Human Resource Management Business Certificates

Graduate Certificate

Enhance your expertise

Capella’s online human resource management graduate certificate can help boost your understanding of the principles and practices of the human resources profession. You’ll develop HR skills and knowledge to meet organizational needs, covering everything from effective onboarding and training practices and employee retention to ethical management and employment law.

Your coursework will help you find new ways to meet the challenges and demands that you may encounter on the job. You’ll also have the option to take two certification preparation courses, which can help you get ready for work in meeting your specific goals in this field.

Composed entirely of master’s-level courses, the human resource management certificate can give you a marketable credential in as few as four courses. By earning your Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Capella University, you may have already completed more than a third of the work toward earning a Master’s in Human Resource Management.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core courses
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Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$11,600 estimated tuition*
$725 per credit, 16 total quarter credits, 8 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount. Ask your employer what offers are available.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Courses

The human resource management graduate certificate curriculum offers the chance to enhance skills, knowledge, and abilities and further develop vital HR competencies.

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HRM5002
Survey of Human Resource Management in Practice

This course is a survey of contemporary perspectives in the field of human resource management. Learners apply competencies developed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in order to support people, the workplace, and an organization. Learners integrate legal and ethical standards into human resource policies and practices. Learners also address the role of the HR practitioner in the alignment of operational and strategic approaches. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Human Resource Management degree program or Human Resource Management graduate certificate program. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
HRM5060 *
Sourcing and Managing Talent in the Workplace

Learners in this course examine contemporary perspectives in recruiting, talent mobility, workforce planning, and performance management. Learners select and develop approaches which support employee mobility and performance to advance organizational goals. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in HRM5002; or HRM5310. 

4 quarter credits
HRM5090 *
Retaining and Engaging Employees for the Modern Workforce

In this course, learners apply models of employee motivation, thriving, and engagement in the workplace to create the employee experience. Learners also analyze the ways in which culture, employee and leader behavior impact strategic retention. Finally, learners assess the influence of technology and evidence-based practices on employee lifecycle, engagement, and positive employee and organizational outcomes. Prerequisite(s): HRM5002 or HRM5310.​

4 quarter credits
HRM5112
Certification Examination Preparation for the aPHR, PHR and SPHR

In this course, learners review the current HRCI® Exam Content Outlines to prepare for the aPHR™, PHR® and SPHR® certification exams. Learners apply their critical thinking skills to scenariobased questions, and develop test-taking strategies for passing these exams. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
HRM5115
Certification Examination Preparation for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP

In this course, learners review the current body of competency and knowledge in the HR management field and prepare for the SHRM-CPSM and SHRM-SCPSM certification exams. Learners apply their critical thinking skills to behavioral competencies in leadership and navigation, ethical practice, business acumen, relationship management, consultation, critical evaluation, and global and cultural effectiveness and communication. Learners also develop testtaking strategies to help aid them in taking these exams. Learners are encouraged to contact the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) prior to registration for specific eligibility requirements for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

  • Develop a strategic perspective to guide human resource decisions and grow organizational effectiveness.
  • Expand leadership skills to build relationships and influence change.
  • Apply the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) code of ethics to decision-making and practices.
  • Build skills in interpreting the law and how it applies to an organization’s practices.
  • Use evidence‐based decision-making to inform and support human resource management.
  • Communicate in a clear, accurate, and professional way within the field of human resources.

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Skilled faculty

Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields.

Enrollment counselors

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Advisors

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Career center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

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