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M.A. in Human Resource Management FAQs

Do I need experience in human resources to be admitted?
No, a background in human resources is not required to be considered for admission. We welcome students who are interested in joining this growing field.

Is this program accredited?
Saint Mary’s University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, the Society for Human Resource Management certifies that coursework in the online master’s in Human Resource Management program is aligned with SHRM’s core knowledge areas.

Will I receive SHRM certification when I graduate?
No. SHRM certification is not automatically conferred upon your graduation. However, Human Resource Management courses are aligned with SHRM’s core knowledge areas, so it serves as a foundation for certification if you decide to pursue it.

Who are the instructors in the program?
Instructors teaching in the online MA in Human Resource Management are currently working in the field, so they can offer you a current picture of issues, challenges and developments facing human resource managers today. What you will learn isn’t limited to the classroom—they are also available for extra support and guidance whenever you need it.

What will my classmates be like?
The age range among students is wide, from recent college graduates to individuals in their 50s. Some students have been working in HR for a few years; others are interested in making a career change. Part of the online experience includes learning from peers with different perspectives. As long as you are committed to the program, you will fit in no matter your background.

How do the university’s Lasallian, Catholic values impact the curriculum? Do I have to be Catholic to apply?
Saint Mary’s programs are open to individuals of all faiths and beliefs. As an HR professional, you have a zeal for helping employees work more effectively and improving organizational performance. At Saint Mary’s, we imbue our programs with that same enthusiasm as well as a passion for service to the community. We believe that our graduates can help make the world a better place through their expertise, professional and personal fulfillment, and ethical leadership.

What are the admissions requirements for the program?
You must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, where you maintained an overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, and be able to demonstrate language proficiency.

Is there a residency requirement? How do online classes work?
No. Coursework is completely online and is asynchronous, meaning you do not have to be online at a certain time on a certain day. As long as you complete your assignments according to the schedule set by your instructor, you can log in whenever it is convenient for you.

How long will it take me to graduate?
To earn your degree, you will complete 13 graduate level classes equaling 39 credit hours of program work. At two courses per consecutive semester, you will complete your course work in just a little over 2 years, or 26 months.

I already have my SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) or SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional) certification. Do I need to take the HRM601 (Human Resource Management Strategy) course?
Students entering the MAHRM program with either the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification or the SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resource Management, Senior Certified Professional) certification do not need to take the HRM601 Human Resource Management Strategy course. Certifications must be earned and current prior to the student’s admission into the MAHRM program. Students must request the waiver, provide documentation evidencing the date that the certification was earned, and provide their current certification standing. Students receiving the HRM601 waiver will take one more elective courses in the program, keeping the 39 total credits requirement.

Can this program help me get a HR position?
This program is ideal for students who are transitioning into this program because this program helps create a professional portfolio that you can share with prospective employers.

How are faculty selected for this program?
The Faculty are selected by the Human Resource Management Program Director based on previous online teaching and industry experience. The faculty members currently work in the human resource industry, so they can offer you the most relevant industry perspective and knowledge. The faculty encompasses an extensive wealth of human resource knowledge, therefore educate you on current issues, challenges and developments faced by human resource professionals today.

Can I use what I am learning in the classroom to my current position?
Assignments are designed to develop students in becoming strategic business partners within their organization.

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