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Strategic Human Resource Management

Strategic Human Resource Management
Graduate Certificate
  • 15 credits
  • Transfer up to 6 credits
  • All courses available online
  • $524 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Master management skills and best practices with a human resource management certificate.

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

Total Credits Required: 15

Initial Requirement

  • (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

Take the following four required courses:

  • (3 Credits, MGMT 615)
  • (3 Credits, HRMD 610)
  • (3 Credits, HRMD 620)
  • (3 Credits, HRMD 630)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • (3 Credits, HRMD 640)
  • (3 Credits, HRMD 650)
  • (3 Credits, HRMD 651)
  • (3 Credits, HRMD 665)

Take these courses in the order listed.

Earn UMGC Credit for SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP

If you earned the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification on Jan. 1, 2017 or later, you may be able to earn up to 6 credits for courses that are required as part of UMGC’s curriculum for graduate human resource management programs. The certifications articulate to UMGC courses as follows:


  • (3 Credits, HRMD 610)


  • (3 Credits, HRMD 610)
  • (3 Credits, HRMD 620)

These equivalencies are subject to change without notice. Contact a UMGC academic advisor at or call (800) 888-8682 to confirm equivalency.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2023–2024 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each certificate webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all certificates.

Program Highlights

  • Examine intercultural environments: Explore how culture influences leadership style & communication.
  • Employ best practices: Use organizational theory, effectiveness measurement, and systems thinking.
  • Know your strengths: Take a leadership style assessment.
  • Manage workplace conflict: Practice using negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and arbitration.
  • Develop procedures: Design HR policies and processes to support changing environmental factors.
  • Demonstrate knowledge: Research a labor or employee relations topic in depth and report findings.

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

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