Human Resources (Certificate Program)

The Human Resources Certificate program focuses on the application of human resource management. Upon completion of this certificate program, graduates may enter entry-level positions in human resource management or labor relations. Graduates may also continue their education and transfer courses from the certificate program to associate and/or bachelor’s degree programs such as business management, business administration, human resource management or multidisciplinary studies.

Students enrolled in this certificate program are required to follow courses in the sequence set out for the program.

What will I learn in this human resources online certificate program?

This program focuses on the application of human resource management, giving you a solid foundation in HR-related strategies. You’ll examine a number of areas, including business ethics, workforce diversity, privacy rights and HR planning.

What careers can I pursue with online Human Resources certificate?

This certificate program is designed to help you pursue a career in HR leadership in your industry of choice – private or public sectors.

Here’s something for your resume: SHRM alignment! Coursework for this program has been acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to fully align with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

How long is this Human Resources online certificate program?

At 18 credit hours, the online Human Resources Certificate program is designed to be completed in 8 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take each term.

How much will this Human Resources online certificate program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Scholarships are also available for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about the Human Resources Certificate Program, our other accredited degree programs. We are also available to provide information about financial assistance opportunities, and to answer your questions about the enrollment process.

Human Resources (Certificate Program)

Human Resources Certificate Program Outcomes

At the successful completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the various forms of business
  • Explain the importance of business ethics and workforce diversity in human resource management and how they are opportunities for effective management
  • Determine an employer’s obligation to reasonably accommodate protected classes of employees
  • Differentiate between employers’ reasonable actions and employees’ privacy rights
  • Define human resource management and outline human resource planning
Core Professional Competencies

Grantham prepares students for success in a variety of professional and civic settings. The Human Resources Certificate Program curriculum incorporates these six critical life skills:

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Career Management – Identifying knowledge, skills, abilities and personal strengths and experiences necessary to pursue career goals. Recognizing areas for professional growth, how to navigate and explore job options and to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Data Aptitude - Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

Human Resources (Certificate Program)

Grantham University’s 100% online and professionally-relevant coursework is designed to help you prepare for you a successful career.

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 18
Total Credit Hours: 18
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 18
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: HRM340 Title: Human Resource Management Credits: 3
  This course provides students with a comprehensive review of the concepts and techniques associated with strategic human resource management (HRM) in an emerging global context. Key issues examined are the legal, ethical, and regulatory nature of the business environment. Also studied are the specific technical areas of job evaluation, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, training and development, performance appraisal and employee relations. Of particular importance is the examination of such areas as technology, international staffing, and global competition.
Course: MGT441 Title: Training and Development Credits: 3
  Students demonstrate training and development as a process designed to assist an individual to learn new skills, knowledge, or attitudes. As a result, these individuals make a change or transformation that improves or enhances their performance. These improvements ensure that people and organizations are able to do things better, faster, easier, and with higher quality and a better return on investment.
Course: MGT468 Title: Organizational Behavior Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to concepts and principles of organizational behavior. Students investigate the impact that individuals, groups, and structures have on behavior within organizations, for the purpose of applying such knowledge toward improving an organization's effectiveness. Topics addressed include motivation, leadership, communications, group structure and process, attitude and values, and the change process.
Course: HRM370 Title: Employment Law Credits: 3
  This course provides the student with a basic understanding of law that affects business in the area of employment, including employment relationship and procedure, employment discrimination and government regulation of employment. New developments affecting the legal environment of employment are presented from all three sources of law: statutes, regulations and case law. The student will gain a thorough understanding of employment law that governs business and how new developments affect employment law.
Course: HRM451 Title: Compensation Credits: 3
  This course integrates the concepts and topics related to the field of compensation to organizations. The course covers topics such as skill and performance competency analysis, compensation strategies, benchmarking job types, structuring pay merits, forms of pay, performance appraisals,determining benefit structures and Government and Legal issues in compensation. This course is designed to allow practical application of compensation in organizations through analyzing asset variations and the employee performance/recompense relationship.
Course: HRM476 Title: Developing Human Resources Credits: 3
  This course presents the opportunity to develop targeted skills using human resource systems as a management tool. Students develop expertise in creating and implementing hiring, training and reward systems. This framework includes viewing human resources as a way to enhance employee retention, development, career advancement and performance management.

Prerequisites are not required for MSSB certificate students, though courses must be taken in their prescribed sequence. All courses must be completed at Grantham. No transfer credit is allowed.
This program is not approved for Federal Student Aid (Title IV) educational benefits.