Human Resource Management

Ideal for those who wish to pursue advanced training in human resource management. Also well-positioned for mid-level, mid-career Human Resource professionals interested in a credential that may bolster their career advancement in Human Resource Management. Courses address the main functions performed within a Human Resources function, such as talent management, performance management, managing the legal issues involved in HR and understanding the financial impact of HR on the overall organization. Students who successfully complete this certificate and are admitted to the Masters in Human Resource Management program will be able to use this program’s coursework toward partial fulfillment of the Masters degree requirements. 

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university
  • Completed Graduate Application for Admission, including a resume and official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from employers or faculty
  • Personal statement of interest in and qualifications for the certificate program
  • Admission requires approval by the Jack Welch College of Business

Program Structure

  • Courses are academically accredited at the graduate level
  • Courses are offered in a hybrid format, partially online (during the week) and partially in-class (every other Saturday during the term) at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT
  • Completed course maybe applied toward the Masters of Human Resource Management (additional application requirements are necessary)
  • Certificate students attend courses with Masters of Human Resource Management students from a variety of backgrounds and companies, ensuring exposure to a broad range of learning experiences

Recommended Course of Study | 12 credits

HR 610 Performance Management     3 CR
This course examines systems and processes for evaluation and improvement of employees’ performance. Systematic and organizational processes for setting performance standards, monitoring, documenting and evaluating performance will be reviewed. Performance improvement interventions will also be evaluated. Particular attention will be placed upon performance as a strategic issue, and application in the students’ work environment. Current best practices will be considered in the discussion.

HR 615 Finance for HR Professionals     3 CR
A study of financial management concepts and techniques, useful for Human Resources within a larger corporate environment.  Special emphasis will be placed on a general understanding of corporate finance reports and instruments that HR professionals should know.

HR 611 Workforce Management and Talent Development     3 CR
In an effort to be competitive, organizations of all types must efficiently manage their workforce in order to achieve organizational goals.  Human resource professionals need to understand how to manage an organization’s human capital needs including workforce planning and forecasting, training and leadership development, succession planning, globalization and diversity of workforce, outsourcing/rightsizing, and the contribution of human capital to organizational development.  This course will focus on how organizations can best manage and develop their workforce in order to achieve short term and long term organizational goals.

MGT 636 Legal Issues for HR     3 CR
Examines the legal relationship between an employer and an employee in the business environment. Special attention is given to how these issues are dealt with as companies expand globally.

Alternative Course of Study | 12 credits

A customized course of study, developed for the individual student’s unique needs and interests can be created, in collaboration with the MS-HRM Program Director.  The alternative course of study can be crafted by selecting any four of the courses below:

  • HR 607 Introduction to Human Resource Management     3 CR
  • HR 615 Finance for HR Managers     3 CR
  • MGT 636 Legal Issues in Human Resources     3 CR
  • HR 610 Performance Management     3 CR
  • HR 611 Workforce Management and Talent Development     3 CR
  • HR 613 Diversity and Inclusion     3 CR
  • HR 631 Managing a Global Workforce     3 CR
  • HR 638 Compensation and Benefits     3 CR
  • HR 634 Training and Development     3 CR
  • MGT 632 Managing Change     3 CR
  • MGT 664 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution     3 CR

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