SHRM Human Resource Curriculum Guidebook

HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates 

The SHRM Human Resource Guidebook is provided for any university that wants its HR curriculum 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. 

The process to request analysis is free of charge to the university. For universities interested in becoming aligned, and  included in SHRM’s HR Program Directory, refer to the chapter entitled “Having Your University’s HR Degree Program Analyzed for Alignment” in the SHRM Human Resource 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 works 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 HR Degree program requirements
•Reviewing course descriptions and syllabi of required and elective courses in HR
•Assessing 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 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

Interested in aligning your program? 

If you are a faculty member or dean interested in receiving information about aligning a bachelor's or master's degree in HR with SHRM's curriculum guidelines, please e-mail the Academic Initiatives staff at