Graduate Certificate, Human Resource Development

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Development

This program is designed to develop professionals managing individual, group and organizational strategies in the workplace. The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources with a concentration in Human Resource Development focuses on areas such as employee training, career development, performance management tactics, coaching, succession planning and employee identification. An alternative concentration is available in Human Resource Management.

It is applicable for both professionals that already have field experience and for individuals aspiring to enter into a career in human resources. The goal of the program is to help students diagnose best practices, improve problem solving abilities, develop strategies to conduct effective needs assessment and produce a more effective competitive workplace. Students also have the opportunity to dig deeper into a specific concept by selecting an alternative course from the area of Organizational Leadership.

Students seeking a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.

Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • 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 – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • 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 – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   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.


HRCU 645 Human Resources Systems 3
HRCU 646 Training and Development 3
HRCU 651 Human Resource Development Evaluation 3
OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3
OLCU 615 Organization Development and Change 3
One course from the following:
HRCU 618 Career Management 3
HRCU 648 Legal Issues in Human Resources 3
OLCU 614 Leadership and Team Development 3
Total Credits 18
Brandman Online University
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