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Human Resource Management Certificate

Human resource management is a dynamic field. Professionals are rapidly moving beyond the stereotypical regulation enforcement and paperwork completion into proactive roles as human resource planners and organizational consultants, earning recognition at the highest levels of the organization.

The Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management has helped hundreds of individuals expand their knowledge of HR management to enter or progress in the field. Students can specialize their HR skills by completing a concentration track, or select a variety of electives to become an HR generalist.

Courses are continually updated and tailored to provide students with the background and techniques to become responsible and effective professionals. Taught by qualified practitioners, courses feature practical applications, underlying rationale, and current issues, which can be utilized immediately in the work environment.

Managing Human Resources: An Overview is a mandatory prerequisite for several courses in the program. Many students take more than one course per quarter, and complete the program sooner than the usual 30 months.

For a complete listing of HR events and seminars, visit the HR Exchange website at extension.ucsd.edu/HRexchange.

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Human Resources: About the Field | Jeff Lindeman, M.S., SPHR | UC San Diego Extension

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Required Courses (Complete all eight courses.)
Managing Human Resources: An Overview
BUSA-40010
4
U U U O,U
Employee and Labor Relations
BUSA-40017
3
L L U U
Strategic Staffing
BUSA-40471
2
L U U U
Understanding Employee Compensation
BUSA-40525
2.5
L L L L
Benefits and Pension Plans
BUSA-40701
4
U   L L
Performance Management Systems
BUSA-40526
2
U U U U
Workplace Ethics
BUSA-40531
2
  L L U
Emerging Trends and Issues in Human Resource Management
BUSA-40021
3
U   L  
Electives Courses (Complete at least six units from any of the concentration tracks or other electives below.)
Concentration Tracks:
Compensation and Benefits
International Remuneration
BUSA-40698
3
Schedule Varies
Total Rewards Strategy
BUSA-40702
1.5
Schedule Varies
Work/Life Integration: The HR Response
BUSA-40514
1.5
X X X U
Understanding Health Plans
BUSA-40743
2
      L
Workforce Planning and Employment
Behavioral and Competency-Based Interviewing
BUSA-40473
1.5
Schedule Varies
Employment and Retention Techniques
BUSA-40703
2
  U   L
Succession Planning and Career Development
BUSA-40699
2
Schedule Varies
Talent Acquisition & Sourcing Strategies
BUSA-40828
2
Schedule Varies
Training and Organizational Development
Training and Development
BUSA-40020
3
U   L U
Organizational Dynamics
BUSA-40013
4
  U   U
Foundations of Adult Education
EDUC-30045
3
O   O  
Employee Relations
Alternative Dispute Resolution
LAW-40384
3
  U    
Care and Feeding of Corporate Culture
BUSA-40562
1
Schedule Varies
Work/Life Integration: The HR Response
BUSA-40514
1.5
X X X U
Strategic Cross-Cultural Communication
BUSA-40727
2
L L L L
Business Communication Skills
BUSA-40368
3
L L L L
Other Electives
Directed Studies in Human Resources
BUSA-40837
2
X X X X
HR for Emerging Companies
BUSA-40569
1.5
Schedule Varies
HR LearnAbout Tour
BUSA-40658
.5
U   U  
Immigration Law
LAW-40038
2
U      
Project Management Essentials
BUSA-40064
3
L,O,U O,U O,U O,U
Project Management Boot Camp
BUSA-40714
3
U U U U
Work Team Concepts and Skills
BUSA-40109
3
L,O L L,O  
Interest-Based Negotiation
BUSA-40128
3
L O L L
Other Courses of Interest (Not required)
Careers in Human Resources
INFO-70031
0
U   U  
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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To Apply for the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $0 Apply Now!
Contact: Business, Professional & Legal Programs, 858-534-8148
Email: HRPrograms@ucsd.edu
Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.

Program Benefits

  • Learn practical applications and underlying rationale of today's HR practices
  • Network with other professionals in the program
  • Complement your college degree with career-oriented education
  • Facilitate promotions or career changes

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.

Next Steps Experience

Apply all the skills you have learned through the Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management! Directed Studies in Human Resources will provide an experiential learning environment that will guide you to the Next Steps in HR Professionalism.

As ‘Next Steps’ experience, you will work with an advisor on a one-on-one basis to produce a research paper or experiential learning project. The final presentation will reflect one of a variety of HR topics, and it’s intended to be customized to your educational goals. This course will be like an independent study – enhanced by the opportunity to create a resume-ready result involving high-profile employers and verified veterans of Human Resources practice around the greater San Diego area.

Note: Certificate students are eligible to apply. Those with less than two years of work experience in HR must first complete all core classes; those with two or more years of work experience must complete at least nine units of HR coursework in the HR certificate program. For details and information, contact HRPrograms@ucsd.edu

Industry Requirements

This program is endorsed by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Advisors

Natasha Arthur, PHR-CA
Director, Human Resources and Senior HR Consultant
CaVu Consulting Inc.

Danielle Bell-Ellison, PHR-CA
Director of Human Resources
American Peptide Company

Rosemary Castro
Senior Director, Human Resources
Catalina Restaurant Group

Michelle Dietrich, PHR
Senior Human Resources Manager
San Diego County

Judith Enns, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
HR Division, Eastridge Workforce Solutions

Tania Fiero, PHR
Vice President of Human Resources
Innovative Employee Solutions

Julie Fletcher, MS
SVP - Human Resources
AMN Healthcare

Evelyn Hidalgo, MA
Associate Dean, Academic and Staff Administration
University of California, San Diego

Ed Hidalgo
Senior Director, Staffing
Qualcomm

Jeff Lindeman, MS, SPHR
Senior Director, Talent and Engagement
San Diego International Airport

Steve Potter, MS
Global Head of Human Resources
Tapestry Solutions

Phyllis Sarkaria, MCA
Vice President, Human Resources
Quidel Corporation

Cláudia Schwartz, MSW, SPHR
Principal Consultant
HR Results

John D. Skrentny, Ph.D.
Professor, Sociology
UC San Diego

Toni Wayne
Vice President Human Resources
EPIC Sciences