Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

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Get to Know Our Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

Our online Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management can help you enhance your abilities in key areas such as team building, employment law, human capital management and managing human dynamics. Our experienced faculty can help you learn the theory and practice behind business management techniques by bringing actionable lessons from modern business environments into the classroom so you can pursue your personal and professional goals.

Our Human Resources Management Certificate is a standalone credential, but you can also transfer some of your qualifying credits towards our master’s degree programs1.


Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management in as little as 1 year*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.

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What You'll Learn

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management covers the following:

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    Performance Measurement

    Create metrics to analyze organizational performance and inform improvement initiatives and strategically design objectives resulting in the efficient use of technology, human capital, organizational culture, leadership, workforce planning and talent management.
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    Strategic HR Management

    Synthesize the role of HR management and contribute to the progression and achievement of an organization’s strategic plan through partnership.
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    Human Resources Leadership

    Analyze and demonstrate an ability to implement and oversee middle to senior level Human Resource Management (HRM) functions, including change management, employment regulatory concerns and employee legal matters.

Accreditation Matters

DeVry University’s Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management has achieved voluntary accreditation** from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) www.acbsp.org demonstrating that it has met the standards of business education that promote teaching excellence.

Certificate to Master's

At Keller, our program offerings, including the HR certificate program, may be stacked, which can be useful to you. With a graduate certificate, you can earn a certificate-level graduate credential with less time and tuition—and qualifying credits apply directly to your master’s degree2 at DeVry. This stackable model allows you to choose the building blocks you need to fit your career and earn two credentials in one.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Human Resource Management certificate program may consider careers such as:

  • Benefits Coordinator
    Benefits coordinators help employees understand the various benefits options that their company offers. They also manage the application of said benefits by verifying insurance billing, assisting in enrollment and managing employee records databases. At smaller companies, the duties of a benefits coordinator may be covered by a more general HR manager position.

  • Human Resources Generalist (HR Generalist)
    An HR generalist's job duties may vary from company to company, but they typically run the day-to-day functions of human resources departments. They may be involved in hiring and interviews and often play a role in the enforcement of company policy.
  • Human Resources Assistant (HR Assistant)
    An HR assistant works alongside a human resources manager or generalist to help with the administrative work of their job.

  • Workforce Services Representative (WSR)
    Workforce services representatives fit into the broad field of human resources professionals. They typically perform similar job duties to an HR generalist, such as hiring, interviewing and job placement within an organization.

Program Courses

Specialization Coursework

ACCT500 Essentials in Accounting, Finance and Economics
HRM530 Human Resource and Technology
HRM587 Managing Organizational Change
HRM591 Strategic Human Resource Management
HRM593 Employment Law
MGMT591 Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management FAQs


Can I earn a graduate certificate in human resources online?

Yes! At DeVry, our Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management can be earned online. This can be an excellent option for people who are looking to add a credential to their resume but have other ongoing commitments, such as full-time work or raising a family that would make it difficult to attend onsite classes. Best of all, the courses you take within the online HR certificate program, are the same as in our onsite program. There is no difference between the certificate that you can earn from an onsite or online human resources certificate program.


Is human resources a good career option?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for human resources specialists is expected to grow on a national level by 10% between 2020 and 20303 and is anticipated to result in the addition of 70,200 jobs. If you have an interest in helping businesses and employees meet their goals by working together, then a career in HR could be a good fit for you.


Is a graduate certificate different from a master's degree?

A graduate certificate and a master's degree are both graduate level credentials, but they are not the same. For instance, a graduate certificate in human resources may take, on average, less time to earn than a master's degree in human resources. At DeVry, we offer stackable degree options that enable you to leverage credits earned through a graduate certificate program toward a master's degree in a related field, should you choose to continue your education at DeVry in the future1.

While these credentials are distinct from one another, both may help you learn valuable skills in your field.


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Programs vary by location. For specific program details for Pennsylvania, refer to:
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**Conferral and Assessment Data - Available for all of DeVry and Keller's ACBSP accredited programs. For a full list of DeVry University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by ACBSP, please see the Accreditation page.
1At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
2Number of credits and courses vary by program. See catalog for complete details.
3Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary Local growth will vary by location. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists.html

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.