Information for New HR Program Students

Welcome to the fully online master’s degree program in human resources (HR). We're pleased that you've joined us!

Getting Started

To get started, please become familiar with Blackboard, the software that allows WCU to create and host courses on the Internet.  After logging into Blackboard, visit the "Student Resources" tab to review FAQ's and a Blackboard user guide.  Under "My Organizations" from your Blackboard home page, you will find the MSHR Student Commons.  The Student Commons is a place where current students can go to access resources to help you succeed in the program as well as a place where you can "meet" other students and post discussions.  You will also find an online Degree Completion Plan to help you organize your coursework while you are in the MSHR program and know exactly what course to take which semester.  If you do not see the MSHR Student Commons after logging into Blackboard, please contact Denise Royer at for assistance.

Visit our Online Learning page and view the Technology Tutorials available to become familiar with the format of online learning including Blackboard and GotoMeeting.


You will want to be familiar with the course registration dates for Spring, Summer, and Fall terms.  Visit the Academic Calendar and look for "Graduate Student Registration Begins" for the most current registration start dates.  Please note the 12:00am start time and that classes do fill up very quickly.  You will want to register as close to these times and dates as possible.  First semester students should strive to take at least one core required course (ideally HR 605 and HR 610) and one elective assuming the student is working full-time. Visit the HR Program Curriculum page to view all core and elective coursework.

Be sure to log onto My Cat, a place where you will register for courses, view your transcript and more.


For more information on the Human Resources (HR) Program, browse our FAQs for the questions most asked by you and your peers.

Career Resources

Where will your master’s degree in human resources take you? We've collected online career success resources to help you answer this question. Browse the links for valuable career information.


To connect with current students and alumni of the MSHR program, please consider "liking" the program Facebook page and joining the WCU MSHR Linkedin Group.  You might also consider joining a professional SHRM group.  Be sure to take advantage of the Student Member benefits including reduced fees for membership dues.

For more information or help, please e-mail Dr. John Sherlock at


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