School and Ranking Information
With only one for-profit institution based in Augusta, GA, that offers human resources (HR) studies, those interested in pursuing a degree in this field can look outside of the city, mainly in nearby South Carolina, for relevant programs. The following three schools are considered the top institutions for human resources classes in the Augusta area based on rankings, graduation rates and levels of study:
- Winner: The University of South Carolina - Columbia earns the top spot for several reasons: it has the highest ranked undergraduate business program, is the closest institution outside of Augusta with HR classes and is the only school offering a doctorate program in human resources. Students can also earn a bachelor's or master's degree in this field of study.
- Runner Up #1: Placing second is Clemson University, also in South Carolina, because of its national ranking, high graduation rate and number of degrees in human resources awarded. Students can pursue human resources studies at the bachelor's and master's degree levels.
- Runner Up #2: Third among the colleges is Anderson University, due to its distance from Augusta and its lower graduation rates. It is, however, a highly ranked regional school. Human resources is an area of concentration offered in its bachelor's degree program in business.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of South Carolina - Columbia||Clemson University||Anderson University|
|Ranking|| 220th best value schools (2022)*
47th best graduate business program (2022)*
115th among national universities (2022)*
| 31st top public school (2022)*
77th among national universities (2022)*
|26th among regional universities in the South (2022)*|
|Location||Columbia, South Carolina (67.4 miles from Augusta, Georgia)||Clemson, South Carolina (95.2 miles from Augusta, Georgia)||Anderson, South Carolina (81.2 miles from Augusta, Georgia)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, private, non-profit|
|Tuition and Fees (2021-2022)|| $12,688 (undergraduate, in-state),
$33,928 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$13,734 (graduate, in-state),
$29,760 (graduate, out-of-state)**
|$15,558 (undergraduate, in-state),
$38,550 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$10,600 (graduate, in-state),
$22,050 (graduate, out-of-state)**
|Human Resource Management Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's, master's and doctor's||Bachelor's and master's||Bachelor's|
|Human Resource Management Degrees Awarded (2020-2021)||41 (does not include bachelor's concentration)**||61 (does not include bachelor's concentration)**||13**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2015 Entering Class||78%**||85%**||64%**|
|Noteworthy||Home to the Riegel & Emory Human Resource Center, which supports HR research||Offers the Clemson Business Experience, a residential living-learning community for business students||Ranked #18 among best value regional universities in the South (2022)*|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES.
Winner: University of South Carolina - Columbia
- Ranked 53rd among the best public schools nationally in 2022, according to U.S. News & World Report
- Bachelor's program in management offers both a standard HR track and an intensive HR track
- Business faculty members include specialists in human resources, HR outsourcing and HR compensation
At the undergraduate level, the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina - Columbia offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management; students in this program can choose to concentrate in human resources. Within the HR concentration track, students can further focus their studies by choosing between the standard (12-credit) and intensive (15-credit) tracks. Topics of study within these concentrations include human resource management, team dynamics, conflict resolution, collective bargaining and recruiting.
Graduate students at USC may pursue a master's degree in human resources or a doctoral program in business administration with a specialization in management, organizational behavior and human resources. The master's degree program requires students to complete an internship and prepares them for generalist careers in HR. The doctoral program requires students to complete 15 hours of courses in the major, 9 hours in cognate courses and 18 hours in research courses. Students in the PhD program must present a dissertation.
Runner-Up #1: Clemson University
- Student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management
- Management Department Speakers Series invites business professionals to campus to interact with students
- Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International
Clemson University offers a bachelor's degree in management, which allows students to select an emphasis in human resource management. The undergraduate degree program includes courses in organizational behavior, operations management, business statistics and employer-employee relations. The school also offers an online interdisciplinary master's degree in human resource development that requires students to complete 36 semester hours in coursework. The courses in the graduate program include human performance improvement, training and development, needs assessment and industry consulting.
Runner-Up #2: Anderson University
- 100% of incoming full-time freshman received financial aid in 2020-2021, according to the NCES
- Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Chapter of the Delta Mu Delta business honor society
Anderson University offers a bachelor's degree in business with a concentration in human resource management. This program involves the study of topics such as employee compensation, hiring, workforce development and training, leadership and workplace discipline. An internship is required; in recent years, the university reports that 40% of interns worked in the service sector, 20% in finance and 10% in manufacturing. The university also reported that 74% of these interns were paid for the time they spent with the companies.