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Human Resources Management

Impact culture and build top talent


Be equipped to determine human resource management strategies, improve organization health and longevity, and deliver results. With the Ohio University Human Resources Certificate from the College of Business, you will learn how to work effectively on project teams, succeed in complex assignments, and meet strategic and operational objectives.

Learning Outcomes

The HR Certificate Program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the human resources profession. Upon completion of the program you'll be able to: 

  • Understand the essential roles and responsibilities of human resource professionals.
  • Learn to manage employee relations, compensation, and performance management.
  • Become familiar with human resource-related laws and compliance and liability issues.
  • Develop strategies for recruiting the best employees as well as training and development.

Career Paths

With a Human Resources Certificate, you will be prepared to pursue career paths including: talent acquisition, employee relations, talent management, labor relations, compensation and benefits, human resources management and training.


Admission to the HR Certificate Program is competitive. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher. Students from both within and outside the College of Business are welcome to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.


The Human Resources Certificate program consists of 15 credit hours including four required courses and one elective course. The coursework incorporates practical, hands-on experiential exercises and activities.

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

  • MGT 3300 - Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • MGT 3400 – Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 4300 – Employee Relations
  • MGT 4370 – Strategic Talent Management

Elective Course (3 credit hours)

Choose one:

  • ETM 3620 - Leadership and Supervision
  • COMS 2040 – Principles and Techniques of Interviewing
  • COMS 2050 - Techniques of Group Discussion
  • COMS 2500 - Organizational Communications for (Non-COMS majors)
  • COMS 3500 – Introduction to Organizational Communication (COMS Majors Only)
  • PSY 3610 – Survey of Organizational and Industrial Psychology
  • PSY 3640 – Occupational Health Psychology
  • SOC 4330 – Sociology of Work

It is also recommended that students attend one certificate workshop per semester

Alumni Profile 

Meet Business Bobcat Sheri Sheffel '17

Sheri Sheffel Stadium

"When I first entered my college career at Ohio University, I had no clue I would end up in the field of HR. If you asked, I would have said something in marketing or sales. However due to faculty like Tim Reynolds, I was shown all of the amazing opportunities that a career in HR can provide. I began to learn so much through the HR oriented classes and I applied those learnings to a variety of HR internships I held over the years at Palmer-Donavin, Owens Corning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. One of the greatest HR opportunities that these experiences and connections led me to was the Masters of Human Resource Management Program at Ohio State. By working with Tim Reynolds, the folks here at OSU, and leveraging my own experiences I was able to be accepted to a top HR program to continue my education. I was also able to receive a very generous Graduate Assistantship working in the Fisher College of Business Office of Career Management to fund my way through the 2-year program due to the experiences I was able to gain while at Ohio University. As I continue through my HR career, I know that I would be no where near the same position if I had not taken the opportunity of engaging in HR classes and connecting with the amazing faculty."

The Human Resources Certificate program is administered by the Robert. D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership. For questions about the certificate, please contact Tammy Reynolds.