Human Resource Management



How do you recruit, train and lead a diverse workforce?

Our Human Resource Management program will help you identify, motivate, develop and support employees in any field. Our courses will help you explore effective ways to communicate with your staff.

Pick up skills course by course or declare candidacy for a certificate to secure a competitive edge.

Reviewed and Approved

All our courses have been reviewed and fulfill Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification requirements.

Diverse Offerings for Diverse Needs

From recruiting and staffing to leadership development, employee relations and business partnerships, our human resource management courses will prepare you to meet the demands of your field.


"What makes Extension’s program different from other colleges is that it focuses, first and foremost, on leadership and people skills." –Priya Raman

The Profession

Talent is an Unlimited Resource

In a competitive economy, how do you find—and keep—effective employees?

Human resource managers are the link between an organization and its staff. They help employees decode compensation and benefits while providing critical support in recruiting and selecting staff. Our Human Resource Management program will help you develop systems and processes that support business objectives, develop leaders who can deliver results, and create supportive work environments.

Average Earnings

The average median pay for HR managers was $104,440 in May 2015. –Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Market Relevance

More than 9 in 10 of global executives surveyed say that organizational design is a top priority in HR. –2016 Global Human Capital Trends report, Deloitte

Job Prospects

Employment of HR managers is projected to grow by 9% by 2024. –Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics


"I know this certificate will be very valuable to me because it will help me find a better job." –Mahesh Pokharel


Program Objectives

As a graduate of the Human Resource Management certificate program, you’ll have the skills to:

  • Design, assess and evaluate employee benefits programs
  • Recruit talent and plan a strategic workforce
  • Train, facilitate and design instruction for employees
  • Evaluate performance management approaches and techniques
  • Navigate organizational development and change at your organization


"I really saw how the whole program was designed to expose you to the different facets of HR." –Bryan Rodriguez


At UCSC Extension, courses are developed by program chairs and faculty according to the rigorous University of California standards and designed to meet the economic needs of each industry. Our instructors represent the best of both worlds.

NANCY NELSON, B.A., CA-SPHR, GPHR, is principal of HRProse, LLC, and has more than 20 years of experience managing a variety of corporate HR functions in the telecommunications and high-tech sectors. She has taught at UCSC Extension since 2007. She most recently served as HR director for Ultra Clean Technology. Ms. Nelson is past adjunct faculty CSU East Bay College of Business and Economics and has facilitated the Northern California Human Resource Association PHR/SHRM certification prep course. She is active in HR organizations and is a certified mediator. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute.

Advisory Board

Nancy Nelson, B.A., SPHR-CA, GPHR

Robert Coon, PH.B. Wayne State University

Lea Valencia Davis, M.B.A., Santa Clara University

Jess Jacobs, B.S. Santa Clara University

Stephen B. McElfresh, PH.D, JD, SPHR, Boston College

Rick Partridge, M.ED., ED.S, University of Florida


Program Format

UCSC Extension’s Human Resource program is offered at UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus, a beautiful facility located on the corner of Scott and Bowers in Santa Clara. Some of our courses are also available online. Choose courses according to your interest or declare candidacy in the certificate for a more comprehensive overview of the field.

Certificate Requirements

Total: 11 courses

Required: 8 courses

Elective: 3 courses

GPA: 3.0, with a C or better in all courses.

Timeline: To earn the certificate, you must complete all minimum requirements within three years of declaring candidacy.

Transferring courses from other institutions: Courses completed more than five years prior to the date of certificate issuance cannot be used to fulfill requirements. Learn more about transferring credit here.

Explore Our Four Specialties:

Our electives are divided into four specialties:

  • Talent Acquisition and Workforece Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Employee Relations
  • HR Business Partners/Generalist

Required Courses

There are 8 required courses:

  • Benefits Management: A Comprehensive Study of Employee Benefit Programs, 2 units
  • Compensation Management, 2 units
  • Effective Employee Relations, 1.5 units
  • Finance for the Business Professional, 1 unit
  • Human Resource Management, Introduction, 1.5 units
  • Law and Human Resource Management, 2 units
  • Managing the Staffing Function, 1.5 units
  • Organizational Development and Change, Introduction, 2 units


You must complete a minimum of 3 electives to earn the certificate.


