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Frequently Asked Questions

What distinguishes the Master of Science in Managing Human Capital Program at Saint Joseph's University from similar programs?

The MS in Managing Human Capital Program at Saint Joseph's University is one of the few programs in the area offered within an AACSB-accredited business school and endorsed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as fully aligned with its curricular guidelines. This distinction puts us among the top 10% of business schools in the world. Our specialized, business focus allows graduates of this program to position themselves in strategic positions of management and leadership. What's more, the MS in Managing Human Capital Program at Saint Joseph's University offers a student-focused approach to graduate education, with small class size, individualized support by the program director, and dedicated faculty who get to know each and every student. These are all unique benefits that further the interests and goals of our graduate students.

Can I do this program on-line?

Yes. This is an online program; however, there are certain electives on-campus for students wishing an on-campus learning experience in certain courses.

What is the advantage/difference between enrolling in the MS in Managing Human Capital Program vs. an MBA with a concentration in human resources?

The MS in Managing Human Capital Program is a specialized Master's program, with a focus on the professional field of human capital and human resources. This degree program is ideal for those who wish to distinguish themselves in this area and is aligned with the curricular guidelines recommended by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) for graduate study. The MBA degree has a broader focus.

Do you offer electives in business intelligence for data-driven decision making?

The MS in Managing Human Capital Program offers online business intelligence courses that align with the human capital analytics demands of today. Students can take all there electives in this area, or just one or two.

Is the program full-time or part-time?

The M.S. in Managing Human Capital Program may be completed on a part-time or a full-time basis. Therefore, this program is appropriate for working professionals who wish to study on a part-time basis, while staying competitive in their field. We offer a portfolio of online courses ideal for working professionals. This program is also appropriate for students who want to study full-time. Students in the part-time program typically complete their degree in 24 months, while full-time students finish in about 18 months. However, all students may set their own pace.

Can I apply to complete the M.S. in Human Capital Management Program as a full-time student?

Yes. You may enroll in the M.S. in Managing Human Capital Program as a full-time student. This full-time curriculum is appropriate for both domestic and international students.

Where are classes held for the on-campus electives?

Saint Joseph’s University is conveniently located at 5600 City Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. Many of our classes are held in Mandeville Hall, a state-of-the-art teaching and learning center in which technology and comfort combine to create a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Click the following link for driving directions We also have online program options.

When can I start the program?

Students can begin the M.S. in Managing Human Capital Program every fall, spring, and summer semester. We have rolling admissions and applications are reviewed all year.

How much does the program cost?

Current tuition rates may be found here.

What is the "tuition deferral" program and how does it work?

Students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employers may participate in our Employer Tuition Deferral Program. You will need to provide proof of employment, a copy of your company's reimbursement policy and a $35 non-refundable processing fee. Your company must agree to pay Saint Joseph's University directly within 30 days after the final day of the semester. This program saves the student from "fronting" the money and waiting for their tuition reimbursement check. More information can be found at h

What tests are required for admission?

The program will accept the MAT, GMAT, or GRE. These tests may be waived for those with an SPHR Certificate, certain master degrees, and professional expereince. For questions about GMAT/GRE/MAT waivers, please contact Dr. Patricia Rafferty at 610-660-1318 or

What are the professional backgrounds of students entering the program?

Students come with diverse professional backgrounds and students do not need human capital or HR experience for this program. Our students are a combination of professionals and full-time students seeking to deepen their skills in human capital and talent management, human resource management, and leadership. There is no professional experience required.

Is the program at Saint Joseph's University aligned with SHRM?

Yes. SHRM has analyzed the M.S. in Managing Human Capital Program curriculum offered at Saint Joseph's University and has confirmed it be aligned with the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook.

Is Saint Joseph's University accredited?

Yes. Saint Joseph's University and the Erivan K. Haub School of Business hold some of the highest rankings available to universities in the world.  We have dual accreditation by AACSB, an international accreditation given to 10% of business schools in the world. In addition to regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Saint Joseph's University and the Erivan K. Haub School of Business are also ranked by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and The Aspen Institute.

Does the program at Saint Joseph's University offer courses online?

Yes. There are some courses offered online. Call 610-660-1318 for more details.

Who can I talk to for more information?

For personalized assistance, please contact Dr. Patricia Rafferty at 610-660-1318 or