Human Resources (HR) Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Study to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to change career paths and enter this growing industry.* If you already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, our Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate program could offer you a convenient route to pursue a new career in human resources. 

At Kaplan University, you can enjoy the convenience and flexibility of online learning. This professional certificate program offers targeted study that could enhance your professional expertise and help you stand out to employers.

The Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 30 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate from Kaplan University.

Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Highlights

The online Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Study to acquire the knowledge and skills to pursue an entry-level position in human resources.
  • Explore the topics of employee recruitment, employee training and development, compensation and reward systems, and employment law.

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?

This program is designed to provide you with specialized knowledge to seek entry-level employment in the field of human resources. Earning a postbaccalaureate certificate in human resources could help you prepare for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam.

Prepare for Future Studies

Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Kaplan University degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Kaplan University.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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December 07, 2016

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 30

    Total Program Credits: 30

    • HR 400: EMPLOYMENT AND STAFFING Change

      In this course, you will examine the human resource functions of employee recruitment, selection, and retention. The course focuses on building interviewing and employee selection skills and addresses the topics of attracting and retaining employees, recruitment methods, job analysis, employment testing, and background checks. The course also includes an overview of employment-related laws and covers techniques for employee orientation and onboarding.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MT 203 or enrollment in the Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    • HR 410: EMPLOYEE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT Change

      This course focuses on issues related to employee training and employee development. Focus is given to how an organization’s business strategy provides guidance for employee training and development. In addition, each step in the development of a training and development program is reviewed: needs assessment, transfer of learning, program design, and program evaluation. Special attention is given to the use of technology in training and development, professional organizations involved with training and development, career and management development, and global dimensions of training and development.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MT 203 or enrollment in the Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    • HR 420: EMPLOYMENT LAW Change

      This course focuses on the issues related to federal statutes that affect the human resources function. Among topics addressed are employment relationships and procedures, employment discrimination, and employment regulations. Some specific issues covered in the course are EEO, affirmative action, OSHA, employee privacy, and wrongful discharge.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MT 203 or enrollment in the Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    • HR 435: COMPENSATION Change

      This course examines different methods for developing a compensation strategy and the use of compensation strategies for motivating and rewarding employee performance. Compensation and reward systems are important tools that are used to motivate employees and to gain employee commitment to a company's mission. Methods of determining the relative value of jobs, in relation to compensation, are also examined. This course covers how to assess and diagnose compensation issues and how to develop appropriate solutions. In addition, students analyze the role of the government and identify methods for managing compensation structures.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MT 203 or enrollment in the Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    • HR 485: STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Change

      This course focuses on the importance of a strategic approach to human resources. It looks at the elements that support these strategies as well as the factors that can affect them. You will explore how to effectively manage human resources to achieve organizational goals and advance the strategies of an organization.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MT 203 or enrollment in the Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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.