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Old 04-26-2012, 11:49 PM
 
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Default EA Desiring To Transition to Human Resources - Which School?

Hello,

I am posting this post in the CA forum since I seem to get more responses when I post in CA.

Previously, I was an Executive Assistant and Office Manager. I was laid off in 2010. I have been researching Master Certifcate in Human Resources Management programs, and I have narrowed it down to two institutions - Cornell University and Villanova University.

Cornell is rated #1 by HR Professionals, however, Villanova's program seems to be MUCH more comprehensive offering a foundation and courses in the very basics of HR Management.

I do not have any real experience in HR, nor do I have knowledge of its practices. I also do not hold any other degrees, however I did attend a technical school years ago where I was enrolled in a business management course. I do plan on obtaining my PHR after I complete whichever course I take, and I meet eligibility requirements.

Which program would you recommend to me?

I have listed the programs for both institutions below. Please see the attachment links beside the main courses for a syllibus of that course. Both courses are priced about the same ($200 difference).

Cornell Master Certificate in HR Management is comprised of:
Human Resources Management Course - Cornell HR Management Course or View Courses Tab on Cornell Site
AND
Two Electives:
Human Capital Management
Employee Relations
SPHR/PHR Prep Course


Villanova Master Certificate in HR Management is comprised of:
Human Resources Management Course - VillanovaU HR Management Course
Mastering Organizational Effectiveness Course - VU Organizational Effectiveness Course
AND
Two Electives:
Essentials of Project Management
Maximizing Team Effectiveness
Strategic Organizational Leadership Newly Updated!
Finance & Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager
Essentials of ROI Methodology
Essentials of Business Analysis Newly Updated!
Essentials of IS Security
Essentials of Commercial Contract Management
Essentials of Government Contract Management
Six Sigma Green Belt
Lean Six Sigma
Six Sigma Green Belt-Healthcare
Six Sigma Green Belt-Financial Services


After reviewing both programs, I'm sure you can understand my concern. It seems as though Cornell's program is tailored to those who are already HR professionals, or who have a foundation such as a Bachelor's in HR Management, however, the enrollment specialist claims otherwise.

There are more electives listed on Cornell's site, however, the rep told me my options are the three listed. Also, please notice that many of the electives Cornell offers are included in Villanova's course.

What do you think?
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Why in the world are you posting this on the California forum?

http://www.city-data.com/forum/colleges-universities/

Last edited by jaijai; 04-27-2012 at 11:40 AM..
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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Nothing beats an Ivy League pedigree. Go with Cornell.
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Skip the "certificate " bs and go for a real degree.
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