Thomas University establishes chapter of Society for Human Resource Management

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Thomas University’s Division of Business will kick off its own chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management beginning spring semester of 2021.

Students involved in SHRM will have the opportunity to further expand their HR knowledge, get involved and make networking connections that will enable them to transition quickly from the classroom to the workplace. Special incentives are available for the first 10 students who join the TU chapter of SHRM.

TU began offering a Master of Science in Human Resource Management in the fall of 2020. In November of 2020, the Society for Human Resource Management formally approved TU’s degree program as aligning with SHRM HR curriculum guidelines. This enables TU students to apply to take the SHRM Certified Professional exam after meeting the eligibility requirements.

“Our students will have a unique advantage to earn the 500 work hours needed to sit for the SHRM certification exam,” said Dr. Melinda Piller, Chair of the Division of Business. “Students can build hours through chapter work, internships, community activities and other TU campus events. What this means is TU’s students do not have to hold full-time jobs to earn all their required hours. This is a unique advantage for going to TU.”

The SHRM-CP is regarded as the new global standard in certification for the HR profession for early- and mid-career professionals. SHRM curriculum is from AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International) accreditation courses/standards, which is the gold standard in Business Accreditation.

“With our curriculum aligned with SHRM, we are not only a Business program for students to earn course credits towards their graduate degree in HRM, but we are also a school for professionals to take SHRM-aligned courses to build their academic portfolios towards certification,” Piller said. “We are also a school for re-certification for those who are already certified.”

For more information about SHRM or to join, students should email Dr. Piller at, or contact their advisor.

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