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Graduate Student Organizations

Graduate student organizations are a great opportunity to network with other students, faculty and local business professionals. There are a variety of organizations available depending on your personal interest, including Net Impact, Beer and Wine Society and Moore Association of Graduate Women, as well as organizations specific to your masters degree program. For more information about these organizations, please click here.

The two organizations specific to the MHR program are Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and Masters of Human Resources Association (MHRA).

For important dates, you can view USC's calendar here.

Student Quotes

"I chose South Carolina’s MHR program because of its intense focus on making its graduates strategic business partners. Coming from a liberal arts background, I was attracted to the program’s emphasis on business acumen. The MHR program provides students with in-depth knowledge of HR functions and broad exposure to other areas of business. Its accomplished and dedicated faculty create a project-based learning environment where students are encouraged to take risks and think outside of the box. In this rigorous and supportive atmosphere, I have refined my communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills. I am confident that the competencies from this program will carry me through my career." - Lauryn Overton, MHR Class of 2016 

"USC’s MHR program has provided incredible opportunities from the first day on campus. The faculty’s exceptional dedication to student success allows students the chance to not only network with the many Fortune 500leaders who visit the program, but also gain a deep understanding of how to be a strategic HR business partner in tomorrow’s business environment. With its outstanding placement rates, extensive on-campus recruiting, and constant opportunities to network, the program provides an exceptional career springboard. At the same time, its focus on professional development ensuresthat students graduate with an understanding not only of HR business practices,but with the skills to become a true business partner who creates lasting value for their organization." - Ellie Gardner, MHR Class of 2016 

"In looking at other schools, I found that no other university offers the level of communication and expertise that the professors do at the Darla Moore School of Business. The applicable skills learned from real-world projects are directly transferable to the workplace immediately upon graduation. The level of exposure to thought leaders in the HR space is unrivaled. USC brings in many CHRO's and CEO's for students to interact with. I chose the USC MHR program because of the research and work backgrounds of the professors and I have gained a wealth of knowledge on professional development and HR practices that have given me a strong tool kit for my future as an HR leader." - Wright Wilson, MHR Class of 2016

Alumni Quotes

“South Carolina’s MHR program has provided me with access to exceptional faculty who have extensive academic and practical knowledge. Throughout my time in the program, the professors have gone above and beyond to ensure I achieve academic and professional success. The faculty’s respect for one another and their students make me feel like part of a family. Professors have exposed me to numerous Fortune 500 companies by inviting guest speakers to discuss contemporary HR issues. The professors’ deep understanding and forward thinking about the HR profession enables students to become strategic business partners when entering the workforce.” –Shannon Wolcott, MHR Class of 2014, Human Resources Leadership Program at Halliburton

“As I look back at my time at USC and the Masters of HR curriculum, the program afforded me the opportunity to deepen and broaden my HR skills by building a strong foundation that could be leveraged in range of roles and industries. As my career has developed, I am confident that the skills and relationships built at USC have allowed me to grow as a leader and find my passion.” - Ben Novy, Vice President, HR Operations, Vail Resorts Management Company

"The MHR program pushed me to grow as a person and as a professional. The faculty and HR board has the student's best interest in mind, and continuously challenge us to think outside the box. Immediately after graduating and starting my full time career at CH2M Hill, I found practical ways to use my MHR education. I am able to see, on the daily basis, how the work I do creates value for my company and how my solid business background and HR education made me the professional I am today." - Kelly Plante, MHR Class of 2011, HR Rotational Program, CH2M Hill

“The commitment the University of South Carolina MHR program has to giving real world HR experience to students makes the program and its participants ready for the life of an HR professional in an ever-changing field. The program allowed me to practice my profession and experiment with different solutions prior to embarking on my career. Attending the University of South Carolina was an invaluable experience that prepared me well for my current position and positions in the future.” - Leah Hatem, MHR Class of 2010, Chevron HR Business Partner



International Students

The Office of International Student Services offers support and services for internationals, including frequently asked questions, required forms and the visa process.

 The Office of English Programs for Internationals is also available for students who desire ESL instruction.  Information concerning English proficiency exams can be viewed by clicking on the TOEFL and IELTS links.

International students should visit the International Students Services Web site for information concerning other funding opportunities.