For-Credit Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Development


HR Management Human Resources Certificate

Leverage Human Resources and Align as a Strategic Partner

As companies form and expand, there is high demand for HR managers and executives who can strategically manage and develop an effective workforce. Focused on leading individuals as well as meeting long-term organizational goals, MSU’s Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Development helps you connect core functions of HR, including compensation, training and development, talent management, and labor relations to overall business strategy. Gain the knowledge and skills to improve the performance and competitive position of your organization through this focused program comprised of only four courses (9 credits). All four courses are included in MSU’s Master of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership, so the credits you earn can be applied toward a master’s degree if you decide to purse your education further.

The Broad College of Business graduate programs instill a roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic most top employers seek. This program combines a foundation of HR courses covering topics from compensation systems, staffing, developing learning organizations and more to help you advance in this upwardly mobile career path. This curriculum was designed by some of the top researchers in their field, including many who teach in MSU’s MBA Human Resource Management Concentration, which was ranked #2 globally by the Financial Times in 2012.

Graduate Certificates Designed for You Now Exclusively Online


This graduate certificate, offered exclusively online, was designed specifically for self-directed professionals like you, looking to continue their education. This credential leverages the convenience of anytime, anywhere interactive, video-based e-learning, opening doors to career advancement opportunities, while fitting into the constraints of your busy schedule. Breaking the mold of traditional online graduate courses, 5-week courses allow you to gain more skills and knowledge in an accelerated time frame. The length of time it takes to complete the graduate certificate is dependent on course availability.

What You’ll Learn


  • How to leverage human resources and align with organizational strategies to create competitive and global advantages
  • Ways to develop a learning organization that inspires and nurtures top talent, helping to retain the leaders your organization needs to succeed
  • Management of labor, compliance and regulatory issues
  • How theory, research and legal foundations impact staffing decisions
  • Ways to link rewards and compensation packages with recruiting, employee selection, training and development, and performance reviews
  • Methods for motivating, providing meaningful feedback and influencing change
  • How to analyze the cost, benefit and ROI of training programs

Who Should Enroll?


The For-Credit Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Development is designed for professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree and have at least three years of full-time work experience. Ideal candidates will have earned a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA.

Those who might be interested in the graduate certificate include:

  • General managers
  • Human resource specialists
  • Training and development managers
  • Compensation and benefits managers
  • Administrative services managers
  • Human resource managers