully online Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Human Resources Management degree. A total of 34 credits are required to graduate, consisting of core MBA and concentration coursework. The human resources management concentration includes courses in management theory and practice, recruitment and retention, compensation, and training and development. To graduate, students must complete a strategic management capstone course. Full-time students can... complete the program in 18 months; however, working professionals often enroll part-time and graduate in three or more years.

While the specific course format will vary, most of the MBA classes are asynchronous with no set meeting times. Online coursework is delivered on the Blackboard learning management system, where students can access syllabi, assignments, lectures, and simulation and collaboration tools. FHSU offers a separate tuition rate for virtual enrollment. Online students have access to the Forsyth Library and Learning Commons, technology support, online student organizations, and a virtual student senate.

Prospective students must have earned a minimum 2.5 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate hours completed. Application materials include two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a current resume, and GMAT or GRE scores. Test scores will be waived if the applicant has a GPA above 3.0.

  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Advanced Sociological Research, Conflict Management Through Communication, Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, Organizational Behavior in a Global Context, Recruitment, Selection, and Retention, Total Compensation

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration - Human Resource Management
  • Master of Professional Studies - Human Resource Information Systems
  • Master of Professional Studies - Human Resource Management
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $4,529
Annual Tuition: $4,529
Annual Tuition: $4,529

Wichita State University's (WSU's) online Master's of Human Resource Management (MHRM) is intended for students with experience in the field who want to advance their careers. The 30-credit program consists of 24 credits of core courses and six credits of electives. Required courses include Advanced Strategic Management, Human Resource Analytics, and Talent Development. All WSU programs emphasize experiential learning, and MHRM students are required to complete an applied learning or research experience... to graduate.

Online coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning management system. All fully-online students pay in-state tuition fees regardless of their location, and on-campus student fees are waived. However, they are responsible for an online course fee. Distance learners have access to an online academic advisor, student success specialist, and virtual services such as tutoring, counseling, and technology helpdesk.

Prospective students do not need previous business training to apply; however, they should demonstrate interest and promise in the field. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 credits of coursework. Students who don't meet the GPA requirement will need to submit GRE or GMAT scores for admission on a probationary basis. Other requirements include a 500-word statement and a current resume.

  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,272
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 632
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (316) 978-3456

Example Classes: Employment Law, Human Resource Analytics, International Business and Competitiveness, Managing in Diverse Organizations

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration - Human Resource Management
  • Master of Human Resource Management
#4
#4

Amberton University

Garland (TX)
Annual Tuition: $4,770
Annual Tuition: $4,770
Annual Tuition: $4,770
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 143
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 544
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (972) 279-6511

Example Classes: Adult Learning in the Workplace, Development of Training Programs, Leadership and Team Development, Organizational Change, Organizational Culture

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Professional Development
  • Master of Arts in Professional Development - Diversity Awareness
  • Master of Science in Human Relations and Business
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Management
  • Master of Science in Human Resources Training & Development
#5
#5

Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls (TX)
Annual Tuition: $6,219
Annual Tuition: $6,219
Annual Tuition: $6,219
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 825
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 511
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (940) 397-4000

Example Classes: Career Development Counseling, Communication Skills for Human Resource Development, Employee Assistance Issues, Human Relations, Human Resource Development Ethical Issues, Meditation and Conflict Resolution

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Human Resource Development
  • Master of Arts in Human Resource Development - Training & Development
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $6,240
Annual Tuition: $6,240
Annual Tuition: $6,240
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 916 -1185
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 170
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (620) 231-7000

Example Classes: Designing Human Resource Development (HRD) Intervention, Occupational Analysis, Professional Presentations, Strategies in the Development of Human Resources, Video Lesson Development, Workforce Development

Online Master's Degrees

  • MBA in Human Resources
  • MS in Human Resource Development
  • MS in Human Resource Development - Leadership and Organization Development (Applied Research)
  • MS in Human Resource Development - Leadership and Organization Development (Thesis)
  • MS in Human Resource Development - Learning and Development (Applied Research)
  • MS in Human Resource Development - Learning and Development (Thesis)
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Employment Law and Labor Relations, Human Resource Policy, Program Appraisal, Strategic Human Resource Management Practices

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Management - Human Resource Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Human Resources
#8
#8

Strayer University

Nationwide
Annual Tuition: $6,640
Annual Tuition: $6,640
Annual Tuition: $6,640
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 53%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 41,599
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,908
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Example Classes: Developing Human Capital, Ethics and Advocacy for Human Resource Professionals, Human Resource Information Systems, Human Resource Management Consulting, Managing Human Resource Projects

Online Master's Degrees

  • Jack Welch Management Institute Master of Business Administration in Human Resource
  • Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management
  • Master of Human Resource Management
  • Master of Human Resource Management in Human Resource and Organizational Development
  • Master of Human Resource Management in Human Resource Generalist
#9
#9

Wayne State College

Wayne (NE)
Annual Tuition: $6,673
Annual Tuition: $6,673
Annual Tuition: $6,673
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 163
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 498
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 375-7000

Example Classes: Dispute Resolution Management, Employment Law and Labor Relations, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Managerial Communication, Study Design & Data Collection, Workforce Planning and Employment

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Organizational Management - Human Resource Management
#10
#10

Spalding University

Louisville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $7,310
Annual Tuition: $7,310
Annual Tuition: $7,310
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 90
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 44
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (502) 585-9911

Example Classes: Compensation and Benefits, Employment Law, Staffing Organizations

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Business Communication - Human Resource Management
#11
#11

