Yvonne Ayala
is an HR specialist at EO Products.

Graduate, Certificate Program in Human Resource Management
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Online Availability

Courses in this certificate are offered online and in the classroom.


Duration of Study

At two courses per semester, you can finish in five semesters (one to two years).


Estimated Cost


Human Resource professionals lead the charge in recruiting and retaining an organization’s most valuable asset: its people. They are strategic partners navigating the challenges of an increasingly global workforce and changing employment laws, all while utilizing data analytics to support business goals. They are a valuable asset to any successful organization, as seen by the nearly half-a-million positions to open by 2024.


Essentials of Human Resources BUS ADM X450.1; bachelor's degree highly recommended.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum consists of 8 required core courses (14 units) and 4 semester units of electives (usually 2 courses) for a total of 18 semester units (273 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. A Certificate of Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 4.0 or higher (effective to those who register beginning July 1, 2017). All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate. By taking two courses per term, you can complete the certificate within five semesters (one to two years).

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Human Resource Management, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

You should register for the certificate after you complete the first course in the curriculum.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated total cost of $8,990 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to extension-business@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-4231. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved (usually within two to three weeks), your certificate will be mailed to you.


Certificate Program in HR Management Online Information Session

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Additional Information

Interested in Taking the PHR or SPHR Exam?
We highly recommend first completing the certificate program before taking either exam prep course through the HR Certification Institute. Certification requires you to sit for a three-hour exam, which tests knowledge in six core areas of Human Resources. The PHR exam has a pass rate of about 65 percent, and the SPHR exam has a pass rate of about 55 percent. Certification lasts for three years. In order to recertify, you have to either complete 60 hours of approved ongoing education/professional development in HR or take the exam again. Refer to the HR Certification Institute for details.

Recertification Through HR Certification Institute

The required courses in this certificate have been approved for recertification credit hours toward Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met HR Certification Institute's criteria to be preapproved for recertification credit.

Advisory Board

Melissa Albers

HR Manager


Program Graduate Student Representative

Dr. Cristina Banks, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer and Campus Adviser

Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group

Haas School of Business

UC Berkeley

Allan Brown

Vice President, Rewards, Systems and Analytics


UC Berkeley Extension Instructor

Larry Daniel

Marin County Department of Human Resources

Jason Jimenez

HR Supervisor

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Brian Kundert

Division HR Director


Resa Peay-Wainwright

Senior Human Resources Practitioner


UC Berkeley Extension Instructor

Stacia Sherman Garr

Lead Analyst and Senior Manager

Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting

UC Berkeley Extension Staff

Ernest Costello

Assistant Dean, Business, Management and Technology

UC Berkeley Extension

Tom McGuire

Program Director, Business, Management and Technology

UC Berkeley Extension

Kaya Cohn

Program Coordinator, Business, Management and Technology

UC Berkeley Extension