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.*
  • Prepare for the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHPR) certification exam.
COURSE EFFORT 20 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 6 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 16
COST PER CREDIT $485
How Do I Get Started?

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

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.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Human Resources, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

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.

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

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.§

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

Sample Courses
  • Employment Law
  • Training and Development
  • Strategic Rewards System
  • Recruitment and Selection
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Credit Breakdown
  • Total Credits16

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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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.

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.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

§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.