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,
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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