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Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

This 100% online graduate certificate program provides an opportunity to obtain a set of competencies to effectively manage an organization’s employees and contribute to its talent strategy.

This 15-credit certificate is appropriate for recent graduates hoping to learn more and better prepare themselves for a career in human resources and for working professionals who recognize the need to deepen their understanding and update their skills in this increasingly complex field.

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At a Glance

Fall 2024

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Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 15
Cost Per Credit: $901.50


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Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management overview

Program format
Fully Online
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What You'll Learn


Areas of Focus

  • Talent acquisition
  • Talent management
  • Employment law
  • Effective use of analytics to manage human capital

The program also features an experiential capstone course giving students the ability to apply principles and techniques learned in their coursework to solve real organizational problems.

Course Examples

  • MGT 650 Talent Acquisition
  • MGT 653 People Analytics
  • MGT 651 Talent Management
  • MGT 652 Employment Law
  • MGT 670 Human Resource Consulting (Capstone)
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How to Apply

Application Requirements

Standard graduate application requirements apply.

  • Resume
  • Three (3) references (Only email addresses required. Our system will email them to upload their reference.)
  • Personal Statement - Discuss career goals, your interest in HR, and why you are applying to our program

Admissions Criteria

Program Contact

Rick Mason
Director of Professional Recruiting


Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
Start Date:


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Gatton College of Business and Economics Accreditation

The Gatton College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Accreditation by AACSB has been earned by less than 5% of the world's business programs and demonstrates a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.

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Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

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Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online


No test scores required.

One tuition rate

Pay the same online tuition rate, no matter where you live.

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