Human Resource Management

Melissa Falciani

Rutgers MHRM Alumni
Former President of student SHRM chapter

As a student in the MHRM program, I learned not only from professors who are known and respected around the world, but also from current practitioners whose perspectives really add to the richness of the debate. The fact that classes are offered at night provides not only an opportunity to work and go to school, but the chance to learn from both professors and fellow students working in the field. Many students come to the program with 5, 10, 20 years of experience in human resources.

Both the subject matter and the teaching style in many of my courses really make Rutgers stand out from most other HR programs. The courses aren’t only in HR policies and philosophies; you’re also getting classes that are more business-structured, focusing on economics, labor markets, and demographics. Classes aren’t always lecture-based; there’s a lot of time for group learning and class discussion of hot topics—for example, how human resources strategies might play out in one industry as opposed to another. I think that’s really one of the great strengths of the program.

In addition to its strong classes, the school does a great job bringing in top-notch companies for on-campus interviews. Each semester there are at least 15 really strong companies that come in to do interviewing for summer internship programs. The opportunities for alumni mentoring and networking are terrific as well; after filling out a questionnaire, the program will match you individually with alumni in your area of interest for mentoring and networking opportunities.

Personally, as the president of our student SHRM chapter, I’ve also had the chance to plan cultural and professional events to connect students with the HR community. These have included networking events and interviewing and negotiation sessions where students can practice their skills and keep up-to-date with the news and current hot topics in HR. At Rutgers, I’ve discovered a wide range of learning and leadership opportunities, outside of just going to class every day.