Troy University

Troy (AL)
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,633
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,088
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 670-3100

Example Classes: Employee Relation, Health, and Safety, Ethical Leadership and Management in a Global Economy, International Human Resource Management, Legal Environment of Employment Decisions

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Human Resource Management
  • MS in Management - Talent Development and Training
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $7,712
Annual Tuition: $7,712
Annual Tuition: $7,712
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 85%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1210 -1470
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 467
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,025
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 333-1000

Example Classes: Collective Bargaining, Economics of Human Resources, Foundations of Business and Management, Human Resources Management and Strategy, Human Resources Staffing and Planning, Quantitative Methods in HR (Statistics)

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Diversity & Equity in Education - Human Resource Development
  • Master of Education in Human Resource Development
  • Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations
#13
#13

Briar Cliff University

Sioux City (IA)
Annual Tuition: $7,860
Annual Tuition: $7,860
Annual Tuition: $7,860
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 162
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 160
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (712) 279-5321

Example Classes: Compensation, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Diversity in the Workplace, Employment Law, Leadership Theory and Ethics, Recruitment/Retention/Evaluation-Employees

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Management - Human Resources Management (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Arts in Management - Human Resources Management (Thesis Option)
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $7,890
Annual Tuition: $7,890
Annual Tuition: $7,890
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 77%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 233
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,209
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (610) 436-1000

Example Classes: Compensation Analysis, Ethics, Social Responsibility & Sustainability in HRM, HR Information Systems and Analytics, Issue of Employee Health in the Workplace, Managing Diverse and Globalized Workforces

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Human Resource Management
#15
#15

University of South Dakota

Vermillion (SD)
Annual Tuition: $8,384
Annual Tuition: $8,384
Annual Tuition: $8,384
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,921
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (605) 658-6200

Example Classes: Career Development for Human Resource Professionals, Facilitation & Conflict Management, Human Resource Training & Development, Managing Cultural Diversity, Public Personnel Management, Team Building and Group Decision Making

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Administration - Human Resources
#16
#16

Wilmington University

New Castle (DE)
Annual Tuition: $8,784
Annual Tuition: $8,784
Annual Tuition: $8,784
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 63%
  • Graduation Rate: 21%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,064
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,291
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (877) 967-5464

Example Classes: Compensation and Benefits, International HR, Law, Regulation and the Workplace

Online Master's Degrees

  • MBA in Human Resource Management
  • MS in Management - Human Resource Management
#17
#17

Colorado State University Global

Greenwood Village (CO)
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,114
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,556
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 920-6723

Example Classes: Global Human Resource Leadership, Legal and Human Resource Dimensions of Business Management, Maximizing Human Capital, Staffing and Talent Development, Strategic Labor Relations

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master - Human Resource Management
#17
#17

Touro University Worldwide

Los Angeles (CA)
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 100%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 466
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,414
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Phone #: (818) 575-6800

Example Classes: Developing a Competency Culture, Ethics for HR Professionals, Management Across Culture, Performance Assessment

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA - Industrial & Organizational Psychology: Human Resource Management
  • MBA - Human Resources Management
  • MS - Human Resource Management
#19
#19

Ohio Christian University

Circleville (OH)
Annual Tuition: $9,540
Annual Tuition: $9,540
Annual Tuition: $9,540
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,264
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 246
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (740) 474-8896

Example Classes: Employment Law, Managing Human Resources, Strategic Compensation Management, Strategic Human Resources Development

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Leadership - Human Resources
  • Master of Business Administration - Human Resources
#20
#20

Excelsior College

Albany (NY)
Annual Tuition: $9,675
Annual Tuition: $9,675
Annual Tuition: $9,675
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 22,674
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,571
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (518) 464-8500

Example Classes: Change Management, Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolutions, Employee Staffing and Development, International Human Resources, Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution, Principles and Practices of Performance Improvement

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration - Human Resource Management
  • Master of Science in Management - Human Resource Management
#21
#21

Indiana State University

Terre Haute (IN)
Annual Tuition: $9,738
Annual Tuition: $9,738
Annual Tuition: $9,738
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,894
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (812) 237-6311

Example Classes: Developing Performance Based Occupational Curriculum, International and Cross Cultural Teaching, Rationale and Evaluation of Human Resource Development Programs, Systematic Design of Human Resource Development Programs

Online Master's Degrees

  • Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry (M.S.)
  • Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Human Resources Development Concentration
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $9,760
Annual Tuition: $9,760
Annual Tuition: $9,760
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 23%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 880 -1060
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 670
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 604
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 291-1000

Example Classes: Diversity Management, Ethics, Health Care Law, Leadership and Management Development, Organizational Development and Change, Power & Politics in Organizations

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.Ed. in Professional Studies - Human Resources
  • MA in Management - Human Resource Management
  • MA in Organizational Leadership - Human Resources
  • MBA in Human Resource Management
#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $10,062
Annual Tuition: $10,062
Annual Tuition: $10,062
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 6,185
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,637
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (765) 677-2870

Example Classes: Decision-Making and Essential Business Communication, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Management, Evidence Based Tools for HR Decision-Making, Labor Management Relations in the Global HR Environment, Organizational Renewal and Development, Staffing, Performance Management, and Training

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.S. Human Resource Management
#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $10,170
Annual Tuition: $10,170
Annual Tuition: $10,170
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 948 -1153
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 348
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 280
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (864) 644-5000

Example Classes: Compensation Management, Employee and Labor Relations, Employee Development

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration in Human Resources
  • Master of Science in Management and Leadership - Human Resource