WBU School of Business Aligns with SHRM

August 23, 2012

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University’s School of Business, in association with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), announced this week that Wayland’s Master of Arts in Management, Human Resource Management Specialization program fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

The SHRM is the nation’s premier professional organization for human resource management. The curriculum guidebook and templates were designed by the organization to define the minimum HR contest areas that should be studied by students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Throughout the world, only 225 educational institutions have been acknowledged by the SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guidelines. According to WBU Associate Dean of the School of Business Dr. Charles Starnes, Wayland is now one of fewer than 20 institutions throughout the United States that have graduate programs that align with SHRM guidelines.

Starnes said the announcement comes after an extensive process that involved all of Wayland’s graduate business professors who teach HR management courses. Each had input to determine the best way to adapt curriculum to meet the guidelines.

“It was about a three-year process to achieve alignment to the adjustments of curriculum and degree requirements,” Starnes said. “The process started with an initial evaluation by SHRM a little more than three years ago. They said our program was good, but options were available to students that would allow them to miss key elements if they earned our degree.”

Starnes said the elements of curriculum involve the study of things such as benefits, compensation, labor relations, training, career development, legal requirements for HR managers and other elements that lend themselves to an organization functioning through its employee base.

Wayland will now be listed on the SHRM website as one of the institutions whose program is in alignment. The Master of Arts in Management program is offered as a face-to-face program or completely online. Students may also get a blended or hybrid program through which courses are offered both face-to-face and online.

For more information on Wayland’s Master of Arts in Management program, contact the School of Business at 806-291-1020.