HR Administration

Illinois, Texas A&M University and Wisconsin Top HR Master’s Programs List

By Rick Bell

Sep. 20, 2016

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was recognized as the top master’s in HR program by College Choice. Photo credits: UI Public Affairs

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Texas A&M University and the University of Wisconsin top the 2016 ranking for the Best Master’s in Human Resources Degree Programs, according to College Choice, which provides college and university rankings and resources.

“[Human resources managers] plan, manage, and enforce the policies and rules that govern a given organization. They are also responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and, yes, firing too,” said Christian Amondson, managing editor of Eugene, Oregon-based College Choice, in a statement. “That’s why it’s so important for HR professionals to get an education that prepares them to help manage a company’s employees with compassion and a strategy.”

College Choice stated that it curated its 2016 ranking for Best Master’s in Human Resources Degree Programs by collecting information from individual school websites, other ranking sites, and the U.S. News and World Report site.

The rankings, listed alphabetically, are as follows:

Baruch College, New York City

California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

DePaul University, Chicago,

Florida International University, Miami

Howard University, Washington, D.C.

La Roche College, Pittsburgh

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Loyola University Chicago, Chicago

Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York

Marquette University, Milwaukee

Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Pace University, New York City

Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

St. Louis University, St. Louis

Stanford University, Stanford, California

Temple University, Philadelphia

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Towson University, Towson, Maryland

University of Chicago, Chicago

University of Houston, Houston

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois

University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Vanderbilt University, Nashville

Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania

Rick Bell is Workforce’s editorial director. For comments or questions email

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