The role of human resource management has expanded dramatically in both the public and private sectors, especially in large organizations. Driving the growing importance afforded the HR function are the increasing complexity of HR laws and employee benefits; the importance of effective employee recruitment, placement, and training to the organization's bottom line; increased use of arbitration and negotiation in labor relations; and the internationalization of the workforce. In addition to their more traditional role, HR managers are becoming much more involved in strategic planning for organizations and their component business units.

Who would most benefit?

This certificate program provides an excellent foundation in human resource management concepts, principles, and practice. Both HR veterans and those wanting to launch a career in human resources will find the program's content particularly helpful. HR professionals seeking to earn a professional certification in human resources - e.g., the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) - will benefit greatly from the program, as well as from the exam certification preparation workshops that are offered.


To earn the Certificate, students must complete seven core courses (21 credits) with a "C" or better. Students who have already completed similar courses at other institutions may apply for transfer credit, but they must complete at least five of the courses at The Catholic University of America to earn the certificate. Students may take courses on a non-credit or for-credit basis. Free certification exam preparation workshops are offered to those completing at least three courses on a for-credit basis.


Courses are scheduled on an accelerated basis, enabling students to complete the entire program in as little as one calendar year. Courses typically meet either:

  • One evening per week, 5:30 - 9:45 pm, for a half-semester, OR
  • One evening per week, e.g., 6:10 to 8:40 pm, for a full semester. Courses involving more complex concepts and quantitative courses tend to meet on this schedule.

To complete the Certificate in a calendar year, students would normally take, for example, one full-semester course (meeting, e.g., every Tuesday evening for the full semester) and two half-semester courses (meeting, e.g., on Thursday evenings - one in the first half of the semester, and another meeting during the second half of the semester). Typically, credits earned toward a certificate program may be applied toward Catholic University's bachelor's degree programs as well.

Gainful Employment Data

The Department of Education requires that schools post Gainful Employment Data for certain types of programs, including this one. The required information on this program is available here.