Certification Overview

The Certification in Human Resource Management offers students the knowledge and practical skills to enhance careers and job advancement in the Human Resources field.  The focus is on elements of Human Resource Management within various organizational structures.  Students successfully finishing the four courses earn twelve hours of graduate credit in addition to the certification.  This emphasis may be completed online and in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Professional Development, the MBA in Strategic Leadership, the Master of Science in Human Relations & Business, and the Master of Science in Human Resource Training and Development.

In a robust economy, with unemployment rates as low as they’ve been in years, today’s employers are in fierce competition to attract and retain top professional talent. Human Resources departments—and the experts that run them—are the X-factor that employers must rely upon when recruiting, hiring, and fostering the professional growth of their personnel. This Human Resource Management course is designed to help students learn the knowledge and practical skills necessary to achieve organizational growth powered by the HR function.

What Is the Human Resource Management Certification?

At Amberton University, we offer numerous certification programs. These programs, offered at both the graduate and undergraduate level, are not “degrees,” per se. Instead, they are intended to give students additional learning and development opportunities—whether in conjunction with full degree programs we offer or as an ongoing education path. The Certification in Human Resource Management is a graduate-level program consisting of four courses and 12 credit hours. It focuses on HR management within an organizational structure, emphasizing ways in which the HR function can help drive growth and value for private businesses, public entities, and nonprofit entities alike.

  • HRT6555 Emerging Issues in HRT

This Human Resource Management course covers the emerging trends and issues that are likely to affect the Human Resource and Training (HRT) industry in the future. Points of focus include factors such as business ethics trends, cutting-edge technologies related to HRT, the changing dynamics of the workplace, the importance of diversity management, the latest developments in the fair pay debate, and more.

  • HRT6560 Organizational Culture

Organizational culture is a key component of attracting and retaining top talent. This course will give students the tools and techniques to analyze an organization’s culture, evaluate interpersonal relationships, establish and emphasize corporate values, foster healthy work life and productivity, determining skills training strategies, and more.

  • HRT6575 Organizational Change

A vital function of a Human Resource manager is to create change within an organization—whether in response to challenges with ethics or culture or as a gradual shift to help the organization scale effectively as it grows. This course explores the concepts behind both spontaneous and planned organizational changes, as well as the influence those changes can have on organizational structure, employee behavior, workplace culture, and more. Topics include how to manage the evolution of an organization, how values shift within corporations and our society at large, and how HR can help plan and seamlessly execute change.

  • MGT6177 Human Resource Management

More than any other Human Resource Management course we offer, this one provides a comprehensive overview of the functions an HR manager serves within a corporation. The course moves chronologically to address recruiting and hiring, training and onboarding, compensation and benefits, employee relation management, ongoing professional development, employee retention, and more.

What Are the Requirements for the Certification in Human Resource Management?

Most of our students who undertake the Certification in Human Resource Management are typically involved with one of two master’s programs we currently offer at Amberton University: the Master of Science in Human Relations & Business or the Master of Arts in Professional Development. The program is intended as a supplemental path of study, rather than as a standalone learning experience. However, if you already hold a degree in professional development or HR and wish to explore the Human Resource Management Certification as an ongoing education and development opportunity, please contact us today. The skills and knowledge underlined in this program apply to the entirety of the HR profession, which spans organizations of all types, sizes, and industries. Whether used as a pre-professional learning opportunity or as a refresher course, this 12-credit program is extremely valuable.

Hours Required:                               12 


HRT6555              Emerging Issues in HRT

The course prepares the student to identify the emerging issues that will affect the human resources and training professional. Students will explore current trends and cutting-edge technologies related to HRT.

HRT6560              Organizational Culture

The course examines methods and techniques for conducting an in-depth analysis of organizations.  Focus is given to using analysis for determining skills training, development of human assets, and organizational development.

HRT6575              Organizational Change

The course presents concepts of spontaneous and planned changes within the organization and their influence on employee behavior and the organization’s structure. Topics include change theories, managing change, strategic advantages and disadvantages of change, and planning change goals.

MGT6177             Human Resource Management

The course presents a systematic framework for analyzing and understanding the human resource management functions within an organization. Topics include hiring, training, compensation, benefits, and employee relation management.

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