Human resource management is a dynamic field that has been rapidly evolving. Today's professionals are moving into more proactive roles as human resource planners and organizational consultants, earning recognition at the highest levels of the organization.
*Course formats can be mixed to complete certificate.
*Cost varies by format selection and curriculum updates.
*Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.
UC San Diego Extension's Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management has helped hundreds of individuals expand their knowledge of HR management to enter or progress in the field. The certificate program is designed to provide participants with the latest information and practical insights in order to become responsible and effective professionals.
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 24 months.
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
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
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.
Business, Professional & Legal Programs. Call 858-534-8148 or Email: HRPrograms@ucsd.edu
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.
This program is endorsed by the Society for Human Resource Management.
Director of Human Resources
County of San Diego
Executive Vice President
HR Division, Eastridge Workforce Solutions
Chief Talent Officer
Associate Dean, Academic and Staff Administration
University of California, San Diego
Global Head of Human Resources
UC San Diego
HR Strategies and Solutions
Director of Talent Culture and Capability
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Vice President of Human Resources
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.
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.
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.
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 Blackboard, which is our online learning management system.
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.
If you are interested in a course and do not intend on completing the certificate, please contact the Program Manager at HRPrograms@ucsd.edu or 858-534-8148 to find out if you meet the prerequisites or equivalent.
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 or 858-534-8148 for more information.
You can find a downloadable document, titled “Frequently Asked Questions” under "Related Documents" on the right side of the top of this page. If you need further information, please contact the Program Manager at HRPrograms@ucsd.edu or 858-534-8148.
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" The certificate program has helped me become a better HR professional and business partner. I have cultivated great relationships and gained invaluable tools that I will continue to use throughout my HR career. It's an amazing experience! "