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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management 

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Take the Next Step in Your Human Resource Career

Human resources is a dynamic and inspiring profession that uses strategic goal setting, resource management and development, and training techniques to support both individual employees and the organization’s culture. Professionals in the human resources field can expect some of the following responsibilities:

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Leading employee and organizational development.

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Awareness of employment and labor law.

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Select and recruit employees.

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Negotiate labor relations and conflicts.

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What will I learn in this certificate program?

If you want to increase your human resource management skills and showcase your knowledge and experience to your current (or another) organization, the Undergraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management can help you get there.

You will learn how to apply leadership principles for effective employee administration and organizational development. Specific areas of study include employment and labor law, recruitment and selection, and labor relations and conflict management. This program is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

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This 18 credit-hour, stand-alone program consists of six, three credit courses:

  • HRM300 Principles of Human Resource Management
    Introduction to the development and management of an organization's human resources, with emphasis on planning for the screening, selection, orientation and training of employees. Additional topics include performance appraisal, compensation, benefits, equal employment opportunity, incentives and rewards. This course is a replacement course for MGT440 as of the 2013-2014 Spring-A term. Students cannot receive credit for both these courses. This class will be offered beginning Winter 2017.
  • HRM350 Compensation and Performance Management
    Compensation and performance evaluations are principle functions of human resources. In this course, students will examine the monetary and non-monetary strategies that enable an organization to fairly and innovatively compensate employees, raising their productivity and satisfaction in the workplace. Additionally, students will explore the development and utilization of a performance evaluation tool that informs and motivates employees to excel in their position. The development of effective compensation and performance evaluations systems remains a critical component of organizational success.
  • ORG470 Leading Through Conflict Resolution
    This course revolves around identification and analysis of leadership strategies for dealing with both functional and dysfunctional conflict in the workplace. Included is a study of conflict management styles of avoidance, accommodation, collaboration, negotiation, mediation, and domination.
  • HRM435 Creating a Diverse and Ethical Workforce
    A key responsibility of today’s human resource professional is to create a diverse workforce that is socially aware and possessed of the highest ethical disposition. In this course, students will learn how to create and promote a diverse workforce that values collaboration and teamwork, both in the traditional and virtual settings. Additionally, students will examine the ability to make reasoned, fair, and just decisions to enhance an organization’s reputation, credibility, and sustainability. For example, through the creation of a code of ethics, the employment of analytical methods, and the development of sound and logical arguments, human resource professionals can assume a leadership role in promoting the ethical conduct of the organization. This course is an equivalent of HRM450; earning credit for both courses is not permissible.
  • HRM445 Labor Relations and Employment Law
    This course provides comprehensive knowledge of labor relations and conflict resolution. Key topics include collective bargaining, negotiations, grievance and arbitration processing, and conflict resolution between management, unions, and employees. There is strong emphasis on the historical and current aspect of unions and labor relations in public and private sectors, including the developing of innovative collective bargaining and negotiation strategies that create respectful and collaborative discussions. Moreover, the ability to author and interpret union agreements and memorandum of understanding is explored. Students will work to understand the core principles of employment law which include the ability to define and apply legal terminology to employment issues and the ability to analyze legal cases and legal concepts, and will explore the legal framework for employment relationships, examine the relationship between employment law and HR policies, and examine the range of legal liability for HR. This course is an equivalent of HRM450; earning credit for both courses is not permissible.
  • HRM440 Recruitment, Selection, and Employee Development
    This course provides students with a broad understanding of the innovative strategies to effectively staff, train, and develop employees. Recruiting and selecting the most talented employees is a key focus of this course, including job searching techniques, interviewing candidates, assessing the qualifications and competencies of applicants, presenting an attractive job offer, orientating new employees into the organization, and creating lifework balance within the organization. Additionally, learning the functions and duties of a position is critical to employee success; students will learn to create and promote training and developing programs to provide employees with the knowledge to competently perform their duties, thereby driving success throughout the organization.


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

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

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Take advantage of CSU Global's SHRM aligned curriculum and stand out amongst the crowd when you go for a job promotion, new position, or if you’re just starting your HR career.

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Why You Should Earn Your Online Undergraduate Certificate

In today’s evolving and unpredictable economy, stackable credentials are an important tool you can utilize immediately, while also building credits toward a full degree. With an undergraduate certificate from CSU Global, you prove proficiency in a specific subject with your stand-alone, transcribable, nationally recognized credentials. Get promoted, switch industries, or work toward a full degree. And with our Tuition Guarantee, your affordable tuition rate won’t increase over time. Now is the time to get the career respect you deserve by increasing your market competitiveness.

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Learn Valuable Skills

As an undergraduate student earning your certificate in human resource management you will learn how to use strategic goal setting, resource management and development, and training techniques to support both individual employees and the organization’s culture. Additional learning outcomes include the following:

  • Enhance organizational performance and create effective traditional and virtual teams through motivation, organizational culture, and change management.
  • Address the legal and ethical implications of human resources and administration in an organizational setting.
  • Resolve conflict by utilizing various management styles and best practices.

Finish Faster and For Less with Alternative Credit Options

Credit by Exam

You can get credit by taking exams for what you have already learned.

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Self-Study Assessments (SSA)

CSU Global will help you prepare to earn course credits for taking a proctored exam for specific content areas.

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CSU Global Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Earn credit for what you have already learned in your career or other educational experience.

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