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Info Session

Free, Online

Human Resource Management Information SessionINFO-70031

Units: 0.00


Next live online info session will be held over Zoom on Friday May 31st, 2024 at 11AM PT (once registered you will be able to click on the Zoom link provided in Canvas)Scroll down and register now for...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Required Prerequisite

Complete the following course prior to taking other required courses

Managing Human Resources: An OverviewBUSA-40010

Units: 4.00


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, in any order

Employee and Labor RelationsBUSA-40017

Units: 3.00


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...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Strategic Talent AcquisitionBUSA-40874

Units: 3.00


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...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Components of Workplace CompensationBUSA-40872

Units: 3.00


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


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 ...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Training and DevelopmentBUSA-40020

Units: 3.00


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...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Performance ManagementBUSA-40877

Units: 3.00


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


Required; Choose one to complete last

Workplace EthicsBUSA-40531

Units: 2.00


Strong workplace ethics, or the lack thereof, have had far-reaching consequences for companies and corporate leaders. This class will explore ethical frameworks, and it will differentiate between comp...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Directed Studies in Human ResourcesBUSA-40837

Units: 2.00


Apply all the skills you have learned through the Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management. Work independently with an advisor who will coach you through a hands-on research or experient...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Other HR courses of interest

Non required for the certificate

Mastering Workplace InvestigationsBUSA-40966

Units: 2.00


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 ...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

SHRM Certification Prep CourseBUSA-70006

Units: 0.00


SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Preparation CourseDates: on Tuesdays, from 3/12/2024 to 4/30/2024San Diego SHRM is pleased to announce that we are offering an in-person SHRM Learning System Prep Course. Th...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

HR Leadership Event

Free, Online

HR Leadership EventEVNT-70030

Units: 0.00


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

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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 2024 Scholarship Application Deadline: April 30th, 2024. 
To apply for the scholarship please submit the following to

  • Resume (pdf format)

  • Statement (up to 500 words, in a pdf format) 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.


To know more all our Financial Resources available please click HERE

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
  • 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.
  • Continue Learning - Join us for the free HR Leadership Alumni Event. HR leaders and experts in their fields openly present their best practices, visionary ideas, practical solutions to challenges, and insight-provoking learning lessons. 
  • The Career Channel - Brought to you by UCTV and UC San Diego Extended Studies, the Career Channel provides information, tools and experts to help those in career transition identify emerging areas of opportunity and develop plans for reskilling.
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership - Get help with your career research to find the priority sectors and priority jobs. The San Diego Workforce Partnership looks at all occupations in San Diego County to determine which pay best, have the most openings and are growing quickly. 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


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 for more information.

How can I get more information about this program?

Please contact us at 

Advisory Board

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


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


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


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.