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Faculty Explore How the New HRM Program Aligns with HR’s Evolving Future

by South University
March 31, 2017 Launching this summer, South University's new Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MS in

Launching this summer, South University's new Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MS in HRM) can prepare HR professionals to make their move into management.

To design the curriculum for this new HRM master's degree, a team of faculty thought leaders and professional practitioners was assembled. Together, they created a program that Cheryl Noll, Dean of the College of Business, believes addresses not only the needs of HR today, but also those of the future.

"We started by scanning the environment, looking at the industry and where it's moving. We talked with professionals in the field, taking their feedback and their input." says Noll. "We have the basics of what should be in an HR program, but we've also gone above and beyond with courses in HR metrics and measurement, internal consulting, and international HR. Those are there because that’s the future of HR."

According to Noll and Program Director and Faculty Joseph Heinzman of South University, Tampa, here are four noteworthy ways the HRM program can support you in your HR career.

1. Preparing for a Spot on Senior Strategic Teams

A primary focus for South University's MS in HRM program is strategic HR, a competency essential to transitioning from HR administration into leadership. In several courses, HRM master's students can learn and practice how to engage with senior management—from the CEO to the CFO—in order to elevate the role of the HR department.

So what is the importance of strategic HR? By providing insight and guidance on HR trends, best practices, and laws, HR management can be influential in forging a company's strategic direction. "The program promotes a consultative approach to management," Noll explains. "It isn't strictly top down communication anymore once you become an HR manager."

Additionally, by working closely with business leaders, HR can proactively identify and execute plans to acquire and retain the resources needed to achieve strategic organizational goals.

2. Exploring HR Metrics and Information Systems

HR metrics and information systems are another area of emphasis in the HRM program. "In HR, it's becoming more and more important that you can develop and share a dashboard of metrics for management to track and address issues around human capital planning and requirements," says Heinzman.

This can be especially valuable for companies who monitor and manage their workforce worldwide. "There's a lot of work going into making sure you have the right people with the right skills at the right place around the globe," Heinzman notes.

3. Discovering Techniques to Engage Today's Employees

The ability to engage the modern workforce, including diverse employees of all ages, is also critical for HR managers. Even for experienced professionals, recent changes in workplace preferences can present challenges. "The new workforce doesn't want an autocratic leader. They want bilateral communication; they want someone who is collaborative, participative, and who will listen to their input," explains Heinzman.

As an HR professional, you can add value by understanding how to attract, engage, and retain these employees, and by training managers on effective leadership methods for their workforce.

Beyond teaching you employee engagement strategies, our HRM program also prepares you for promoting and leading diversity initiatives in increasingly diverse and global workplaces.

4. Aligning with Industry-Standard Competencies

South University’s HRM curriculum is built around competencies that the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) describes as necessary for HR professionals, with the SHRM program directory acknowledging our program's alignment. With a SRHM-CP practice test included within our curriculum, as a program graduate, you may be eligible and prepared to sit for the SHRM-CP certification exam.

Often themselves involved with local SHRM chapters, our HRM instructors use case studies as a key tool for teaching the HR competencies. Through these case studies, you can explore real business situations and be challenged to identify and solve problems using what you’ve learned in the classroom.

Take the First Step Toward Earning Your HRM Master’s Degree

South University's Master of Science in Human Resource Management courses start this summer in Austin and Tampa. Request information online or call us today at 1.888.444.3404 to learn more.

South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

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