Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Online

Qualify for senior roles in HR with the strategies you will learn in this accelerated certificate program. Gain immediately applicable skills and prepare to sit for industry certification exams.

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Start class: 10/21/24 Apply Now

Program Overview


Gain valuable insights with an HR certificate

Deepen your knowledge of human resources and learn the latest HR regulations and trends. The Certificate in Strategic Human Resources online program will prepare you to sit for industry certifications such as the Society for Human Resources Management’s Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) exams.

Learn from supportive, experienced faculty in accelerated, 100% online courses as you explore a wide range of HR-related topics, including employee recruitment and retention, compensation, diversity advancement, risk management, and labor relations. This certificate is a great addition to the MBA concentration of your choice, or if you choose to pursue an MBA at a later time, credit hours from the online human resources certificate can transfer into an MBA online program.

In this certificate program, you will:

  • Understand strategic planning models that utilize diversity to drive organization success
  • Learn to manage personnel and labor relations to accomplish HR objectives
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate recruitment, orientation, and succession planning initiatives
  • Design legally and ethically compliant compensation plans to meet institutional needs
  • Understand strategic planning models that utilize diversity to drive organization success
  • Learn to manage personnel and labor relations to accomplish HR objectives
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate recruitment, orientation, and succession planning initiatives
  • Design legally and ethically compliant compensation plans to meet institutional needs

Career opportunities in human resources:

  • HR Manager or Global HR Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Analyst/Manager
  • HR Manager or Global HR Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Analyst/Manager

Also available:

Avila University offers a variety of certificate programs online. If you’re interested in pursuing a master’s degree, all credit hours from the Certificate – Strategic Human Resources transfer to our online MBA in Strategic Human Resources.

$6,500 Total Tuition
As few as 8 months Duration
13 Credit Hours

Personalized learning experience

You will receive a personalized learning experience online. Faculty regularly engages in value-added comments and feedback providing the same level of instruction as if you were in person.

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All U.S. residents pay the same tuition

The Certificate – Strategic Human Resources online program tuition is the same affordable, pay-as-you-go rate for all U.S. residents. Fees are included in the total tuition, and financial aid may be available.

Tuition breakdown:

$6,500 Total Tuition
$500 Per Credit Hour



Multiple start dates make it easy to begin soon

Ideal for working professionals, the online Strategic HR Certificate program features 8-week courses and multiple start dates each year so you can begin at the time that works best for you. View the full calendar for all upcoming starts and corresponding deadlines.

TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Fall 2 202410/21/2410/7/2410/16/2410/16/2410/20/2412/15/248 weeks
Spring 1 20251/6/251/2/251/2/251/3/251/6/253/2/258 weeks
Spring 2 20253/3/252/26/252/26/252/28/253/3/255/4/258 weeks

Now enrolling:

10/7/24 Apply Date
10/21/24 Class Starts

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Get ready to apply to this HR cert program

We’ve simplified the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. You can find all requirements for admission to the Avila strategic human resources graduate certificate below.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • No GRE or GMAT required

In order to be eligible to receive a Certificate – Strategic Human Resources from Avila University, you must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA requirements for unconditional admission: 2.75 cumulative grade point average at the completion of the undergraduate degree
  • GPA requirements for conditional admission: 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the completion of the undergraduate degree
    • Students admitted conditionally must achieve a 3.0 GPA on the first nine credits in their program of study
  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended

Submit all official transcripts to:

Email: [email protected]
Mail: Avila University
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145



Update your knowledge with these HR courses

In order to earn the Certificate – Strategic Human Resources online, you will complete five courses for a total of 13 credit hours. There are no leveling courses or prerequisites required.

MG 685 is a 16-week course and must be taken during the last two courses of the program. MG 685 is offered during the first session of each term.

Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
One of the most important skills leaders and practitioners can have is the ability to influence others to achieve work and organizational objectives. Many organizations welcome diversity as an asset, but lack strategic thinking for managing diversity, inclusion and belonging effectively. This program provides participants with a strategic planning model and an understanding of the critical role diversity councils play in organization success. There is a blend of facilitation skills and activities that will enable organizations to appoint effective diversity councils, develop a mission statement, a vision for the organization, objectives, strategies, and employee action plans.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Workforce planning and employment involves the processes of developing, implementing, and evaluating sourcing, recruitment, hiring, orientation, succession planning, retention, and organizational exit programs deemed appropriate to ensure that the workforce will meet the organization’s goals and objectives. This course will examine key legislation affecting employee rights, employee privacy, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, discrimination issues, and employee record management.

Course objectives:

  • Understand what strategic workforce planning is: past, present, future
  • Obtain an in-depth understanding of employment laws that impact the workforce planning process
  • Identify adverse impact and disparate impact – two types of discrimination
  • Possess an in-depth understanding of the succession planning process
  • Identify the quantity and quality of worker talents/outputs
  • Determine the organization’s selection process; e.g., behavioral interviews, testing, background investigation, etc.
  • Develop, administer & analyze exit interviews data for improvements/revisions to the recruitment and retention strategy
  • Understand the steps that need to be taken during a reduction in force (RIF)
  • Anticipate and proactively respond to generational differences that affect workplace performance and productivity
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The manner in which an organization manages rewards and risks has a significant impact on its ability to achieve its strategic goals and objectives. A carefully crafted compensation plan, offering an appropriate mix of direct and indirect compensation, is essential to maintaining a quality workforce. The careful and strategic management of organizational risk is equally as important. This course will focus on identifying and designing appropriate and effective compensation systems that serve to sustain a highly engaged workforce in full compliance with legal and ethical standards. Today’s HR professionals will be expected to not only understand strategic compensation and risk issues as they relate to organizations, but take a leadership role in designing, revising, and implementing current and relevant compensation and risk strategies in a quickly changing employment and legal landscape.

Course objectives:

  • Understand the historical and contextual influences on strategic compensation and risk management practices
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of traditional, incentive, and person-focused pay methods
  • Identify and apply methods for building internally consistent job structures, establishing market-competitive pay rates, and creating pay structures that recognize employee
  • Understand the appropriate use and application of employee benefits including discretionary benefits and legally required benefits
  • Identify the contemporary strategic challenges relating to compensation and risk management facing today’s organizations
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of expatriate compensation and employee benefits as well as relationship of global compensation trends and practices to US practices
  • Understand the requirements of a legally and ethically compliant compensation and HR function and the associated risks for organizations
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Employee and Labor Relations is the study of effectively managing personnel and labor relations to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Human Resource department and the organization. The field addresses the social, legal, and psychological dimensions of work and how these influence the employee/employer relationship.

Course objectives:

  • The content of the course will cover the major systems of personnel management including the growth and changes of human resource management and labor relations
  • Among these systems the legal environment of personnel management, the structure and relative merits of different approaches to managing, and the structure and usefulness of the specialized function of the HR manager will be examined
  • Additionally, this course extends beyond the study of the profession and provides a practical approach to implementing the studied material in the workplace. A wide range of topics will be covered as can be seen from the chapter descriptions
Duration: 16 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
This course is designed to provide direction for students as they complete their electronic Professional Portfolio. Content from all courses in the program will be included. Students will have the opportunity to present their Professional Portfolio to industry experts. This course is a 16-week course that may be broken out into 2 8-week sessions indicated by Part A and B. If a student fails any one part of the course, both parts must be retaken.

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