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.



Online Start Date

October 11, 2017



Online Start Date

November 29, 2017



Online Start Date

January 17, 2018



Online Start Date

March 07, 2018



Online Start Date

April 18, 2018



Online Start Date

June 06, 2018



Online Start Date

July 18, 2018



Online Start Date

September 05, 2018



Online Start Date

October 17, 2018



Online Start Date

December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources program consists of a minimum of 16 quarter credit hours, and can also help students prepare for the PHR certification exam. This program consists of the following courses:

  • Employment Law
  • Training and Development
  • Strategic Reward Systems
  • Recruitment and Selection
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits16
  • Total Credits16

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$485.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

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Note: This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.

* Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resources Specialists, on the Internet at 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 be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Kaplan University program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.