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Frequently Asked Questions: Master of Science in Strategic Human Resource Management

Q: What distinguishes the Master of Science in Strategic Human Resource Management Program at Saint Joseph's University from similar programs?
A: The MS in Strategic Human Resource Management Program at Saint Joseph's University is one of the few programs in the area offered within an AACSB-accredited business school. The program is also recognized by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) as fully aligned with its curricular guidelines. These distinctions put us among the top 10 percent of business schools in the world. This program also is the winner of the prestigious LEAD award for outstanding graduate programs with a focus on strategic human resource management.

Our specialized, business focus allows graduates of this program to position themselves in strategic positions of management and leadership. What's more, the MS in Strategic Human Resource Management program at Saint Joseph's University offers a student-focused approach to graduate education, with small class size, individualized support by the program director, and dedicated faculty who get to know each and every student. These are all unique benefits that further the interests and goals of our graduate students.

Q: Can I do this program online?
A: Yes. Classes are conveniently held online, delivered by the same faculty who teach on campus.

Q: What is the advantage/difference between enrolling in the MS in Strategic Human Resource Management Program vs. an MBA with a concentration in human resources?
A: The MS in Strategic Human Resource Management Program is a specialized master's program, with a focus on the professional field of human capital and human resources. This degree program is ideal for those who wish to distinguish themselves in this area and is aligned with the curricular guidelines recommended by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) for graduate study. The MBA degree has a broader focus.

Q: Is the program full-time or part-time?
A: The MS in Strategic Human Resource Management Program may be completed online on a part-time schedule only. Therefore, this program is appropriate for working professionals who wish to study on a part-time basis while staying competitive in their field. We offer a portfolio of online courses ideal for working professionals. Students in the part-time program typically complete their degree in 24 months; however, you may set your own pace.

Q: When can I start the program?
A: You can begin the MS in Strategic Human Resource Management Program every fall, spring, and summer semester. We have rolling admissions and applications are reviewed all year.

Q: What is the "tuition deferral" program and how does it work?
A: Students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employers may participate in our Employer Tuition Deferral Program. You will need to provide proof of employment, a copy of your company's reimbursement policy and a $35 non-refundable processing fee. Your company must agree to pay Saint Joseph's University directly within 30 days after the final day of the semester. This program saves the student from "fronting" the money and waiting for their tuition reimbursement check.

Q: What tests are required for admission?
A: The program will accept the MAT, GMAT or GRE. These tests may be waived for those with an SPHR Certificate, certain master degrees, professional experience, and exemplary undergraduate GPAs.

Q: What are the professional backgrounds of students entering the program?
A: Students come with diverse professional backgrounds — no human capital or HR experience is required for this program. Our students are a combination of career professionals and recent graduates seeking to deepen their skills in human capital and talent management, human resource management, and leadership.

Q: Is the program at Saint Joseph's University aligned with SHRM?
A: Yes. SHRM has analyzed the MS in Strategic Human Resource Management program curriculum offered at Saint Joseph's University and has confirmed it to be aligned with the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook.

Q: Is Saint Joseph's University accredited?
A: Yes. Saint Joseph's University and the Erivan K. Haub School of Business hold some of the highest rankings available to universities in the world. We have dual accreditation by AACSB, an international accreditation acheieved by only 5 percent of business schools in the world. In addition to regional accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Saint Joseph's University and the Erivan K. Haub School of Business are also ranked by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and The Aspen Institute.

Q: Who can I talk to for more information?
A: To learn more about the online Master of Science in Strategic Human Resource Management degree from Saint Joseph’s University, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an admissions representative, or you can request more information.

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