Graduate Certificate, Human Resources

Graduate Certificate: Human Resources

This program provides HR-minded students with the knowledge to build their careers and the careers of others through enhanced courses in this master’s-level certificate. 

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources delves into topics such as career management, conflict and negotiation, leadership and talent management. Learn how you can use your skills in nonprofit, business, medical or education settings. Certificate-only students are not eligible for financial aid nor are students taking the course after completion of a degree program.

As a student, you will:

  • Complete three foundation courses and two electives.
  • Update and enhance your HR and training related skills.
  • Complete an advanced level certificate to add to your resume.

Admission Requirements

The prospective graduate student in the MSHR program must demonstrate his or her readiness to succeed in graduate-level academic coursework by satisfactorily fulfilling one of the following admission options. All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution. 

Option Two – A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution. A satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam is required. 

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400. 
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Four – Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the field of Human Resources. 

Required Courses (9 credits):

HRCU 600 Human Resource Foundations 3
HRCU 605 Talent Management  3
HRCU 607 Total Rewards  3

 

Elective Courses (6 credits)
Select two of the following:

HRCU 618 Career Management  3
HRCU 622 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining  3
HRCU 630 Conflict and Negotiation 3
HRCU 652 Human Resources Information Systems 3
OLCU 601 Democracy, Ethics and Leadership 3

 

Total Credits 15
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