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Human Resources Microcredential

Build Organizational Culture Through a Human Resources Graduate Certificate 

Program Benefits

  • Gain credibility as an HR professional with a graduate certificate in human resources functions every organization needs
  • Be well prepared for the Professional in Human Resources® (PHR) exam* or to gain continuing professional development credit for recertification
  • 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
  • Prepare for fast-growing opportunities in human resource management
  • Explore HR strategies that are immediately applicable to your organization
  • Learn from academic HR practitioners who have a Christian worldview and are dedicated to your success

Topics Covered

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

Who Should Enroll

This professional development certificate is ideal for:

  • Human resources specialists who wish to increase their understanding of specialized technical and operational areas of human resources
  • Organizational managers who desire to enter the HR field or better partner with the HR department in their organization
  • Entrepreneurial business owners who need more insight into 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.

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Online Program Start Dates

Monday, August 24, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
Monday, January 11, 2021

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Courses for Human Resources Certificate

MGMT 5153 - Employment Practices

A study of the practice and function of the traditional human resources areas of recruitment, interviewing, orientation, and internal staffing. Students examine human resources’ responsibility for ensuring that employee practices meet the organization’s long-term strategic plans for staffing requirements. Also addressed are issues related to compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations.

MGMT 5213 - Employee and Labor Relations

Provides human resources professionals with information on the laws and regulations that affect labor and employee relations, discipline, discharge, and grievance/dispute resolution.

MGMT 5423 - Compensation Management

Introduction to organizational approaches to compensation, including base pay, incentive pay, and benefits that assist the organization in attracting, retaining, and motivating employees. Students will examine compensation-plan objectives, plan-design considerations, the link between pay and performance, legal requirements and constraints on pay programs, and the interplay between financial, communication, and administrative concerns.

MGMT 5853 - Employee Development

Examines the philosophy and critical organizational practices required for building and sustaining an organizational culture supportive of a learning environment. Students will explore needs analysis, instructional design, strategic training, educational-technology evaluation methodologies and career-management issues.


At a Glance



Earn College Credit for the Courses

Students enrolled in a graduate certificate 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 apply for admission in the full MBA or MSML program must complete the application process and submit all transcripts from previously enrolled institutions. Earned grades of C or higher in the microcredential program may be articulated into an appropriate Southern Wesleyan graduate masters program for students who are fully admitted into a graduate program. Additionally, microcredential 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.