Eastern Michigan University MBA with Human Resources specialization is third track at EMU confirmed to align with national HR society guidelines

Students in program can now take professional exam while in school, paving way to accelerated career growth

Eastern Michigan University MBA with Human Resources specialization is third track at EMU confirmed to align with national HR society guidelines

YPSILANTI – Students enrolled in the MBA Human Resources specialization program at Eastern Michigan University will now be able to apply to take the professional exam administered by the profession’s national society, because EMU’s curriculum conforms to the tough guidelines of that crucial oversight group.

The National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently notified the EMU College of Business that its Master of Business Administration, Human Resource specialization program aligns with the society’s standards, an important step for students seeking to quickly advance in the profession.

Beginning fall 2017, students enrolled in a Human Resources degree program at an educational institution aligned to SHRM’s core curriculum guidelines are able to apply to take the SHRM certified professional exam during their last year of coursework rather than wait until they accumulate work experience in the field.

EMU previously received confirmation that its Master of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development and Bachelor of Business Administration, management major with a human resource concentration were aligned. This makes the third EMU human resource program to be so recognized.

“Having our HR curriculum aligned with national SHRM’s guidelines is important for marketing our HR programs,” said Dr. Fraya Wagner-Marsh, SHRM-SCP, GPHR, SPHR, Management Department Head and Director of the MSHROD program.

“It also gives students additional opportunities, such as sitting for the SHRM HR Certification exam earlier than students at other schools. Having the curriculum of our three HR programs officially confirmed by an organization such as SHRM also provides evidence that EMU is offering a quality HR education that allows students to apply HR knowledge to business operations.”

SHRM is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management.

With more than 285,000 members in over 165 countries, SHRM is the world’s largest human resource membership organization devoted to human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated professional chapters and over 200 affiliated student chapters, which includes Eastern’s chapter.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 20,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

April 04, 2018

Written by:
Demaia Coleman

Media Contact:
Geoff Larcom