Degree by design

HR practitioners head back to school for grad degree and competitive advantage
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/14/2011

For Patrick Mack, working on a master’s degree has allowed him to marry the practical side of his job as the senior HR officer at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta with the most current research from the field.

“It’s easy to get caught in the ‘best practice boat,’” he says. “We do it but there’s no understanding of why you might want, or not want, to do it. We’re getting to the root of why.”

Mack is midway through the master’s program at Toronto’s York University, having worked at it part time for several years. Although he had always intended to have a graduate degree, he’s glad he waited three years between degrees, he says.