Driving our MBA Program Forward with SHRM Alignment

By Emad Rahim, DM, PMP

I’m proud to announce we recently received confirmation from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) that our Masters of Business Administration program in Human Resource Management is in full alignment with its standards for content that should be studied by graduate-level HR students.

CTU - MBA in Human Resource ManagementWhat Does SHRM Alignment Mean?
Alignment with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates suggests CTU’s MBA in HR Management curriculum is reflective of the real-world challenges faced by human resource professionals. We’ve taken leadership and problem-solving skills, which are valued among today’s leaders, and weaved them into our program to offer an industry-relevant educational experience for HR MBA students.

SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook offers colleges and universities a standard for human resource-related curricula shaped by a minimum skill set desired by employers seeking to fill HR professional positions. Beyond this, SHRM seeks to establish educational requirements for a career in HR; raise the bar for HR degree content and delivery; and underscore the point that human resource management is a profession, with specific educational requirements. Throughout the world, 287 programs in 222 educational institutions have acknowledged alignment with SHRM’s recommended guides and templates.

The SHRM designation also qualifies CTU as a registered provider of a HR Management course whose hours may qualify for those seeking or maintaining their Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) certification* through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

How Is Alignment Achieved?
The process to attain alignment was rigorous. Our faculty and curriculum development team submitted examples of the syllabus, reading materials, and various artifacts from the curriculum to demonstrate how the concentration reflects SHRM’s guidelines. SHRM’s set of criteria, created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010, was applied to courses specific to the MBA in Human Resource Management, as well as a number of core courses required for all of CTU’s MBA degrees.

Through our submissions, we aimed to give the society validation that CTU's business curriculum reflects industry-current trends in the human resource field, as well as broader management practices. This means, our lessons covering laws, regulations and issues – like sexual harassment – were among the many areas where we had to measure up.

Our ability to meet SHRM’s expectations reflects what’s behind CTU’s Professional Learning Model (PLM). Through it, we are committed to delivering real-world content that meets quality standards of competency in terms of academics, personal effectiveness, workplace skills, and, notably, for specific industries and aligned professions.

*CTU does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by CTU but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to CTU. Therefore, CTU cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

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