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If you hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, our Graduate Certificate in Human Resources program could offer you a convenient route to advanced career opportunities in this growing industry.* Study to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to build a brighter future.At Kaplan University, you can enjoy the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Our graduate certificate program offers targeted study that could enhance your professional expertise and help you stand out to employers.†The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources program consists of a minimum of 16 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.
The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources’ curriculum provides you with the opportunity to:
A graduate certificate could help you gain specialized knowledge to seek mid-level employment in the field of human resources.†
If you wish to pursue further studies, you may apply qualified credits earned from this certificate toward the requirements of certain Kaplan University degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online.
The program could also help you prepare for the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification exam.‡
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
May 25, 2016
Online Start Date
Jul 06, 2016
Online Start Date
Aug 24, 2016
We depend upon the law as well as ethics and common sense to help us make good decisions about issues surrounding employment that are routinely decided in workplaces every day. These issues can have devastating financial and productivity consequences if mishandled by the employer. Yet it seems as if few employers or their managers are equipped to handle them well. Employment law helps to regulate the workplace environment by protecting employees from discrimination and harassment, and providing a safer, fairer workplace where the rules provide for certain rights and responsibilities for both employees and employers alike. Those who choose to work in the business arena must understand basic legal concepts, plus have working knowledge of regulatory and compliance issues in order to effectively manage a business. In this course, students will analyze and evaluate legal concepts and learn to identify potentially troublesome employment-related legal and ethical issues in order to avoid liability as well as to develop an understanding of how to manage employees to maximize productivity.
Completion of all core courses
Total Program Credits: 16
Students will examine how organizations can incorporate employee training and development concepts and theories into their human resources strategy and will analyze the relationship between human resource development (HRD) and human resource management (HRM). Students will also explore the internal and external factors that affect employee behavior. Other topics covered include: maximizing employee learning, conducting a training needs assessment, writing training objectives, designing and delivering effective training programs, evaluating training effectiveness, employee orientation, workplace competencies, coaching, performance management systems, and online and computer-based learning technologies. In addition to covering HRD concepts and theories, the course considers organizational development (OD) concepts and the role of the HRD professional in creating intervention strategies to improve organizational effectiveness. HRD and OD challenges stemming from changing demographics and a more diverse, global workforce are identified and the strategic challenges presented to organizations of a changing workforce are explored.
Completion of all core
This course examines how an organization can
leverage their reward systems to sustain, motivate, and retain
its desired workforce to help achieve business objectives. The
course focuses on the complex variety of pay structures within an
organization and the relationship of those pay structures to
organizational performance. Students will be exposed to major
reward issues in the context of current theory, research, and
This course provides a solid foundation in the
fundamentals of attracting, hiring, and assessing talent. It
takes a closer look at the "war for talent" in the competitive
marketplace today, and provides the impetus for more proactive
and timely recruitment practices, effective and legally conscious
selection methods, and valid assessment techniques. This course
highlights the importance of refining talent-acquisition
strategies as organizations and HR practitioners seek to improve
the pipeline of new hire and job promotion candidates. By the end
of the course, students will be familiar with multiple
recruitment, selection, and assessment models and will synthesize
these approaches from a talent management
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Human Resources Specialists and Labor Relations Specialists, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists-and-labor-relations-specialists.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
§ This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.
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