Human Resource (HR) Degree in Oklahoma


Forbes ranked Oklahoma as the tenth best state in which to do business and touted the state’s business tax climate as being one of the best in the country in 2014.  Evidence of continued growth in Oklahoma includes a 2.8% increase in the state’s real GDP from 2013 to 2014 according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. 

With businesses prospering in Oklahoma, the need for HR professionals to help hire and retain highly qualified employees is driving job growth in the field of human resources. In fact, the demand for training and development specialists is expected to be particularly high according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

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HR Degrees Available Through Private Universities and State Schools in Oklahoma

HR management degrees are available through Oklahoma’s top business schools, which offer both classroom-based programs and online options better suited to working professionals.

Associate’s Degrees in Human Resources - Designed for those preparing to become HR assistants, payroll assistants, and compensation specialists, among others:

Associate of Applied Science in HR—Tulsa

  • 60 credit hours

Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration with HR Option—Midwest City

  • 62-63 credit hour program

Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Resources - Designed for those preparing to become HR recruiters, HR managers and labor relations specialists, among others:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Specialization in HR Management—Tulsa

  • 19 credits of management and 19 of HR
  • Internships available

Bachelor of Business Administration in HR Management—Edmond

  • 124 credit hour program

Bachelor of Business Administration in HR Management—Norman

  • 122 credit hour program

Bachelor of Science in Business Management Option in HR Management—Claremore

  • 124 credit hour program

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Management Major, HR Management Option—Stillwater

  • 120 credit hour program

Bachelor in Business Administration with an HR Management Specialization—Tulsa (Online option)

  • 15-16 core degree courses required

Bachelor’ in Business Administration:  HR Management—Langston (Online)

  • Students must have either 50 hours of general education OR an Associate’s degree from a college in Oklahoma to enter this program
  • 75 credit hour program

Master’s Degrees in Human Resources - Designed for those preparing to become upper-level HR managers or training and development managers:

Master of Science in Human Resources—Ada

  • Does not require an undergrad HR degree
  • Requires scores from the GRE or the MAT

Master of Science in Strategic Leadership—Bartlesville (Online option)

  • Does not require an undergrad HR degree
  • 33 credit hours

MBA with a Concentration in Human Resources Management - Designed for those preparing to become HR Directors or VPs:

MBA with an emphasis in HR Management—Bartlesville

  • Does not require an undergrad HR degree
  • 36-39 credit hour program

Oklahoma’s Largest Employers of HR Managers and Specialists

Forbes ranked Oklahoma as the seventh best state in the country for the cost of doing business in 2014, and large employers in Oklahoma run the gamut from the health care industry to federal establishments to large energy companies.   The US Department of Labor ranked the major employers of HR professionals in Oklahoma as of 2014 to be (shown here with total number of employees):

  • Tinker Air Force Base in Tucker - 22,000           
  • Cimarron Alliance Foundation in Oklahoma City - 10,001
  • Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City - 10,000
  • St. Francis Heart Hospital in Tulsa - 7,000
  • American Airlines Inc. in Tulsa - 6,000
  • St. John Medical Center in Tulsa - 5,500
  • Jones Drilling Haner (Drilling Company) in Duncan - 5,000
  • Oklahoma State University in Stillwater - 5,000           
  • Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City - 5,000
  • Altus Air Force Base - 4,590

Salary Ranges for HR Professionals in Oklahoma

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the salaries for a number of HR positions in Oklahoma as of 2014.  The values shown range from the bottom ten percent average to the top ten percent average:

  • Human Resource Managers: $46,450 - $127,790
  • Training and Development Managers: $36,440 - $135,940
  • Human Resources Specialists: $31,220 - $78,440
  • Labor Relations Specialists: $18,750 - $99,230
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists: $32,390 - $84,280
  • Training and Development Specialists: $29,650 - $87,830
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks: $21,460 - $54,670
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping: $20,410 - $47,440

Job Growth Projections for HR Positions in Oklahoma

In the period from 2013 to 2014, employment in the professional and business services sector increased by 4,400 according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. In fact, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission predicts a sizable increase in a number of HR positions between 2012 and 2022:

  • Human Resource Managers: 10.75%                                   
  • Training and Development Managers: 11.06%           
  • Human Resources Specialists: 5.16%           
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists: 3.49%
  • Training and Development Specialists: 22.47%           
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks: 12.38%

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