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Leverage Human Resources and Align as a Strategic Partner


As companies form and expand, there is demand for HR managers and executives who can strategically manage and develop an effective workforce. Focused on leading individuals as well as meeting long-term organizational goals, MSU’s Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Development helps you connect core functions of HR, including compensation, training and development, talent management, and labor relations to overall business strategy. Gain the knowledge and skills to improve the performance and competitive position of your organization through this focused program comprised of only five courses (9 credits). All five courses are included in MSU’s Master of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership, so the credits you earn can be applied toward a master’s degree if you decide to pursue your education further.*

Application Deadline

August 2, 2024

Start Date

August 26, 2024

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Academic Calendar

Fall 2024
Application Deadline

August 2, 2024

Start Date

August 26, 2024

Spring 2025
Application Deadline

December 4, 2024

Start Date

January 6, 2025

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The Broad College of Business graduate programs instill a roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic most top employers seek. This program combines a foundation of HR courses covering topics from compensation systems, staffing, developing learning organizations and more to help you advance in this upwardly mobile career path. This curriculum was designed by some of the top researchers in their field, including many who teach in MSU’s MBA Human Resource Management Concentration.

*Students must be accepted into the master’s program for the credits to be applied.

Graduate Certificates Designed for You Now Exclusively Online

This graduate certificate, offered exclusively online, was designed specifically for self-directed professionals like you, looking to continue their education. This credential leverages the convenience of anytime, anywhere interactive, video-based e-learning, opening doors to career advancement opportunities, while fitting into the constraints of your busy schedule. Breaking the mold of traditional online graduate courses, 5-week courses allow you to gain more skills and knowledge in an accelerated time frame. The length of time it takes to complete the graduate certificate is dependent on course availability.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to leverage human resources and align with organizational strategies to create competitive and global advantages
  • Ways to develop a learning organization that inspires and nurtures top talent, helping to retain the leaders your organization needs to succeed
  • Management of labor, compliance and regulatory issues
  • How theory, research and legal foundations impact staffing decisions
  • Ways to link rewards and compensation packages with recruiting, employee selection, training and development, and performance reviews
  • Methods for motivating, providing meaningful feedback and influencing change
  • How to analyze the cost, benefit and ROI of training programs

Who should Enroll

The For-Credit Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Development is designed for professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree and have at least three years of full time managerial experience in a supervisory role. Ideal candidates will have earned a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA.

Those who might be interested in the graduate certificate include:

  • General managers
  • Human resource specialists
  • Training and development managers
  • Compensation and benefits managers
  • Administrative services managers
  • Human resource managers

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Curriculum & Tuition

Required Courses

  • MGT 802 Strategic Analysis

    MGT 802

    Perform a supervised analysis of your employing organization, by interviewing the CEO or other visible leader. Then assess the correspondence between the leader’s vision and concepts presented in the program. *MGT 802 must be completed in the last semester.

  • MGT 810 Human Resource Management for General Managers

    MGT 810

    Identify the human resource management functions all managers perform as you explore human resource activity design, administration and evaluation. You’ll also review needs assessment, program implementation and evaluation, information management and decision support, and international human resource management.

    Skills: Leadership, Strategic Thinking, People Management, Collaboration/Coordination, Communication, Decision Making, Innovation/Creativity, Analysis, Adaptability, Coaching, Change Management


Complete Any Three of the Following Courses

  • MGT 811 Fundamentals of Human Resource Staffing

    MGT 811

    Scientific, legal, and administrative issues in talent acquisition, placement, and promotion.

    Skills: Strategic Thinking, People Management, Collaboration/Coordination, Communication, Decision Making, Analysis, Culture/Cross-Culture, Global Mindset, Critical Thinking

  • MGT 814 Managing Diversity in the Workplace

    MGT 814

    Explore how organizations can benefit from differences in ethnicity, age, tenure, education and more. You’ll also discover some of the challenges that may arise and learn techniques to manage conflict.

