Villanova University Recognized by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for Certificate Program in Human Resource Management

Villanova’s program, offered through Continuing Studies, received a top ranking among nearly 300 colleges and universities nationwide

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), receiving a top ranking among nearly 300 colleges and universities nationwide for its Certificate Program in Human Resource Management, utilizing the SHRM® Learning System. 

Human Resources continues to gain momentum as a strategic focus area within organizations. For more than 30 years, Villanova has met the needs of HR professionals in various stages of their careers – from those just entering the field, to experienced professionals required to make strategic management decisions for their organizations. The University’s Office of Continuing Studies offers a Certificate Program in Professional Human Resource Management (PHR/SPHR), as well as a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development offered both on campus and online.

“Villanova is a leader in the field of Human Resource Management, and this top ranking exemplifies the high-quality educational experience that our students receive,” said Dr. Robert Stokes, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs for Part-Time and Continuing Studies at Villanova University. “Villanova’s programs in Human Resources provide both study and certification options to address the growing demands in today’s organizations.”

The University’s Certificate in Professional Human Resource Management Program has consistently averaged more than 800 students per year during the past decade. In 2012-13, Villanova had over 850 students participate in the program, including 500-plus students who took advantage of the convenience offered by the online program. 

Students enrolled in Villanova’s certificate program cover a range of key HR topics, including Workforce Planning, Compensation and Benefits, Employment Law, and Training and Development. The program prepares students for the Professional in Human Resource (PHR/SPHR) certification examination – a recognized standard for professionals working in the HR field.

"Villanova has been ranked as the No. 1 college/university HR certificate program based on enrollments (utilizing the SHRM® Learning System) for six straight years and continues to be a model program that others seek to emulate," noted James Kane, Jr., SPHR, Director of Continuing Studies at Villanova University.

Villanova offers its Certificate in Professional Human Resource Management Program at multiple locations, including Center City Philadelphia, NE Philadelphia, Newark, Del., Malvern, Dresher and the Central Pennsylvania area, as well as on campus at the University. In addition, the program is also offered online, in conjunction with University Alliance.  Click here for more information.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.