Human Resource Management
Graduate Certificate Online Program

The graduate certificate program in Human Resource Management provides students with a strong foundation to advance within the evolving human resource profession, with coursework in human relations, advanced human resource management, and compensation strategies. The program prepares students for positions managing the interaction of personnel and covers the latest HR protocols in today’s evolving business climate.

Designed For You

The California Coast University online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:


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The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management consists of 4 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 4  Core Courses .
There are 12 total semester units in this program.

4 Core Courses

The online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is comprised of the following 4 courses. Click on course title to expand and read more.

ID Course Name Units
BAM 510 Human Resource Management  3

Human Resource Management examines the concepts, models, procedures, tools, and techniques of human resource management. Aspects of the individual and how the work environment influences people at work is explored, and the emphasis on recent and relevant findings from the behavioral sciences and other disciplines is discussed to help students apply appropriate human resource management approaches in their organizational settings.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define and discuss human resource management and its importance in modern organizations, legal issues, strategic planning, and trends related to the field.
  • Examine issues and best practices impacting employee staffing and recruiting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of employee development and management.
  • Evaluate the key components of compensation including incentive pay and employee benefits.
  • Discuss factors related to protecting and expanding organizational reach such as workplace safety, ethics, diversity, social responsibility, and global issues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to human resource management.
BAM 515 Organizational Behavior  3

Organizational Behavior provides students with an in-depth review of various theories and research on the behavior, structure, and process of organizations. Formal organizations and their structure will be critically examined, and human motivations and their constructive application to oneself and others will be explored. Applicable behavioral science theories will be analyzed and students will be able to effectively apply the relevant concepts to the management of organizations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define organizational behavior and describe the basic functions.
  • Examine key terms, theories and perspectives of organizational behavior.
  • Evaluate issues affecting organizational behavior including global issues, diversity, ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Analyze individual behaviors and the various types of processes in organizational behavior including social and group, leadership and influence, and organizational processes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to organizational behavior.
BAM 535 Advanced Human Resource Management  3

Advanced Human Resource Management covers the contexts of human resource management—staffing, employee development and compensation (with an emphasis on developing employee relations), working with organized labor, managing workplace safety and health, employee privacy, risk management, and international human resource management challenges.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define how human resource management operates and adapts within an organization including its functions and challenges.
  • Analyze the various components of human resource management such as job analysis, employee retention, recruitment, and job placement.
  • Examine best practices for training, talent development, and making compensation decisions.
  • Evaluate key issues affecting employee wellbeing, employee/labor relations, and global human resource management.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to advanced human resource management.
BAM 545 Strategic Compensation  3

Strategic Compensation examines the importance of employees as a key element of strategic compensation programs. More specifically, the course explores how human resource professionals, along with other business professionals, design strategic compensation programs to promote companies' success in competitive markets.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define strategic compensation, and examine the role of compensation as a strategic business partner.
  • Describe how companies can design compensation systems, and explain between the different bases for pay.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different types of employee benefits including discretionary and legally required benefits.
  • Discuss the contemporary strategic compensation challenges.
  • Examine compensation issues on a global scale.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to strategic compensation.

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Leadership, or Management, or a Bachelor Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

FAQ About Coursework

Required units may be satisfied in the following ways: