24+ Weeks
3 Courses
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What is HR Management?

Traditionally, human resource managers have focused heavily on administrative duties, including managing records, processing standard transactions and dealing with compliance and legal issues. Today’s HR professional is also pivotal in high-level planning, consulting with top executives to chart strategic direction and shaping key policies. With greater focus on talent as a driver for the organization’s overall success, human resource leaders are obtaining more business insight and incorporating that knowledge into daily operations.

As HR continues to play a critical role in companies, the strategic direction of human resource departments is also evolving. Many are seeing new responsibilities and additional opportunities to make an impact. Aligning the strategic direction of human resource departments with organizational goals can mean greater success for companies that implement such innovative approaches.

About the Program

Managing employees is critical to every organization’s success. To be an effective HR leader, you should understand complex concepts such as business management and strategy, workforce planning and employment, and human resource development, as well as build the practical skills to implement these concepts. Villanova University’s 100% online Certificate in Human Resource Management can teach you topics such as organizational structure and design and the eight competencies of HR professionals, to help you apply what you learn in the classroom to your career.

Learn the organizational principles of high-performing companies that can be applied to help your business meet its strategic goals.

Skills Learned
Leadership Communication Risk Management Strategic Planning Talent Acquisition Workforce Management Diversity and Inclusion U.S. Law and Regulations Ethics Organizational Design
Human Resource Management Digital Badge
Earn a Digital Badge

Students will earn a digital badge that demonstrates their skills and commitment to furthering their professional education when they successfully complete the full Human Resource Management program. These badges are great to display on career platforms like LinkedIn and are a visual way of representing your expertise.

SHRM Education Partner

Villanova University is a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recognized Education Partner. By successfully completing two required courses and one elective from the approved list, you can gain extensive knowledge of advanced HR concepts and competencies along with practical skills to put the knowledge to work in your industry.

Meet Your Expert Faculty

Heather Gelting

Heather Gelting, M.S., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has taught online and on campus for Villanova for over ten years. Heather holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Temple University and a Master of Human Resource Management from Penn State. She spent twelve years working for PepsiCo and YUM Brands before transitioning to a mid-sized professional services firm as VP of Human Resources. Heather operated a Human Resource Consulting business for five years served as the Human Resource Director for The Hill School in Pottstown, PA for over nine years. Heather is currently the Executive Director of the PAISBOA Health Benefit Trust and serves as the program coordinator for the Human Resource courses offered in the College of Professional Studies.

Required Courses

3 Course Program | 2 Required + 1 Elective

Human Resource Management

12-Week Course
12 Continuing Education Units
23.25 PDUs

Develop a broad overview of the HR function with a focus on real-life HR issues.

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Mastering Organizational Effectiveness

8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
56.75 PDUs

Explore key human resources concepts used to promote employee engagement and organizational success.

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Choose one of the elective options from the list below

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Elective Options

Essentials of Project Management

4-Week Course
4.2 PDUs
42 Military Clock Hours
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Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager

8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
42 PDUs
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Foundations of Agile Methodology

8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
59.75 PDUs
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Maximizing Team Effectiveness

8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
51.75 PDUs
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Strategic Organizational Leadership

8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
63.25 PDUs
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Tuition & Payment

$6,685 - $7,085

Tuition when enrolling in individual courses

Save 12%

Available when enrolled in a full certificate program

Total Program Cost with 12% Savings

$5,883 - $6,235

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Course offerings and associated prices are subject to change without prior notice. Pricing for multi-course certificate programs varies depending on course selection. View the Professional Education Catalog for more information on the courses and programs.

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