Human Resource (HR) Degree in Kansas


Kansas is a national leader when it comes to human resources job numbers according to the US Department of Labor. Although ranking as the 34th most populous state, Kansas has the second-highest concentration of payroll and timekeeping clerks in the nation. It also has the fifth-highest concentration of training and development specialists.

Besides its overall state ranking, rural Kansas also ranks very competitively for HR professionals when compared with non-metro areas throughout the rest of the nation. According to the US Department of Labor, non-metro Kansas boasts the following as compared to all other non-metro areas in the nation:

  • The highest number of Human Resources Managers
  • The highest number of HR Specialists
  • The highest number of Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
  • The second-highest number of Training and Development Specialists
  • Fourth-highest number of HR Assistants (excluding Payroll and Timekeeping Assistants)

Most HR professional classifications in Kansas are expected to see job growth that is well above the national average over the ten-year period leading up to 2022. 

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HR Degrees for Students at State and Private Universities in Kansas

Human resources degrees available online and through campus locations in Kansas include:

Associate's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to become payroll and timekeeping clerks, or other HR assistants:

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Human Resources and Organizational Development
    • Located in Overland Park and Topeka
    • Online option
    • 91 quarter 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 for HR management, job analysis and benefits positions, among others:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resources and Organizational Leadership
    • Located in Overland Park and Topeka
    • Online option
    • 181 quarter credits
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Human Resource Management
    • Located in Wichita and Topeka
    • Online option
    • 124 semester credits
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resource Development
    • Located in Wichita
    • Online option
    • 124 semester credits
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management with a concentration in Human Resources
    • Located in Hays
    • Online option
    • 127 semester credits

Master's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to pursue upper-level HR management careers:

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Human Resources
    • Located in Overland Park
    • Online option
    • 36 semester credits
    • This program can be combined with an MBA and total 66 semester credits
  • Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Management
    • Online only
    • 48 semester credits

Graduate Certificates in Human Resources – Designed for those coming from an experienced background in business that want to expand their knowledge of HR practices:

  • Human Resource Management Certificate
    • Located in Lawrence
    • Online option
    • 10 semester credits
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
    • Online only
    • 18 semester credits

MBAs in Human Resources Management – Designed for those that want to become business leaders specialized in human resources:

  • MBA in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management
    • Located in Manhattan
    • Online option
    • 45 semester credits
    • Applicants must complete prerequisite courses before admission
  • MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management
    • Located in Lawrence
    • 52 semester credits
  • MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management
    • Located in Overland Park
    • Online option
    • 36 semester credits
    • Applicants without a background in business will need to complete prerequisites

Doctorate Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing for research positions or to teach business and HR subjects in a university setting:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business with a concentration in Human Resources Management
    • Located in Lawrence
    • 48-60 semester credits
    • Applicants can apply with only a bachelor's degree, though a master's degree in business is recommended
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management
    • Online only
    • 60 semester credits
    • Applicants must have a graduate degree in a field related to business or management

Important HR Employers and Economic Sectors in Kansas

Kansas' largest employers of HR professionals are listed here with their respective economic sectors along with total employment for that sector. This information is compiled from the Kansas Department of Commerce, Fortune 500, and the US Department of Commerce:

  • Spirit AeroSystems headquartered in Wichita – 15,250 employees, part of the manufacturing sector with a total of 169,855 employees
  • Sprint Corporation headquartered in Overland Park  – 36,000 employees, part of the Telecommunications sector with a total of 16,557 employees
  • Cessna Aircraft headquartered in Wichita – 4,979 employees in Kansas, part of the manufacturing sector with a total of 169,855 employees
  • YRC Worldwide headquartered in Overland Park – 33,000 employees, part of the truck transportation sector with a total of 23,004 employees
  • Seaboard headquartered in Shawnee Mission – 10,778 employees, part of the food manufacturing sector with a total of 32,025 employees

Human Resource Salary Expectations in Kansas

Salary data for HR professionals in Kansas is provided by the US Department of Labor (2014). Shown here is the 10th percentile average, the overall average, and finally the 90th percentile average annual salary:

  • Human Resource Managers – $55,170; $97,140; $148,280
  • Training and Development Managers – $46,590; $92,940; $152,240
  • Human Resources Specialists – $32,260; $57,050; $86,760
  • Labor Relations Specialists – $17,200; $52,890; $100,560
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – $36,130; $58,870; $87,710
  • Training and Development Specialists – $31,210; $60,760; $94,530
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – $25,420; $39,090; $56,380
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping – $25,370; $36,720; $48,290

Job Growth Projections for HR Professionals in Kansas (2012-2022)

  • Human Resource Managers – 19 percent growth
  • Training and Development Managers – 16 percent growth
  • Training and Development Specialists – 16 percent growth
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – 14 percent growth
  • Human Resources Specialists – 10 percent growth
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – 5 percent growth

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