Build skills in specific areas of the HRM field such as total compensation, learning and development, ethics, metrics and data, or employment law. Select three courses most relevant to your career goals. The certificate can stand alone or build towards a master's degree in HRM. Courses are taught by HR professionals from companies and organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

  • Empower your workforce by developing and inspiring people.
  • Learn from HR professionals with some of the Bay Area's leading companies.
  • Credits apply towards a Master’s in HR Management or an MBA.
  • No GMAT or GRE required.

What You'll Learn

HR competencies in diversity and inclusion, sexual harassment policies, laws and ethical work culture.

Strategies to stay on top of legal issues affecting employment.

Metrics and workforce analytics used to influence change.

Technical skills required for HR Management in the digital age.

Expertise in the areas of total compensation, ethics, metrics and data, learning and development, and employment law.


Pick three of the following:

Provides a broad understanding of the concept of employment and how work has been and is now carried out, and what it might look like in the future. The evolution of work in the U.S., how it has been accomplished and by whom will be covered and students will use this history to analyze how work will change in the future and what workers today and in the future want and expect from work. This deep understanding of work and the workforce will prepare HR students to recruit, hire, engage and develop the workers needed for organizations now and tomorrow.

Presents all the steps in finding and keeping the workforce, including: planning for and recruiting HR, selecting workers and filling jobs, managing employees' careers, and understanding what motivates people to excel at their work.

Surveys federal and state laws and their impact on the employment relationship - especially those laws and regulations that affect the terms and conditions of employment.

Works with data used to track and describe workers in organizations and how to manipulate it using various technologies. Students will learn about Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), learning management systems (LMS), workforce analytics, analyzing work and jobs. Presents various approaches and ways to manage employee performance. Students will learn different purposes of performance management systems and how to match them to organizational goals. Additionally, students will work with multiple methods for measuring performance, and the data necessary to do so.

Compensation is disaggregated to pay and benefits. Students will learn how to set up a pay structure, design a compensation system, establish merit pay programs, and how to choose among and provide employee benefits. Focus on challenges in compensating executives, flexible workers and expatriates.

Teaches students to link learning to organizational needs, how to assess the need for learning and selecting the appropriate system for delivering and managing learning. Students will learn how to create and execute learning strategies and programs, evaluate development needs for employees and design and deliver trainings.

Investigates the management of workers in locations outside the U.S. and how it contrasts with managing workers within the U.S. Students will learn about sourcing HR for global organizations, managing U.S. workers located abroad, regulations and legal requirements for hiring workers outside of the U.S. Note: MS HRM students taking HRM 398 Internship HR do not take this course.

How to understand and act on the ethical implications of important Human Resources functions, and respond to issues that arise via prevention and cure, including developing and disseminating organizational ethics statements, policies and supporting documents. Students will learn how to conduct an internal review of policies to ensure alignment with organizational ethics philosophy and to integrate ethical behavior throughout the culture. Topics include: business ethics concepts in the HR realm, and examination of issues that arise in workforce design, talent management, employee conduct, incentives systems, health/safety and international context, HR's role in corporate culture, internal investigations and external oversight. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate a chosen company's existing programs with respect to encouraging ethical conduct of its workers.

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Course Delivery

  • 100% Online: No in-person classroom presence is required.

Tuition & Fees

  • Special tuition rate per unit: $700
    (terms & conditions)
  • Technology fee: $85 / term
  • Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum education: Bachelor's degree
  • Prerequisite courses: None
  • Student status: May not be currently enrolled in a GGU degree or certificate program and may not have been enrolled in a GGU graduate degree or certificate program during the previous 12 month period.
  • Residency: F or J Visa holders are not eligible.


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