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""Today’s global economy is changing the field of human resources (HR), requiring innovative professionals to manage this transformation. Join the next generation of HR change-makers with Walden’s Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management program online.

In this program, you’ll learn to manage and empower your organization’s most important asset—its people. Gain a strategic understanding of HR and its role in both business results and human capital development. Explore how to maximize employee productivity through effective training, coaching, compensation, and development programs. Learn to use HR metrics to audit and improve employee and organization success.

SHRM Aligned Curriculum

Explore the newest strategies and best practices for position planning, recruitment, and retention though a curriculum aligned with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) guidelines .

Virtual Reality Simulation

This certificate program includes Mursion, a cutting-edge virtual reality simulation tool. Mursion allows you to practice having difficult, high-stakes conversations in a safe environment.

Faculty of Experts

Learn from today’s most respected authors, business executives, and thought leaders in our “Inspiring Today’s Leaders” webinar series.

Vibrant Peer Community

Join Walden’s virtual student chapter of SHRM. Gain access to a vast network of human resource professionals and stay current in the field’s latest development

Accelerate Your Journey

Credits earned in this certificate program may be applied toward Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management degree program.

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Completion Requirements

  • 12 semester credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.


Course Code Title Credits
MHRM 6101

Foundations of Human Resource Management

Students are offered a comprehensive overview of human resource management (HRM) as a strategic function, laying a foundation for the detailed course study that follows. Students explore the role of human resource professionals as strategic partners who focus on the mission and goals of an organization. Students examine traditional topics, such as organizational effectiveness and development, workforce management, employee and labor relations, and technology management. They also explore transformational topics such as HRM in a global context, diversity and inclusion, risk management, corporate social responsibility, and U.S. employment law. The course also includes an examination of talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention, learning and development, and total rewards in the context of the employee life cycle.

(3 sem. cr.)
MHRM 6201

Individual and Organizational Performance Management

Performance management involves the ongoing activities of employee evaluation and development focused on achieving the organization's short- and long-term goals. Performance management also is required to meet ethical and statuary requirements. Looking at the continuous nature of performance management underscores the importance of identifying and supporting talent development. Students assess performance management systems within the context of the defined system metrics supporting the organization's goals, and they assess the role of performance management in strengthening the organization through diversity and inclusion.

(3 sem. cr.)
MHRM 6301

Legal and Regulatory Environment

Successful organizations leverage the unique understanding of the legal and regulatory environments held by the human resource (HR) department to guide and advise the organization. In this course, students explore the laws that define and regulate multiple dimensions of the employer-employee relationship and the compliance requirements of the organization. This includes ethical behavior, employment agreements, pay structures, personnel policies, equity, access, dispute resolution protocol, hiring practices, and discrimination policies.

(3 sem. cr.)
MHRM 6401

Human Resource Analytics

Understanding the value of an organization's human capital is crucial to its continuing success. Human resource (HR) management metrics provide the tools both for measuring value and for managing an organization's human resources. Students in this course explore HR analytics and metrics as tools for organizational and individual performance improvement. These tools establish a foundation for the effective deployment of performance metrics as part of the recruitment, talent development, and retention of human resources. They also facilitate alignment of the HR strategy with the business strategy. Students examine the power of analytics and an HR metrics dashboard. In addition, students investigate the role of human resource information systems (HRIS) and the importance of working with internal business partners from areas such as information technology, finance, and the executive team.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 12 semester credit hours $979 per semester hour $11,748
Technology Fee Per semester $220 $440


*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $300 to $450.


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.

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