Master’s degrees in HR offered

Members of the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals heard how they can get master’s degrees from two local tertiary institutions during their Annual General Meeting last week.

CISHRP Board of Directors

Member of the board of directors of the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals are, from left, Sandra Barnett; Anna Pereira-Johnson; Yvette Myles; Peter Beckford; Philip Jackson; Cheryl Palmer; Mario Ebanks; and Stacy VanDevelde. Missing from the photo is Samantha Bennett. Photo: Alan Markoff

Representatives from the University College of the Cayman Islands and the International College of the Cayman Islands explained the programmes offered from their respective institutions.

John Thompson, the chair of UCCI’s Department of Business Studies, spoke about the master’s degree in human resource management programme that starts at UCCI in January 2008.

The flexible executive curriculum can be taken as a degree programme or in individual sections to obtain certifications in specific disciplines.

‘The executive approach is aimed more at people with a job,’ Mr. Thompson said.

People wanting to obtain the master’s degree in human resource management can complete the four-stage programme in about 14 months at a cost of about CI$15,000.

The first three stages of the degree programme require class work that lasts three or four months each; the final stage is a project that takes a month or two to complete.

UCCI Professor Bob Weisham said the classes for the first two stages of the programme can be done mostly in the evenings and on Saturdays. The third stage includes five modules that are each completed over five consecutive days over a four-month period.

‘We’ll very much try to use the executive approach,’ he said. ‘The programme is designed for practitioners.’

The entry requirement for the programme is generally a bachelor’s degree, but Mr. Weisham said people with equivalent knowledge and experience to a bachelor’s degree can also be accepted.

The master’s of science in management with an HR concentration programme at ICCI is not an executive style offering, said Dean Scott Cummings. The courses can be taken at night, however, with classes taking place at 5:30pm and 7:50pm on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays.

ICCI uses a quarter-term system as opposed to a semester system.

‘With the quarter system, you can get a full master’s degree in one and a half years,’ he said.

The programme requires six core courses plus six classes for the HR concentration.

Students are also required to attend two seminars in Miami to obtain the degree. These intensive four-day seminars are always offered over a holiday weekend.

The cost of obtaining the master’s degree at ICCI would be approximately CI$10,000, Mr. Cummings said, which includes $6,000 in tuition, an estimated $2,000 for text books, about $1,500 in travel expenses for the two Miami seminars and $500 in associated fees.

ICCI is accredited through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Board of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

In addition to hearing about how they could further their education in the HR field, the CISHRP members also elected their new board of directors.

Returning to office were President Stacey VanDevelde; Immediate Past President Samantha Bennett; Vice President Philip Jackson; Treasurer Mario Ebanks; and Secretary Cheryl Palmer. Directors elected were Yvette Myles, Peter Beckford, Sandra Barnett and Anna Pereira-Johnson.

The CISHRP has grown to 174 members, with 24 new recruits joining over the past year. The organisation offers a variety of training workshops, an annual conference and regular meetings to further the human resources profession.

President Stacey VanDevelde said the organisation had grown to such a level that it wanted to hire an administrator going forward.