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, a fully 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.
WCU began offering the master’s degree program in human resources during the fall semester of 1984. Since then, many of our graduates have gone on to become outstanding human resource professionals.
Our mission is:
- To provide an exceptional learning experience for our students that enhances their knowledge of and passion for the potential of people in organizations.
- To be one of the premier graduate human resources program worldwide.
- To be the premier graduate human resources program in NC.
Program application deadlines are April 1 and November 1 and admission to the program involves a few simple steps.
The MSHR program at Western Carolina University has been listed as a "best buy" from the distance education information clearinghouse GetEducated.com. It is ranked number 3 out of 40 online human resources programs nationwide. You may see the story located at http://news-prod.wcu.edu/2012/10/online-programs-listed-as-best-buys/
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 located at https://inq.applyyourself.com/?ID=wcu-grad&pid=1729. We look forward to hearing from you.
Five Reasons to Earn your Master's Degree in Human Resources (HR) from WCU: 1. Earn it completely
online without ever coming to campus.
2. Quality online graduate-level instruction with a curriculum recognized by SHRM as being in full alignment with their graduate HR education guidelines. This over 25-year-old program has been offering courses online since 1996.
3. Affordability—it is far less expensive than most of those online schools that you see advertised on TV.
4. The program will prepare you for a variety of human resources-related jobs (i.e., HR manager, trainer, OD consultant).
5. Earn your graduate degree in 2 1/2 years.
The MSHR program at Western Carolina University is ranked among the 'best online college programs'. You may read the article here.:
What Our Graduates Are Saying
MSHR program offers real-world experience. Hear what one of our alumni has to say.
Congratulations Rania Shlien-Dellinger,recipient of the prestigious 2013 WNC HRA Scholarship
Rania started the MSHR program in the fall semester of 2012. Thus far, she has completed 9 of 12 classes, and co-led 3 nonprofit consulting teams in Dr. Germain's courses: 1) Developing strategic recommendations for compensation structure and policy, 2) Developing an employee evaluation system, and 3) Completion of retention research for local non-profits. This last project culminated in the receipt of the 2013 Human Services Research award at the WCU Graduate Research Symposium, Spring semester of 2013. Rania is currently attending school, completing an internship and is seeking employment in Human Resources.
"I found that the academic instruction met my expectations for graduate school and
challenged me tremendously."
Regional HR Director
"The WCU MSHR program opened doors for me that wouldn't have otherwise been options. As a student in the program, I gained knowledge in all areas of human resources which helped me clarify my career goals. The program's current curriculum made it easy to apply concepts learned in the classroom to the workforce."
Holly Waltemyer, MSHR graduate 2004
City of Asheville
"Completing my Master's degree in Human Resources at Western Carolina University was a very positive professional accomplishment. Not only did it open doors to more responsible job opportunities, it also offered me the chance to network with like-minded peers from a variety of industries. The best advice I received when I started my degree was to take my time and enjoy the experience. It's great to have a goal in sight and work hard toward its completion, but taking the time to learn from others and really immerse yourself provides a richer and more meaningful journey."
Kaye Waugh, MSHR graduate 2003
A-B Tech Community College
VP of Human Resources and Organizational Development