Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management program is designed to strengthen students' skills and knowledge in the human resource management field. The program is intended for both new and currently working professionals who are interested in enhancing knowledge within specific areas of the field without investing the time required for a full degree. In addition, students may collaborate with the Management Department chair in order to customize their course schedules to focus on their interests.

All of the courses may be completed online. If a student is interested in taking traditional classes, the program offers campus-based courses on the San Francisco campus.

Students will need to complete six Required Courses for a total 18 semester units in order to receive the certificate. The program will require students to complete the course Human Resource Management and five other courses from a list of 12. Some of the choice courses are Managing People in International Settings, Benefits Administration, Labor Relations, Employment Law, Managing the Employment Function, Selected Topics in Management, and Directed Study.

Some of the courses may have prerequisites that need to be completed before course enrollment. The prerequisites may be completed through transfer credit or course completion at Golden Gate University.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Must hold a bachelors degree or higher.

    School Overview

    With just four students, Golden Gate University began evening classes in 1901 in San Francisco. Today, it maintains three added campus locations, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Seattle, along with an online program fueled by “cutting edge course content” and “real world and real time” instructors that bring exdivertise to the classroom. This private nonprofit university targets undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in “law, taxation, business and related professions.” Today, the university hosts thousands of online students across the globe in forty plus countries. Limited class sizes provide a “seminar-style” atmosphere with asynchronous discussions. Golden Gate offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a myriad of disciplines. These degrees also are available for online students with the exception of Psychology, Law, and cohort programs.


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