Certificates in Human Resources Development

MS Campus

Certificates in Human Resources Development are currently being developed and will likely be offered beginning in Spring 2018.

Each certificate in HR requires 15 credits, all of which are directly transferable to the MS in HRD, if students should decide to complete the MS degree. Each certificate is tailored to important areas in the HR field so that students can become experts. Additionally, the certificate options can be used within the Master's Degree to develop a specialization and to tailor the students' education to their interests and career goals. 

HR Business Partner Certificate

The HR Business Partner Certificate will provide students with a strong foundation in the major human resources functions which integrate to support the overall objectives of the business.

HR Leadership Certificate

The HR Leadership Certificate is designed for HR professionals who will assume leadership roles in their organization. The courses in this certificate focus on aligning the human resource straegy with the strategic organizational objective. 

Organization Development Certificate

The certificate in Organization Development will prepare students to evaluate overrall organization effectiveness and lead planned change initiatives in their organization resulting in positive organization change. 

HR Analytics & Research Certificate

The courses in the HR Analytics & Research Certificate will lead students to the use of evidence-based analysis through the understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods that will inform strategic business decisions. 

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • 3.0 or better undergraduate GPA
  • Resume
  • Statement of Goals
  • Academic writing sample*

*Students may apply for a waiver of the HRD 8102: Critical Evaluation & Research Writing course by including an academic writing sample with their application.

Students may apply for a waiver of the HRD 8101: Intro to HR in the Business World if they have one or more years of HR experience.

Students who are seeking a certificate but are NOT enrolling into the full MS program are required to have 1 year of HR experience and demonstrate graduate/research writing ability in order to waive the pre-requisite courses (HRD 8101 & HRD 8102). Otherwise, students must complete HRD 8101 & HRD 8102.

Below a 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
Students with below a 3.0 undergraduate GPA are considered for admission based on work history, GRE/GMAT scores, or other demonstration of ability to handle graduate level work. Please contact the HRD office to discuss your individual situation.

Contact Information

Campus Programs
St. Mary's Hall, Suite 119

800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085
(p) 610-519-4582
(f) 610-519-5826

Online Program
M.S. in HRD
c/o University Alliance
Call 1-866-220-0017 or visit