Develop leadership capabilities, grow your people skills, and add value to your career with a certificate in human resource management.

Time for an upgrade! The human resource management certificate program from University of Maryland Global Campus can help provide the theoretical and practical knowledge you need to advance and skills you can apply on the job right away.

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 Human Resource Management Undergraduate Certificate

In your human resource management certificate program, you'll learn how to resolve problems in the workplace through conflict management, approach the workplace and employees with a sensitivity to cultural diversity, develop programs for rewarding employees, and help employees reach their full potential.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply business knowledge, reflective practices, and ethical leadership skills that drive learning and self-improvement
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior, labor relations, and current laws and regulations to produce a working environment that is safe, fair, and compliant with regulations
  • Create a culture where employees are motivated and feel valued
  • Create, implement, and assess training, development, and rewards programs that foster employee and organizational learning and development
  • Recognize the diversity of cultures and worldviews that inform human behavior and respond constructively to differences in workplaces, communities, and organizations
  • Identify and use technology to research, collect, analyze, and interpret data and effectively communicate in a professional manner
  • Manage conflict in the workplace using approaches such as negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and arbitration

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Identify and diagnose problems within a real organization and propose management principles to improve the situation
  • Develop and conduct a training needs assessment and a training program plan, including a budget and schedule, based on organizational need
  • Design a rewards program to motivate employees using benefits such as stock options and cash incentives
  • Practice using skills such as negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and arbitration to manage conflicts

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

Human Resource Management Undergraduate 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

  • BMGT 364
  • HRMN 300
  • HRMN 362
  • HRMN 400
  • Two supporting electives chosen from the following:
    • BMGT 365
    • BMGT 464
    • BMGT 465
    • HRMN 367
    • HRMN 395
    • HRMN 406
    • HRMN 495

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.
  • You can pursue a degree and certificate simultaneously or pursue a degree after completing the certificate, but you must apply for a certificate before you are awarded the degree.
  • If you apply for your certificate after your degree has been awarded, you may be required to complete additional coursework for the certificate. Contact your academic advisor for more information.
  • You may not use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate. In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate can be earned through credit by examination, Prior Learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.
  • Certificates consisting primarily of upper-level coursework may assume prior study in that area. Check prerequisites for certificate courses. Prerequisites for certificate courses can be satisfied by coursework, credit by examination, or Prior Learning portfolio credit, under current policies for such credit.
  • At least half of the total credits for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • You must complete all required coursework for the certificate with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses for an undergraduate certificate. Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare for supervisory and midlevel management human resources positions.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Professional Affiliation:

    Society for Human Resource Management

    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Joining the UMGC Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management allows you to network with other students, staff, and faculty who are currently working in or are interested in entering the human resource field. Members share information, experiences, and knowledge. The chapter hosts monthly events designed to help students meet local professionals and transition into or advance within the field. In addition, the chapter provides leadership and student development opportunities for members.