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HR Curriculum Guidebook and Overview of Educational Resources


HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates 

This resource is provided for any university that wants its curriculum in HR to be aligned with SHRM’s recommended minimum standards for degree-based coursework in HR.  The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates are based on extensive research and is revalidated every three to five years. Over time, it increasingly integrates the HR Competency Model components most relevant to early-career HR professionals. 

For any university interested in being included in SHRM’s HR Program Directory, the process to request analysis is straightforward and completely free of charge to the university.  Please refer to the chapter entitled “Having Your University’s HR Degree Program Analyzed for Alignment” in the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook and Template.

Assessing Your University’s HR Degree Program: Does it align with SHRM’s guides?

To increase flexibility, creativity and innovation to universities in designing HR curricula, the Guidebook identifies HR topics that should be required curriculum in an HR degree program, as well as additional HR topics to complement the required core. The sample course module templates identify a variety of options to aid universities when developing courses that cover the HR content areas discussed in the guidebook. All sample course outlines allow faculty to organize topics in a variety of different ways by expanding or changing content areas to include. The appendix includes comprehensive subtopic lists for each content HR.

SHRM staff work with university faculty and staff to perform a review to determine if your university’s degree program aligns with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. This review includes:

• Reviewing the HR Degree program requirements
• Reviewing the course descriptions and syllabi of required and elective courses in HR
• Assessing the context within which courses are taught
• Assessing how personal HR competencies are taught and what business or policy application results from learning the HR topic
• Reviewing the accrediting credentials of the university
• Confirming the program is housed within a business school, or if a stand-alone HR or IR program, that the program is taught within a formal business context

If you are interested in assessing a degree program, please contact Nancy Lockwood, MA, SHRM-SCP, telephone +1.703.535.6041, 1.800.283.7476 x 6041 or via e-mail at

History of the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates

SHRM’s alliance with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB) International



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