Advanced Certificate in Human Resources Management

Advanced Certificates
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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.

    Request an Appointment

    Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday.

    Elisa Wang
    Elisa Wang
    Academic Advisor
    (314) 935-6793
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    required course work

    This is a 15-unit program composed of four required courses and one elective.

    Required Courses: 12 units

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    Elective Courses: 3 units

    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.

    admissions requirements

    Bachelor's Degree

    Admission to this program is on a selective basis to qualified persons with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

    U.S. Citizenship

    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.

    application requirements

    Completed application form

    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.

    Official transcripts from all previous college work

    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. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at

    Personal Essay

    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?

    TOEFL scores (if applicable)

    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.

    Three Letters of Recommendation

    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.

    Writing Sample

    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.

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    Still have questions?

    Program Coordinator: Jennifer Fickeler | (314) 935-6700 |

    Academic Advisor: Elisa Wang | (314) 935-6793 |

    Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 |