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Human Resources Management Certificate

Become a human resources professional

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  • Credit hours: 18
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: Employee relations associate, payroll specialist, professional recruiter

Begin a career in the human resource management field by completing this 18-credit-hour certificate program. After graduating, you’ll be well-prepared to seek an entry-level position within the human resources field.

Take classes in employment law, business organization, training and development, human resource management, organizational behavior, employee compensation/benefits, labor-management relations and collective bargaining. Harper College’s business administration programs have a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio, so you’ll work closely with your professors and get individual attention in the classroom. This program is available in an accelerated Fast Track format, giving you added flexibility.

Enrolling in this certificate program is a convenient and affordable way to determine whether a career in human resource management is right for you.

Certificate program requirements

This 18 credit-hour certificate program is designed for those individuals interested in employment in the Human Resources field.

The Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration includes a specialized study area for Human Resource Management. Please refer to Business Administration in this section of the catalog if you are interested in pursuing a degree in this discipline.


Number Course Title Credits
ACC 216 3

Description: Examines past and present employment laws in the United States and their impact on employers and employees. Creates an understanding of the rights, duties, and obligation of both employment groups under the law.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

MGT 111 3

Description: Introduces the nature of business and the environment in which it operates. Forms of business ownership, introduction to operative and facilitating facets of business operation, management, marketing, accounting, statistics, business law, finance, investments, insurance and labor-management relations.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

MGT 204 3

Description: Introduces the student to the principles of training practices with emphasis on the concerns of human learning: acquisition, retention and transfer of skills. Includes supervisory and management skills, designing performance goals, MBO (Management by Objectives), forming lesson plans, mechanics of training, experiential instruction, role playing, case studies and technologies available.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

MGT 265 3

Description: Examines the various aspects of the field of Human Resource Management (HRM) and the manner in which HRM professionals play a critical role in the success of an organization. Discusses and evaluates a wide range of contemporary HRM topics including human resource planning, employee recruitment and retention, employee benefits, talent development, performance management, laws and regulations, technology, changing workforce demographics, and the value of diversity.

Prerequisite: MGT 111 or MGT 154 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

MGT 280 3

Description: Emphasizes a managerial and interpersonal relations process approach to problem solving, communication and group dynamics. Specific treatment is given to managing change, appraisal and reward, solving communication problems, status needs of the work force, understanding individuals, group dynamics and reducing conflict.

Prerequisite: MGT 111 or MGT 154 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

Electives: Select three credit hours from the following courses:

Number Course Title Credits
MGT 266 3

Description: Provides practical knowledge of the design and implementation of effective compensation programs which include pay and benefits. Examines base pay systems, individual and group bonuses, executive compensation, issues with providing health care, long-term investment options, pension systems, discretionary and required benefits; and current issues, trends, and practices in compensation and benefits.

Prerequisite: MGT 265

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

MGT 275 3

Description: Deals with the processes and the framework that influences the relationship between management and labor. The history of the labor movement, collective bargaining process, labor contract dispute resolution, labor and employment law, and the characteristics of both the public and private sector are discussed.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020

MGT 276 3

Description: Studies the collective bargaining method preparations and patterns; strategies and tactics of negotiations; and the use of mediators and arbitrators.

Prerequisite: MGT 265.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020 | Fall 2020