Graduate Certificate in Human Resources

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.

Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Program Highlights

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources’ curriculum provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Study to acquire knowledge and skills to pursue a mid-level position in human resources.
  • Explore the topics of employment and labor law, employee training and development, reward systems, employee recruitment and selection, and assessment models.

Prepare for Certification

The program could also help you prepare for the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification exam.

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

A graduate certificate could help you gain specialized knowledge to seek mid-level employment in the field of human resources.

Prepare for Future Studies

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.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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Nov

Online Start Date

November 23, 2016

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Jan

Online Start Date

January 11, 2017

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Online Start Date

March 01, 2017

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Online Start Date

April 12, 2017

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May

Online Start Date

May 31, 2017

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Online Start Date

July 12, 2017

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Online Start Date

August 30, 2017

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Online Start Date

October 11, 2017

Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 16

    Total Program Credits: 16

    • GB 541: EMPLOYMENT LAW Change

      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.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses

    • GB 542: TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT Change

      You will develop expertise in core training and development competencies. The course will focus on needs assessment, instructional design, training delivery, learning technologies, evaluating learning impact, coaching, and performance improvement. You will identify an organization that will be used as an organizational context for a course-long project. An onboarding employee orientation program will be developed for this organization with weekly deliverables that apply the concepts addressed in that unit. You will learn and implement needs assessment, instructional design, training delivery, program implementation, and evaluation of learning impact. Special emphasis will be given to career development with the development of a personal career plan implementing course career development concepts.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses

    • GB 545: STRATEGIC REWARD SYSTEMS Change

      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 real-business practices.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses

    • GB 546: RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION Change

      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 perspective.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses

Curriculum: Concentration

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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.