2023 MSHRM Graduates Are Ready to Take on the Evolving HR Industry

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Human Resource Management graduates
Human Resource Management graduates gather at the University Park Campus for Commencement.
Photo: Stella Kalinin

On May 12, 2023, 227 Master of Science in Human Resource Management graduates traveled to USC’s University Park Campus to commemorate their incredible achievements and celebrate with friends, family, and peers. The graduates completed their degrees from 24 states and five countries and work across the human resources function in companies such as Amazon, Apple, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Kaiser Permanente, NBC Universal, Target, and more.

The graduates are excited and prepared to take on this fast-growing industry, armed with the strategic tools and knowledge they need to advance their careers. “You are ready to tackle the challenge of creating an effective and inclusive workforce during a time of unprecedented demand for new skills,” remarked Dean Anthony Bailey.

Dr. Theodore Johnson, MS in Criminal Justice professor at USC Bovard College, political scientist, author, and senior advisor with New America, delivered this year’s commencement address. During his speech, he shared his personal story of transformation from a U.S. Navy Commander to an author, scholar, and “a public intellectual on black American politics.” Professor Johnson noted in his speech, “The assembly of knowledge about any given topic – to include who you are and who you aspire to be – is never complete,” and reminded graduates, “It is important to continue to improve ourselves – to do the hard things.”

Commencement is also a time for faculty to reflect on the academic year and the students they taught. Professor Theresa Haskins encouraged graduates to be curious and never stop learning. “The HR industry is constantly evolving, and the most successful HR professionals are those who can stay up-to-date and ahead of trends and incorporate best practices.”

Many 2023 graduates work full-time as human resource professionals, although USC’s MS in HR Management program also serves as a useful starting point for individuals seeking to switch careers and pursue human resources. 

USC Bovard College offers accessible master’s degree programs developed with the online learning environment in mind. These programs are designed to fit students’ schedules, and the curriculum is provided in both a one- and two-year track. At 24 units, the program can be completed in just 12 months for students in the one-year track. No GRE is required, and students have their choice of three enrollment dates each year.

Watch the 2023 commencement ceremony here.

Learn more about earning your MS in Human Resource Management from USC Bovard College.

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