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Academic Program

Blend Your HR degree Program with World-Class Professional Certifications

HRCI’s Academic Program is flexible and offers several options to integrate into your current curriculum.

HR Curriculum: The Changing Role of HR and its Impact on Education

Educational institutions sometimes struggle with new demands that come with a constantly evolving HR profession and practices. One way to ensure that students are getting the education they require is to align the programs. This ensures students at either the graduate or undergraduate level, receive the training and education they need to be effective human resource managers.

Analyzing Your University’s HR Degree Program for HRCI Alignment

This independent review, which is open to U.S. and International universities, provides an opportunity for faculty to gain additional support for their programs when requesting resources within their school or when seeking approval of curriculum changes.

HRCI developed the first HR competency framework over 45 years and continues to support the HR community with research, training, partnerships and all that is needed for learners to successfully navigate an HR career from day one and throughout their work life cycle. Together, we can make a real difference.

HRCI certification candidates and certificants alike attest that earning an HRCI certification is a path to professional and career advancement.

A majority of HRCI test takers and credential holders state, on average:


Why Join?

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  • Students apply classroom knowledge to HR competencies to achieve certification
  • Students stand out in the job market with professional credentials
  • Resources from HRCI to support student learning

icon_capBenefits to Institutions

  • Program differentiation at either graduate or undergrad level
  • Professors can structure their classroom lessons around different HRCI exam functional areas to supplement topics included in the University Program
  • Resources from HRCI to support instructors are available for all aligned programs

“The University of Business and Technology (UBT), the sole HRCI Premier Alliance Partner in Saudi Arabia is honored to be the first global academic institution recognized for having our curriculum aligned with HRCI. UBT’s graduates have the advantage of earning a university level degree, as well as the opportunity to prepare for the global aPHRi™ and/or PHRi™ certification exam.” -Dr. Amir Dhia, Director General, UBT Executive Education.

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HRCI has also gained the support of AACSB International to bring a similar level of commonality to HR degree programs that is required of AACSB accredited Schools of Business.

HRCI has been approved by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) where educational, professional and business organizations collaborate to improve the quality of business preparation around the world. As a member of the Global Business Education Alliance, we participate in a network of business educators, nonprofit, and public-sector organizations dedicated to sharing knowledge and best practices that accelerate innovation in business education. Locate additional accredited institutions that connect international learning with the next generation of leaders.