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Read how WCU MSHR students are helping to meet the needs of nonprofit organizations.

See what the MSHR students are accomplishing with non-profits

Jeremiah Nelson

Jeremiah has been accepted into a PhD program in Leadership Studies at North Carolina A&T and will begin part-time in Fall 2014. He has also passed the SPHR exam and will be teaching an undergraduate HR class at UNC-Charlotte Fall 2014. Congratulations!

Congratulations Rania Shlien-Dellinger,recipient of the prestigious 2013 WNC HRA Scholarship

Rania started the MSHR program in the fall semester of 2012. Thus far, she has completed 9 of 12 classes, and co-led 3 nonprofit consulting teams in Dr. Germain's courses: 1) Developing strategic recommendations for compensation structure and policy, 2) Developing an employee evaluation system, and 3) Completion of retention research for local non-profits. This last project culminated in the receipt of the 2013 Human Services Research award at the WCU Graduate Research Symposium, Spring semester of 2013. Rania is currently attending school, completing an internship and is seeking employment in Human Resources.


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Online Master's Degree Program in Human Resources (HR)
College of Education and Allied Professions
WCU began offering the master's degree program in human resources during the fall semester of 1984.
Playbutton Dr. John Sherlock, program director, gives an overview of the MSHR program.


M.S. Degree Program in Human Resources Mission Statement:

The mission of Western Carolina University’s MSHR program is to prepare strategic HR leaders for the profession.  We do this by developing our courses based on the most current curriculum guidelines of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and through innovative teaching which emphasizes using evidence-based practices, approaching HR from a global perspective, and application of learning through community service. 

By completing only twelve fully online courses (36 credit hours), you can earn your Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Human Resources (also known as MSHR) from Western Carolina University, which is a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredited and rapidly growing university.

WCU's online master’s degree program in human resources is designed to meet the needs of graduate students like you—busy adult learners who are preparing to work in a variety of human resources-related jobs.

Program application deadlines are April 1 and November 1 and admission to the program involves a few simple steps.

To learn more about the online master's degree program in human resources, meet our faculty, review the curriculum, contact us with your questions and comments or fill out the graduate prospect form. We look forward to hearing from you. Hear from some of our graduates who have gone on to become outstanding human resource professionals.

Graduate Tuition Award

Awards are for the 2015-16 academic year in the amount of $1500 annually offered by the Graduate School.

  • The award is open to new and continuing distance program students.
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE:  APRIL 21, 2015.  Students must be degree seeking and registered for at least 6 graduate credit hours in the 2015 fall term.


Playbutton Dr. Yogita Abichandani, Assistant Professor

Program Recognition:

Alex Hall, CEAP Peak Performer 2015
The College of Education and Allied Professions held its annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on April 22, 2015 in the University Grand Room. The college honored Peak Performer Alex Hall from the MSHR program.

You may follow this link to view the full list of award winners.
Left, Marie-Line Germain, MSHR Faculty and Alex Hall.

In the Fall of 2010 the WCU MSHR program received recognition from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) for a curriculum that is in full alignment with their graduate education guidelines.  For more information visit this press release.

The MSHR program at Western Carolina University has been listed as a "best buy" from the distance education information clearinghouse It is ranked number 3 out of 40 online human resources programs nationwide. You may see the story located at


 Five Reasons to Earn your Master's Degree in Human Resources (HR) from WCU:HR student works on her laptop

1. Earn it completely online without ever coming to campus.
2. Quality online graduate-level instruction with a curriculum recognized by SHRM as being in full alignment with their graduate HR education guidelines.  This over 25-year-old program has been offering courses online since 1996.
3. Affordability—it is far less expensive than most of those online schools that you see advertised on TV.
4. The program will prepare you for a variety of human resources-related jobs (i.e., HR manager, trainer, OD consultant).
5. Earn your graduate degree in 2 1/2 years.


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