Leadership in Human Resources Management Certificate

Differentiate Yourself as a Human Resource Leader

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.

Key Takeaways
  • Advanced human resources management credentials through a flexible online program
  • Each course is approved for 45 recertification Professional Development Credits (PDCs) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)


Career Outlook: HR Managers

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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.

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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.

HR 5112 SHRM Learning System and Exam Preparation

Prepares students for Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) industry certification exams (Certified Professional or Senior Certified Professional). Uses SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge (BASK), which defines standards for HR professionals globally. Enables students to better comprehend and apply HR topics. See SHRM for full certification requirements. Enrolled students receive partner price for SHRM Learning System and textbooks.

HR 5115 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion - Redefining the Workplace

Focuses on issues, challenges, and subtle dynamics that operate in cross-cultural organizations for which students learn to build functional and effective workplace relationships. Participants will learn to manage diversity as an asset to sustainable competitive advantage to achieve the strategic goals of the organization. A framework for the strategic management of diversity, equity, and inclusion will also be developed and discussed.


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.

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Meet the Instructors
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Ron Beckwith, Ph.D.

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Roderick French, Ph.D.

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Stephen Oliver, Ed.D., M.A.

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Nicole Runyon, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, MSA, Ph.D.

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Start Dates: August, January, June

Duration: On average, students take two courses a term, including the summer, to complete the certificate in 12 months. (15 graduate credits / 5 courses)

Format: Part-time: online

Admission Requirements


Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1

  • Bachelor’s degree

Admission Details



$9,165 (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.