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.
Non-Degree Study Option*
Qualified students with University College authorization may take up to six units of Human Resources Management graduate-level course work on a non-degree basis. To do so, complete the "Graduate Student-At-Large" application located on our Apply page.
*International students are only eligible to apply for non-degree study as a Graduate Student-At-Large if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational. International students holding F1 visas are not eligible to apply for the “Graduate Student-At-Large” program or any of our advanced certificate programs at this time.
Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
Schedule an Appointment
Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and at our Danforth Campus location from 2-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 1-5 p.m. on Friday.
required course work
- Organizational Behavior and Management (U87 520)
- Strategy Formation and Organizational Effectiveness (U87 559)
- Legal Aspects in Human Resources (U87 571)
Choose from the following:
- Human Resources Management (U87 531)
- Compensation Management (U87 543)
- Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (U87 544)
- HR Metrics (U87 558)
- Building High Performance, Team-Based Organizations (U87 565)
Admission to this program is on a selective basis to qualified persons with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
University College cannot sponsor an I-20 for any certificate program. International students are eligible to apply for a certificate program if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational.
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.
Transcript from the institution where you received your bachelor's degree or a higher-level degree, was conferred. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to email@example.com. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES) or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
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? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:
- Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
- Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.
This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.
If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, the TOEFL or IELTS is then required for admission.
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.