Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management (HRM) certificate program teaches students how to develop staff, analyze processes and evolve workplace culture. The program offers two certificates: a Fundamentals curriculum and a Professional curriculum. Students may take individual courses based on professional goals (and prerequisites) or complete a full certificate.

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About the HRM Program


This program serves students at many levels including those who are new to the HR field along with practicing professionals seeking career growth, and those studying for industry certifications.

Program Objectives

  • Explore current HR trends and practices
  • Produce plans that attract, compensate, retain and develop employees
  • Integrate the goals of the organization and the employee experience to achieve greater organizational health and an equity-based culture
  • Prepare for HR certifications

Cost and Length of Study

  • Human Resources Management: Fundamentals Certificate
    Cost: $3,120
    Length: Eight required classes completed in two years
    When to Start: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Human Resources Management: Professional Certificate (On Hold)
    Cost: $5,460
    Length: Choose six additional courses of interest with an additional two years for completion
    When to Start: Fall, Spring, Summer


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The HR Profession

The Human Resource Management Program provides a foundation to effectively apply proven HR practices in attracting and retaining motivated employees in support of organizational goals. HR professionals in our programs prepare for industry certifications, learn about current trends and how to partner with leadership to create a thriving workplace culture.

Professional Credit: Continuing Education Units

Credit is recorded as Continuing Education Units (CEU), which provide a standard of measurement for non-degree educational experiences. CEUs cannot be applied to a degree.

How to Begin Taking Classes

  • There is no application process to begin taking classes.
  • Obtain SF State Login and Password.
  • Register for classes based on individual goals and prerequisites.
  • Payment is due upon registration. Space is limited. Please register three weeks in advance.
  • Request a Certificate of Completion after all classes have been successfully completed.

Industry Statistics

Job Growth*
Mean Salary**



Graduate Erik J. Pelayo, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRca®, SHRM-SCP®, CPHR

What Students Say

“I am the type of professional who is always seeking opportunities where I can learn and grow from real, experienced professionals. The high-caliber education and professional instructors at SF State have always challenged me to keep growing as a person and as a professional in the ever-competitive job market.”

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*Projected growth for all Human Resources Specialist occupations, 2021 - 2031
**Annual mean salary for Human Resources Specialists in San Francisco Bay Area

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates - San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

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