Are you interested in a career in human resource management or need a stronger background in the context of human resources than in the past? Many organizations now require their human resource staff to hold some type of certification for advancement. This five course certificate, offered by the Isenberg School of Management, can help get you there by giving you the knowledge of some of the various elements of human resource management.


This program is flexible to fit with your schedule yet still thorough in its teaching to give you a leg up in your career. This certificate will instruct you on the key functions of human resource management, including recruiting, training, performance appraisals, motivating employees, workplace communication, and workplace safety and compensation.

Certificate Requirements:

  • MANAGMNT 301 Principles of Management
  • MANAGMNT 314 Human Resource Management
  • MANAGMNT 330 Organizational Behavior
  • MANAGMNT 334 Compensation Administration
  • MANAGMNT 397W Workforce Planning, Recruitment, and Selection

Learn more about this program:

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Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Tuition per credit $525
Registration Fee per semester $60

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The Isenberg Online Human Resource Management Certificate is fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB- International). AACSB - International is the premier accrediting agency for business programs around the world.

The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Applicants must have completed 24 credits of college level course work or 2 years of relevant industry experience. The certificate application can be found here and is accepted on a rolling basis. Before you apply or while your application is being processed, you have the option to try a class.

Financial Aid: 

For certificate programs, you may be eligible for a direct consumer alternative loan. Private loans do not require school certification and proceeds are paid directly to the borrower. When looking for loans, please make sure you specify to the lender that you are looking for a "Direct to consumer loan" or that it is for Continuing Education classes. Financial aid is not available since certificate programs are not degree granting.

UMass Amherst does not endorse any individual alternative loan - you should compare programs and choose those that best fit your needs.

If you are U.S. active military or a veteran, contact your Base Education Officer on how to use your benefits, or contact UMass Veteran Services at:

Email:  vetaffairs@stuaf.umass.edu
Website: www.umass.edu/veterans
Phone:  413.545.09393