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The Certificate in Human Resource Management is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of human resource practitioners, to prepare individuals who are seeking employment in the field and to educate persons who desire more knowledge about human resource management.

The program is designed to provide students with an understanding of HRM concepts and principles needed to design and implement HRM policies that support an organization’s strategic plan, and to develop HRM practices that enhance an organization’s ability to attract, motivate, develop and retain effective employees. Persons completing the program should have enhanced opportunities for employment in the HRM field.

Students must earn a minimum of 30 semester credit hours to satisfy the certificate requirements, with a minimum of 24 semester credit hours earned at VCU.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  1. Understand the basic functions and responsibilities of human resource management.
  2. Identify, evaluate, and provide solutions to problems relevant to human resource management.

Special requirements

Students cannot be accepted into a program until they have completed all the requirements for their bachelor’s degree and have achieved at least a 2.5 GPA in their undergraduate work.

After acceptance in the program, certificate candidates are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of their program at VCU.

Academic regulations for School of Business post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificates

The School of Business has specific academic regulations that apply to students in the undergraduate certificate program.

Degree requirements for Human Resource Management, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate)

Foundation courses 1
MGMT 319Leadership3
MGMT 331Human Resource Management3
Required courses
MGMT 431Strategic Human Resource Management3
MGMT 433Compensation Management3
MGMT/INTL 446International Human Resource Management3
Electives 2
Select five courses from list below.15
Total Hours30

Students should take these courses first.


Any prerequisites must also be satisfied. Many electives are offered only once each year. Students should consult with their program adviser regarding elective availability.

Total minimum requirement 30 credits


Select five of the following: 215
Occupational Safety, Health and Security
Employee Benefit Planning
Managerial Skills Development
Human Resource Development
Labor and Employment Relations
Human Resource Information Systems
Internship in Management 1
Industrial Psychology
Employment Law

Requires departmental approval.

Sample outline

(Most students are enrolled part time. Students planning full-time enrollment should consult with the program adviser.)

Year one
Fall semesterHours
MGMT 319 Leadership 3
MGMT 331 Human Resource Management 3
 Term Hours: 6
Spring semester
MGMT 446
International Human Resource Management
or International Human Resource Management
Elective 3
 Term Hours: 6
Year two
Fall semester
MGMT 433 Compensation Management 3
Elective 3
 Term Hours: 6
Spring semester
Electives 6
 Term Hours: 6
Year three
Fall semester
MGMT 431 Strategic Human Resource Management 3
Elective 3
 Term Hours: 6
 Total Hours: 30