    Skills: Leadership, People Management, Communication, Decision Making, Culture/Cross-Culture, Adaptability, Global Mindset, Change Management, Critical Thinking

  • MGT 817 Managing the Learning Organization

    MGT 817

    Learn how to assess the knowledge, skills, and abilities within an organization. This enables you to match future employee skill needs with appropriate learning strategies as well as link employee knowledge, skills, and abilities with overall organizational strategies.

    Skills: Leadership, Strategic Thinking, People Management, Collaboration/Coordination, Adaptability, Coaching, Global Mindset, Critical Thinking

  • MGT 818 Talent Management & Development

    MGT 818

    How do you manage human resources to realize an organization’s goals and mission? Learn strategies for employee recruitment and development, performance management, succession planning and retention, career management and leadership development.

    Skills: People Management, Coaching

  • MGT 822 Developing Reward & Compensation Systems

    MGT 822

    Learn how to apply compensation principles to organizational objectives and strategically use compensation systems to attract, motivate and retain employees. You’ll also discover the managerial aspects of paying employees at all organizational levels.

    Skills: People Management, Analysis, Global Mindset, Critical Thinking

Total Courses

Required Courses
3 Credits
6 credits
9 credits


Cost Per Credit Hour
Total Credits Needed
9 credits

Tuition is determined by the University and does not include books or other fees that may apply. These rates are subject to change at any time during the program or enrollment process.

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Admission Requirements

  • At least three years full-time managerial experience in a supervisory role strongly preferred
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA)
  • A high degree of potential for advancement to an organizational leadership role
  • Important personal and managerial attributes, such as intellectual curiosity, strong communication skills, maturity, openness to new ideas and change, leadership qualities, analytical thinking ability, perseverance, and an ability to lead and work in teams
  • Background knowledge of and exposure to word processing, spreadsheets and presentations

Transfer Credit Policy

  • At the sole discretion of Michigan State University, up to 9 graduate credit hours (excluding research and thesis credits) may be transferred from other postsecondary accredited institutions of comparable academic quality. Only courses in which at least a 3.0 grade or its equivalent was received will be considered for transfer. Transfer credit can only be used towards a master’s degree of 30 credits minimum; not towards a Graduate Certificate.

Applicants must submit the following items:

  • A completed application
  • A one-time, nonrefundable $100 application fee
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university and official transcripts of other programs or courses of study from any accredited college or university attended prior to Michigan State University. Transcripts from Michigan State are not required.
  • If an applicant selects they are a Service member or a Veteran of the military an official military transcript will be required
  • Current resume detailing professional work experience, academic credentials and related accomplishments, and pertinent biographical information
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional, work-related references, preferably supervisors. Letters that attest to your ability to work within and lead teams, as well as to your contribution to a professional business environment, are strongly recommended.
  • A statement of intention essay, no more than two pages, including details of your direct supervisory and/or project/program management experience, as well as a statement on how you intend to leverage the degree in your career
  • GMAT scores may be submitted if your bachelor’s degree GPA was below 3.0 in your last two years of undergraduate work*

*Qualified applicants with 3 or more years’ full-time managerial experience in a supervisory role and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are typically not required to submit GMAT scores for admissions consideration. Admissions decisions are determined by several factors, including: quantity and quality of professional and/or military experience; academic degrees (including graduate degrees) and grade point averages; institution(s) where credits were earned; Letters of Recommendation; and the Statement of intention. Applicants may be requested to submit GMAT scores based on these criteria. Applicants who have earned below a cumulative 3.0 GPA, especially from non-regionally accredited institutions, are encouraged to provide a strong GMAT score along with their application. Applicants with cumulative GPAs above 3.0 from non-regionally accredited institutions or for-profit institutions may be asked to take a GMAT depending upon the quality of their overall application. Submitted GMAT scores must not be more than five years old.