Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management Certificate

Powered by changes in the business environment, organizations of all types – from start-ups to not-for-profit, local to global – are driving the demand for dynamic and knowledgeable human resource professionals. Organizations succeed by how skillfully they develop, allocate, and lead their most valuable asset- people! 

The undergraduate Certificate in Human Resources offers a fast-paced, deep dive into the HR Professional’s role in helping individuals, work groups, and organizations succeed. Each course in the program focuses on practical information and emphasizes the ways in which the vital concepts taught in the program apply to real workplace situations. This concentrated 18 credit hour program is appropriate for anyone who seeks a career in human resource management or leadership roles.   

The format is easily adaptable to meet your needs.  You can complete the course work entirely through an online format, allowing you to learn while continuing your career, or take classes at the IUPUI downtown campus.  Courses are taught by HR professionals who are active in their profession.   


Your Certificate in Human Resource Management prepares you for such careers as 

  • VP Human Resources  
  • HR Manager 
  • Training Manager 
  • Compensation Analyst    
  • HR Generalist 
  • HR Recruiter 
  • Benefits Administrator 
  • HR Assistant 


To earn the Human Resource Management Certificate through Organizational Leadership, students must successfully complete 18 credit hours of HR coursework with a grade of "C" or higher in all classes and submit an Application for Graduation prior to enrollment in their final semester in the program. There are no prerequesites required for students earning this Certificate; however, prior completion of ENG-W131 (English Composition) and COMM-R110 (Speech or Rhetoric) is highly suggested. 

Students will complete these three courses:

This course covers the regulatory environment of the employment relationship. Topics will include discrimination and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; recruitment and selection; affirmative action; rights of union and nonunion employees; Fair Labor Standards Act; Equal Pay Act; employee benefit plans; unemployment compensation; and right to discharge.

An overview of human resource functions in organizations today. Descriptions of each major function; case studies to explore applications of human resource principles.

A detailed look at the recruiting function of organizations to give the student a sense of the challenges of recruiting qualified employees in the twenty-first century. Actual examples, group exercises, and considerable class discussion.
Students will select 9 credit hours from this list:

Aspects of occupational safety and health that are essential to the first line supervisor. Emphasis on economic, legal, and social factors related to providing a safe and healthful working environment.

This course will promote an understanding of employee benefit programs.  Students will learn about the strategic importance of employee benefits and approaches to planning a benefits program while applying the legal, regulatory, and industry influences on employee benefits practices.

This course provides insight into uses of analytics in HR, why it is important, and how HR analytics add value to organization.  Students will explore resources that will align an organization's mission and goals with key metrics and benchmarks.

Aspects of job training that are essential to the first line supervisor. Emphasis on understanding the way people learn jobs and job skills.

Problems of workers, with possible solutions as suggested by organized labor and management. Regulations concerning management, labor, the collective bargaining agreement, and grievance and arbitration procedures.

This course teaches the intricacies of navigating employee relations issues experienced from new hire to termination.  Topics will include employee performance and discipline, legal compliance, employee separation, and retention.

Focuses on the management of employee compensation. Examines the current state of compensation management and implications of recent theoretical and research developments related to compensation decisions. Gives each student the opportunity to develop a compensation package.