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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 Enroll

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 Specialists in the U.S. Source: Lightcast™ 2022

Annual Job Openings
Projected Growth
Salary for Highly Experienced Professionals
(Median Salary $63k)

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 (4.00 Units)
MGMT X450.1
  to be scheduled   Online
MGMT X456.8
Leading Successful Organizational Change (3.00 Units)
MGMT X456.8
Online to be scheduled to be scheduled Online
MGMT X450.2
Talent Acquisition, Management & Retention (4.00 Units)
MGMT X450.2
Online   to be scheduled  
MGMT X450.3
Compensation and Reward Systems (4.00 Units)
MGMT X450.3
  to be scheduled   Online
MGMT X452.1
Human Resources and the Law (4.00 Units)
MGMT X452.1
Online to be scheduled to be scheduled  
MGMT X450.12
Introduction to Employee Benefits (4.00 Units)
MGMT X450.12
  to be scheduled   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 (4.00 Units)
MGMT X450.7
Online   to be scheduled Online

Elective Courses

Human Resources
MGMT X497.32
Foundations of Leadership (2.00 Units)
MGMT X497.32
MGMT X497.35
Conflict Resolution (2.00 Units)
MGMT X497.35
Online   to be scheduled  
Communication in a Diverse and Changing Workplace (2.00 Units)
Online   to be scheduled  
MGMT X446.4
Modern Business Writing (2.50 Units)
MGMT X446.4
  to be scheduled   Online
Also of Interest
MGMT 850.13
PHR/SPHR Test Preparation Course (2.00 CEU)
MGMT 850.13
    to be scheduled  

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

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 13 Oct 19 Jan 18 Apr 18
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 25 Jan 8 Apr 1 Jun 24
Courses End* (week of) Dec 11 Mar 18 Jun 10 Sep 9
Administrative Holidays Nov 10, Nov 23-24, Dec 25-26, Jan 1-2 Jan 15, Feb 19 Mar 29, May 27 Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 2

*Actual dates may vary by program.


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Earn a Certificate

Apply to become a candidate for the program: A Declaration of Candidacy is required to establish candidacy in this program. Complete the application and pay the application and candidacy fee of $125 (non-refundable). Learn more about the benefits of becoming a candidate. Candidacy is not required to enroll into individual course in a program.

A candidate in the program is awarded a certificate upon the successful completion of six (6) required courses and two (2) elective courses totaling 27 units, each with a letter grade of “C” or better. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in their first course. To receive the Certified Digital Certificate after the completing all the program requirements, students must submit the Request for Certificate to initiate the certificate audit process. Students not pursuing the certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Transfer Credit

Students who complete the HR Management Certificate Program may be eligible to transfer credits into Excelsior College’s Master of Science in Human Resource Management, Master of Business Administration-Human Resource Management, and Master of Science in Management-Human Resource Management

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Advisory Committee

  • Megan Bickle, Head of Talent Development, Org Effectiveness and Employee Listening, Amplitude
  • Tracy Dittmeier, Talent Development Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Parker Aerospace
  • Jennifer McCusker, Founder, McCusker Consulting
  • Deanna Miranda, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, McKinley Equipment Corporation
  • Adam T. Porter, SPHR, Senior Director, Human Resources, Edwards Lifesciences

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
  • Estimated fees for completing the program is approximately $5,445. Note that you pay for each class as you enroll, as opposed to the entire tuition sum at once. Required courses are $675 each, and prices for elective classes vary (pricing subject to change). There is also a one-time candidacy declaration fee of $125, to be paid prior to your third class. Please keep in mind that this cost does not include textbooks, which some of our instructors do require. Textbook information for specific courses can be found on our website on the enrollment page. You may order books from a third party vendor such as Please note you will need to purchase a parking permit should you choose to take classes on campus.
  • 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.
  • What is remote and hybrid instruction?
  • These courses are also held “online,” but have synchronous components. Remote courses take place mainly through Zoom synchronous/live sessions on a scheduled date and time. Hybrid courses use a blend of both synchronous and asynchronous components. Asynchronous components can include online discussion forums, quizzes, assignments, or other activities that can be completed at any time of day. Synchronous components take place during live sessions on a scheduled date and time, whether that is through Zoom or in person on campus.
  • 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.

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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