Awards and Recognition

Eastern's Master's in Human Resources and Organizational Development and EMU's Bachelor's in Management with an HR Concentration were ranked first in their respective categories for 2017 LEAD, Leadership Excellence, Awards recognizing Leadership Development Programs in the Education Category.

Distinguished recipients of the LEAD Awards for 2017 were recently named for outstanding achievements in leadership development and programs at the LEAD2017 event in Nashville, Tennessee. The prestigious Leadership Awards salute the world's top leadership practitioners and programs and highlight their roles in developing their most important asset—their people.

Four of Eastern's graduate and undergraduate programs in human resources received top 10 awards. The EMU Master's of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development was ranked first in "Master's Programs with Emphasis in Human Resources." The EMU B.B.A. management major/HR concentration was also ranked first in "Diploma Program with Emphasis on HR." The EMU graduate certificate in human resources was ranked second for "Certificate Programs with Emphasis in Human Resources."

The complete list of this year's award winners was published in the February edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials epublication. This year's award recipients were selected based on both an application or nomination process, reviewed by's expert leadership panel, as well as feedback from the program's participants. The voting was promoted by the nominees as well as through social media campaigns over the course of the nomination period.

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Other Awards

Two EMU graduate programs in human resources ranked among the top ten in national leadership excellence competition. EMU was the only university in the state of Michigan to receive a top ten designation.

The Master of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development Program was named one of the top online Master's in Human Resources program in 2016 by