SHRM Curriculum Guidelines Adopted by More Than 100 Universities Globally

Jun 30, 2009

Business schools and colleges of arts and sciences teach SHRM curriculum

NEW ORLEANS − The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced today the University of North Texas in Denton is the 100th school to adopt SHRM curricula, and that following the milestone other university adopters pushed the number to 110.

SHRM established the curriculum guidelines to encourage colleges and universities to incorporate practical HR theory into undergraduate and graduate business school and HR course work. Launched in 2005, the academic initiative is well received by nationally-ranked, regionally-respected, and overseas colleges and universities.

“We are indeed achieving what we set out to do, to set the agenda for a comprehensive HR education and bring consistency to HR graduate and undergraduate degree programs globally,” said Deb Cohen, SHRM’s chief knowledge officer who also directs the academic initiatives program. “We’re also committed to preparing well-rounded, business savvy HR professionals via higher education.”

The SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs identifies 13 minimum core HR topics required in every HR degree program, plus 11 elective HR topics. The SHRM curriculum template features a format that allows flexibility in teaching an HR foundation that integrates business skills, HR principles, and timely HR issues.

Among the 110 schools to adopt the SHRM curriculum are:

International curriculum adopters include the University of New Brunswick (Canada); Universidad IberoAmericana (Mexico); Sasin Institute (Thailand); Tata Institute for the Social Sciences (India); and Universitá Bocconi (Italy).

The program has the support of AACSB International, the accrediting body for business schools. The Association to Accredit Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), is a network of more than 500 of the best business schools worldwide dedicated to advancing quality management education.

“The guidebook and associated templates developed by SHRM are the result of a highly interactive, multi-year process involving practitioner and academic communities,” states Daniel R. LeClair, AACSB’s chief knowledge officer. “It represents a significant effort to build a bridge between theory and practice.”

Highlights of additional news from SHRM Academic Initiatives include:

  • Developing more than 50 case studies and learning modules for HR educators to use in university-level classrooms;
  • Hosting a series of networking events in each of its 5 regions to connect students with HR professionals;
  • Funding an HR internship stipend for exceptional students working in unpaid or underpaid internships; and
  • Conducting ongoing research for the State of HR Education report tracking novice HR professionals as they advance in their careers.

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About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’slargest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at


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