Foundations of Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate
Master management skills and the latest best practices with a human resource management certificate.
The graduate certificate in human resource management from University of Maryland University College is designed to help you gain practical, management-level experience in the theory, research, knowledge, and procedures used by HR executives, generalists, and specialists—and earn a credential that can help you stand out.
These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.
About the Foundations of Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate
The HR management certificate curriculum is designed to give you practical skills so you can become a strong decision maker and manager in any human resources setting.
What You’ll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Manage intercultural environments
- Design HR policies and processes to support changing environmental factors and organizational goals
- Use organizational theory, effectiveness measurement, and systems thinking to solve problems
- Apply conflict management models of communication, such as negotiation, to common employee relations problems
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Take a leadership style assessment
- Practice the use of negotiations as a way to resolve conflict
- Research a labor or employee relations topic in depth and report findings in a five-page briefing paper
Foundations of Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You’ll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- MGMT 615
- HRMD 610
- HRMD 620
- HRMD 650
Courses must be taken in the order listed.
Overall Certificate Requirements
- To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMUC student.
- You are responsible for notifying UMUC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
- If you apply credits from your graduate certificate to a related master’s degree, then you must apply for your certificate once you have completed its requirements before finishing the master’s requirements.
- All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of B (3.0). Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
- All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits, if applicable, must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.
This certificate is designed to help prepare you to move up the ranks in the HR field.
The discount for Federal employees and their spouses and eligible dependents will be applied to out-of-state tuition and specialty graduate programs. It does not apply to doctoral programs. This discount cannot be combined with the Completion Scholarship for Maryland community college students or the Pennsylvania Completion Scholarship.
Undergraduate and standard graduate program tuition for students who meet the criteria for Maryland residency will be the applicable in-state rate. Tuition for active-duty military ; members of the Selected Reserves, National Guard, and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the spouses and dependents of these student groups will be the applicable military or specialty rate. If you are a student using Post 9/11 benefits, please contact an advisor at 800-939-UMUC to determine if you can apply both benefits.
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All students are required to pay tuition for all courses in which they are enrolled. Tuition rates are subject to the approval of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. They may be changed, or other charges may be included, as a result of the Board of Regents decisions. Notwithstanding any other provision of this or any other university publication, the university reserves the right to make changes in tuition, fees and other charges at any time such changes are deemed necessary by the university and the USM Board of Regents.
The Board of Regents has authorized the university to charge a student’s delinquent account for all collection costs incurred by the university. The normal collection fee is 17 percent plus attorney and/or court costs. The service charge for a dishonored check is $30. Requests for services (for example, transcripts, diplomas, registration) will be denied until all debts are paid.
Please see the USM residency policy for specific details about residency requirements.
Financial aid and tuition remission for University System of Maryland employees cannot be applied to noncredit courses. Golden ID benefits may not be applied to fees, noncredit courses, specialty graduate programs, or doctoral programs. Regular tuition rates apply for cooperative education, course challenge examinations, and EXCEL 301.
GI Bill is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available on the U.S. government GI Bill website .
The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
Issues and Practices in Human Resource Management
HRMD 610 | 3 Credits
Strongly recommended as the first course in the human resources management specialization. An overview of the human resource management profession, including the theories, research, and issues related to human resource management within modern organizations. The roles, responsibilities, relationships, functions, and processes of human resource management are discussed from a systems perspective. Expectations of various stakeholders, such as government, employees, labor organizations, staff/line management, and executive management, are explored. Particular attention is given to the general legal principles and provisions that govern human resource activities. The specialty areas of employee relations, staffing, human resource development, compensation, and organizational development are described. Current topics, such as human resource information systems and globalization, are addressed.
Employee and Labor Relations
HRMD 620 | 3 Credits
An investigation of the rights and responsibilities of employees and organizations in union and nonunion environments in the United States. The federal legal framework for collective bargaining is reviewed. Topics include common employment contract trends, topics, and issues, as well as all phases of unionization, from organizing through contract maintenance. Emphasis is on conflict management, negotiation, and alternate dispute resolution.
Organizational Development and Change
HRMD 650 | 3 Credits
A study of the issues, theories, and methodologies associated with organizational development and the management of change, with a major emphasis on organizational culture and organizational change processes. Topics include the diagnostic process, intervention strategies, and overcoming resistance to change. Techniques such as goal setting, team-development procedures, productivity and strategy interventions, and interpersonal-change models are examined.
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
MGMT 615 | 3 Credits
(Not open to students who have completed MGMT 620, MGMT 625) A study of organizational communication, leadership, and decision-making skills essential for all managers in intercultural environments. Theories of culture are examined and applied in relation to leadership style and practices as well as to organizational communication across cultural groups. Team development and leadership are explored in an intercultural environment.
Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC
UCSP 615 | 0 Credits
(Required within the first 6 credits of graduate study for all new graduate students, except MBA students). An overview of the skills needed for academic and professional success. Focus is on enhancing communication and critical thinking skills. Assignments provide familiarity with tools such as social media and library and information resources. APA style and resources are also addressed.