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Part-Time Students

The success of our graduate programs reside in their characteristics- intimate, interactive, hands-on, and flexible- qualities that mirror many successful businesses. Because we purposely keep our program sizes small, you always have access to faculty, staff, other students, alumni, and executives. Our strong teamwork focus encourages you to build relationships in and out of class including networking and mentoring opportunities.

You’ll also have the flexibility to study what intrigues you on a schedule that fits your life. MHRM courses are offered in the evening because many of our students work during the day.

Check out what some of our part-time students had to say about balancing a career and pursing the MHRM program.

In Their Own Words

Stacey Dibowski
 
As a part-time student, how do you balance work, school, and everything else?

"The best answer I can give is to learn how to prioritize, know your limits, and make friends in class. Time management is important when it comes to juggling group projects, meetings, papers, midterms, and finals. I’m fortunate in that I met some other part-time students who wanted to split up readings for a class and send out detailed notes to one another. Find what works for you and if you’re in over your head, reach out for help sooner rather than later."

Stacey Dibowski
Class of 2011

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Megan Ellis
How applicable is the curriculum to what you do on a daily/professional basis?

"I use a lot of material from my training and development, staffing and change management classes because of the nature of my job. The coursework from those classes in particular is helpful to me in situations that I've never experienced on the job before, but because I gained experience in class, it's not completely foreign to me when I do encounter something new."

Megan Ellis
Class of 2010

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Beth Branstiter
If you had three pieces of advice to give someone who is considering the MHRM as a part-time program, what advice would you give them?
  1. Enroll now! Don't put it off. The time goes by in the blink of an eye so don't put it off any longer. This is an investment in your future.
  2. Sharpen your time management skills.
  3. You can do this. I was very intimidated about going back to school at my age, but that quickly went away after I attended orientation and several GHRA events.

Beth Branstiter
Class of 2011

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Courtney Labenne
 
How did you prepare for going back to school?

"I think I jumped in pretty quickly. I know with our first assignments, I tried to do really good and get everything done on time and kept on top of my reading. It’s been an interesting transistion. It’s been a long time since I’ve done homework and had exams.

I’ve found it has really been nice to get together with my classmates and form study groups. I learned a lot from some of the students who came directly from undergrad into the program since they’re used to being in a college atmosphere more recently than I have. They’ve been able to help me get back into the study habits and remember how to study for exams."

Courtney Labenne
Class of 2012

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Natalie Pepper
 
In your opinion, what sort of student would be the best fit for Fisher?

"To work through the MHRM program, a student needs to be committed and driven, dedicated to the end result and excited about the career possibilities. Because the current course content is so relevant to what I do at work on a daily basis, I can take what I am learning in class and apply it on the job. Once I complete the program, I will be better positioned for future opportunities in my career."

Natalie Pepper
Class of 2010

Dan Rutkowski
Why did you choose Fisher?

"I actually was looking at various MBA programs around the city and after doing a little more research, I had an interest in Organizational Behavior. My undergrad was in Psychology and found that the MHRM program was more of a fit for what I was looking for. Fisher offered a little more variation in classes and I was able to retain my actual job so I can work full time and take classes at night."

Dan Rutkowski
MHRM Class of 2012

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