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School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)

HR Management Graduate Certificate

Develop your organization’s most valuable assets and strengthen your professional credentials with a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Oakland University. Whether you’re an experienced professional or just get starting in HR, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management can prepare you to take the next step in your career. This 12-credit program can be completed 100% online or on campus, depending on student preference.

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Program Overview

In this 12-credit program, students gain the knowledge to improve the performance of their organization through practical, real-world focused people management skills. Students graduate equipped with the skills to help drive a high-performing organization through strategic counsel and practical support for employees and management. Online and face-to-face courses are available.


  • Advance your career
  • Learn from expert faculty
  • Boost your credentials
  • Earn credits that can be applied toward an Oakland University MBA
  • According to Payscale.com, HR professionals who hold certificates are promoted faster and tend to hold positions of higher authority


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Graduate Business Programs
(248) 370-3287


This program is ideal for students holding a bachelor’s degree who are interested in:

  • Developing specific human resource management capabilities without committing to a master’s degree program
  • Building skills to launch or advance in a human resource management position
  • Sharpening their skills and enhancing their resume

Core Requirements (9 credits)
ORG 5300: Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
ORG 6310: Strategic Human Resource Management (3 credits)
MGT 5500: Legal Environment of Business (3 credits)

Select one from the following (3 credits each)
ORG 6320: Change Management
MGT 6700: Business Ethics
ORG 6350: Decision Making in Organizations
ORG 6360: Leadership and Group Performance
ORG 6370: Motivation and Work Behavior
ORG 6700: International Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
ORG 6720: Creativity
ORG 6900: Special Topics in Organizational Behavior

How to Apply

Application and Admission

Application Requirements

  • Application for graduate study
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official transcripts providing evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Email address of two individuals for a recommendation

International Students

  • Transcript evaluation (for degrees earned from a college or university outside of the United States)
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • International supplemental application and supporting documents