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Online Human Resource Management Certificate

Gain the Skills You Need for Success in Human Resources

Human resource experts play an essential role in helping organizations thrive. Employers need trained HR professionals to attract and retain top talent while supporting company culture. Take a leap toward leadership in your human resources career and prepare for in-demand positions within this dynamic field with a 100% online certificate program from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

The online Human Resource Management certificate is a graduate program exclusive to Saint Mary’s University and delivers job-ready skills for your chosen career path. Consisting of 12 credits, this program is a part of Saint Mary’s Accelerators, a carefully crafted series of master’s-level graduate certificates designed to help you meet your professional goals. The certificate may be completed alone, or you can apply your certificate credits toward a master’s degree to finish your education and advance your career faster.

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Why Earn Your HR Management Certification Online?

The online Human Resource Management certificate from Saint Mary’s delivers advanced skills that many of today’s HR employers demand. With expert instruction from top-skilled faculty, you’ll study strategic management, negotiating tactics, and employment law while earning credit you can apply to your graduate degree. This accelerated program allows you to train for human resource manager roles on your schedule through an online platform you can access at the times and in the locations you choose.

Program Highlights

  • Apply Credits to Select Graduate Programs
  • Hands-on Human Resources Training
  • Digital Badging for all Graduate Certificate Courses

Course List & Requirements

Our online Human Resource Management certificate includes four courses for 12 credit hours, all of which can be completed online in just two semesters. You may complete the certificate as a standalone program or accelerate your education completion time by applying your credits toward a master's degree.

  • This course examines human resource management in the context of business policy and competitive strategy. The core competencies required to become a successful human resource manager are discussed. Topics include an overview of business policy, the role of human resource planning, strategic human resource management, initiating organizational change, promoting an ethical perspective, and using technology for planning and administering human resource functions.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Outline the core competencies needed to become a successful human resource manager
    • Analyze how business strategy, competition, labor markets, technology, labor unions, and government regulations affect human resource planning activities, including skill inventories and supply/demand forecasting
    • Formulate how human resource policies, systems, and organizational design support an organization’s business strategy
    • Appraise employment practices related to recruitment, selection, and performance management
    • Evaluate training and development practices such as career counseling, needs assessment, and career pathing

  • This course examines employment law and its impact on business. It reviews employment law practices and trends, the statutory framework, major court cases, how the law of contract and tort apply to employment situations, and anti-discrimination laws.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Articulate legal definitions of and distinctions in the employer-employee relationship, including issues related to employment-at-will, independent contractors, and negligent hiring
    • Analyze discrimination issues likely to be faced by human resource managers in compliance with Title VII and resulting legislation and court rulings
    • Analyze state and federal issues addressed by business and industry, including fair labor standards, occupational safety and health, retirement income security, and employee right to privacy
    • Evaluate employee accommodation and leave issues resulting from state and federal legislation
    • Assess policies and procedures for terminating employees, including mass layoffs and plant closings

    Prerequisite: HRM601

  • This course analyzes theories of total reward systems, including compensation, benefits, retirement, other rewards, motivation, and equity theories. Contemporary issues associated with the design, financing, communication, education, and legal issues of total reward systems are examined. Public policy and legal/regulatory issues affecting compensation, healthcare, and pensions and their impact on employers and employees are also discussed.

    Prerequisite: HRM601

  • This course examines the concepts and the application of internal consulting in the human resources function of any organization. It draws from thought leaders in practice and leverages real-world situations. The goal is to equip human resource professionals to be strategic business partners. Conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution methods are also covered.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Analyze the roles of the human resource professional as a strategic business partner, change agent, and employee advocate
    • Design a collaborative engagement with an organizational manager using the key phases of internal consulting
    • Articulate the opportunities and problems with internal consulting, including using audit data and reports to inform business decisions and the need for change management
    • Synthesize risk management components, including financial implications
    • Evaluate one’s strengths and development opportunities as a consultant and leader of special and cross-functional project teams
    • Identify alternative dispute resolution methods and propose when such methods might be used to resolve individual, departmental, or organizational conflict

    Prerequisite: HRM601

  • Featuring 12 credits of hands-on human resources training, our courses are delivered in a format designed for your success. You will learn to be a strategic partner in any organization, implementing effective policies and procedures to accomplish business goals.

    Students who possess current Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) or Society for Human Resource Management, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification prior to admission may substitute another three-credit elective course for the HRM 601 course. For more details, contact an enrollment counselor.

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.


The online Human Resource Management certificate is designed to be completed in one year and is financial aid eligible. No prerequisite coursework is required, and you don't need GRE/GMAT scores to apply.

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the program director
    • A written statement: Your background and future goals all impact your success with Saint Mary’s and inform your education. As you prepare your written statement, think about including previous experiences, education, and your strengths and interests. Share your motivations for entering the online human resource management certificate program and how it will contribute to your career

  • No prerequisite coursework is required for the online human resource management certificate program.

  • You don’t need GRE/GMAT scores to apply for this program.

  • Transfer credits are not accepted for this certificate program.

    • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing
    • Saint Mary’s accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0, the Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74 percent, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 51, or the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0

  • Whether you apply through our online application via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

    $25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary’s alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans, and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.

    Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to or mailed to:

    Transcript Processing Center
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751

    An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.

    Two references: Provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, and phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you professionally, such as current or former supervisors.

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online Human Resource Management graduate certificate:

    • Fall: August 20, 2024
    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Summer: April 22, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s online Human Resource Management graduate certificate:

    • Fall: September 3, 2024
    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing a quality education that is accessible and affordable. Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees of the online Human Resource Management certificate.

Human Resource Management Certificate Careers & Salary

With the online Human Resource Management certificate, you can gain the skills you need for various career opportunities. When you finish your studies, you will have relevant knowledge and experience for human resource manager roles and positions including human resources generalist and compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialist. These professionals are vital in organizations across industries as leaders and personnel experts. The salary breakdown of human resource professionals is:

Human Resources Specialists


Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists


Human Resources Managers


Compensation and Benefits Managers


growth rate is expected for human resources managers from 2020 to 20303


of human resources managers earned over $208,000 in 2021.3

What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the role of human resources as strategic business partners in organizational strategy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of total rewards practice and strategy, including compensation and benefits
  • Analyze organizational policies and procedures on employment law and statutory frameworks
  • Evaluate employment practices on recruitment, selection, and performance management

Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

You may apply for admission to Saint Mary's online Human Resources Management graduate certificate program anytime. After you are admitted, you may begin taking online classes at the start of any semester: Spring, Summer, or Fall.

Transfer credits are not accepted for this certificate program.

No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient for you.

All the information about eligibility and admissions requirements can be found on this page.

All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

It's easy! Your journey to a more rewarding career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor. Or, you can request more information and we'll reach out to you. If you already know Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the right place to earn your online Human Resources Management certificate, go ahead and begin the Online Application Process.

No. The degree you earn online from Saint Mary's is identical to the degree offered on campus.

To earn your online Human Resources Management certificate, you will complete 12 credit hours of program work. You'll be able to complete your coursework in as little as two semesters.

The program is fully online.

No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

Yes. Certain coursework requires software that is only compatible with a Windows-based PC, and will not properly work on a Mac computer (Apple iOS). Therefore, to be successful in the program, you will either need to use a Windows-based PC or partition your Mac so that the required Windows OS software is available.

Absolutely. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and a number of different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Human Resources Specialists.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved on June 10, 2022, from
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved on June 10, 2022, from
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Human Resources Managers.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved on June 10, 2022, from
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Compensation and Benefits Managers.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved on June 10, 2022, from