Program Overview

West Chester University’s Certificate in Human Resource Management will advance your skills in the field of human resources. The program is designed for both HR and non-HR professionals across industries and organizational types, and is available 100% online. The 12-credit program is structured to develop core skills in critical areas of HR management including employment and labor relations; compensation and benefits; employee and labor relations; ethics; global human resources; human resource metrics; leadership and change management; and workforce planning.


Program Highlights

  • Accredited by AACSB International - the premier global accrediting body for business schools. 

  • Aligned with the curriculum standards developed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

  • Affordable: In-state tuition is $1,548 per course. Out-of-state tuition is $1,578 tuition per course. With just 4 courses in WCU’s Certificate in HRM program, you may pay thousands less than at other comparable schools. 100% Online: Complete your entire Certificate online, part time, in 6-12 months. 

  • 7-week semesters 

  • Asynchronous classes: earn our Certificate on your schedule


What can I do with this degree?

Entry level Human Resource Specialists with no experience can earn up to $59,180 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016). The median annual wage for Human Resource Managers with five years or more of professional management experience was $106,910 in May 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Possible careers include: Human Resource Specialist, Human Resource Generalist, Human Resource Coordinator, Human Resource Recruiter, Entry-level Payroll Specialist, Benefits Coordinator, and more.

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Our faculty are accomplished experts in the areas of Organizational Behavior, Legal Compliance and Management. Some of their research interests include examining the relationship between leadership and culture, employment and labor law, risk management, military expatriate and the role of gender in combat zones, the financial materiality of sustainability to the insurance industry and the strategic management of not-for-profit organizations. Recent research has been published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Military Psychology, Leadership, the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Thunderbird International Business Review, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, and the Journal of Competitiveness Studies.