USC Kicks Off HR Masters Program

February 2, 2010 ( – The University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business is launching an Executive Master of Human Resources (EMHR) degree program for working HR professionals.

A news release said the 20-month, 45-credit hour degree program, which begins its first session in September 2010, was developed to provide working HR professionals and those from the business line wishing to enter HR with both a foundation of business knowledge and a deep understanding and expertise of the array of human resources issues.  

“The EMHR program, more than any other program of its kind for working HR professionals, combines the academic grounding, global perspective and real-world experience that will be critical for every HR manager who wants to accelerate their career and move to senior levels of management in the organization,” said Christine LaCola, Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Programs at the Moore School, in the announcement.

The new offering builds on a faculty that has broad expertise in areas such as employee relations, executive compensation, small group and team dynamics, cross-cultural behavior, leadership development, employee productivity, global strategy, and organizational culture.

According to the announcement, the structure of the program allows for both U.S. and international participation with four one-week residencies.  Classes are taught virtually via Web-conferencing, podcasts, and virtual teamwork. 

The program begins with a week-long session at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  Two additional week-long sessions will be held in the middle of the program – one internationally and one in Columbia.  The program concludes with a week-long session on campus in Columbia where students deliver final presentations and cap off their experience.

More information is available here.