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Master of Science in HR Management Awarded National Recognition

Bethlehem, Pa., January 5, 2010— The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MS-HRM) degree program at Moravian College has been recognized for the quality of its curriculum in developing professional human resource (HR) professionals.  The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the leading national organization for HR professionals, found the Moravian MS-HRM program to fully align with SHRM curriculum guidelines established to best prepare human resource (HR) practitioners to be contributing, strategic level partners within their organizations.

Based on results from a study using sophisticated research methodology, SHRM devised the guidelines to identify a common skill set needed by employers filling professional positions in HR management.  To determine if the MS-HRM program at Moravian College met the guidelines, SHRM conducted an analysis of the program and engaged in discussions and information sharing with faculty to assess the topics, courses, business context, and delivery methods making up the program.  The analysis determined that the Moravian MS-HRM program aligns with the core content guidelines for a comprehensive HR education.

“I am very pleased that HR professionals in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas now have a quality graduate level program available locally. This MS-HRM program addresses all of the current strategic initiatives identified by our national association (SHRM).  This is definitely an opportunity for both personal and professional development,” said Gary Dologite, current president of the SHRM Lehigh Valley Chapter.

“We designed our MS-HRM curriculum with the SHRM guidelines in mind,” said Dr. William Kleintop, associate dean of business and management programs at the Moravian College Comenius Center.  “Our goal was to create a high quality program that meets the requirements of professionals in HR.  We are pleased to see the contributions of so many people, in and outside of the Moravian College community, recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management.”

The Moravian MS-HRM program is the only master’s degree program in human resource management offered in the greater Lehigh Valley area.  This program consists of core courses in both human resource management and business.  Students also select either a concentration in leadership or in learning and performance management to round out their program of study.

About Moravian College Comenius Center

Moravian College Comenius Center is the division of Moravian College devoted to providing evening and weekend graduate, professional, and continuing studies for adults.  As a progressive leader in quality adult education, the Comenius Center offers a unique and in-depth experience that balances the teaching of theory with building practical skills. The approach and environment of the Comenius Center stimulates both personal and professional growth. The result is a meaningful, attainable degree and education that meet the real-world needs of our students and supports our community.  More information about the Comenius Center is available at http://comenius.moravian.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.  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 http://www.shrm.org.

Working closely with Moravian College, and its students, is the local SHRM Chapter (SHRM Lehigh Valley), with 870 members representing a broad spectrum of businesses across the valley, and surrounding areas.  For more information about SHRM Lehigh Valley, visit http://www.shrmlv.org.