  • Building Your HR Career from the Inside Out, 1 unit
  • Interviewing for Success: Using Structured Interviewing Techniques, 0.5 unit
  • Talent Acquisition 101, 1.5 units
  • Effective Performance Management, 2 units


  • Business Communications, 2 units
  • Designing Training Programs, 2 units
  • Facilitation Skills, 2 units
  • Instructional Needs Assessment and Evaluation, 1.5 units
  • Leading People Through Change, 0.5 units
  • Learning Theories and Styles, 1 units


  • Effective Negotiations: Principles, Strategies and Techniques, 1.5 units
  • Cultural Proficiency, 2 units
  • Terminating and Managing Problem Employees, 0.5 units
  • Workplace Investigations, 0.5 units


  • HR Technology—What You Need to Know to Be A Technology Proponent, 1.5 units
  • Human Resources Business Partners (HRBP), 1 unit
  • Role of the Project Manager, 1.5 units

Recommended Course Sequence

We recommend that you start with "Human Resource Management, Introduction" before the other required courses. After that, courses may be taken in any order.


Want to learn more about our curriculum in person? Join us for a free Info Session to learn more about our courses, faculty, and program requirements. Learn more on our Events page.


"If I had known about UCSC Extension’s HR program when I moved to the Bay Area, I probably wouldn’t have had to do my master’s. I think I gained much more here." –Subha Govindarajan


The rough cost of the Human Resource Management certificate is $7500.



No application is required to enroll in our courses or certificate programs. Information about our open enrollment process can be found on our Enrollment page. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact the UCSC Extension Outreach office by phone at 408-861-3860, or by email at

From the schedule below, click on a course title to see sections available for enrollment. You may view the full course schedule, or enroll in the course, by clicking the respective button. The course type offerings (classroom, online, blended) are guidelines and subject to change. A blended (hybrid) course has both classroom and online components.

Declaring Candidacy

If you intend to pursue a certificate, declaring candidacy establishes program requirements early in your studies, so any subsequent curriculum changes do not affect your progress. It does not limit what courses you can take; and it helps you structure your professional development program for maximum benefit to you. Go the declare candidacy page to establish your requirements for this program. Certificate program requirements must be completed within three years of declaring candidacy.

Course Schedule

1. Required Courses
2. Elective Courses: Recruiting and Staffing
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
HRMT.X403 Building Your HR Career From the Inside Out 1.0 Classroom
HRMT.X408 Talent Acquisition 101 1.5 Classroom
HRMT.X410 Interviewing for Success: Using Structured Interviewing Techniques 0.5 Classroom
HRMT.X402 Effective Performance Management 2.0 Classroom
3. Elective Courses: Leadership Development
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
BUSM.X404 Business Communications 2.0 Classroom Classroom
HRMT.X406 Facilitation Skills 2.0 Classroom Classroom
HRMT.X412 Leading People Through Change 0.5 Online Online
HRMT.X411 Improving Your Business Presentation Skills 2.0
INDD.X407 Designing Training Programs 2.0 Classroom Classroom
INDD.X402 Learning Theories and Styles 1.0 Online Classroom
INDD.X408 Instructional Needs Assessment and Evaluation 1.5 Classroom Classroom
4. Elective Courses: Employee Relations
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
BUSM.X416 Effective Negotiations: Principles, Strategies, and Techniques 1.5 Classroom Classroom
HRMT.X415 Workplace Investigations 0.5 Classroom
HRMT.X413 Terminating and Managing Problem Employees 0.5 Classroom
INDD.X401 Cultural Proficiency 2.0 Classroom Online
5. Elective Courses: HR Business Partners/General
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
PPMT.X400 Role of the Project Manager 1.5 Classroom and Online Classroom and Online Classroom and Online Classroom and Online
HRMT.X417 HR Technology - What You Need To Know To Be A Technology Proponent 1.5 Classroom
HRMT.X416 Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) Excellence 1.0 Classroom Classroom
6. Required Certificate Review
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
O-CE0133 Human Resource Management Certificate Completion Review