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About the Human Resource Management Program

UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned all of our courses to an online or hybrid format. Online classes (asynchronous) will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. Hybrid classes are fully online with live (synchronous) virtual class meetings each week using the Zoom conferencing system.

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.

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.

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

 

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UC San Diego Extension is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

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HRCI has pre-approved this activity for recertification credit toward the aPHR®, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, aPHRi™, PHRi™, GPHR® and SPHRi™ certifications. The content of the activity submitted has met the criteria of the Approved Provider Program.

  • Increase your ability to make a career transition into HR
  • Learn practical applications and underlying rationale of today's HR practices from qualified practitioners and subject-matter-experts.
  • Gain SHRM and HRCI recertification credits by attending single courses.
  • Network with other professionals in the program
  • Complement your college degree with career-oriented education
  • Facilitate promotions or career changes
  • Build and enhance your HR toolkit through evening and online courses
  • Improve your image and marketability
  • Increase your personal development

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. As new companies form and organizations expand their operations, they will need human resources managers to administer and monitor their programs and to ensure that firms adhere to changing employment laws.

 
 
Format: In-Person, Online

Course formats can be mixed to complete certificate.

Estimated Cost: $4,300

Cost varies according to capstone. Scroll down for scolarship and financial assistance information.

Duration: 12-36 Months

Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.

Contact
Department
Business, Professional & Legal Programs
Phone
858-534-8148
Email
HRPrograms@ucsd.edu

Courses

Delivery Method
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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid

Complete the following course prior to taking other required courses.

Managing Human Resources: An OverviewBUSA-40010

Units: 4.00

$630

Discover emerging trends and new regulations in personnel management practices. This comprehensive course covers: human resource planning, staffing, performance management, training and development, c...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Complete all 7 courses.

Employee and Labor RelationsBUSA-40017

Units: 3.00

$515

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...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Strategic Talent AcquisitionBUSA-40874

Units: 3.00

$515

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

$515

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...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Fundamentals of Employee BenefitsBUSA-40875

Units: 3.00

$515

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. Lear...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Training and DevelopmentBUSA-40020

Units: 3.00

$515

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

$515

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...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Required; Choose one to complete last

Workplace EthicsBUSA-40531

Units: 2.00

$415

Strong workplace ethics, or the lack thereof, have had far-reaching consequences for companies and corporate leaders. This class will explore regulations that specifically address ethics in the workpl...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Directed Studies in Human ResourcesBUSA-40837

Units: 2.00

$450

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

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Not required for the certificate.

Human Resource Management Information SessionINFO-70031

Units: 0.00

Free

Are you considering a career in Human Resources? UC San Diego Extension offers a variety of HR courses for anyone who is looking to enter the field, advance their career, or maintain their credentials...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Talent Acquisition Boot CampBUSA-40964

Units: 3.00

$625

Talent acquisition from a tactical perspective is the process of finding and acquiring skilled human labor for organizational needs and to meet any labor requirements. Modern talent acquisition is a s...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Mastering Workplace InvestigationsBUSA-40966

Units: 2.00

$525

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 ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Strategic HR Business PartnershipBUSA-40965

Units: 3.00

TBD

The course aims to prepare HR practitioners for the strategic global challenges, be a trusted HR business partner and get that seat at the corporate table.With change being the new norm, the urgency f...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Designing Exceptional Organizational CulturesBUSA-40979

Units: 2.00

$525

Designing Exceptional Organizational Cultures takes students through how to define and create an award-winning and high-performing organizational culture that not only achieves and exceeds business ou...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

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Financial Assistance Opportunities

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.

2022 Scholarship Application Deadline 10/31/21.
To apply for the scholarship please submit the following to HRPrograms@ucsd.edu:

  • Resume
  • Statement (up to 500 words) 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.

Career Services

  • Internship Program - The Business Program Department will assist qualified students in internship search, preparatiion, and application. Students work one-on-one with a career counselor. To qualify students must complete the certificate within five years and submit a short statement of interest to: HRPrograms@ucsd.edu
  • Stay Connected and continue learning. Join us for the free monthly HR Learship Event. HR leaders and experts in their fields openly present their best practices, visionary ideas, practical solutions to challenges, and insight-provoking learning lessons. Discussions are candid and stimulating. Participants acquire key takeaways that can be immediately applied to their daily work and careers.
  • Career Resources and Services
  • One-on-One Career Coaching Appointment - Graduates who are interested in a career coaching appointment can schedule an appointment to get advice on resume building, applications, negotiation, interviewing, leveraging LinkedIn etc... Graduates will meet virtually with a career advisor for up to one-hour. If you would like to schedule an appointment and you have completed the certificate within five years, contact unexbusa@ucsd.edu.
  • O*Net - Career resources offered by O*Net , an online portal for career exploration, job analysis and self-assessment tools.
  • The Career Channel - Brought to you by UCTV and UC San Diego Extension, the Career Channel provides information, tools and experts to help those in career transition identify emerging areas of opportunity and develop plans for reskilling.
  • Explore Career Tools to Make your Next Career Move - Get help with your career research to find the priority sectors and priority jobs. The San Diego Workforce Partnership looked at all occupations in San Diego County to determine which pay best, have the most openings and are growing quickly. There are 72 priority jobs in San Diego County, ranging from stucco masons to biomedical engineers. Find out more at SDWP - My Next Move.
  • Professional Associations - Professional associations offer a terrific opportunity for career education, professional development and networking. Link to list of associations.

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.

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?

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 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 HRPrograms@ucsd.edu or 858-534-8148 for more information.

How can I get more information about this program?

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.

Advisory Board

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

Bachem

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

Principal

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

Qualcomm

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.