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Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate

School of Business and Technology

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 April 8th

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.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. 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
$11,360 estimated tuition*
$710 per credit, 16 total quarter credits, 0 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.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

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

Depending on the program and school, you may be able to apply transfer credits to your Capella education.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. An enrollment counselor can tell you more.

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
HRM5015 Leading and Managing Workplace Learning
HRM5025 Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning
HRM5035 Analytics, Metrics, and Decision Making for Human Resource Management
HRM5045 Enterprise-Aligned Human Resource Management Strategy
HRM5075 Leading and Influencing for the Human Resource Practitioner

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.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Enrollment Counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career Center

Our career team can help you with resumes,  interview preparation, networking, career planning, and more.

Relevant Blog Posts

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Other Programs to Explore

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Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.