Full-Time or Part-Time
Semester Hours: 36
2-Years to Complete
Awarded Best Master's in Human Resources
Join us at one of our upcoming virtual Graduate School Open House events on Zoom! You'll have the opportunity to learn more
about Western Carolina University, understand the Graduate School application process,
and meet key program representatives.
Virtual Open House
Tuesday May 16: 5-6pm
Join us at one of our upcoming virtual Graduate School Open House events on Zoom! You'll have the opportunity to learn more about Western Carolina University, understand the Graduate School application process, and meet key program representatives.
WCU's 100% online Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) program 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.
Admission to the program involves a few simple steps.
Applicants who do not meet the above waiver requirements may still be admitted into the program by submitting GRE scores of at least 150 on verbal reasoning, a score of 141 on quantitative reasoning and an analytical writing score of 3.5.
* If extenuating circumstances prevent GRE testing, an applicant may be admitted conditionally, requiring GRE scores to be submitted within one semester.
Applicants who already have earned a graduate degree do not have to submit GRE scores.
Please Note: International applicants must also take the TOEFL exam and complete additional forms. They should also contact WCU's International Programs & Services Office.
The MSHR program is a 36-credit hour program, in which the curriculum consists of 7 required courses that all students take and 5 elective courses, all 3 credit courses.
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 the MSHR program competency model; therefore, our courses develop competencies within the program’s four Leadership Competency domains: 1) Relational HR Leadership; 2) Strategic HR Leadership; 3) Operational HR Leadership; and 4) Ethical & Socially Responsible HR Leadership.
Course scheduling is subject to change. For a list of courses available each semester, view our Course Availability page.
Tuition and fees vary year to year and program to program.
The Masters of Science in Human Resources is an online program. You can explore detailed information about tuition for online and distance programs on the tuition page website.
The Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) program at Western Carolina University prepares socially-responsible strategic human resources leaders to serve effectively in diverse organizations including corporate, non-profit, and government settings. Using an organizational values-based, and human development-focused perspective, our faculty educates students from a variety of education and work experience backgrounds.
Our curriculum is based on strategic, operational, relational, and ethical and socially responsible human resources competencies in addition to academic scholarship that informs the field of human resources and comprises the foundation of the MSHR program. It is our goal to cultivate the next generation of HR leaders who are organizational change agents committed to the productive engagement and development of all organizational members.
The MSHR Program Competency Model highlights the leadership emphasis of our program.
Therefore, our courses develop competencies within each of the MSHR Program’s four Leadership Competency domains:
Dr. Smith was a faculty member in the Human Resources program part-time for two years and full time from 2010-2016.
Endowed through the generosity of Kirk Smith, this scholarship provides support to students in the College of Education and Allied Professions.
- 3.0 GPA
- Major in the College of Education and Allied Professions
- Preference given to students in the Human Services Department (GR and UG)
- Preference given to students with financial need
- This scholarship is renewable to a maximum of three years as long as the recipient continues to meet all eligibility requirements.
Apply at scholarships.wcu.edu
Human Resources Program Director