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Required Prerequisite

Complete the following course prior to taking other required courses.

Managing Human Resources: An OverviewBUSA-40010

Units: 4.00

$685

Discover the broad framework of knowledge of Human Resources Management, emerging trends, and new regulations in human resource practices. This comprehensive course is an introduction to: human resour...

Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Required Courses

Complete all 7 courses.

Employee and Labor RelationsBUSA-40017

Units: 3.00

$565

Review the practical application of state and federal employment law. Topics include at-will employment and wrongful discharge; discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; ADA; employee rights and in...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Strategic Talent AcquisitionBUSA-40874

Units: 3.00

$565

Effective talent acquisition strategies take a multi-year view of the workforce necessary to execute an organization s business strategy today and well into the future. This includes recruiting with a...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Components of Workplace CompensationBUSA-40872

Units: 3.00

$565

In exchange for their time, talents and efforts, workers expect fair and motivating pay. This class covers the basics of compensation theory and practice. Job analysis and job evaluation, pay equity c...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Fundamentals of Employee BenefitsBUSA-40875

Units: 3.00

$565

Benefits, especially employee health plans, are an important part of any total rewards package. Benefit costs are increasing rapidly and unpredictably, creating a challenge to HR professionals. Learn ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Training and DevelopmentBUSA-40020

Units: 3.00

$565

The training and development function is often responsible for designing, conducting, evaluating and/or recommending programs to meet the training needs of the organization. Learn to accurately assess...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Performance ManagementBUSA-40877

Units: 3.00

$565

Effective performance management is the key to leveraging employee talent and creativity in a dynamic 21st century workplace. When done correctly, it becomes fundamental to an organization s ability t...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Capstone

Required; Choose one to complete last

Workplace EthicsBUSA-40531

Units: 2.00

$465

Strong workplace ethics, or the lack thereof, have had far-reaching consequences for companies and corporate leaders. This class will explore regulations that specifically address ethics in the workpl...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Directed Studies in Human ResourcesBUSA-40837

Units: 2.00

$465

Apply all the skills you have learned through the Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management. Work with an advisorwho will coach you through a hands-on research or experiential learning pr...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Other Courses of Interest

Not required for the certificate.

Human Resource Management Information SessionINFO-70031

Units: 0.00

Free

Are you considering a career in Human Resources? UC San Diego Extended Studies offers a variety of HR courses for anyone who is looking to enter the field, advance their career, or maintain their cred...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer

HR Leadership Alumni EventEVNT-70030

Units: 0.00

Free

HR LEADERSHIP EVENTS Join us for a series of FREE and distinctive monthly events hosted ONLINE by Cláudia Schwartz, Director, UCSD Extended Studies HR Leadership Program, to connect and engage our ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Designing Exceptional Organizational CulturesBUSA-40979

Units: 2.00

$525

Designing Exceptional Organizational Cultures takes students through how to define and create an award-winning and high-performing organizational culture that not only achieves and exceeds business ou...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

DE&I: Creating Inclusive Workplace EnvironmentsBUSA-41000

Units: 2.00

$525

HR Professionals are familiar with the laws that prohibit harassment and discrimination. They know when to do an investigation and when to discipline for violations of those laws and related policies....

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

The Path to CHROBUSA-40997

Units: 3.00

$625

In most organizations, HR is viewed as a compliance box-checker, its purpose to minimize legal risk. This is a great mistake and lost opportunity. In all organizations, success or failure depend on th...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Mastering Workplace InvestigationsBUSA-40966

Units: 2.00

$525

For too many organizations, employee concerns are an unpleasant cost of doing business -- conflict is seen as something to avoid rather than an opportunity to learn and improve. In this course, you ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Strategic HR Business PartnershipBUSA-40965

Units: 3.00

$625

Change is the new norm and Human Resource practitioners are in a unique position to build the organization s capacity for change. Just as important, is knowing what changes are best for the organizati...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Employment Law in the Era of CovidBUSA-41001

Units: 2.00

$525

This course is designed for HR professionals who wish to take a pause amid the COVID-19 pandemic for a reset to consider practical and theoretical impacts of the COVID-19 virus on the workplace. On t...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Financial Assistance Opportunities

Vicki L. Krantz Memorial Human Resources Scholarship

Scholarship aimed at supporting individuals at a career crossroads who have demonstrated a life-long passion for learning, hard work, and giving back to the community, but who due to unforeseen circumstances may need financial assistance to retool their skills to gainfully support themselves. The scholarship was created to honor the memory of our beloved friend, colleague, and mentor, Vicki L. Krantz

This scholarship covers the cost of the Human Resource Management Certificate Program tuition and books.

SUMMER 2023 Scholarship Application Deadline: Sunday, April 30th, 2023
To apply for the scholarship please submit the following to HRPrograms@ucsd.edu:

  • Resume
  • Statement (up to 500 words) describing actions taken over the years that demonstrate your life-time commitment to learning, why you wish to pursue a career in HR and what you want to achieve, clarification of your personal need for the scholarship assistance, and compelling reasons why you should be the scholarship recipient.


