Graduate Certificate, Human Resource Management

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

This program is designed for human resource practitioners who may not have a full resume of formal training in the field or may want to enhance their expertise by gaining "working knowledge" of the concept for application in the workplace. The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources with a concentration in Human Resource Management focuses on areas such as HR systems, training and development, compensation structures and employee benefits.

Students have the opportunity to dig deeper into a specific concept by selecting an alternative course from Organizational Leadership or Health Administration, or specializing in Human Resource Development as an alternative concentration to the certificate program.

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 647 Compensation 3
HRCU 653 Benefits 3
One course from any of the following master's degree program course offerings:
Human Resources, Organizational Leadership, or Health Administration
Total Credits 15
Brandman Online University
Online campus
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Brandman Online University
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