Human Resources Online Certificate Program

The Human Resources certificate enables students to develop foundational knowledge and skills related to balancing the interests of an organization with the rights and needs of employees. Students gain the capability to support an organization in reaching its strategic goals, improving business results, and cultivating talented and capable staff. Individuals working in human resources or professionals who seek to transition to the HR field will receive essential preparation in this program.

Learn from a faculty of industry leaders in this fully online certificate. Enhance your professional skillset and advance your career.  

Or, apply credit earned to one of five SPS online bachelor's degrees.


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Online, asynchronous classes

icon  Time to Completion

Four quarters (one year), one course per quarter

icon  Quarter of Entry

Begin in any quarter

icon  Number of Credits

Four courses to complete the certificate

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Estimated cost $2,300 per course



About the Human Resources Certificate Program

Human Resources Goals and Courses



Admission for the Human Resources Certificate

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found at the Admission page.

Human Resources Tuition

Certificate students in the School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about tuition and financial obligations, see the Tuition page.

Human Resources Registration Information

Registration for courses opens 8 to 10 weeks before each quarter and is accessed CAESAR,  Northwestern's online student records system. View course registration timelines and instructions on the Registration Information page.

Applying Credit to an Online Bachelor of Science Program

Students interested in the option of applying credit earned in an online undergraduate certificate to an SPS online bachelor's degree program should submit an online application and all required application materials. Students who elect to apply to a bachelor’s degree program before completing the certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable bachelor’s degree, but a certificate will not be conferred.

If you are interested in exploring this option, contact an admission advisor for details.

Find out more about the Human Resources Certificate

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