Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate Program

The Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate program combines research projects with real-world activities that challenge you to meld information gleaned from the texts, independent research and outside source. You’ll have marketable career skills when you graduate.

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Required Course

MR600 - MHR Orientation  

MR600 is designed to assist you, the new student, as you once again enter the academic world to earn your master’s degree in Human Resource Management (HRM). Throughout this orientation, you will learn the concepts and requirements necessary for successful completion of the activities and projects required in the graduate credit courses.
This orientation introduces you to the ProQuest Library, providing guidance on how to conduct basic and advanced searches for various types of publications and resources. You will gain an understanding of the differences between scholarly journals and trade magazines. You will learn how to evaluate the information for authorship, bias, content, publisher, and referral to other sources, while addressing problems with and usefulness of the information. The elements of research will be presented and you will be exposed to the appropriate formats for reporting detailed information. These formats include an annotated bibliography, abstracts, executive summaries, literature review, APA formatting style, writing reports, and presentation scripts.
This orientation concludes with an overview of the field of human resources management by identifying and discussing important areas such as training, compensation, and legal and safety issues. Additionally, you will research career opportunities available to the human resource professional.
Credit Hours: non-credit


MB650 - Legal Issues of Employment  

As an overview of the legal environment of the workplace, this course examines the federal and state laws that impact the personnel function and the practical application of these laws in the workplace setting. Among the topics addressed are equal employment and affirmative action, employee benefits, workplace privacy, compensation, safety, and unions. A study of diversity issues in the workplace, including the relationship between diversity and legal regulation, is included.
Credit Hours: 3

MI606 - International Human Resource Management  

This course will cover both the practical and theoretical aspects of international human resource management (IHRM). From a practical perspective, we will address the role that IHRM plays in assisting companies with the dilemmas of coordination and conflict in international firms, alliances, and acquisition integration. Theoretically, the course will emphasize the cultural context of managing the many contradictions and dualities confronting international firms.
Credit Hours: 3

MR601 - Survey of Human Resource Management  

Link human resource activities to business strategies. Examine specific management challenges faced by actual firms and the role of human resources. Learn about recruitment, employment planning and forecasting, testing, interviewing, training, organizing teams, appraising performance, compensation, financial incentives, benefits, labor relations, collective bargaining and more.
Credit Hours: 3

MR630 - Staffing and Recruiting  

In this course, the major challenges of recruiting and staffing in today’s labor market are discussed. The staffing function is presented to include modeling, strategies, job analysis, retention, and legal compliance. The major federal enactments that impact staffing decisions are explained. Both internal and external recruitment and selection are also reviewed, with key topics of measurement and decision making emphasized.
Credit Hours: 3

MR632 - Training and Development  

This course provides a comprehensive overview of training and development. Topics include: what training involves, the importance of training, the role training plays in attracting, motivating, promoting and retaining employees, how training helps a company gain a competitive advantage, the roles that the H.R. manager plays in training, training methods, needs assessment, instructional design, creating a training environment, how to evaluate a training program, the role that training plays in employee development, ethics and legal issues in training, diversity and cross-cultural training.
Credit Hours: 3

MR637 - Compensation Management  

This course involves the study of compensation theory, research, and practice. The initial topics focus on the roles of strategic alignment, internal consistency, and external competitiveness in a pay system. The course proceeds with an in-depth examination of how pay can be used to manage performance within an organization. Consideration will be given to how pay plans differ across special groups, unions, and international borders. Finally, issues related to legal compliance and compensation administration will be discussed.
Credit Hours: 3

MR638 - Employment Benefits  

This course is designed to provide an in-depth presentation of employee benefits. It includes discussions of both legally required and discretionary plans. In the chapters on legally required benefits, the course concentrates on Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and Workmen’s Compensation. The sections on discretionary benefits include material on medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plans, executive benefits and paid time-off plans. The administrative and legal implications of employee benefit programs are discussed.
Credit Hours: 3

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Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate certificate programs provide specialized knowledge within a focused discipline at the graduate level. Start with an Orientation followed by 4 elective courses for a customized program of study. Graduates may apply credit, equivalent to a semester, toward a corresponding master's degree at Ashworth College.

The Ashworth College Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate program includes self-paced lessons, instructor guidance and online exams for an enjoyable learning experience. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online.