Graduate Certificate in Human Resources

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Program at a Glance

  • Develop your professional skills with a human resources graduate certificate.
  • Study subjects such as employment and labor law, talent development and recruitment, and assessment models.
  • Gain specialized knowledge to seek mid-level employment in the growing field of human resources.*
Upcoming Start Dates

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

Course Effort
20 Hours per Week
Course Length
6-Week Sessions
Average Completion
7 months
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
16
(11 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$485
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Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Overview

At Purdue Global, you can enjoy the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Our human resources graduate certificate program offers a targeted curriculum designed to enhance your professional expertise and help you stand out to employers.

You will explore the key areas of HR including:

  • Employment and labor law
  • Employee training and professional development
  • How to leverage reward systems within an organization
  • Fundamentals of hiring and assessing talent

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

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

Get a Head Start on Your Master’s Degree

By completing a certificate, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, but you’ll also lay the groundwork for your next degree. Qualified credits can apply toward certain Purdue Global master’s degree programs.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a master’s degree program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

This graduate certificate program includes four courses designed to help students excel in human resources.

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Sample Courses
  • Employment Law
  • Training and Development
  • Strategic Rewards System
  • Recruitment and Selection

Program Requirements

  • Total Credits
    16

Career Opportunities

Earning your online graduate certificate in human resources can help you develop the knowledge to pursue mid-level positions in the field of human resources.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Management of Personnel Resources
  2. Judgement and Decision Making
  3. Active Listening
  4. Speaking
  5. Reading Comprehension

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

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

Future Programs: The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.