The Society for Human Resource Management, a leading global HR membership association and the largest in its field, has extended a four-year renewal to UMUC's Master of Science in Management specialization in human resource management, as aligned with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

The renewal, in effect through the 2020 academic year, reflects UMUC's ongoing dedication to graduate professionals who can bridge the gap between theory and practice and rise to meet the challenges of managing human resources in a work environment made increasingly complex by globalization, shifting demographics, new technologies, changes in compliance standards, and other factors.

As a consequence, today's demands require HR professionals at all levels to function in a more strategic capacity than in the past, when HR responsibilities were primarily thought of as transactional, technical, and administrative in nature.

"[SHRM] recognition means that our program continues to be current and to meet the guidelines for graduate education established by one of the leading professional organizations in the field," said Donna Drake-Clark, who serves with Glenda Barrett as co-chair of UMUC's graduate human resource management program.

SHRM created its curriculum guidelines in 2006 based on input gathered through an interactive, multi-year process involving practitioner and academic communities. The guidelines, which define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, were revalidated in 2010 and 2013.

UMUC is one of 376 programs in 280 educational institutions worldwide that SHRM has acknowledged as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates.

About SHRM

The Society for Human Resource Management, the largest human resources membership association in its field with more than 275,000 members in 140 countries, was established in 1948 to promote the role of HR as a profession. The Alexandria, Virginia–based organization provides members with education, certification, and networking opportunities and petitions Congress on labor management issues.