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Human Resources Certificate

5- and 10-week blocks
On-Campus or Online
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10% partner discount

Why should I get this certificate?

Align people with organizational strategy

Whether you practice in the profession or lead a team of people, recognizing how human resources is structured—from employee-benefits design to recruitment, training and development, performance appraisals, and rewards management—the organizational alignment of these key elements will maximize performance.

Upskill your capabilities

  • Certificates are the fastest-growing form of post-secondary credentials in the U.S. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • 42% of certificate students gained more responsibilities, earned a promotion, or changed careers while pursing the credential (Harvard Extension School)
  • The number of people with a post-baccalaureate certificate has increased over 50% since 2005 (Forbes)

What are the required courses?

Graduate certificates require 12-13 credit hours and can be applied toward an MBA or MSL. Select four courses below.

In this course, students will develop skills and knowledge to assist them to be effective coaches in the organizational environment.

The focus of this course is to develop advanced skills and understand aspects of the law that impact human capital in the workplace. This is an ever-changing topic and will be imperative for businesses to stay abreast of the legal aspects of managing people.

As necessary components of labor economics, this course discusses the economics of human capital, gender and racial equality, discrimination, compensation, and immigration as part of the international labor markets. Applications will be provided from manufacturing, financial, health care, and other service industries. 

The goal of this course is to give students the effective tools and knowledge to accomplish successful project management. Learn how projects get started, how to successfully manage a project and its resources, and how organizations select the "right" project to work on.

This course's focus is to develop advanced skills in identifying and measuring employee performance and determining what training opportunities are best for the workplace. Students will apply a systematic process of discovering and analyzing human performance gaps, plans for future improvements in performance, and cost-effective and ethical solutions to close the gaps.

Understanding compensation and benefits as part of an organization’s rewards system is critical for today’s human resource professionals and managers. This course includes tools that are needed to make quality, educated decisions, and students are required to apply their learning to evaluate and implement compensation and benefit programs inside their organizations.

What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and additional benefits for employees of our partner organizations.

Whether you're pursuing a degree or a certificate, our 10% tuition discount for corporate partners' employees will help you advance your education and career goals—while keeping the cost manageable.

Learn more about:

  • Tuition reimbursement from employers
  • 10% tuition discount for employees of partner organizations

We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Complete your application.
  2. Request official transcripts from all schools previously attended. Mail to:

    Graduate Programs
    Mount Mercy University
    1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797
  3. Some programs require letters of recommendation and other materials. Please see program-specific requirements on our Admissions page.

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