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  • April 22, 2014 -

    Kaplan University School of Business Aligns HR and Financial Planning Specializations with Industry Designations to Help Build Employable Skills

    Kaplan University today announced two professional designations for its School of Business with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP® Board).

    “Alignment with the professional standards of these two organizations marks another milestone in our work to synch the educational experience with workplace realities. These achievements provide evidence of our work to meet the needs of employers and further help our students develop employable skills,” said Thomas Boyd, dean of the Kaplan University School of Business.

    SHRM-designated Human Resources Specializations
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities in the human resources sector are growing. Their research findings project 20.5 percent employment growth for HR specialists by 2020, leading to 61,600 new jobs and 36,700 replacement jobs. With this in mind, Kaplan University School of Business has partnered with the SHRM to align the school’s human resources curriculum in ways that help students better develop the skills that employers value.

    SHRM—the world's largest professional HR association—has acknowledged that the following programs at the Kaplan University School of Business fully align with its HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates for minimum content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels:

    • Master of Business Administration with a specialization in human resources
    • Master of Science in Management with a specialization in human resources
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a career focus area in human resources

    For more information on the human resources specialization programs at Kaplan University School of Business and their alignment with the SHRM, visit: http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/business/shrm.aspx

    CFP Board-registered Financial Planning Specialization
    Certification from the CFP Board can be a key differentiator for firms and individual financial professionals seeking to demonstrate the quality of their services and the value they provide to clients. The Master of Science in Finance with a specialization in financial planning at the Kaplan University School of Business is now offered as a CFP Board-registered program. Through this affiliation, students in the program will have access to curriculum content that helps them prepare for the national CFP® Certification exam administered by the CFP Board.

    For more information about the CFP-Board Certified financial planning specialization at Kaplan University School of Business, visit: http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/business/cfp-board-registered.aspx.

    Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

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