Certificate in Human Resources Management

The certificate program in Human Resources Management provides students with an understanding of human resource theory and practice. It is designed for current or future professionals in this field or in any aspect of management where these special skills and knowledge are needed.

Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists occupations. College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities.

Employment Change
Overall employment is projected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Legislation and court rulings revising standards in various areas—occupational safety and health, equal employment opportunity, wages, healthcare, retirement plans, and family leave, among others—will increase demand for human resources, training, and labor relations experts. Rising healthcare costs and a growing number of healthcare coverage options should continue to spur demand for specialists to develop creative compensation and benefits packages that companies can offer prospective employees.

Employment of labor relations staff, including arbitrators and mediators, should grow as companies attempt to resolve potentially costly labor-management disputes out of court. Additional job growth may stem from increasing demand for specialists in international human resources management and human resources information systems.

College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities, particularly graduates with a bachelor's degree in human resources, human resources administration, or industrial and labor relations. Those with a technical or business background or a well-rounded liberal arts education also should find opportunities.
- information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The newly-revised program may be completed in one year, and consists of six required three-credit courses.
At least four of the required courses must be taken at Assumption College. A student may earn the certificate separately from or in conjunction with a degree program.

Required Courses
• Management & Organizational Behavior
• Human Resources Management
• Legal Aspects of Human Resources
• Talent Management & Acquisition (formerly Recruitment & Selection)
• Compensation and Benefits
• Employee Relations Management

Elective Options (additional courses to add depth to your HR concentration)
• Ethical Issues in the Management of HR
• Leadership
• Crisis Management in Business
• Diversity in the Workforce
• HRD Training and Organization
• HRD/Organizational Development
• Conflict Resolution
• Communication in the Contemporary Organization
• Intercultural Communication