WCU's online Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals who are looking for advancement in the human resources field or who hope to make a career transition into HR. The 36-hour program can be completed in two years while working.
Program application deadlines are April 1 and November 1 and admission to the program involves a few simple steps.
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. We strive:
To be admitted to WCU’s online master’s degree program in human resources (HR), you must have:
You must also submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can vouch for your scholarly abilities and good work habits. Current or former job supervisors and former professors are ideal references (recommendations from friends, colleagues or former staff members are not sufficient). All official transcripts should be mailed directly to the graduate school.
Prospective students with strong grade point averages and references may be allowed to enter the program with "conditional status" and take up to two courses before GRE scores are submitted.
Only applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25/4.0 or higher will be considered for conditional admission, which allows them to take classes for one semester while preparing for and taking the GRE. All others need to submit GRE scores in order to have their application considered. Applicants who already have earned a graduate degree do not have to submit GRE scores.
If you took the old GRE, the MSHR program seeks applicants with a combined verbal and quantitative score of 900 and an analytical writing score of 3.5. If you took the new revised GRE the MSHR program seeks applicants with at least a score of 150 on the Verbal Reasoning, a score of 141 on the Quantitative Reasoning and an analytical writing score of 3.5.
Application deadlines are April 1 and November 1. Accepted students can begin the program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms.
The curriculum consists of 7 required courses that all students take and 5 elective
courses (see below). HR 602, HR 605, & HR 610 are taken at the beginning of the program;
HR 670 and HR 671 have prerequisites of 18 credit hours and HR 670 must be taken before
HR 671; Students with more than 5 years of full-time human resources-related work
experience may substitute another WCU HR course for HR 671. HR 698 is usually taken
during a student's last semester in the program.
All courses have been designed to align with particular HR content areas, personal competencies, and business/policy knowledge applications recommended by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in their Graduate HR Curriculum Guidelines.
Course scheduling is subject to change. For a list of courses available each semester, view our Course Availability page.