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Prepare for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Exams to Become a Human Resources Professional

If you want to become a human resources professional, our online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is for you. This program will give you a solid foundation for what to expect on the exams, as well as strong analytical skills that can easily be applied to an HR position. Courses are available online, so you can study around your schedule.

This program prepares you to take the following certification exams:

  • Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management will prepare you to take the Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and the Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) exams. CityU uses Becker materials to teach and review concepts historically addressed in the exam, making this program an efficient use of your time and resources. This in-depth course is recognized for credit by the NWCCU.

By completing this certificate, you’ll be 25% of the way through your MBA.

Total Required Courses

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

HR 551 — Human Capital Strategy Management

HR 553 — Management of People

HR 555 — Workplace Management and Human Resources

HR 557 — Organization and the Human Resource Function

HR 625 — Human Resource Management Internship (optional)

This Human Resources Management graduate certificate is designed to build off your undergraduate degree and give you the analytical skills required to not only pass your SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams, but to also practice as a professional. Upon completion of the program, and the passing of your exam, you will be able to apply your learnings in a number of career options, including:

  • HR strategic planning, talent acquisition
  • Employee engagement and retention
  • Learning and development
  • Organizational effectiveness & development
  • Workforce management
  • Employee and labor relations
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Risk management
  • Corporate social responsibility

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.

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