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HR Employee Relations

HR professionals are often tasked with maintaining and enhancing employer-employee relationships and this certificate program prepares you with the strategies to succeed in managing these relationships. Learn how to improve employee retention through compensation, total benefits, achievement of organizational goals, and setting realistic expectations of performance.

 

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1

Term Length
10 Weeks

4 Course Certificate
Tuition

$12,896

6 Course Certificate
Tuition

$19,344

Format
Evening or Online

 
Admission
No GRE or GMAT

 
Duration
As few as 6 months

 
Duration
As few as 12 months

Top-Ranked University

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

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If you plan to study on an F-1 or J-1 visa, contact Tracy Joosten.

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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

Analyze the phases of an employee experience
Evaluate the compensation packages
Analyze total benefits

Curriculum

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

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

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

HRA 4600 Human Relations in Organizations
HRA 4610 Employee Compensation
HRA 4620
Employment Total Benefits
HRA 4630 Employment Law

Graduate Certificate in HR Employment Relations requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.
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Concentration Courses
 
 
2
Elective Courses
 
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

HRA 4600 Human Relations in Organizations
HRA 4610 Employee Compensation
HRA 4620
Employment Total Benefits
HRA 4630 Employment Law
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Strategic Human Resources program include:

HRA 4160 Human Resources in a Global Economy
HRA 4170 The Inclusive Organization
HRA 4180 Organizational Politics and the HR Professional
HRA 4260 HR Analytics and Research
HRA 4270 Value and Impact of HR Interventions
HRA 4500 Organizational Leadership, Team Effectiveness, and Communications
HRA 4510 Organizational Lifecycles and HR Implications

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Strategic Human Resources program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

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Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master’s degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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Interested in a master’s degree?

Explore our Master of Science in Strategic Human Resources with a concentration in HR Employment Relations.

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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of HR Employment Relations

Job growth for HR specialists will increase 10% throughout the next decade, as projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Developing employees and being involved in shaping an organization’s workforce takes knowledge in relationship building, strategy, budgets, and planning.
The Society of Human Resource Management anticipates an expanded job market for HR professionals, according to their Jobs Outlook Survey. HR jobs that deal directly with employees are expected to rise thanks to a growing U.S. economy.

Job Titles

Employee Relations Manager
Employment Specialist
HR Manager
Consultant
Total Rewards Manager

Human Resources Manager Salary​: National Average

$110,120

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Theme: Job Satisfaction

Strategic Human Resources

“I recently passed my SHRM-CP with very little time in the field. I feel like my first instincts are good because the foundation was laid with my education.” —Shannon Harbison, graduate.

Flexible Online Classes

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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.

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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.

 

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.

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.

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