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Human Resources Management


Obtain the knowledge and skills required to successfully fulfill the role of human resources generalist.

Through course work that reflects the most current activities and functions in human resources, this certificate program gives you a comprehensive view of the generalist's role. You'll leave this program with the ability to confidently interface with those in specialty human resources areas and have a positive influence on the HR function within your organization.

This program is highly regarded by local employers for its "real-world" focus, immediate applicability in the workplace, and most up-to-date information on domestic and international HR practices.

Who Should Attend

Human resources generalists, human resources assistants, trainers, recruiters, staffing specialists, office managers of small to medium size companies, managers who will soon be supervising employees, and individuals seeking a career change.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for human resources managers in the United States.

Projected Growth
Annual Salary
(25th-75th Percentile)

Program Benefits

  • Increase your knowledge of staffing, compensation, employee relations, recruitment, organizational development, training, and benefits.
  • Expand your awareness and knowledge of government regulations as they pertain to HR.
  • Learn to successfully integrate new technologies in the human resources function.
Graduate Najla DeBow discusses her experiences in the program and why the education is beneficial to those already in the field and those just beginning

Course Schedule

Required Courses

MGMT X450.1
Foundations of Human Resources Management (4 units)
MGMT X450.1
to be scheduled Online Campus Online Campus to be scheduled
MGMT X456.8
Leading Successful Organizational Change (3 units)
MGMT X456.8
to be scheduled Campus Online  
MGMT X450.2
Talent Acquisition, Management & Retention (4 units)
MGMT X450.2
to be scheduled Campus Online to be scheduled
MGMT X450.3
Compensation and Reward Systems (4 units)
MGMT X450.3
to be scheduled Online Campus to be scheduled
MGMT X452.1
Human Resources and the Law (4 units)
MGMT X452.1
to be scheduled Online Campus to be scheduled
MGMT X450.12
Introduction to Employee Benefits (4 units)
MGMT X450.12
to be scheduled Campus Online to be scheduled
MGMT X450.12 OR MGMT X450.7

MGMT X450.12 OR MGMT X450.7
MGMT X450.7
Training and Human Resources Development (4 units)
MGMT X450.7
to be scheduled Online   to be scheduled

Elective Courses

Human Resources
MGMT X497.32
Foundations of Leadership (2 units)
MGMT X497.32
  Online   to be scheduled
MGMT X497.35
Conflict Resolution (2 units)
MGMT X497.35
to be scheduled   Online  
MGMT X486.3
Mindfulness-Based Strategies in Business (2 units)
MGMT X486.3
to be scheduled   Online  
Communication in a Diverse and Changing Workplace (2 units)
to be scheduled Online Online Online  
MGMT X446.4
Modern Business Writing (2.5 units)
MGMT X446.4
  Online   to be scheduled
Influence, Persuasion & Negotiation (2.5 units)
  Online   to be scheduled
MGMT X454.2
HR Metrics and Analytics (2 units)
MGMT X454.2
MGMT X450.87
HR Digital Tools & Workplace Trends (1.5 units)
MGMT X450.87
to be scheduled   Accel.  
Also of Interest
MGMT 850.12
aPHR™ Test Preparation (1.5 CEU)
MGMT 850.12
to be scheduled Accel.   to be scheduled

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Learn How To Earn Your CertificateCertificate Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of six required courses and two elective courses each with a letter grade of “C” or better. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
  • Estimated fees for completing the program in a classroom setting is approximately $4700 and for the online format it is $5200. Note that you pay for each class as you enroll, as opposed to the entire tuition sum at once. Required online classes are $650 each, and on campus classes are $585 each. Prices for elective classes vary based on format and unit value. There is also a one-time candidacy declaration fee of $125, to be paid after your second class. Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • How long will it take me to complete the entire program?
  • That depends on how many classes you can take at once. Given that the program consists of 8 classes (6 required, 2 elective), if you take one class per quarter you would be done in two years. Most students who work full time take one or two classes per quarter, depending on their work schedules and other obligations. You can take as many simultaneous courses as you wish, but we strongly recommend starting with one or two to ensure you have the necessary time to devote to the course(s).
  • Do I have to apply and be accepted before I start?
  • No. This is an open-enrollment program, and you will not have to provide transcripts or prove prerequisites before you begin.
  • Do I have to take the classes in order?
  • No. You can take the classes in any order that you like. However, if you are new to the field of Human Resources, we strongly recommend that you begin with MGMT X450.1 Foundations of Human Resources Management.
  • Can I complete the entire program online?
  • Yes. While not every class will be available online every term, we cycle through the curriculum offerings during the year so that it is possible to complete the entire program online.
  • I've never taken an online class. How does it work? Is it self-paced?
  • No, the classes are not self-paced. Our online classes take place in an asynchronous online environment, meaning there will not be a day of the week or time of day that you will need to be online. You can log in when you have time to do so. However, the courses are structured week-to-week, from Monday to Sunday, and you are expected to log in multiple times during the week to keep up with class discussions and assignments.
  • I am an international student / I am located overseas – am I able to enroll?
  • Yes. As an open-enrollment program, international students are welcome in the program. Please note that if English is not your native language, enrollment in this program assumes that you have a working proficiency in English to allow you to engage in high-level academic discourse without any additional language coaching. If you are interested in taking the program fully online, you may enroll in courses via the Continuing Education website at your convenience and on a quarter by quarter basis. You are not required to have a student visa while taking online courses from your home county.

    If you wish to apply for an F-1 student visa to study in person at UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE), you must formally apply to UC Irvine DCE's International Programs and request an I-20. Please keep in mind that not all evening certificate programs are available to F-1 student visa holders based on the availability of classes that meet on campus. We cannot issue an I-20 for fully online programs. Please contact our International Programs office at or visit the International Programs website for more information.
  • Do you offer job placement at the end of the program?
  • No. While UCI DCE does not offer placement services, our certificate certainly puts you in a good position to find employment. Additionally, the networking to be done in the class can also be invaluable. Our advisors, instructors, and a good number of our students, are current professionals in the HR field, and are an excellent resource for hiring trends and opportunities.
  • Is UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education an accredited institution?
  • Yes. We are affiliated with the University of California system of schools, and are accredited through WASC. DCE programs are all approved by the respective school within UCI (ie – Human Resources Management classes are approved through UCI's Paul Merage School of Business). For more information, please see UCI Accreditation.
  • What is the “declaration of candidacy”? When do I have to complete it?
  • The declaration of candidacy can be thought of as declaring your major for the certificate program. This lets our student services know that you intend to complete the entire program, and puts you on track for the certificate when you have completed all requirements. We strongly recommend that you complete the declaration of candidacy and pay the applicable fee before enrolling into your third class.

Advisory Committee

  • Mark Carneal, President, Innovative Resources Consultant Group, Inc.
  • Tracy Dittmeier, Talent Development Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Parker Aerospace
  • Lorna Larson, MBA, SPHR, Sr. Director, Human Resources, Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Jennifer McCusker, Sr. Director, Global Talent & Organizational Development, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Deanna Miranda, SPHR, Manager, Human Resources, BSH Home Appliances Corporation
  • Carole Morris, Founder, Tap the Gap Coaching
  • Adam T. Porter, SPHR, Senior Director, Human Resources, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Janet Randolph, MBA, Principal, Hermosa Human Capital Consulting & Advisory Services

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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