Human Resources Leadership Certificate

Compete in a rapidly growing HR job market and increase your earning potential with a certificate in human resources leadership.

Human Resources Leadership

Program Overview

The demand for human resources leaders is on the rise. At Widener, you'll meet this demand by acquiring the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers desperately need and generously reward.

Designed for current and future HR professionals, our certificate in human resources leadership will prepare you for advanced work in a variety of industries, including non-profit, for-profit, health care, education, and government. Your experience will equip you to foster a productive work environment and establish and maintain positive relations with employees.  

You'll complete courses in a flexible, online format and can earn your certificate in less than one year while still working full-time. Faculty members are experienced professionals in their fields with advanced degrees; they will mentor you throughout the program and provide you with valuable industry connections to grow your own network and professional success. 

Your certificate will prepare you for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) certification and can easily transfer into a master’s degree in organizational development & leadership with a specialization in human resources leadership. Even before you graduate, you'll become a recognized expert and leader in the HR field.

Program Options

The certificate in human resources leadership is a 9-credit program. See the Loading... for curriculum and coursework requirements.

Learning Objectives

Students will benefit from increasing their knowledge of critical issues in human resource leadership including organizational development theory and practice, leadership of change, talent management, workforce development strategies, and legal and ethical aspects of human resources. It is expected that students will:

  • Further develop their ability to manage change and lead in various human resource organizational roles through application of the education and skills gained through completion of this program.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in areas of human resources leadership including talent management, organizational change management, performance assessment, labor relations, and current workforce issues.
  • Identify best practices associated with leading vibrant learning organizations and organizations that effectively align human resource and human development practice with organizational strategy.
  • Effectively promote the development of policies and regulations consistent with legislative and regulatory mandates as well as internal policies.
  • Apply ethical leadership principles to the development of organizations and their workforce.

After completing the certificate in human resources leadership, you’ll have the option to apply the credits to a master’s degree in organizational development & leadership with a specialization in human resources leadership

Entering the master's program this way will afford you significant savings, as certificate courses are offered at half the cost of master's degree courses. 

The certificate also prepares you to pursue the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) certification, making you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field.

Admissions Requirements

Program Highlights

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100% Online, Flexible Format

This certificate program is offered 100% online in a flexible format that will fit your busy schedule. The program is designed for working professionals like you and can be tailored to your individual life and work schedule.

Expert Faculty Who Make You the Priority

Our faculty members are industry insiders with advanced degrees in their field. By making you the priority, they will help you gain the knowledge, skills, and support network you need to lead a rewarding career.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

The certificate in human resources leadership is designed for current and future leaders in organizations in the following fields and industries.

  • Government
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Financial services
  • Health care
  • Logistics and transportation
  • Technology-driven enterprises

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Human Resources Officer
  • Employee Relations
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Training and Development Officer
  • Talent Acquisition 

Industry Growth

Employment of human resource managers is expected to grow by 7% between 2018 and 2028, higher than the national average for other occupations. 

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Our certificate programs are offered at an affordable $400/credit tuition rate. This allows students to complete this certificate in two semesters for only $3,600.

Next steps to apply

All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply.

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