Master management skills and the latest best practices with a human resource management certificate.

The graduate certificate in human resource management from University of Maryland Global Campus is designed to help you gain practical, management-level experience in the theory, research, knowledge, and procedures used by HR executives, generalists, and specialists—and earn a credential that can help you stand out.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Foundations of Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate

The HR management certificate curriculum is designed to give you practical skills so you can become a strong decision maker and manager in any human resources setting.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Manage intercultural environments
  • Design HR policies and processes to support changing environmental factors and organizational goals
  • Use organizational theory, effectiveness measurement, and systems thinking to solve problems
  • Apply conflict management models of communication, such as negotiation, to common employee relations problems

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Take a leadership style assessment
  • Practice the use of negotiations as a way to resolve conflict
  • Research a labor or employee relations topic in depth and report findings in a five-page briefing paper

Foundations of Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
  • MGMT 615
  • HRMD 610
  • HRMD 620
  • HRMD 650

Courses must be taken in the order listed.

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMGC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • If you apply credits from your graduate certificate to a related master's degree, then you must apply for your certificate once you have completed its requirements before finishing the master's requirements.
  • All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of B (3.0). Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits, if applicable, must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.

Career Preparation

This certificate is designed to help prepare you to move up the ranks in the HR field.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have a background in human resources or management and strong writing and analytical skills.