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Student Chapter Eligibility Requirements 


To be eligible for affiliation with SHRM, your student group must meet the following requirements:

  • You have at least eight (8) SHRM student members.
  • Draw membership from full-time and part-time students provided they are enrolled in the equivalent of at least six (6) credit hours per term.

  • Your college or university is an accredited four-year or graduate institution and/or a consortium of these or a two-year community college with a articulation agreement between it and a four-year college or university which provides automatic acceptance of the community college students into the four-year college or university.

  • You have provided verification of the college or university's human resources or related degree program.

    Acceptable degree programs include:
      • Human Resource Management
      • Human Resource Development
      • Business Administration & Management
      • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • Labor Relations
      • MBA
      • MBA/HR
      • Organizational Behavior/ Organizational Development
      • Sociology

  • Your designated a Professional, General, or Associate Member as your chapter advisor. At the discretion of the student chapter, a co-advisor may be granted.
  • Any faculty, administration, professional staff person of the university, or a regular member of SHRM may be designated as the student chapter advisor. The advisor becomes the official point of contact for the chapter and will be responsible for ensuring the chapter's continuity from year to year. The advisor is required to be an SHRM regular member and new advisors have a one-year grace period in which to join.

    In recognition of their service to the Society, student chapter advisors receive a $60 discount off the current annual professional dues rate. Both the primary advisor and one co-advisor are eligible for this rate.

  • You have designated a sponsoring professional chapter.

For information on SHRM professional chapters in your area, contact the SHRM Student Programs department or visit the SHRM Web site ( Contact your professional chapter president or student chapter liaison to discuss the possibility of their sponsoring your student chapter.

      In situations where the nearest professional chapter is more than 50 miles from the college or university, an exception may be requested. This request should be submitted in writing to SHRM Student Programs with the charter petition and related affiliation documents.

Questions?  Contact Student Programs at or 1-800-283-7476.

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