FAQs | MS in Human Resource Management

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How is the program structured?

Our program is comprised of 12 courses that are two credits each. The courses are taught in 8-week modules. A semester at USC is 16 weeks, so two modules fit into this semester period. Students enrolled in the 1-year track take two courses per module, or four classes per semester. Students enrolled in the 2-year track take one course per module, or two classes per semester.

How is this program different from other HR programs?

The MSHRM program at USC emphasizes the strategic role that human resources plays in the performance of global organizations, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective HR leaders. Our program was designed to address all facets of the industry, prepare students for the future of human resources, and teach them the skills employers are looking for. It also provides access to exceptional faculty who are leading experts in their fields. Read more about our Learning Outcomes and Curriculum.

What advice could you give someone also considering other master’s programs?

We encourage applicants to carefully consider what they want to get out of their master’s program and what their career goals are. This degree can be very valuable for a human resources professional. It will make you more competitive in a more specific way than an MBA would, for example. You will learn in-depth knowledge and skills in the HR field, versus an MBA, which will cover many topics, but at a general level.

How many students do you accept into the program each semester?

As this is an online program, we do not have a set cap on the number of available seats. That being said, we are mindful of the student experience and committed to maintaining small class sizes whenever possible. We have multiple start dates each year and encourage all who are interested to submit their application. We review all applications thoroughly, on a rolling basis, and will accept students that meet our criteria.

Do students in this online program have access to campus resources?

Absolutely. Students enrolled in our online MSHRM program have the same access to campus resources as on-ground students. In fact, we encourage you to make the most of your student experience at USC, whether it’s attending a campus event, visiting the bookstore or cheering for the Trojans at a football game. Enrolled students will receive a USCard (your student ID) which will allow you access to these resources.

What should I include in my statement of purpose?

The Statement of Purpose should address why you are pursuing the MS in Human Resource Management degree, why the program at the University of Southern California is the best program for you, and how this program will help you reach your academic and professional goals.

How will students engage and interact in the online classroom environment?

Our classrooms will be interactive with discussion boards and weekly live classroom sessions. Several assignments will encourage group work. The goal of the program is to give you a sense of community, the same that you would experience in a classroom, and maybe even more so, in that you will be able to engage with everyone, not just those you sit next to.

Since this is an online program, is there a graduation ceremony?

Yes! All graduating students are encouraged to participate in Commencement, which (typically) takes place once a year in May. There will be a university-wide ceremony, followed by a ceremony for Bovard College graduates.

Still have questions or want to speak to Admissions directly?

You can reach the Bovard College Admissions Office by phone at 877-4-BOVARD or by email.

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