FAQs

Will I need to leave my job in order to complete the program?

No, to the contrary. You are encouraged to maintain your professional activities while pursuing your studies.

How much time will I have to spend away from work to complete the program?

Each course consists of four instructional days per term. In addition, you will need to complete an assigned reading list and to prepare course assignments. Current students are allocating approximately 40 hours per month, per course (not including class time), to complete readings and assignments.

I have a college certificate in HR, am I eligible to apply to the program?

No, you must have a four-year or honours degree in order to apply.

My employer is reluctant to sponsor me because it is said that most people with these types of degrees leave their companies soon after graduation. Is this true?

No. Although no research has been done on the MHRM program, the experience with comparable degrees such as the Executive MBA graduates indicates otherwise. The evidence for these graduates indicates that most stay with their employers and enjoy satisfying and productive careers with them. The most common reason why some Executive MBA's do leave their employer soon after graduation is that, after having acquiring new knowledge and skills, they find only limited opportunity to apply what they have learned. In fact it might be good to discuss your enrolment in the MHRM with your employer as part of a career development strategy for you.

I need to build a "business case" for sponsorship from my organization. What are the benefits to my employer of sponsoring me to do this Program?

When an organization sponsors you for the MHRM it is not just spending money, it is making an investment. Organizations invest their resources for many reasons which can be grouped under three main headings:

  1. The investment increases their effectiveness
  2. The investment protects them from exposure to risk
  3. The investment is a cost effective way to achieve valued goals.

1. Sponsoring your pursuit of the MHRM is one way for your organization to be more effective.

Through your expanded HR expertise and competence you will be much better able to deal with the major HR challenges facing your employer.

The program is designed to quickly rotate you through intensive and highly focused learning experiences and your work environment. Consequently, you will be able to apply to the execution of your tasks the knowledge and competencies which you will have developed in the courses. Therefore, your organization will benefit immediately from your progress. The course work will expose you to professors who are experts in HR and to fellow students who are working in other organizations. This will allow you to bring to your organization a wider range of solutions to the immediate and long range challenges it faces.

You will be developing a relationship with the HR program in the School of Human Resource Management at York, the largest group of HR faculty in Canada which will be useful to both your present and your future development needs and which will be very helpful to you in recruitment of future business graduates for your organization. In a highly technological world the success of firms is, to a large degree, determined by it's ability to recruit and retain highly prized people: to be an employer of choice. Through the MHRM program, you will learn how to achieve these valued outcomes for your firm.

You will develop a variety of HR management skills to complement the knowledge gained through course content. These will include the development of the critical research and evaluation skills enabling you to evaluate proposals and consultant reports with a much better base.

2. Sponsoring you is an investment that protects your organisation from exposure to risk.

Your firm should view your sponsorship to the MHRM as part of a career development process. It is not just "buying you" a course. Candidates for this Program are sponsored because of their outstanding promise and leadership potential. It is making an investment in you, and your future in the organization, thereby enhancing the odds of retaining you.

Organizations that display commitment to their people tend to achieve greater commitment from them. Commitment is extremely important to ensure Organizational Citizenship Behaviour (OCB), the willingness for people to spontaneously and unselfishly go the extra mile. By sponsoring you, your organization will be contributing to your own commitment levels. By applying the principles and techniques you will have learned you will, in turn, be able to develop the HR policies that lead to greater commitment from other members of your organization.

3. Sponsoring your pursuit of MHRM is cost effective.

You will spend much less time away from work than you would in most other Master's programs because of the intensive course structure. Most of the tuition fee is tax deductible for your employer, so the real cost is much less than it first appears.

Yearly research surveys show that organizations in North America spend upwards of 30 billion dollars a year in training courses for their managers. The effectiveness of these courses for creating job related changes is generally acknowledged to be uncertain at best. Two main reasons are that they are not integrated into an overall program of skill development and they the learning rarely finds immediate applicability. Given the intensive structure of the MHRM program, the skills and competencies developed are much more conducive to transfer into concrete job performance changes. Because the course structure is intensive you will be in position to apply your skills immediately at work. Through this enhanced transferability the program is likely to be more cost effective.

What is the degree I will earn?

The graduate degree you will receive is a masters degree in Human Resources Management granted by York University.

I want a graduate degree in an area that will help me in my career. I cannot decide between an MBA and the MHRM. Can you advise me?

Both the MBA and the MHRM are demanding graduate degrees. Admission to both these programs is competitive and people who hold these degrees are perceived to be high achievers, a characteristic valued by employers. Both the MBA and MHRM degrees enhance your opportunities but they differ.

MBAs have some knowledge about most aspects of management. That is, the MBA is a general degree. The MHRM is a specialized degree designed to create in its students sophisticated high level knowledge about one area: HR. Of course, in a world where organizational success depends on people, HR is fast becoming a function of strategic importance.

An MBA prepares you for a career in general management. However, there are thousands of MBA graduates. The MHRM is a unique and highly selective degree, which will graduate at most 30 people in a year, making you a rare resource among business-oriented graduates. This degree will be highly valued by employers looking for specialists in HRM.

Most MBAs offer at most one or two courses in HR, while the MHRM is specifically designed and targeted for those who choose an HR career. Graduate degrees in professional areas will always be recognized by employers as a signal that candidates are on a developmental track which can lead either to a specialization in the profession, or to advanced management careers.

Does York provide accommodation during these intensive classes?

No. However, York University can recommend nearby hotels, from which they can make their choices and their own arrangements.