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Congratulations to Michael Shreves on receiving the WCU Graduate School Tuition Award for 2015-2016 academic year.

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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-profi

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!


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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.

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



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