Grad Program Will Award Transfer Credits for SHRM Credentials

Northeastern University initiative benefits new enrollees who are SHRM-certified

January 11, 2018

​Holders of the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP designations will be able to get transfer credits when they enroll in certain graduate programs at Northeastern University in Boston. SHRM's "highly recognized and rigorous credentials are now a quicker pathway to a graduate certificate or master's degree," said Carl Zangerl, Ph.D., faculty director of the Graduate Communication and Human Resources Management Portfolio at the university. "Northeastern recognizes the time, effort and professional knowledge required to earn the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, and sees the parallel to graduate study." 

SHRM certificants may receive transfer credits in two master's programs at Northeastern: the Master of Science in Leadership and the Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication. The transfer credits, which can reduce tuition costs by up to 16 percent, also apply to the Graduate Certificate in HR Management. 

The university's "current and relevant" course of study "reinforces the connections between your role as an HR professional and the theory and practice of professional leadership and communication," Zangerl said. The curriculum covers organizational design, people analytics, culture and engagement, digital talent acquisition, strategic workforce planning and other in-demand competencies. These graduate credentials can be earned online or on campus, on a flexible schedule to accommodate students employed full-time. 

"More employers are looking for professionals with advanced credentials," Zangerl said, citing U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that by 2022, 18 percent of U.S. jobs will require a master's degree, and the demand is expected to grow. "You are already investing in your professional knowledge and development, so I encourage you to learn more about how to leverage your [SHRM] certification and keep advancing in your field." 

Visit Northeastern University Transfer Credit Program for more information.


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