Harper College

Human Resources Management Certificate

Become a human resources professional

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  • Credit hours: 21
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: Employee relations associate, payroll specialist, professional recruiter

Begin a career in the human resources field by completing this 21-credit-hour certificate program. After graduating, you’ll be well-prepared for a career change or to seek an entry-level position within the human resources field.

Take classes such as employment law, business organization, human resource management, organizational behavior, and hot fields of employee compensation and benefits and training and development. With our experienced and professional faculty, you will learn all the top management theories and practice your skills in the classroom that you can instantly take to the work environment. As one of our most popular programs, it is also revered by the business community with our students being top candidates and employees.

This program is available in an accelerated Fast Track format and starts this Fall. If you want a fully online option, this Fall the online certificate cohort with follow this layout. Both options give you added flexibility and feeds into our AAS-BA in Human Resources degree.

Enrolling in this certificate program is a convenient and affordable way to achieve a career in human resources, a field with ever growing demand for trained professionals, like you will become.

Certificate program requirements

This 21 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:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

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:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

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:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

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

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

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:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MGT 270 3

Description:  Presents the theory and major functions of management and describes the role of the manager. Major concepts in organization are developed along with an understanding of the decision-making process and consideration of the human factor in management.

Prerequisite: MGT 111 or MGT 154

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

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

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

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Next steps

For more information about the Human Resources Management certificate program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Last Updated: 4/8/24