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Graduate Certificate in Human Resources

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If you hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, our Graduate Certificate in Human Resources program could offer you a convenient route to advanced career opportunities in this growing industry.* Study to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to build a brighter future.

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

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources program consists of a minimum of 16 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.

Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Program Highlights

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources’ curriculum provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Study to acquire knowledge and skills to pursue a mid-level position in human resources.
  • Explore the topics of employment and labor law, employee training and development, reward systems, employee recruitment and selection, and assessment models.

Prepare for Certification

The program could also help you prepare for the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification exam.

Note: This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

A graduate certificate could help you gain specialized knowledge to seek mid-level employment in the field of human resources.

Prepare for Future Studies

If you wish to pursue further studies, you may apply qualified credits earned from this certificate toward the requirements of certain Purdue Global degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online.

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How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.


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October 17, 2018

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January 23, 2019

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March 13, 2019

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April 24, 2019

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July 24, 2019

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September 11, 2019

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October 23, 2019

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December 11, 2019

What Courses Will I Take?

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources program consists of a minimum of 16 quarter credit hours, and can also help students prepare for the PHR certification exam. This program consists of the following courses:

  • Employment Law
  • Training and Development
  • Strategic Reward Systems
  • Recruitment and Selection
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits16
  • Total Credits16

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$485.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Helpful Information

Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resources Specialists, on the Internet at National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.