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There are a variety of degrees offered in the human resource field. Each degree program features its own combination of courses and overall emphasis, preparing students for slightly different career paths. To help you select the right degree program for your situation, we have categorized the degree programs into seven broad types.
No one program can be right for everyone. When selecting a program, consider your own background, your strengths and weaknesses, and your future career plans. For example, if you have an undergraduate degree in general business and you have selected human resources as your career, then a specialty degree such as an MS in HR would be a good choice to round out your education. However, if you majored in HR as an undergraduate and you would now like to learn more about general business, pursuing an MBA might open up new options for you.
The following is a general overview of each degree type. Keep in mind that there is considerable variation among the programs within each category, so an individual program may or may not fit this description. Use this information as a starting point to help you narrow your search. For any program you are considering, review the required courses and most popular electives, as well as the points of excellence, to get a better sense of the degree's content and emphasis.
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