[CUA Office of Public Affairs]


       Sept. 26, 2005


CUA Divisions Collaborate on Human Resource Master’s Program


This fall Metropolitan College is partnering with the School of Arts and Sciences to offer Catholic University’s human resource management master’s program with reduced tuition rates to meet the needs of working professionals.


The program — scheduled to start Oct. 18 — will continue to offer evening courses. Taught by CUA business and economics professors as well as experienced human resource professionals, the courses will be offered at a reduced tuition rate of $630 per credit. Sara Thompson, dean of Metropolitan College, describes the new rate as “competitive” for programs that focus on adult learners.


The program, which can accommodate 20 students, is designed to provide students with a strong background in human resource concepts and practice.  It also offers a component to help students prepare for certification exams given by the Society for Human Resource Management based in Alexandria, Va. 


Metropolitan College, which serves non-traditional students, has an exclusive partnership with the society in Washington, D.C. 


In addition to the master’s program, Metropolitan College also offers both non-credit and certificate programs in human resource management. If they like, Metropolitan College students can incorporate human resource certificate courses into the college’s bachelor’s program in business management.


“The master’s program really helps position Catholic University as the place of choice for human resource professionals,” says Thompson. “We now offer a full array of courses from non-credit to master’s programs that can meet people along their career path and help them reach the next step.”


L.R. Poos, dean of CUA’s School of Arts and Sciences, describes the program as “a new departure in creative collaboration between academic units at The Catholic University of America. Metropolitan College, under Dean Sara Thompson, has worked aggressively to expand offerings to non-traditional students and students in business-related degree programs in a flexible way that meets their needs.”


CUA offers the master’s program at a time when there is a growing demand for human resource professionals, says Thompson. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified the human resource field as an occupation with growth potential in the next decade, she adds.


“Our master’s program recognizes the fact that human resource professionals play a more strategic role than ever in today’s workplace,” Thompson says. “Human resource management is viewed as pivotal in bringing about organizational change through appropriate hiring, supervision, performance evaluation and information systems.” 


According to the National Center for Education Statistics in Washington, D.C., non-traditional students accounted for 73 percent of those enrolled in college programs in 1999–2000. The center defines a non-traditional student as an individual with at least one of seven characteristics that include age as well as family, academic and/or employment status.


Metropolitan College, which has rolling admissions, will host an information session about the program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Pangborn Hall, Scullen Room. For additional information about how to r.s.v.p., which is required, visit http://metro.cua.edu/hr/sgis.cfm or contact Scott Battle at battles@cua.edu.


MEDIA:             To arrange an interview about the program, contact Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.




Metropolitan College, now in its 26th year of serving adult learners in the Washington, D.C. area, extends the university’s educational resources and programs to those who want to complete their college degrees and pursue personal and professional development opportunities. The college also works with business and professional groups to meet the certification needs of their members. Students can take evening and weekend courses and concentrate in fields such as business communications, computer information systems, humanities, management, philosophy, public policy and social sciences.






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