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FAQ - Human Resources Management

How many courses per semester may I take?
We do not have any limits on the number of courses that a student may take each semester. However, we recommend to students with a full time work schedule to take only one or two courses per semester. The annual course schedule maps out a typical class progression. The completion time of this program is 12 months, taking 2 courses a semester, or 24 months, taking 1 course a semester.

Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
No. The courses are not sequential.

Are all of the courses in the Certificate in Human Resources Management offered online?

Can I enroll in just a few courses? I'm not interested in applying to and earning the certificate.

Can I take courses before applying for admission to the program?
Individuals must apply to and be offered admission to earn a certificate. A maximum of two courses that will count towards satisfying the requirements for the certificate may be taken at SCPS prior to admission.

I'm interested in applying for admission and earning the certificate. Must I have a degree and experience in the field of human resources to apply to the program?
No, you do not need a degree to apply for admission, nor experience in the field of HR. 

What grades must I earn to be awarded the certificate?
Students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the certificate to be awarded. Should a grade fall below a C, the student has the option of retaking the course in order to complete the requirements and be awarded the certificate.   

Can I transfer credit into this program from another institution?
Individuals can transfer one course for academic credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The transfer course will count towards one elective course in the certificate program, and must have been taken within the last three years. Transfer courses are not accepted for required courses in the certificate. Official transcripts and course syllabus are required for an analysis of the content, level, and comparability of the transfer course, as well as the quality of the student’s performance with a grade of B- or better.  Official transcripts with a request for transfer of credits can be sent to SCPSadmissions@virginia.edu or School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 104 Midmont Lane, PO Box 400764, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4764 Attn: Admission Services 

Will the credits from this certificate program transfer to another college or university?
Certificate programs are designed to be stand-alone programs. Selected courses, however, may be eligible for transfer. Colleges and universities may recognize these courses for transfer, but decisions are made independently by the receiving institution.

Is this a prep course for HR certification?
No. This certificate program is not an approved certification preparation course. However, the content remains current and relevant to the human resources profession.

Will this program help me get a job?
Along with your previous experience and education, completion of the certificate program and received credential supports the body of knowledge you bring to the human resources field to increase your employment potential.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 9 percent through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

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

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University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies
104 Midmont Lane PO Box 400764, Charlottesville, VA 22904