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Program Overview

Gain the knowledge and skills to strategically manage and develop an effective workforce for improved organization performance and competitive positioning with Michigan State University's Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Development.

This focused program helps you connect the core functions of HR to overall business strategy through foundational HR courses covering compensation systems, talent management and staffing, developing learning organizations, labor relations and more. The program curriculum is designed and led in an interactive online classroom by some of the top researchers in their field, including many Broad College of Business faculty who teach in the MBA in Human Resource Management concentration. All five of these five-week online courses (9 credits total) are also included in MSU's 100% online Master of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership program, allowing you to apply the course credits toward a master's degree (8 graduate certificate credits can be applied to the MS-MSL degree).

Program Outcomes

MSU's Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Development will equip you to:

  • Leverage human resources and align with organizational strategies to create competitive and global advantages
  • Develop a learning organization that inspires and nurtures top talent, helping to retain the leaders your organization needs to succeed
  • Manage labor, compliance and regulatory issues
  • Understand theory, research and legal foundations that impact staffing decisions
  • Link rewards and compensation packages with recruiting, employee selection, training and development and performance reviews
  • Gain methods for motivating, providing meaningful feedback and influencing change
  • Analyze the cost, benefit and ROI of training programs

Career Outlook

As companies form and expand, there is demand for HR managers and executives who can strategically manage and develop an effective workforce. The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Development is designed for self-directed professionals looking to lead in these roles and enhance their career potential with positions and salaries like these:

Training and Development Manager: $111,340*

Compensation and Benefits Manager: $121,010*

Human Resources Manager: $113,300*

General and Operations Managers: $100,930*

Administrative Services Manager: $96,180*

*Average annual salary, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics median pay figures as of 2018.



  • MGT 802 Strategic Analysis1 Credit
  • MGT 810 Human Resource Management for General Managers2 Credits


  • MGT 817 Managing the Learning Organization2 Credits
  • MGT 818 Talent Management and Development2 Credits
  • MGT 822 Developing Reward and Compensation Systems2 Credits


  • MGT 811Fundamentals of Human Resources Staffing2 Credits
  • MGT 814 Managing Diversity in the Workplace2 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Official four-year bachelor’s degree-bearing transcript from a regionally or nationally accredited institution(s)

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience

    Current résumé detailing professional work experience, academic credentials and related accomplishments and pertinent biographical information

  4. A written personal statement

    Statement of intention essay (two pages maximum) detailing your direct supervisory and/or project/program management experience, as well as a statement on how you will leverage the Graduate Certificate in your career

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation from professional, work-related references, preferably direct supervisors. Recommendation letters should attest to your ability to work within and lead teams as well as to your contribution to a professional business environment.

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Pay a one-time, nonrefundable $100 application and transcript fee.
  3. If you indicate that you are a veteran or military service member, provide an official military transcript.
  4. Although the GMAT is not required, it may be requested if you have a GPA below 3.0.
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Key Dates

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

November 30, 2020

Summer 2021

Application Deadline

April 2, 2021

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

August 6, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $9,810
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $9,810
  • Total


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