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Press Release AU Launches Trailblazing Initiatives for HR Management

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American University’s School of Professional & Extended Studies has initiated a unique partnership agreement with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer two online professional certificate courses: a 5-week online program on Essentials of Human Resources launching on February 19th, 2018 and the Learning Certification Preparation for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam launching on February 5th, 2018. 

SHRM is the premier professional association for HR professionals both nationally and internationally, and such a partnership marks the start of an important relationship where professionals seeking to advance their careers will continue to receive cutting-edge instruction on critical industry skillsets. This partnership happened in part due to the School launching an online Master's of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management (HRAM) as well as a 12-credit graduate certificate of the same name, which integrates technology with key HR functions such as Talent Management.

“Professional development and subject matter expertise...are the two pieces that we marry in a single package,” explains Jill Klein, GPOL’s Interim Associate Dean. “We hope to become a destination for that in and among early and mid-career professionals and that hiring organizations recognize that and say that our graduates are when they want to look at as they pivot out of their current job.”

With a SHRM partnership, the School of Professional & Extended Studies is poised to become an active center for current or emerging human resource professionals seeking expert-driven programs.

For more information about these programs, please check out our website at or call Christine Steiner at (202) 895-4868.

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Julie Coe
Program Coordinator
(202) 895-4943

Dr. Robert D. Stokes
Program Director
M.S. in HR Analytics & Management