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Human Resources Certificate


Human Resources Certificate



* Total Cost is provided to aid in program comparison only. All stated financial information is subject to change. Total Cost does not include fees, book or material costs.

Applications for certificates are not being accepted at this time.




Manage the Employee Life Cycle

Boost your credibility as an HR professional and gain a competitive edge with a graduate certificate in Human Resources. Through this 100% online course, you’ll learn HR strategies and functions that can benefit any organization you choose to join. You'll develop marketable knowledge of and skills in human resource management, including employee selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, and employment legislation that affects your organization. This human resources certificate program will also prepare you for the Professional in Human Resources® (PHR) exam* or contribute to continuing professional development credit for recertification.

Topics Covered

  • Employment practices
  • Employee and labor relations
  • Compensation management
  • Employee development

Who Should Enroll

  • HR specialists who want to dive deeper into their profession and explore things like employee selection, training and development, compensation and benefits and employment legislation
  • Organizational managers who want to enter the HR field or better partner with the HR department in their organization
  • Entrepreneurs who want further guidance on recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits and other employment legal matters

* While this certificate program does not require prior HR experience, the Professional in Human Resources ® (PHR) exam requires at least one year of human resource management experience.


Courses for Human Resources Certificate

MGMT 5153 - Employment Practices

Take a deep dive into the traditional HR tasks like recruitment, interviewing, orientation and internal staffing. In this course, you’ll learn how HR professionals ensure that employee practices are in line with their organization’s long-term goals, as well as how to address issues related to compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations.

MGMT 5213 - Employee and Labor Relations

Examine the laws and regulations that affect labor and employee relations, discipline, discharge, and grievance/dispute resolution.

MGMT 5423 - Compensation Management

This course will introduce you to the organizational approaches to compensation like base pay, incentive pay, and benefits that help organizations attract, retain and motivate employees. You’ll also study various components like compensation-plan objectives, plan-design considerations, the link between pay and performance, and legal requirements and constraints on pay programs.

MGMT 5853 - Employee Development

Learn how to build and sustain a culture that encourages your employees to learn and grow. In this course, you’ll explore concepts like needs analysis, instructional design, strategic training, educational-technology evaluation methodologies and career-management issues.



Earn College Credit for the Courses

Students enrolled in a microcredential program who successfully complete the certificate courses with grades of C or higher will receive a graduate certificate of recognition, and courses will be transcribed. Students who wish to apply for admission in the full MBA or MSML program must complete the application process and submit all transcripts from previously enrolled institutions. Additionally, graduate certificate students may request an academic transcript that will indicate completed coursework.


To be eligible to enroll in graduate-level certificate courses at SWU, students must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Certificate students are required to meet the same rigorous academic standards and outcomes as the degree-seeking students.

Certificate Program Fee

The cost for graduate certificate courses includes access to:

  • Course content and instruction
  • Online learning management system
  • Online SWU Library resources
  • SWU email account (while actively taking courses)
  • Microsoft Office 365 (while actively taking courses)


Payment will be required for one term (two courses) at a time. Course registration will not be complete until payment is made.

Credit/debit cards are the preferred form of payment. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Please call 864-644-5520 to make a payment over the phone.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

To withdraw, please contact your Academic Success Coach.

If submission of appropriate withdrawal paperwork is received prior to the course start date, the student is eligible for a full-tuition credit for that course.

If submission of appropriate withdrawal paperwork is received after the course start date but before the start of the second week, 90% of tuition (whether or not the student ever attended) will be credited.

Books and Materials

Books and other educational resources can be obtained through our online bookstore.

Academic Resources and Support

Certificate and degree-seeking online students have access to equivalent academic resources and support.

Program Cancellation or Changes

Southern Wesleyan University reserves the right to make changes to the information printed in materials or on its website. Programs may be added or cancelled throughout the year. If a program is cancelled, Southern Wesleyan University will refund the program tuition in full.




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