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The Moravian Master of Science in Human Resource Management Degree Receives National Recognition

Bethlehem, Pa, May 15, 2012—The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) renewed its certification of Moravian College Comenius Center’s Master of Science in Human Resource Management (M.S.H.R.M.) program. This certification confirms the Moravian M.S.H.R.M. degree fully aligns with SHRM’s recommended requirements for human resource degree programs that advance the profession of human resource management and serve professionals in the field.

In 2006 the SHRM Board embarked on an initiative to define and develop human resources education at the college and university level. The initiative resulted in curriculum guidelines for use by colleges when designing degree programs that move human resources from tactical to strategic focus in organizations and prepare professionals to take on leadership responsibilities.

Gary Dologite, director of human resource programs for the Moravian College Comenius Center, and past president of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of SHRM, expressed satisfaction with the certification. “This recognition by SHRM places the Moravian M.S.H.R.M. program in the ranks of the relatively few HR-related master degree programs in the United States meeting SHRM standards,” he said. “Our program provides students and working professionals with a path for upgrading their knowledge that will broaden their future career options.”

The Moravian M.S.H.R.M. is the only graduate program in the greater Lehigh Valley for human resource professionals looking to advance their careers. Coursework is designed to enhance student’s business acumen, strategic human resources competencies, and further develop their leadership and change management skills. Catherine Strouse, a student in the program said “the developing leadership competencies course taught by Dr. J. P. Orlando was an invaluable experience. The coursework, as well as Dr. Orlando, forced me to look at my professional and personal values, and realize how I can set an example for others. The course was one of the most beneficial higher education classes I’ve ever taken. It has helped me to develop myself as a person, not just as a working professional.”

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. The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the local affiliate group of SHRM, exists to promote the highest level of professionalism in Human Resource Management. The chapter offers members professional development opportunities, shares Chapter resources with the communities served, and fosters awareness of the role of Human Resource Management in creating high performance organizations. Information about the Lehigh Valley Chapter of SHRM is at http://shrmlv.shrm.org/.

The Moravian College Comenius Center serves adult and part-time students through programs distinguished by academic excellence, which can lead to baccalaureate and master’s degrees and to professional certifications. As an integral part of an institution that values continuous learning, the Comenius Center prepares individuals for challenging professional positions, for service and leadership to the community and its organizations, and for the demands of a rapidly changing world. The Comenius Center offers affordable and conveniently located program with both traditional and blended classes, offered evenings and weekends. Contact the Moravian College Comenius Center at 610-861-1400, comenius@moravian.edu, or at http://comenius.moravian.edu for more information about the MSHRM program and other masters programs in business (MBA), education, and nursing.