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PITTSBURGH, July 22, 2013 – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has confirmed that La Roche College’s Master of Science in Human Resources Management (HRM) program fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

La Roche’s M.S. program is the only master-level HRM program in western Pennsylvania to meet SHRM’s curricular requirements. The 36-credit program includes four concentration areas, eight certificate options and classes taught by faculty with experience in the fields of human resources, law and other corporate settings.

“Achieving this recognition from SHRM demonstrates our commitment to offering a professional graduate education to our students. The HRM program at La Roche has earned a reputation of being one of the most comprehensive programs in the region,” Jean Forti, Ph.D., professor of human resources management, said. “Our students learn a variety of business principles and management techniques that they will actually use on the job to build teams, coach others, lead projects and solve problems.”

SHRM has acknowledged 322 programs and 243 educational institutions throughout the world for their alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that undergraduate and graduate students should study.

Created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013, the guidelines are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and to help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards. According to SHRM, HR content taught within a business context best prepares students for careers in HR because it allows them to practice in a variety of sectors, including for-profit, nonprofit, government or private organizations.


About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.


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