Human Resource (HR) Degree in Indiana


Indiana offers HR professionals some of the highest average salaries and best advancement potential in the nation. In fact, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development forecasts that the number of HR jobs in most professional categories will increase by 10 percent or more in the ten-year period leading up to 2022.

With a shrinking unemployment rate – today below the national average at 4.7 percent – and some of the nation's largest companies, qualified HR professionals feature importantly in the state's private and public sectors.

Indiana is home to a wide variety of respected business schools that offer HR degrees at the associate's level, all the way up to the doctoral level. Earning an education in this field is one of the best ways you can prepare for a long and successful career as an HR department manager, employee relations specialist, workforce development specialist, or other HR professional.

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HR Degrees Available at State and Private Universities in Indiana

While studying for a degree in business is a good starting point for future careers in human resources, earning a degree in the field of HR can prepare you for a successful career with a relevant base of knowledge.

Associate's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to become HR assistants and time keeping clerks, among others:

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Human Resource Development

  • Located in Terre Haute
  • Online option
  • 60 semester credits

Associate of Business with a concentration in Human Resources Management

  • Online only
  • 93 quarter credits

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Human Resources Management

  • Online only
  • 60 semester credits

Bachelor's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to start their careers in entry-level HR management or training positions, among others:

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry

  • Located in Terre Haute
  • Online option
  • 120 semester credits

Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Muncie
  • Some classes offered online
  • At least 120 semester credits

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources

  • Located in Fort Wayne
  • Online option
  • 120 semester credits

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Huntington, Fort Wayne, and Columbia City
  • Online option
  • 128 semester credits

Master's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those seeking jobs as mid to upper-level human resource managers and directors. The US Department of Labor reports that Columbus has the highest concentration of HR managers of all metro areas in the nation.

Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Marion
  • Online option
  • 36 semester credits

MBA in Human Resource Management

  • Online only
  • 36-48 semester credits

MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management

  • Online only
  • 36 semester credits

Graduate Certificates in Human Resources – Designed for those with a background in business that want to expand into the field of HR and pursue jobs in such areas as labor relations. Terre Haute offers the highest average salary of all metro areas in the nation for labor relations specialists.

Human Resource Development Graduate Certificate

  • Located in Terre Haute
  • Online option
  • 12 semester credits

Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership

  • Located in West Lafayette
  • 15 semester credits

Human Resource Management Certificate

  • Located in Indianapolis
  • 21 semester credits
  • Applicants must complete an HR prerequisite class if they have not done so already

MBAs in Human Resources Management – Designed for business leaders that want to excel in careers that meet at the intersection of business administration and human resources. In Columbus, HR managers earn the fifth-highest average salary of all metro areas in the nation.

MBA in Human Resources

  • Located in Fort Wayne
  • Online option
  • 48-60 semester credits

MBA with a concentration in HR Management

  • Located in Kokomo
  • 48 semester credits

Doctorate Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those who have an eye on top-level positions in company HR departments or in academia:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management and Entrepreneurship with a major in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management

  • Located in Bloomington
  • 42 semester credits

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

  • Located in West Lafayette
  • 48 semester credits
  • Applicants can be admitted upon obtaining a bachelor's degree in any field

The Largest HR Departments in Indiana

According to the Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana's unemployment rate is continuing to improve (8.1 percent in 2008, to 4.7 percent in 2015) as a larger percentage of the workforce finds jobs and is trained for new positions.

HR professionals have played an important part in the state's job growth– vetting, hiring, training, and maintaining a skilled workforce. The corporations in Indiana with the largest HR departments include (Fortune 500, 2015):

  • Cummins headquartered in Columbus – 54,600 employees
  • Anthem headquartered in Indianapolis – 51,500 employees
  • Eli Lilly headquartered in Indianapolis – 39,135 employees
  • Berry Plastics Group headquartered in Evansville – 16,000 employees
  • Kar Auction Services headquartered in Carmel – 11,025 employees
  • Zimmer Biomet Holdings headquartered in Warsaw – 10,000 employees

Salary Ranges for HR Professionals

Salaries shown here are listed first by the 10th percentile average, then the total average salary, and finally the 90th percentile average salary (provided by the US Department of Labor for Indiana in 2014):

  • Human Resource Managers – $57,100; $92,210; $151,440
  • Training and Development Managers – $46,110; $76,330; $122,570
  • Human Resources Specialists – $28,090; $47,300; $85,400
  • Labor Relations Specialists – $16,820; $44,010; $89,550
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – $36,050; $51,140; $82,640
  • Training and Development Specialists – $29,510; $53,400; $86,770
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – $26,030; $37,410; $50,560
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping – $24,290; $35,470; $48,390

You can expect your salary to increase as you gain more education and experience. Your employer may also offer salary increases based on tenure and their size; larger employers can often provide more opportunities for advancement.

Projected Job Growth for HR Professionals in Indiana 2012-2022  

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has provided job growth projections for key HR positions for 2012-2022:

  • Training and Development Specialists – 14 percent growth
  • Human Resources Specialists – 13 percent growth
  • Human Resource Managers – 11 percent growth
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping – 11 percent growth
  • Training and Development Managers – 10 percent growth
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – 10 percent growth
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – 10 percent growth
  • Labor Relations Specialists – 6 percent growth

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