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Want a Highly Flexible Degree? Consider SHU’s Strategic Human Resource Graduate Program

August 8, 2019

Beginning in Fall 2019, students enrolled in Sacred Heart University’s Master’s in Strategic Human Resource Management program will be able to “attend” class three ways: on campus in the classroom, through a live-stream online, or by viewing the pre-recorded class.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resources is one of the fastest-growing professions. We believe the shift in the field comes from companies realizing the value of their employees.

More and more employers understand that employee retention is crucial to its company's success, and human resources ensures that employees stay.

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The Key to a Successful Graduate Program

Flexibility is key, and SHU's ‘never-miss-a-class’ course delivery methodology offers students the ultimate in terms of flexibility and convenience while staying true to the University’s mission of delivering quality, challenging and inspiring graduate-level instruction.

Many students enrolled in the graduate program have full-time jobs. This new model will enable them to tune in from wherever they are and still be active class participants.

Interactivity will be at its highest level when students are in the classroom, but with the use of technology, such as Echo360, students streaming the class live will be able to chat and ask questions. Echo360 touts its capabilities on its website, stating, “students have 24/7 access to classroom discussion, presentation materials, and the lecture. It generates data that helps instructors and institutions identify problems early and take action.”

Echo360 provides three views to students who watch classes on their computer screens. One will show the instructor, another a chat window, and the third will show the instructor’s laptop. A teacher’s aide will be at all classes to monitor the chat window and ensure questions relayed in the chat are answered and discussed. This functionality also means students don’t all have to be in the same room when making a presentation. 

Making It Work for Every Student

Viewing pre-recorded classes is the least interactive model, but the hope is that most students attend class either in person or through the livestream. The review option is available when needed, especially if students are traveling.

Four full-time faculty members and one adjunct will teach courses in the graduate human resource program. The program will no longer offer electives; instead, students will take two courses on human resources operations. This change came about due to the results of an alumni survey, which showed the need to address this important component of human resource management.  

Another new and flexible aspect of the program enables students to finish the program in one to four years. All depends on how many courses students want to take each term. Students also have the option to start the program in the fall or spring — offering maximum flexibility for working professionals. 


If you are interested in earning your M.S. in Strategic Human Resource Management or a graduate degree in another field, we invite you to reach out to our admissions team to request more information. Or if you have specific questions, feel free to email us! We look forward to connecting with you soon.

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We are the graduate admissions team at Sacred Heart University. We aspire to create a welcoming and supportive environment for students looking to continue their education while empowering them in mind, body and spirit. We hope you find our resources helpful and informative as you explore and pursue a graduate degree at Sacred Heart!

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