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Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

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Establish Yourself as a Leader in Human Resources

Through the hiring and development of staff, you are consequently setting your organization up for continued success. As a leader in human resources you may be responsible for some of the following:

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Lead dynamic and diverse teams of employees.

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Make legal and ethical decisions.

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Manage performance to achieve results.

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Strategically plan and execute HR initiatives.


What will I learn in this certificate program?

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is designed for modern learners who want to broaden their skills and leverage their foundational knowledge to create innovative and inspiring strategies that maximize an organization’s human assets and employees.

The transcribable, nationally recognized certificate serves as a “stackable credential” to emphasize your expertise in the area. Continue working toward a full degree, or highlight the certificate as a testament to your investment in your professional future. Additionally, our human resource management certifications are aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

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Courses in this Certificate

This 12 credit-hour, stand-alone program consists of four, three credit courses:

  • HRM500 Managing Human Resources
    This course provides students with knowledge regarding the function of Human Resource Management (HRM). Students will review basic HRM concepts and functions. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to enhance their preexisting business/industry knowledge through exploring the behavioral competencies and knowledge required for HRM professionals. Students will understand the function of HRM from a leadership, interpersonal, and business perspective.
  • HRM515 Legal and Human Resource Dimensions of Business Management
    This course emphasizes the legal, human resource, and regulatory controls that define, promote and limit business practices. The legal ramifications are presented as a mechanism managers can use to resolve conflict, infer guidelines for conduct, and create bases for expectations. Fundamental interactions of law, ethics, and corporate social responsibility are emphasized. Topic areas include the business legal system, ethics, employer-employee relationship, contracts, small business ownership, and the legal environment of international business.
  • HRM540 Maximizing Human Capital
    This course explores the value, utilization, and development of human capital, with a specific concentration on structuring an organization and developing innovative training programs that maximize organizational and human potential. Students explore strategies human resource professionals can utilize to raise employee motivation and job satisfaction, as well as assist employees in achieving the proper life/work balance. A key focus is to research concepts and practices that adapt organizational structures and processes to better conform to, utilize, and take advantage of employee potential. Recommended Prior Course: HRM500.
  • HRM560 Staffing and Talent Development
    This course is an examination of the managerial and leadership responsibilities related to employee career management as well as personal and professional growth. Students explore strategies for training and staff development in order to better understand the importance of deploying human resources, developing core competencies, and promoting a learning culture to better compete in a competitive economy. This course also explores the changing educational, demographic, economic, and societal factors that impact recruitment, and students develop a comprehensive and innovative strategy to recruit the most talented applicants in the workplace.


Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your certificate comes from a top quality, trusted university.

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In the OnlineU Most Affordable Online Colleges - Military-Friendly ranking, CSU Global earns #8 for being both affordable and supporting miliary students and their families.

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Best Value Schools ranks CSU Global third in their Best Colleges in Colorado lineup.

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“I needed a school that would allow me to finish my degree quickly and completely online. The convenience of online classes and 8-week courses is what led me to choose CSU Global!”

Rebekah Lopresto

Human Resource Management Student

Why You Should Earn Your Online Graduate Certificate

We understand that in today’s changing economy, stackable credentials are an important tool you can utilize immediately, while building credits toward a full degree. With a graduate certificate from CSU Global, you can prove proficiency in a specific subject with your stand-alone, transcribable, nationally recognized credentials. Get promoted or work toward a full degree. And with our Tuition Guarantee, your affordable tuition rate won’t increase over time.

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Learn Valuable Skills

As a student earning your Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, you’ll get the tools needed to develop and create management strategies that maximize organizational effectiveness. Additional learning outcomes include:

  • Identify the strategic role of human resources in facilitating the accomplishment of an organization’s mission, goals, and objectives through the creation of aligned organizational systems and practices.
  • Understand the principles and values associated with creating high performance and high trust work systems within a rapidly changing global environment.
  • Develop the skills required to measure organizational performance and create human resource systems essential for monitoring, improving, and rewarding performance consistent with an organization’s culture.
  • Identify the global issues affecting human resource management and develop the skills to address complex issues associated with effectively managing people in a global context.

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