Champlain College Elevates HR Profession to Strategic Business Partner

Champlain College, ranked among The Princeton Review's Best Colleges, announced the launch of its specialized Master of Science in Human Relations and Organization Development (HR/OD). The degree will equip graduates to manage talent and nurture business growth across the public sector, nonprofits, and private industry. According to an industry study, human capital is critical to growth, which is why leaders worldwide are making HR a key function to business operations.

"Over 90 percent of executives are realizing crucial gaps to be filled at the leadership level and are targeting organizational design as a top priority," said Mika Nash, PhD, Academic Dean of Champlain College Online at Champlain College. "Champlain's M.S. in Human Relations and Organization Development prepares those who wish to rise as business advisors to drive and achieve missions and business objectives."

The fully online program teaches the problem-solving skills needed to retain a strong workforce, attract engaged workers, and strengthen an organization's ability to achieve goals. The rigorous curriculum and experiential learning arms graduates with effective ways to leverage diverse worldviews and generational perspectives. Through emphasis on peer collaboration, and regular instructor feedback, students engage with their classmates on real-world business challenges to determine effective solutions.

"HR has shifted from historically administrative duties - like employee contracts and benefits management - to a proactive, deeply strategic role involving organizational and workforce development," said Sean Collins, Senior Director, Global Organization Development at Cox Automotive, Inc. "In many cases, leaders have difficulty finding candidates that can fill such a dynamic role. As a truED Alliance member, Champlain's programs continue to energize, inspire, and professionalize our workforce, the processes, and ultimately the success of our business."

Champlain's truED Alliance partners - which include more than 60 government and private sector organizations - also have access to the HR/OD program at a considerable discount through the Alliance. The 30-credit program delves into business management and strategy, metrics and data-driven analysis, managerial decision-making and conflict negotiations. Students gain a competitive advantage through embedded certificates and have the opportunity for specialization. To see if your organization is a Champlain partner, please visit

For more information on the HR/OD program visit or call 1-888-545-3459.

Free webinars for all prospective HR/OD students will be offered on:
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February 2, at 2 p.m. EST via -

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Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit