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How Do I Get a Human Resource Management Degree Online?

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  • Written By: Judith Smith Sullivan
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  • Last Modified Date: 10 November 2014
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There are many educational facilities which offer a human resource management degree online. In order to get the degree, you must meet the requirements for admission, submit an application, and become enrolled. After admission, you must complete all coursework, special projects, and required internships with acceptable grades to graduate. Online classes are best suited for individuals who are self-motivated as much of the work is unsupervised.

Before you can begin the coursework required for a human resource management degree online, you must find an online university and become a fully matriculated student. There are many universities, both government funded and private, that offer a human resource management degree online. Although each school may offer the same degree, the actual requirements for admission differ from institution to institution.

Almost all universities require that master's program applicants hold a bachelor's degree and high school diploma or equivalent. The bachelor's degree does not necessarily have to be in human resources, but it is helpful. Often, graduate programs will accept students with a variety of educational backgrounds as long as the students have completed a bachelor's degree.

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Two other common, although not universal, requirements are a undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 and above average scores on various standardized tests. There are several different graduate tests, including the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) and Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Not all schools require the same scores or exams, so it is important to check with the admissions office to confirm the requirements before taking any exam.

An application for admission to a university may also include an essay. Often, this is a chance for the prospective student to detail their goals, achievements, and why a degree in human resource management is desired. This is a very important part of the application and should be written in a clear, organized manner, free from grammatical errors.

After you have completed all the requirements and submitted your application, it is up to the admissions office to accept or deny your application. It is a good idea to apply to several schools. Most schools have a limited amount of space and cannot accept all applicants, regardless of the quality of their application.

When a university accepts your application, you can then register for classes and begin your coursework. A human resource management degree online typically requires 36 to 60 credit hours. You may also be required to write a thesis, complete an independent study project, or finish an internship.

In most graduate schools, you must maintain a 3.0 GPA to receive your degree. There is also a time limit, typically five to ten years, for finishing. Any classes that fall outside that time limit must be repeated.

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