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The Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) master's degree and graduate certificate program, offered online or on campus in the evenings at the University of Denver campus, is designed for busy adults and provides strategic skills development, key global human resources knowledge, and the integral skills needed to succeed in a 21st century HR marketplace. Because in today's complex and ever-changing work environments, HR professionals are increasingly called upon to make decisions and implement workforce strategies that impact the future and viability of their organization, we offer this rigorous HR degree for those who are serious about their HR careers. The Strategic Human Resource Management master's degree program provides a comprehensive examination of the HR profession and positions you for career advancement.

Select from two master's degree concentrations or graduate certificates, Global Human Resources or Human Resource Management and Development, and explore basic human resource functions including recruitment, performance analysis, training, employee relations, and compensation, then learn how to integrate these functional aspects with central HR processes. This unique program provides an in-depth and up-to-date curriculum, which is strengthened by comprehensive courses in finance, change management, decision making, and leadership. To demonstrate the mastery of human resources concepts, students must complete a relevant capstone project that investigates a topic, problem, or issue within their field of HR study.

Engaging, innovative classes are led by professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach and provide unique insight to the challenges of strategic human resource management. Whether you select a master's degree program or the graduate certificate, the online and on campus courses include faculty-led discussions, research, project-based learning, and cooperative study. The Strategic Human Resource Management master's degree and graduate certificate program prepares current or aspiring HR professionals to strategically apply knowledge in workforce planning, law and ethics, information and technology, supervision and consulting, and managing in global environments. Start applying what you learn in the classroom to the workplace situations faced by HR professionals immediately and effectively.

An Approved Provider with the Human Resource Certification Institute

Human Resource Certification Institute

The University of Denver University College is an Approved Provider with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Each course in the Strategic Human Resource Management curriculum is approved for 48 recertification hours of General, Strategic, or International credit with HRCI. Upon successful completion of the course, human resource professionals may apply the credit earned towards their Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), or Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification. HR professionals are required to earn 60 recertification credits every three years to continue their designations with HRCI. To recertify in the SPHR designation, 15 hours out of the 60 hour requirement must be Strategic credit. To recertify in the GPHR designation, 30 hours out of the 60 hour requirement must be International credit.

Director's Message

Pat Greer

Thank you for visiting the Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) page. Human resources professionals are responsible for people and processes, leading to successful organizational outcomes, and meeting competitive challenges. It can be a busy, wonderful, and empowering profession. University College's SHRM program offers knowledge about theory and applications for experienced human resources (HR) professionals, people new to HR, career changers, and those managers who know the value of understanding HR roles and functions. Whether your interests lie in the critical role of HR management or in the fascinating world of global HR, this program offers ideas to provide the environment to retain and attract the best employees. I look forward to sharing this program with you!

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