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Leadership in Human Resources Management Certificate

Complete Your Leadership in Human Resources Management Certificate Online

The graduate Leadership in Human Resources Management Certificate provides the knowledge and skills needed for top management positions. If you are an early-to-mid-career HR professional seeking additional responsibility within your organization, this certificate will provide essential training in transformational leadership, organizational performance management, staffing and career management, and more.

Take the next step in your human resources career, and join the UVA family for life.

Start DatesAugust, January, June
Estimated Cost$8,850 (same in-state and out-of-state)
Duration15 graduate credits / 5 courses/ 12 months on average
FormatPart-time: online
Next Application Deadline

November 1, 2020 for Spring 2021 term


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

Required Courses (4)

HR 5020 Staffing & Career Management
Examines the processes and techniques that establish and govern the flow of interrelated organizational staffing activities. Includes case studies covering the latest staffing models and systems, economic conditions that impact staffing, laws and regulations, strategy and planning, measurement, job analysis, internal and external recruiting, and decision making.

HR 5030 Strategic Compensation
Explores strategic choices in managing compensation through a pay model that is based upon the foundational policy decisions of the compensation system, the means of compensation, and the objectives of the compensation. Includes strategic perspectives, internal consistency, external competitiveness, employee contributions, and administration of the pay system efficiently, equitably, and in compliance with the law.

HR 5040 Organizational Performance Management
Examines the influence of human performance elements (such as quality of work-life, rewards and recognition, job design, teambuilding, and participative management) on organizational performance.

HR 5050 Organizational Change & Development
Enables the student to understand the behavioral concepts and theories that form the foundation of organizational development, the process of change management, and the organizational development techniques and interventions designed to improve organization effectiveness. Explores such concepts and processes as power and influence, conflict, inter-group behavior, decision-making, and communication.

Elective Courses (1)

HR 5005 Talent Management
New course designed expressly for degreed career-switchers with no previous HR experience. Spans the full body of knowledge of Human Resources Management and surveys the impact of the HRM function and its influence upon the organization as a whole. The course overviews the strategic impact of talent management and the labor force on organizations in the 21st century. Reviews the challenges senior leaders face in hiring top talent, while engaging, motivating and retaining the best and brightest employees. 

HR 5060 Transformational Leadership in Human Resources Management
Prepares leaders and managers to meet their organizations’ simultaneous need for stability and change. Reviews the components of the leadership process (goals, leader, followers, and activities), and the psychological, behavioral, sociological, and cognitive underpinnings of leadership strategies.

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

November 1, 2020 for Spring 2021 term

  • Bachelor’s degree
Admission Details

$8,850 (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.
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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.

Student Spotlight

Every student brought experiences to our classes and group projects that enhanced learning.
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Julia McDonald


As a civilian security specialist for the Department of the Navy, Julia developed an interest in human capital management — in particular, issues surrounding engagement and employee retention. She enrolled in SCPS online to gain an overview of the human resources field, and to determine the next steps for her career. After earning her certificate, she was promoted into a new role as a training and career development coordinator.

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