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Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP)

The Human Resources Business Partner Specialized Studies will not be offered after the Fall 2020 Quarter. Individuals interested in earning the specialized studies certificate must successfully complete all program requirements by this date. If you have any questions, please email or call (949) 824-5043.



Today's human resources professionals are increasingly required to fulfill more advanced functions within their organizations. In order to be effective leaders, it is critical for them to understand the connection between HR strategies and overall business outcomes. A focused, particular skillset can assist HR leaders in guiding the best interests of the company while managing their own department.

The fully online HR Business Partner Specialized Studies can help accomplished professionals like you increase your presence as an effective business partner and amplify the overall role of human resources within your organization.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for human resources managers. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

Annual Job Openings
Projected Growth
Median Salary
(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $201k)

Program Benefits

  • Identify or create the link between strategic HR management and departmental business goals
  • Examine strategies to drive departmental success through human capital development and planning
  • Effectively partner with departmental leadership and collaborate with non-HR entities for improved organizational efficiency
  • Drive results-oriented culture change leading to successful outcomes
  • Implement effective organizational design, where applicable, for employee performance and department success
  • Heighten the role of human resources in strategic organizational leadership, as per personnel models and strategic goals

Required Courses

MGMT X454.11
Linking HR Strategy to Business Success (1.50 Units)
MGMT X454.11
MGMT X454.21
Organizational Design and Development (1.00 Unit)
MGMT X454.21
MGMT X454.12
Learning and Development (1.00 Unit)
MGMT X454.12
MGMT X454.17
Building a Talent Pipeline From Within (1.00 Unit)
MGMT X454.17
MGMT X454.13
HR Coaching and Consulting (1.00 Unit)
MGMT X454.13
MGMT X454.16
HR Metrics and Analytics (1.50 Units)
MGMT X454.16
MGMT X454.81
Coaching for Your Professional Development (1.50 Units)
MGMT X454.81

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 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 16 Oct 22 Jan 21 Apr 22
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 21 Jan 4 Mar 29 Jun 21
Courses End* (week of) Dec 14 Mar 15 Jun 7 Sep 7
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-25, Dec 31 Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 15 Mar 26, May 31 Jul 5, Sep 6

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Learn How To Earn Your CertificateSpecialized Studies Award Requirements

A specialized studies certificate is awarded upon successful completion of seven required courses totaling 8.5 units. Students must earn a letter grade of “C” or better in each course in order to be eligible for the specialized studies. To receive your digital certificate, submit a Request for Certificate with a non-refundable $35 application fee after completing all program requirements. Students not pursuing a specialized studies award are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

“Leadership is being redefined. The hierarchical control and command structures of the past may look archaic and ineffective in managing a global workforce…HR will have to play the change agent in identifying and developing effective next generation of leaders.” Source: Future Insights: Top Trends for 2014, Society for Human Resource Management

Advisory Committee

  • Najla DeBow, M.S., SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer, Disruptive Technology Advisers
  • Janet Randolph, M.B.A., Principal, Hermosa Human Capital Consulting & Advisory Services
  • Diane Spiegel, Founding Partner, The End Result Partnerships & Sage Leadership Tools

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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