TIGERVILLE, S.C. (courtesy ngu.edu) — North Greenville University’s (NGU) mission is to equip transformational leaders for church and society. Its Graduate School is offering two new graduate degrees this fall in Human Resource Management and Organizational Leadership. These programs encompass interpersonal capabilities to prepare the business professional with transformational leadership skills needed to boost career objectives.
The Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) is designed for individuals who desire a career in human resource management or are already HR professionals who want advanced credentials in their field. The curriculum is written around the Professional Human Resource (PHR) certificate requirements through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). All candidates will be encouraged to take the PHR exam upon completion of the program.
The Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) degree is designed to help candidates explore, develop, and implement their personal leadership potential. It is appropriate for anyone in any field – not just business – who is ready to guide and inspire others.
“We are excited about the two new graduate degrees that have been launched this year in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship,” said College of Business and Entrepreneurship (COBE) Dean Dr. John Duncan. “The Master of Human Resource Management degree builds on what we have offered in the Human Resource Management concentration in our MBA program and allows students to obtain a master’s degree that focuses more intently on relevant HR topics and leadership principles. The Master of Organizational Leadership degree will prepare students to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, and lead organizational change as they develop emotional intelligence and other important soft skills.”
Duncan says the integration of Christian faith and biblical principles will be a central component of these two new graduate programs, just as it has been in the MBA program since its inception.
These degree programs were designed by faculty that created NGU’s other award-winning business graduate programs. Also, NGU offers a 12-hour HRM certification program.
“Students who come to NGU to advance in their HRM careers do not want to take all of the courses required for the MBA, so they only take four of the graduate HRM classes. They receive a Human Resources Professional Certificate upon completion of those classes,” said Associate Dean of Graduate Business Dr. Tracy Kramer. “We believe that students who want a master’s degree related to HRM are more interested in an MHRM than an MBA with a concentration in HRM. This degree proposal is for a 30-hour MHRM degree, which should be much more marketable to HRM professionals than our 48-hour MBA with a concentration in HRM.”
Tina Strutton, a 2017 NGU Business Administration alumna from Greenville, is in her first semester of the MHRM degree program.
“I knew I wanted to return to the University to get my master’s degree. I enjoy the academic structure of NGU and having the class curriculum around a Biblical perspective allows me to grow academically and spiritually,” Strutton said.
Kramer says many potential students are looking for a business-related master’s degree without intensive mathematics and statistics.
An MOL student will acquire the essential skills and mindsets of organizational leadership, including conducting business with ethics and integrity, thinking strategically and holistically, identifying future innovations and opportunities, communicating (and listening) effectively, relationship-building and team building, developing leadership potential in others, problem-solving, and decision-making. Students learn from industry leaders and are equipped to influence the industry.
NGU offers more than 115 areas of study across certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and early college opportunities.