Human resources association acknowledges Penn State online degree

Penn State announced today that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has accepted its online master's degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER) as among the blended learning and online programs that align with the society's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Penn State's Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations offers four areas of concentration: staffing, training and development; labor and collective bargaining; employment and labor law; and benefits and compensation. All four options were approved by SHRM.

The online Human Resources and Employment Relations program offered by the College of the Liberal Arts through Penn State's World Campus is centered on the growing challenges of hiring and retaining talented employees, managing complex benefit plans, and staying up-to-date with labor laws and employee-relation trends. The HRER program allows human resources professionals to remain on the job while studying for a degree to advance their careers.

"SHRM's guidelines are based on rigorous research studies that have helped define HR as a profession and have established clear expectations and standards for educational programs," said Tom Hogan, professor of practice and manager of online programs for the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations. Hogan, who led the submission process, said SHRM analyzed the content of Penn State's HRER degree program, along with those of other universities. SHRM determined that the program aligns with the society's requirements.

"SHRM is the leading professional organization in the field of human resources and employment management," said Paul Clark, head and professor of the University's Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations. "They set the standards for certification in these areas. Their review and approval of Penn State's online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in HRER program is an endorsement of both the quality of the program and the thoroughness of the curriculum."

Penn State's MPS degree is designed for HRER professionals and those in other fields who hope to transfer into HRER. "Our students are required to have two years or more of professional work experience," said Clark. "This credential is designed to help them move ahead in their profession or to prepare for opportunities in HRER."

The online master's program, offered through Penn State's World Campus, builds on a long tradition of excellence. On-campus HRER programs began at Penn State in the 1940s and have graduated thousands of students who have gone on to successful careers in human relations, employment relations and labor.

More information about the Penn State MPS degree is available online at the highlighted link.

Penn State World Campus specializes in adult online education, delivering more than 70 of Penn State's most highly regarded graduate, undergraduate and professional education programs through convenient online formats. Founded in 1998, Penn State World Campus is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated March 21, 2011