Certificate in Human Resource Management

What is human resource management?

Human capital can be a source of sustainable competitive advantage for organizations. Human Resource Management (HRM) is a specialized management track for those interested in helping employees meet professional goals and organizations optimize employee talent in order to directly enhance business results.

A HRM position could include responsibilities in workforce planning, recruiting and global talent management, employee relations, training and development, career planning, benefits planning and administration, performance management, employee safety and health, and labor relations.

Organizations rise and fall on the quality and motivation of their employees. HR managers can directly impact their firm’s success.

About this Career Path

Begin by discussing your plan with your academic advisor. Attend a few Professional EDGE workshop panels that feature human resource managers to learn more about this field.

Business Career Services can assist in identifying firms that are seeking new hires in HRM and can advise you on how to gain relevant work experience. A successful, well-structured internship gets you started on this path.

Discuss your internship plans with the HRM Certificate Director, Daryl Smith, to ensure your internship will meet the necessary criteria. The internship must be taken for academic credit to qualify.

Certificate in Human Resource Management

Meet with your Advisor to ensure classes are currently offered.

Required Regular Courses Credit Hours

MANGMT 4020: Human Resource Management


MANGMT 4030: Organizational Behavior

Total Required Regular Courses 6


Required Internship Course*

Credit Hours

BA 4500: Professional Business Internship** OR MANGMT 4940: Professional Management Internship (Only offered as needed for business students that already took BA4500 without pre-approved HRM focus or students from outside business.)**



Six Additional Hours From the Following Credit Hours
MANGMT 3700: Diversity and Inclusion in Management 3
MANGMT 3920: Managing People in the Global Enterprise 3
MANGMT 4120: Human Resource Management Law*** 3
MANGMT 4130: Advanced Organizational Behavior*** 3
MANGMT 4320: Selected Problems in Human Resource Management*** 3
MANGMT 4350: Leadership Development*** 3
MANGMT 4420: Collective Bargaining 3
MANGMT 4520: Change Management in Business*** 3

*Obtain pre-approval for internship from Daryl Smith, HRM Certificate Director

**Either internship must involve at least 120 work hours in HRM-related activities as judged by the Certificate Director and typically involves a special HRM-related work project arranged with the firm.

***Not offered each semester - check with your advisor

To apply, email Assistant Teaching Professor Daryl Smith, SPHR, GPHR, HRM certificate director.

Click here to email Daryl Smith