Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management — Boston

This comprehensive graduate certificate program is designed to enhance students' understanding and experience in human resources management and prepare them to advance in their field.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.


Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.


Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.


Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.


Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

F1 Visa Eligible


In today's multifaceted organizations, human resource professionals must respond to the growing challenges of regulatory compliance, complex benefit plans, and training and motivating employees.

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management is designed to give students a full introduction to the principles, strategies, and techniques of human resources management. The program will foster a deep understanding of organizational development and effective change management; workforce planning and strategic recruitment; and training and performance management. Major topics include organizational and human resources development; recruiting, training, and performance management; compensation; and the rights and obligations of employees and employers.

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Unique Features

  • Boston is a hub for healthcare, education, finance, business, biotechnology, and the life sciences
  • Offers special focus for participants in effective change management
  • Courses taught by experienced human resources professionals
  • Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied toward the MS in Organizational Leadership, MS in Corporate and Organizational Communication, and MS in Human Resources Management

Unique Transfer Credit Opportunities

About the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Opportunities: 

Why consider a graduate degree from Northeastern University? We recognize the knowledge and HR competencies demonstrated by those who have earned their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification through the Society of Human Resource Management. As a result, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders have the unique opportunity to accelerate through a Northeastern University graduate certificate program by applying this credential in exchange for transfer credit.  

Successful applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management:

  • Will receive 3 quarter hours of transfer credit–a 17% savings in tuition–for HRM 6015 Introduction to Human Resources Management.

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Get Set With a Custom Course Plan

Please note: The following is a sample curriculum and is subject to change. Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.

Required Courses



Complete four of the following. Students waived out of HRM 6015, complete five of the following:





Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
  • Professional resume
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
  • English language proficiency proof: Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Admissions Details Learn more about the College of Professional Studies admissions process, policies, and required materials.

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term:

Domestic Application Guidelines

International Application Guidelines*

*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Management alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.


  • Where They Work

    • State Street
    • Fidelity Investments
    • Dell EMC
    • IBM
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • What They Do

    • Business Development
    • Sales
    • Operations
    • Finance
    • Entrepreneurship
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Management
    • Leadership
    • Customer Service
    • Microsoft Office
    • Project Management


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