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Career Services

  • 1:1 virtual or in person Career Coaching - Graduates can schedule an appointment with our Career coach to get advice on resume building, applications, negotiation, interviewing, leveraging LinkedIn, etc. Please send an email to careeradvising@ucsd.edu
  • Professional Associations - Professional associations offer a terrific opportunity for career education, professional development and networking. UCSD Extended Studies is a proud sponsor of San Diego SHRM and San Diego HR Forum.
  • Connect with Alumni and Instructors from UCSD Extended Studies HR Management Certificate by joining our private group on LinkedIn.
  • Stay Connected and continue learning. Join us for the free monthly HR Leadership Alumni Event  with Cláudia Schwartz, Director of UCSD Extended Studies HR Leadership Program. HR leaders and experts in their fields openly present their best practices, visionary ideas, practical solutions to challenges, and insight-provoking learning lessons. Discussions are candid and stimulating. Participants acquire key takeaways that can be immediately applied to their daily work and careers.
  • O*Net - Career resources offered by O*Net , an online portal for career exploration, job analysis and self-assessment tools.
  • The Career Channel - Brought to you by UCTV and UC San Diego Extension, the Career Channel provides information, tools and experts to help those in career transition identify emerging areas of opportunity and develop plans for reskilling.
  • Explore Career Tools to Make your Next Career Move - Get help with your career research to find the priority sectors and priority jobs. The San Diego Workforce Partnership looked at all occupations in San Diego County to determine which pay best, have the most openings and are growing quickly. There are 72 priority jobs in San Diego County, ranging from stucco masons to biomedical engineers. Find out more at SDWP - My Next Move.
  • More Career Resources and Services

Conditions for Admission

UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission. Complete the application and pay application fee.

Transfer to Online MBA Program

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Students who complete UC San Diego Extension's Human Resource Management Certificate are eligible to receive a 9-semester credit block applied towards Antioch University's online Master of Business Administration Program; or a 9-semester credit block applied towards Antioch University's online Master of Human Services Administration electives or a 9-semester credit block applied towards Antioch University's online Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management (6 credits for electives and 3 credits for MNM 5210 Development and Fundraising).

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does it take to complete this program?

To earn the Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management, you must successfully complete 8 courses. If you took one class every quarter consecutively, then it would take you 8 quarters (or 24 months) to complete the certificate. On the other hand, many students take more than one course per quarter, and complete the program sooner than the usual 24 months. Keep in mind that students have up to five years to complete all certificate requirements.

Do I need to complete the prerequisite course first?

Yes, all certificate student must successfully the complete prerequisite course, Managing HR: An Overview, prior to enrolling in the other required courses. You may not take this course concurrently with another advanced HR course.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

After you’ve completed the prerequisite course, you may take more than one course at a time if your schedule permits it. You may even take online courses and in-class courses concurrently if you wish.

How are online courses formatted?

Online classes are held asynchronously, which means class sessions are not held live and you do not need to login at particular days or times. Instead, students will be required to complete assignments, participate in discussion board forums, and review lecture recordings at their own pace each week on Canvas, which is our online learning management system.

Will this program prepare me for a certification exam, such as the PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP?

While our program does not directly lead to earning an HR certification, such as PHR , SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP, this program can help you prepare for the certification exam by building on the foundations of HR. For more information about HR certification testing and eligibility requirements, visit HCRI or SHRM.

I do not intend to complete the certificate, can I still enroll in a course?

Yes, you may take any courses without enrolling in the full certificate, just be mindful of any pre-requisites. 

If I already have the skills taught in one of the program courses, can I skip that course?

If you have taken a course from an accredited university in the last five years that covers the learning objectives of a program course, you may be able to transfer your previous coursework to Extension. Please contact the Program Manager at HRPrograms@ucsd.edu for more information.

How can I get more information about this program?

Please contact us at HRPrograms@ucsd.edu 

Advisory Board

Danielle Bell-Ellison, PHR-CA, SHRM-CP

Bachem

Andy Covell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources

Garden Communities

Michelle Dietrich, PHR, SHRM-CP, IPMA-CP

County of San Diego

Judith Enns, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President

HR Division, Eastridge Workforce Solutions

Paul Falcone

Principal

HR Strategies and Solutions

Julie Fletcher, MS

Chief Talent Officer

AMN Healthcare

Kurt Gering, SPHR

Director of Talent Culture and Capability

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Evelyn Hidalgo, MA

Associate Dean, Academic and Staff Administration

University of California, San Diego

Bill McClelland

Vice President of Human Resources

Qualcomm

Steve Potter, MS

Global Head of Human Resources

Tapestry Solutions

Cláudia Schwartz, MSW, SPHR

Principal Consultant

HR Results

John Skrentny, Ph.D.

Professor, Sociology

UC San Diego

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.