As the 6 cheapest online doctorates in human resources in the entire country (based on data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website), most of these schools offer tuition rates that are below the cost of a standard college education. For your convenience, we’ve sorted them in descending order of cost, with the least expensive school at #1, according to the hourly, online tuition rate. In cases where only the quarterly or semester rate was available, we have divided that rate by 6 (standard, full time, graduate enrollment) and placed them accordingly on the list.
Unfortunately, only a limited number of doctorate degrees in human resources degree programs are available online. Therefore it was not possible to compile a pool of options large enough to justify a multifactorial ranking system in which scoring of colleges and universities would be based on a list of specific considerations. Instead, we ranked the programs solely according to their affordability. See below for the best cheap master’s degrees in human services degrees online, ranked from least to most expensive, according to their per credit hour online rate, along with several useful facts about each program.
#1 – University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas has a 100% online doctor of business administration in human resource and workforce development education degree for which applicants “usually have a background in all or a combination of the following fields of study: psychology; organizational behavior; occupational counseling; skill testing and evaluation; program design; consulting practice; organizational development; and applications to issues such as training, management development, customer service, and total quality management.” With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program requires an application fee of $60.00, a transcript, an autobiographical sketch, and a resume. The University of Arkansas charges $420.19 per graduate credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#2 – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign has an online Doctor of Education in Education Policy–Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Human Resources Development degree that is a 64 credit hour program that includes coursework in the management of human resource development, consulting, program evaluation, and innovation in e-learning. With a student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1, the program requires three letters of reference and an up to date CV. The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign charges an online graduate tuition rate of $466 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.
#3 – Liberty University
Liberty University has a 100% online doctor of business administration in human resources degree that is a 60 credit hour program with twelve specializations that include finance, human resources, healthcare management, professional management, and supply chain management and logistics. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program requires a $50 fee, a master’s degree from an accredited school, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Liberty University offers an online, graduate rate of $605 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.
#4 – Bellevue University
Bellevue University has an online doctor in human capital management degree that is a 58 credit hour program that focuses on four modules: strategic human capital management and productivity; linking the human capital to organizational outcomes; human capital leadership and introduction to measurement; and measuring, analyzing, and assessing human capital effectiveness. With a student to faculty ratio of 31 to 1, the program requires a $75 application fee, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a resume, a 1,000-word statement of interest, a letter of nomination from an employer, and a letter of recommendation from a peer or personal reference. Bellevue University charges $750 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#5 – Capella University
Capella University has an online doctor of business administration in human resource management degree that is an 82 quarter credit hour program that includes coursework in foundations in human resource theory and practice and attracting and retaining talent. With a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1, the program requires a master’s degree from an accredited institution, transcripts, a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and a $50 non-refundable application fee. GRE and GMAT are not required. Capella University charges an online graduate tuition rate of $800 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#6 – Northcentral University
San Diego, California
Northcentral University has an online doctor of business administration in human resource management degree that is a 54 credit hour program that includes coursework in managerial decision making and managing business finances. With a student to faculty ratio of 1 to 1, the program requires application by direct entry with a master’s degree in a generalized business area or a master’s in a specialized business area with an undergraduate degree in business, or application by evaluation track in which transcripts are evaluated to determine whether the applicant’s previous coursework meets some or all of Standard Curriculum requirements. GRE and GMAT are not required. Northcentral University charges $1,074 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission.
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