Program Structure

Domestic students enrolling in Fisher's MHRM program can pursue their degree on a full-time or part-time basis. International students entering the program on an F-1 Status Visa* are not eligible to pursue the MHRM degree on a part-time basis, and must maintain full-time coursework status. The program is offered fully in-person and on-campus. View the full-time/part-time curriculum sheets here.

Fisher offers domestic students the convenience of completing the MHRM program on a full-time or part-time basis, which gives students the flexibility to choose an option that fits their schedule at any time.

  • A comprehensive HR curriculum (39 credit hours) with individualized attention (small class sizes)
  • Switch between full-time and part-time as needed for domestic students
  • Action-based learning (example: annual competition hosted by a corporate sponsor)
  • Core classes are offered Monday through Thursday from 6:15 pm –9:30 pm


  • 4 nights of classes per week
  • Now only 18 months / 3 semesters
  • International and Domestic (U.S. citizens and permanent residents)


  • 1-3 nights of class per week
  • 3 academic years typical (6 semesters)
  • Domestic (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) only

*Learn more about the F-1 visa, and applying as an international student.

Which Path is Right for You?

Practicum (Internship or Tutorial)

The HR Practicum is for students interested in transitioning their skills and degree into a work related setting after they graduate. Students who choose to do the Practicum option complete 39 credit hours of coursework. The focus of this plan is to allow students to practically apply knowledge and skills acquired through MHRM coursework in a real business setting. The Practicum option can be completed through one of two tracks.

  • Internship option: Students pursuing an internship gain practical experience in an HR role. The internship is to be a full-time 40/hr. a week working commitment, typically completed during the summer between years 1 and 2 of the MHRM program. This is the most common option for our full-time MHRM students. Visit the careers page to learn more about internships.
  • Tutorial: Working professionals or part-time students are usually unable to pursue an internship and they typically choose to complete the Practicum option in their current role, through volunteer project(s) or through small-scale research projects. They will develop a project with their faculty advisor that allows them to practically apply coursework in their job.


Students looking to gain research experience, or ultimately pursue a PHD, can select the Thesis option. Students work with a thesis advisor who has specific expertise in the area of research.

Contemporary Topics in HR & Professional Development: This new course in the curriculum (1 credit hour each semester) meets one day a week before evening classes during the 5 –6 p.m. timeframe. The coursework is tailored to your practicum or thesis choice.

Part-time students may substitute this class with an elective by working with their advisor.