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 human resources. You’ll develop new and valued HR competencies through the study of various HR disciplines and find new ways to meet the challenges and demands that you encounter on the job.

Composed entirely of master’s courses, the human resource management certificate gives you the chance to earn a marketable credential in as few as four courses—and get credits that can be applied to Capella's MS in Human Resources program.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core courses

Classes Start July 13th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

We’ve decided to waive all application fees until further notice.

What you’ll learn

Lead in the workplace

Learn to forecast staffing needs and find new ways to attract and retain talent.

Plan your workforce

Focus on new and effective methods for acquisition and workforce planning. 

Make decisions using analytics

Understand the role of measurements and metrics and align HR strategies with business objectives.

Support your organization

Evaluate how Human Resource Management strategy plays into larger organizational strategies in the global environment.

Explore the impact of leadership

Examine organizational behavior and leadership to see how leaders impact individuals, teams, and organizations.

Prepare for certification

Understand knowledge in the Human Resource Management field and prepare for the PHR® and SPHR® certification exams.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Kickstart your next degree

This certificate program allows you to earn a marketable credential and credits that can be applied to Capella's MS HRM program.

Full access to WSJ

We’ve teamed with The Wall Street Journal to give business students full digital access to timely, relevant business news.

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 more 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

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*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. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

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.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample 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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HRM5015 *
Leading and Managing Workplace Learning

In this course, learners focus on the theories and application of training to include needs assessment, program design and implementation, and the evaluation of training programs, including return on investment. Learners also study career planning and succession planning. Finally, learners review the strategic role of development in the long term functioning of the organization. Prerequisite(s): HRM5002.

4 quarter credits
HRM5025 *
Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning

In this course, learners analyze approaches for forecasting staffing needs, and attracting and retaining talent. Learners evaluate the metrics used to measure the effectiveness of both recruiting and staffing needs and processes. Learners also examine the impact of laws and technology on the staffing environment. Prerequisite(s): MBA learners must have completed HRM5310. MS in Human Resource Management learners must have completed HRM5002. 

4 quarter credits
HRM5035 *
Analytics, Metrics, and Decision Making for Human Resource Management

In this course, learners gain an understanding of the role of measurements and metrics in making informed decisions and aligning HRM strategies with business objectives. Learners examine Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS), performance management, and HRM Analytics, and the ways in which the HRM professional can utilize these tools to effectively contribute to their organizations. Prerequisite(s): HRM5002.

4 quarter credits
HRM5045 *
Enterprise-Aligned Human Resource Management Strategy

In this course, learners analyze the concept and process of strategic human resource management (HRM). Learners also evaluate how HRM strategy can guide an organization’s human resource function through reviewing external employee market conditions and how leveraging internal HRM capabilities support proactive and responsive human capital initiatives. Learners examine HRM strategy using the perspective of human capital management and development and analyze how these components influence an organization’s human resource strategy. Prerequisite(s): HRM5002.

4 quarter credits
HRM5075 *
Leading and Influencing for the Human Resource Practitioner

This course helps guide learners through an analysis of their own leadership strengths and capabilities, preparing them to develop skills to become an influential HR practitioner. The course emphasizes understanding the human resource professional choices in leadership theories and models, awareness of the learner's leadership strengths, tools to build trust and relationships, and clarity of the learners continued need to develop as a leader.  Prerequisite(s): HRM5002.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

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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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