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Complete Your Undergraduate Human Resources Management Certificate Online

If you’re just entering the field of human resources management, the undergraduate Human Resources Management Certificate will help you develop your professional skills and competencies. The certificate addresses the functional areas of human resources, including the management of organizations, organizational development, and legal and ethical issues.

Start DatesAugust, January, May
Estimated Cost$7,740 (same in-state and out-of-state)
Duration18 undergraduate credits / 6 courses/ 12 months on average
FormatPart-time: online
Next Application DeadlineWe are no longer accepting applications as of April 2, 2019

Courses - Human Resources Management

Each course is approved for 45 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) by SHRM.

Required Courses (5)

HR 4010 Management of Organizations
Presents a broad view of management theories and principles. Topics include historical and current trends in management, how organizations plan and make decisions, leadership, and resource management.

HR 4020 Human Resource Management
Survey of individual (as opposed to systemic) HR management. Topics include employee relations, job satisfaction, personnel selection and placement, job analysis and design, interviewing techniques, performance appraisal and training, and wage and salary administration. 

HR 4030 Organizational Change & Development
Analyzes key concepts and theories in organizational behavior and organizational development. Focuses on students' development of the diagnostic skills necessary to effectively manage organizational change. Deals with specific issues such as downsizing, mergers and acquisitions, and the inclusion of an international workforce into a "new" corporate culture. Prerequisite: HR 4010 or with instructor or program director permission.

HR 4050 Legal & Ethical Issues in Human Resources
Addresses employment laws and issues, including the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, ERISA, selected immigration laws, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and other issues of gender and racial/ethnic equity. Also deals with business ethics issues as they relate to HR. Prerequisite: HR 4010 or 4020 or with instructor or program director permission.

HR 4070 Employee Relations, Engagement and Advocacy
Explores role of employee relations in an organization. Provides practical consulting skills for HR professional’s role as business partner. Topics include policies and practices governing workplace rules and conduct; government regulations impacting employment and compliance; and a range of concepts, practices and objectives arising from organization-employee relations. Prerequisite: HR 4010, HR 4020 or with instructor or program director permission.

Elective Courses (Select 1)

HR 4080 Compensation & Benefits
Examines the theories, practicies, and various methods of compensation in the context of business strategy and culture. Assesses the role of compensation in workforce planning. Develops and provides opportunities to apply skills for administering compensation policies. Prerequisite: HR 4010, HR 4050 or with instructor or program director permission.

HR 4090 Strategic Workforce Planning
Addresses HR recruitment planning, recruiting, job placement, performance appraisal, and outplacement resulting from layoffs, downsizing, or firing. Prerequisite: HR 4010, HR 4020 or with instructor or program director permission.

The information contained on this web site is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

On average, students take two courses a term, including the summer, to complete the certificate in 12 months.
admission requirements
We are no longer accepting applications as of April 2, 2019
$7,740 (same in-state and out-of-state)
  • This program is not eligible for financial aid
Tuition Details
* Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Tuition rates adjusted annually.
our value
  • Learn new skills, strategies, and systems for effective human resources management in a flexible online certificate
  • Courses have been approved for 45 recertification PDCs (Professional Development Credits) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

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John McCarthy


John comes to SCPS after serving as a naval officer and naval reserve officer on active duty, during which time he worked in the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division and the Technical Support Detachment (TSD) investigating, exploiting, and attacking IED manufacturing networks in Iraq and Afghanistan. He draws on his military experience as well as 16 years in private industry to lead instruction on leadership, management, communication, and team development.

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