Three Capella University HR Specializations Acknowledged by SHRM

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Capella is the only university to have three programs acknowledged as aligning with the Society for Human Resource Management's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

It provides assurance that the courses they are taking are professionally relevant and reflect the most recent thinking in the HR field.

Capella University (http://www.capella.edu), an accredited,* fully online university, announced today that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that three Capella HR programs fully align with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. They are Capella's Human Resource Management specializations in its MS in Organization and Management, MBA, and BS in Business online degree programs.

Worldwide, only 23 programs in 19 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. Capella is the first university to have three programs acknowledged, and is one of only three universities with online HR degree programs to gain acknowledgement from SHRM.

The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They are part of SHRM's HR Education Initiative, created in 2006 to help the society define HR education standards taught in university business schools across the nation and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

"With this acknowledgement from SHRM, our HR students can feel confident that Capella's management curricula align with HR education standards identified by the world's leading association for HR professionals," said Michael Williams, PhD, Capella's faculty chair for HR management. "It provides assurance that the courses they are taking are professionally relevant and reflect the most recent thinking in the HR field."

Capella's portfolio of human resource and training specializations includes more than a dozen options, enabling human resource professionals to choose the degree program and specialization that is right for them. They include a Human Resource Management specialization at the PhD level that reflects the competencies identified by SHRM in "The Competency Model for the New HR." SHRM's HR Education Initiative does not currently review PhD programs.

Capella is also a SHRM-approved provider of the SHRM Learning System, which helps prepare learners to take the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification examinations.

Review of the MBA, Human Resource Management specialization is pending in Ohio.

About Capella University:
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited*, fully online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, psychology, public health, and public safety, and bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 104 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs. The online university currently serves more than 22,000 students from all 50 states and 45 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), http://www.ncahlc.org.

Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), http://www.capella.edu.

About the Society for Human Resource Management:
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. The Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 235,000 members in over 130 countries, and more than 575 affiliated chapters. Visit http://www.shrm.org.

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