Mastering the art of human resources

New degree is attracting top HR professionals while intriguing employers
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/17/2006

After she was restructured out of her job as the vice-president of human resources at CIBC, Carroll Hern decided it was the perfect opportunity to freshen up her HR knowledge and skills. About the same time, Laura Polsinelli was finishing up her undergraduate degree in human resources at Toronto’s York University and wanted to gain an edge on other candidates and take the next step in continuing her career in HR.

Both women, in very different stages of their careers, ended up in the same masters of human resources management (MHRM) program at Toronto’s York University where they, along with 15 other students, graduated last month.

The degree typically attracts two types of students, said Monica Belcourt, the program’s director.