We are pleased to announce that our Master of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management program has been officially recognized for its alignment with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) requirements for HR degree programs.
Marygrove’s alignment with SHRM—which was founded in 1948 and is the world’s largest professional human resource association—is a critical partnership. Aligning itself with SHRM standards not only ensures that Marygrove's HRM curriculum is consistent with industry practice, but also that graduates of the program are prepared to meet the demands of a rapidly-changing industry.
“There is no shortage of programs offering HR-related degrees,” explains Jerry van Rossum, Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the program. “The problem is that there is little consistency amongst them—and the lack of industry and program standards is costly not only to graduates, but also the businesses that are looking to hire them.”
Thanks to a global economy, new technologies, as well as ethics and compliance standards, HR is now at the forefront of business strategy. “HR is no longer hiding in the ‘little office in the back,’” said van Rossum. “Increasingly, organizations are looking to HR for strategic leadership decisions: managing a decentralized workforce, for example, and finding innovative ways to balance the demands of in-sourcing, out-sourcing, and the like.
Because of Marygrove’s association with SHRM, students who complete their degree in HRM at Marygrove are also prepared to take the Assurance of Learning Assessment. This exam is the new universal benchmark for students who are completing an HR degree, but have little or limited experience in the field. Successful completion of this exam gives those that take it an advantage over other entry-level graduates: it demonstrates that these graduates have the minimum knowledge required to be a successful HR professional.
For more information about Marygrove’s Master of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management program be sure to download out HRM factsheet below.