People don't always understand what is involved in a Master of Science Human Resource Management program. I'd like to take this opportunity to present some facts about Human Resource Management programs in an effort to clear up some misperceptions and questions.

Although enjoying being around people is a good start, it is not enough to succeed in an HRM program. An HRM degree keeps up with the sophistication of the field as well as employer expectations. Learning to create a positive, motivating work environment is important. However, expertise in measuring and analyzing data should not be overlooked in determining the success of people-related programs and processes. The MSHRM degree itself is a practitioner- and evidence-based program.

Trident's MSHRM degree has achieved formal recognition by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) for its alignment with SHRM Curriculum Guidelines (SHRM, 2017). Dr. Peggy Swigart, Department Chair in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior, Glenn R. Jones College of Business suggests, "Graduating from an HRM program with this national recognition should be prominently displayed on applicant resumes."

While no degree or program can ever guarantee employment or placement in a particular job, an HRM program prepares students for much more than to work in an HR department. Trident's MSHRM degree offers an HR knowledge base for anyone working with groups of employees, such as managers and support personnel. This degree can also be a strong asset for those working in the growing industry of organization management, which provides HRM outsourcing services to client companies. There are also specialty HR fields, like Benefits Administration and Employee Training and Development, and management fields that can benefit from an education in Human Resource Management.