Certificate

HR Operations

Learn to recruit, develop, and retain talented employees. In this certificate program, you’ll learn to fulfill human resource needs by using a variety of models and tools such as descriptive and predictive analysis, hiring assessment, and compensation review. Consider local, national, and global implications while determining how to ethically develop and retain employees.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
January 4
Format
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
4 Course Certificate
Tuition
$11,680
Time
As few as 6 months
6 Course Certificate
Tuition
$17,520
Time
As few as 12 months
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Free Application


University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You'll Learn


Evaluate the essential principles for developing, using, and retaining human resources


Recruit, plan for succession, and model competency


Use predictive analytics and modeling

Curriculum

Specialized Graduate Certificate in HR Operations requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.

4
Concentration Courses

Sample Schedule

Finish a graduate certificate in as few as six months or take up to a year. Choose your time to completion to get a better sense of what your schedule will look like during your certificate program.

Time to Completion
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 0 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0

Take a Course Before You Apply


We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of HR Operations


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, HR professionals can expect to see a job growth of 7% over the next decade. A shortage of HR professionals with foundational competencies and knowledge is expected, with other critical skills gaps in problem-solving, work ethic, written communications, and leadership.


Solution-oriented HR professionals will be in high demand as optimizing the workforce within an organization and redesigning training and development are likely.

Job Titles

HR Operations Manager
Human Resources Specialist
HR Operations Analyst
HR Operations Director
Business Analyst
HR Generalist
HR Operations Administrator

Human Resource Managers Salary: National Average

$110,120
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Get Ahead with Career Services


One-on-one career coaching and mock interviews


Job database dedicated to DU students and alumni


Résumé and cover letter guidance

Hear from Our Students

Theme: Job Satisfaction
Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.

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Bonnie Davis
Senior Manager, Leadership and Org. Dev., AVAYA
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Carla Elam-Floyd (Student Member)
Director of Human Resources, Denver Water
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Audrey Sevalt
Division Director, HR, Corinthian Colleges
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Liesa Taylor
HR Business Partner, Sun Microsystems
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Shelie Gustafson
Vice-President of Human Resources at CH2MHILL OMI
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Rika Mead
Change Manager, City & County of Denver
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Shelly Pettet
Global Vice President, Human Resources, IHS

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Accreditation & Associations

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Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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Human Resource Certification Institute

The University of Denver University College is an Approved Provider with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Each course in the Strategic Human Resource curriculum is approved for 48 recertification hours of General, Strategic, or International credit with HRCI. Upon successful completion of the course, human resource professionals may apply the credit earned towards their Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), or Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification. Looking for HRCI certification prep for PHR, SPHR, and aPHR? See offerings through the Center for Professional Development.

SHRM Alignment
Society for Human Resource Management

The MS in Strategic Human Resources offered through University College is formally acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being aligned with its HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates through September 2023. As a university with a master's degree program aligned to SHRM's curriculum guidelines, students are eligible to apply for the SHRM-CP exam provided they meet SHRM's student eligibility requirements.

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