College of Education and Allied Professions

Newly Accepted 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 droyer@wcu.edu for assistance.

Starter Technology Tutorials 

Accessing your courses online

If you are enrolled in a class, you will see it listed in "Blackboard Courses." Click on the class title and you will have access to all of the course materials. Access to Blackbard courses is usually granted on the first day of classes.

Typical online instructional activities (i.e., live and recorded lectures, group discussions, reading assignments, class projects, presentations, turning in assignments, exchange of e-mails, taking of tests, accessing grades) take place online inside the Blackboard electronic learning environment.

All online students must have an up-to-date computer with multimedia capabilities and a fast Internet connection (DSL or Cable). Students should also be able to perform common computer functions (e.g., browse the Web, zip and unzip files) and use Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).

Registration 

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 page to view all core and elective coursework. 

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

Once you are enrolled in a class, you will see it listed in "Blackboard Courses." Click on the class title and you will have access to all of the course materials. Click on the class title and you will have access to all of the course materials. Access to Blackboard courses is usually granted on the first day of classes. 

Typical online instructional activities (i.e., live and recorded lectures, group discussions, reading assignments, class projects, presentations, turning in assignments, exchange of e-mails, taking of tests, accessing grades) take place online inside the Blackboard electronic learning environment.

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