Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

The School of Business' human resource management certificate program covers a broad spectrum of HR responsibilities and will provide students with the opportunity to develop the professional HR skills and knowledge required for the workplace.

The certificate will also benefit HR professionals who wish to broaden their skills base, increasing their attractiveness to current or subsequent employers. Human resource management is one of the fastest-growing and evolving career paths in our economy today.

Online human resource management specialization courses explore:

  • Professional development
  • Organizational behavior
  • Financial and managerial accounting
  • Administrative and personnel law
  • Strategic issues in human resources

Our online graduate certificate in human resource management is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), a professional accreditor for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world.


Certificate Requirements

Human Resource Management Courses (21 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • MBA 525 Professional Development 3

    This course is designed to give MBA students a tangible head start in acquiring and honing numerous core skills essential for success in the MBA program and the business world. The emphasis will be on the development of professional skills and perspectives, such as business writing, coaching and counseling, conflict resolution, effective business protocol, interviewing, intercultural awareness and sensitivity, negotiating agreement, and public speaking.

  • MBA 530 Organizational Behavior 3

    This course is an advanced introduction to the major theories and issues in the study of human behavior in work organizations. Included are the topics of perception, motivation, leadership, job satisfaction, group dynamics, stress, organizational climate, and communication processes. Organization theory and design concepts are also incorporated to give the student a more complex framework for managerial decision making.

  • MBA 533 Human Resource Management 3

    This course is designed to focus on an in-depth analysis of the major functions of a manager dealing with human resource issues. Issues to be covered include, but are not specifically limited to, staffing, employee training and development, compensation and benefits, legal issues, union versus non-union issues, safety and health issues, and cross-cultural and expatriate issues.

    Prerequisites: MBA 525

  • HRA 545 Administrative and Personnel Law 3

    This course is intended to provide an overview of the basic laws governing the employment relationship. The goals of the course are twofold: first, to familiarize students with the many issues and problems confronting employees, employers, supervisors, and human resources professionals; second, to help students in identifying the legal implications of personnel situations that may arise in the business and corporate environment.

  • Core HR Cert Options : (6 Credits)6
    • HRA 539 HR Strategic Training and Development

      Organizations today are turning to training and development as an option to meet today's workplace challenges because of complex technologies, a more diverse workforce, industry globalization, and a tight labor market. This course will provide advanced education into the concepts, processes, and issues associated with training and development. Myriad training and development content will be emphasized such as planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating training programs. Attention will also be devoted to broader issues such as employee development and training for specific needs.

    • HRA 549 Recruitment, Selection, and Placement

      Focuses on processes and conceptual issues related to staffing organizations. Topics include recruitment and staffing models, policies, and legal compliance as well as practices related to attraction, selection, development, retention, and employment decision making for the most effective use of human resources.

      Prerequisites: HRA 545

    • HRA 562 Total Compensation

      This course is designed to enhance the student's knowledge of a strategically oriented comprehensive compensation system that would explore both direct and indirect compensation strategic design, development, implementation, administration, and evaluation. This will also include the effects of compensation system design on other HR functional areas, including but not limited to internal and external equity, pay for performance, and benefit administration.

      Prerequisites: MBA 530

  • HRA 596 Strategic Issues in Human Resources 3

    This course is designed, as the MBA HR concentration capstone course, to integrate previous HR core best practices into a business partnership by analyzing real-world strategic issues in a cohesive framework that leads to the achievement of organizational effectiveness through enlightened HR management and leadership.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: HRA 545, HRA 539 or HRA 549 or HRA 562

Total Credits 21