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Human Resource Management, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate)

Special requirements

Students cannot be accepted into a program until they have completed all the requirements for their bachelor’s degree and have achieved at least a 2.5 GPA in their undergraduate work.

After acceptance in the program, certificate candidates are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of their program at VCU.

Academic regulations for School of Business post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificates

The academic standards posted at apply to students in the undergraduate certificate program.

The Certificate in Human Resource Management is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of human resource practitioners, to prepare individuals who are seeking employment in the field and to educate persons who desire more knowledge about human resource management.

The program is designed to provide students with an understanding of HRM concepts and principles needed to design and implement HRM policies that support an organization’s strategic plan, and to develop HRM practices that enhance an organization’s ability to attract, motivate, develop and retain effective employees. Persons completing the program should have enhanced opportunities for employment in the HRM field.

Students must earn a minimum of 30 semester credit hours to satisfy the certificate requirements, with a minimum of 24 semester credit hours earned at VCU.

For additional information, please visit the School of Business website at

Degree requirements for Human Resource Management, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate)

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  1. Understand the basic functions and responsibilities of human resource management.
  2. Identify, evaluate, and provide solutions to problems relevant to human resource management.
Certificate requirements (30 credits) Credits
Foundation courses (6 credits) - Students should take these courses first  
MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior 3
MGMT 331 Human Resource Management 3
Required courses  
MGMT 431 Strategic Human Resource Management 3
MGMT 433 Compensation Management 3
MGMT/INTL 446 International Human Resource Management 3
Electives (15 credits) 15
Total minimum requirement 30
Sample outline Credits
(Most students are enrolled part time. Students planning full-time enrollment should consult with the program adviser.)  
Fall semester, first year  
MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior 3
MGMT 331 Human Resource Management 3
Total 6
Spring semester, first year  
MGMT/INTL 446 International Human Resource Management 3
Elective 3
Total 6
Fall semester, second year  
MGMT 433 Compensation Management 3
Elective 3
Total 6
Spring semester, second year  
Electives 6
Total 6
Fall semester, third year  
MGMT 431 Strategic Human Resource Management 3
Elective 3
Total 6
Total minimum requirement 30

Electives — Choose five.*

FIRE/MGMT 444 Occupational Safety, Health and Security
FIRE 449 Employee Benefit Planning
MGMT 389 Managerial Skills Development
MGMT 403 Human Resource Development
MGMT 420 Labor and Employment Relations
MGMT 447 Human Resource Information Systems
MGMT 493 Internship in Management**
PSYC 310 Industrial Psychology
SCMA 427 Employment Law

*Any prerequisites must also be satisfied. Many electives are offered only once each year. Students should consult with their program adviser regarding elective availability.
**Requires departmental approval.



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