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Online Human Resource Management Certificate

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  • Duration 1 year
  • Cost per credit $824
  • Credit hours 12

Program Benefits

  • No application fee
  • Six start dates per year
  • Financial aid available

Expand your HR opportunities with a one-year certificate

No matter where you are in your human resource management career, an online Certificate in Human Resource Management from Brenau provides the graduate-level skills you need to expand your horizons and pursue success. You’ll study advanced topics in employment law, talent acquisition and HR strategy. Brenau’s certificate program supplements your previous education and experience, giving you a competitive advantage.

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Gain a credential that will help you stand out in a growing field

The demand for human resource managers is expected to grow by 7% between 2021 and 2031, and the median pay for the role was $126,230 in 2021.1 With your Certificate in Human Resource Management, you can pursue this and other positions, including:

  • Compensation and benefits manager
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Training and development manager

Break into the industry or elevate your current HR career to a new level with your online certificate.

Supplement your business knowledge with HR expertise

4 courses

12 total credit hours

No matter how you want to use your HR education, our courses allow you to gain the skills you need for your aspirations.

Course spotlights:

  • MG 733 Human Resource Management
  • HR 750 Talent Acquisition & Management
  • HR 760 HRM Total Rewards
  • HR 785 Human Resource Strategy

It’s always a good time to apply

No work experience required

No application fee

The online Certificate in Human Resource Management offers six start dates per year, so you can apply anytime and start your education as soon as possible. With no application fee, you can apply risk-free.

To apply to Brenau’s online Human Resource Management Certificate, you’ll need:

Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
Copy of updated professional resume/curriculum vitae
Admission Details

We strive to make your education affordable

$824 per credit hour

Financial aid available

By choosing Brenau, you’re investing in education that will set you on a path to a successful career. Along with affordable tuition, you can pursue federal financial aid to make your program even more cost-effective.

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What you’ll learn

Our certificate coursework is designed to supplement your existing business knowledge to allow you to expand your human resources career. When you complete the graduate certificate program, you’ll have the expertise you need to be competitive in this growing field.

Program outcomes

With Brenau’s Certificate in Human Resource Management, you can:

  • Integrate HR strategies into your companies’ overall plans.
  • Develop solid business fundamentals that will put you out in front as a human resource professional.
  • Gain specialized training and real-world experience.

About our dedicated, supportive faculty

Faculty members at Brenau are dedicated to helping you succeed. Most classes feature a small student-to-faculty ratio, so you can get to know your professors and their unique areas of expertise. As you broaden your professional network, you’ll have the mentorship and support of our faculty throughout your program.

Shatrela Washington-Hubbard

Shatrela Washington-Hubbard, PhD, Swinton A. Griffith III Dean of the College of Business & Communication

Faculty Spotlight

During her tenure at Brenau, Washington-Hubbard has re-established the Society for Human Resource Management academic alignment for the undergraduate and graduate human resource management programs. Additionally, she established Brenau as a recertification provider for SHRM. Her work also led to academic alignment with the Human Resources Certification Institute for the undergraduate and graduate HR programs.

Washington-Hubbard earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University, a master’s in human resources from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in Learning, Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Georgia. Her research areas include entrepreneurial mindset, leadership development and women’s career development.

Online learning

At Brenau, you will learn in small classes, which gives you plenty of opportunities to ask questions and receive one-on-one support from your professors. With flexible scheduling and online delivery, we make education fit into your busy life. Our programs respond to the needs of today’s students, so you’ll receive the education you need to become a leader who makes a difference. From here, you can.

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Frequently asked questions

Explore our frequently asked questions for in-depth answers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us.

You can complete the program in as little as one year. To see the curriculum, view the program page.

Tuition is $824 per credit hour. You’ll need to complete 12 credit hours for a total tuition of $9,888. You can review tuition costs on the program page.

Entrance exams are not required. You can learn more about our admissions policy on the program page.

The requirements for the online Certificate in Human Resource Management include:

  • A completed online application
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official transcripts from each college you’ve attended
  • Professional resume or CV

You can learn more about our admission requirements on the program page.

You’ll complete 12 credit hours to earn the online Certificate in Human Resource Management. You can review courses on the program page to learn more.

The online Certificate in Human Resource Management does not follow a cohort model — you may take courses in the order you choose as long as you meet the prerequisites.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. “Human Resources Managers.” Retrieved March 6, 2023, from