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A strong Human Resource (HR) professional can make a major difference in the overall success of an organization, and management is taking note! 

HR managers use the latest technology to recruit, screen and interview the best talent.  In order to develop and maintain strategic initiatives to motivate and protect their workforce, HR managers provide the legal and regulatory protections needed in today's face-paced work environment. 

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources will prepare you for this challenge by introducing you to the world of employee relations, labor law, training and development. It will also prepare you to sit for the nationally recognized Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) examination.

This certificate is completely online. To enroll or get answers to your questions, please contact Admissions at 412.578.6059 or by email at



  • August and January Start Dates
  • Interested students must have a completed Bachelor's Degree with a 3.0 GPA

The coursework may include weekly readings, videos, written assignments, and discussion board postings. Student are responsible for viewing all posted materials and completing and submitting all assignments on time via the CelticOnline course site, and for any announcements or additional class information or resource materials.

Next Steps: Students completing this graduate certificate are encouraged to consider entry to the MBA graduate programs as these 9 earned credits may be applied to the Carlow MBA.

Course Information

  • MBA777 - Strategic Human Resource Management
    This course is an introduction to the role of the human resource professional as a key organizational stakeholder. Topics will include planning, recruitment and selection, total compensation administration, employee relations, budgeting, employment law, technology, and ethical practices. 
  • MBA778 - Employment Law
    This course provides a review of federal, state, and local laws affecting employers, including discrimination, wage, and collective bargaining issues. Statutes, regulations, executive orders, and court decisions will provide the student with both theoretical and pragmatic competencies in legal analysis of employment - related issues. The life of an employment case will be examined through case discussions and experiential learning
  • MBA779 - Capstone Experience - Human Resource Management
    This course combines experiential learning with academic theory and research. The experiential learning component is achieved through a capstone project consisting of a complex business organization case study requiring research, analysis, and design of strategic solutions across major functional areas of HR management.  HRCI Certification -eligible students will prepare for the appropriate HR Certification Institute exam through guided study and review that will also ensure comprehensive knowledge across HR functional areas necessary for successful capstone completion