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. All courses taken in the certificate are directly transferable to the MS in HRD, if students should decide to complete the MS degree.

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


The HR Business Partner certificate is comprised of 15 credits. See below for the breakdown of credits that must be completed.

Required Courses
(3 courses, 3 credits each = 9 credits)

  • HRD 8419: Foundations of Strategic HR
  • HRD 8003: Financial and Human Capital
  • HRD 8215: Employment Law

Elective Courses
(2 courses, 3 credits each = 6 credits)

Students must select two of the following courses.

  • PSY 8475: Training & Development
  • HRD 8212: Total Rewards: Compensation
  • HRD 8213: Total Rewards: Benefits

Total Program: 15 credits


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