Advanced Certificate in Human Resources Management
The Advanced Certificate in Human Resources Management provides a range of courses in the major responsibilities and challenges of human resources to prepare students to work effectively in the field. Originally designed for Washington University master's students and as a complement to the curricula in the schools of business, engineering, and social work, the certificate is also available to the general public.
Online or In-Classroom Formats Available
The certificate is available as a fully online or in-classroom certificate. Learn more about our online learning options.
A minimum of 9 credits toward the HRM Certificate must be taken in University College. Washington University master's students in the schools of business, engineering, and social work may apply toward the certificate up to 6 relevant credits in the HR field from their home school, subject to the approval of a University College graduate advisor.
Authorized P/F credit from graduate level course work in the Olin School of Business may apply if the work was completed prior to the student’s admission to a University College program of study and the student received a course grade of Pass or High Pass. Once admitted to a University College program of study, students who are authorized to take courses in Olin and apply them toward their program of study are required to convert P/F to letter grades at the time of registration.
With permission, students may enroll in human resources management classes before they are officially admitted to the certificate program. To see if you are eligible, complete the "Graduate Student-At-Large" application located on our Apply page.
required course work
This is a 15-unit program composed of four required courses and one elective.
- Organizational Behavior and Administration (U87 520) - A survey course focusing on the individual, group, organizational and environmental factors relevant to understanding and managing behavior in complex organizations.
- Human Resources Management (U87 531) - A comprehensive overview of human resources, with particular attention to selection, performance management, training, wage and salary administration, career development, human resources planning, and federal regulations.
- Compensation Management (U87 543) - Topics include measures of performance and employment market issues; skill-building; and the design of money and benefits compensation packages to improve employee quality and productivity.
- Legal Aspects of Human Resources Management (U87 571) - The legal framework for human resources, with particular attention to issues related to employment, personnel practices, wages and salary, benefits, family and medical leave, disabilities, terminations, and unions.
Students will also choose 3 units of elective course work from the offerings in the University College Masters of Arts in Human Resources Management Program.
Admission to this program is on a selective basis to qualified persons with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application?
If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.
Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.
You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
This fee is waived for all WashU staff.
Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. They can be submitted as part of your online application or mailed to University College.
Please describe two significant challenges that are facing the future of the human resources profession. Explain how you will respond to these challenges as an HR professional.