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USC Online Opens Career Paths in Human Resources

USC’s online Master of Science in Human Resource Management helps busy professionals succeed in this dynamic field. The degree is offered through USC Bovard College, which offers graduate programs designed to provide professionals with specialized knowledge and skills to advance their careers in a student-centered and supportive learning environment.

Launched in May 2017, the program has already attracted students from across the country who are currently employed by major companies such as Microsoft, General Electric, Apple, Honda, Oracle, Facebook, Boeing and Kaiser Permanente, as well as students working for non-profits and in state and local government.

Demand for the program reflects the profession’s growth, which exceeds the average of other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The HR field is rapidly changing and needs highly trained professionals who can meet crucial organizational challenges,” Bovard College Dean Anthony Bailey says. “USC is proud to offer a master’s program that provides graduates with the skills, knowledge and confidence to accelerate their careers.”

Courses cover such leading-edge topics as organizational design, total rewards and HR analytics. To help students keep ahead of trends, there is a class on Anticipating the Future of HR.

The MS in Human Resource Management’s flexible curriculum is 24 units and can be completed on a 1-year or 2-year track. It is designed to fit students’ schedules and needs, with three enrollment dates each year. GRE or GMAT scores are not required to apply.

While the program is completely online, its projects build real-world experience. In addition, the live sessions connect classmates to their professors and each other in ways that mirror the experience of actually being at USC — without having to travel to campus. Students also receive the same level of support from the university as their on-campus peers, including the networking advantages of joining the global Trojan Family of alumni.

“The USC Bovard College Masters in Human Resource Management was designed and developed by leading experts in the field of organizational effectiveness,” says John Keim, chief academic officer for USC Bovard College. “These internationally renowned authorities and faculty have devoted their careers to working with the top organizations in the fields of human capital, diversity, talent management and organizational design.”

As a result, graduates emerge fully qualified to implement the strategies and techniques necessary to build organizations that thrive and respond to present and future challenges.

The Human Resources program was recently joined by an online MS in Project Management, also offered through Bovard College. The latter degree emphasizes project managers’ strategic role in the performance of global organizations and governments, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective leaders.

Bovard College is named for Emma Bovard, one of USC’s first students and an early advocate for equal educational opportunity. To learn more about the Master of Science in Human Resource Management program, visit