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Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

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The graduate certificate in human resource management at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa enables students to pursue an academic credential that can be completed in less than a year. Human resource professionals and those interested in a career in the human resource field will receive the high quality graduate education synonymous with Oklahoma State University and benefit from the experience of Spears School of Business faculty and invited professionals from around the region.

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Practical Application

Course work for the graduate certificate in human resource management is focused on practical application and organizational practice. Professors utilize case studies, company data, and group projects to connect concepts and theories directly to the practice of human resource management.

A Graduate Certificate that Goes Further

The graduate certificate in human resource management is designed to complement the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) competency model. These competencies are meant to “provide the foundation for talent management throughout the HR lifecycle” (, and the graduate certificate program focuses on competencies such as: communication, ethical practice, HR expertise, and critical evaluation deemed important by SHRM for performance and career advancement.

Course work is not only meant to prepare students for professional success, but to comprise part of the preparation for professional certification examinations such as the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.  Because these examinations require professional experience, students that lack the requisite experience will be encouraged to sit for the SHRM Assurance of Learning Assessment.

Additionally, all course credits earned through the graduate certificate in human resource management program may be transferred, or earned concurrently, to the MBA or other master’s degree programs within the Spear’s School of Business or the Oklahoma State University system .


The only pre-requisite for admission to the Human Resource Management graduate certificate program is a bachelor's degree in any major from an accredited four-year university. Applicants are not required to take the GMAT, GRE or any other entrance exam.

  • Students pursuing an MBA or other master’s degree may be subject to the admissions requirements of those programs.

Application Requirements


The human resource management graduate certificate is a 15-credit-hour program with classes conveniently located on OSU-Tulsa's campus located in downtown Tulsa. Courses include:

  • Total Rewards (MGMT 5133)
    This course covers the development, implementation, and evaluation of compensation and benefits policies/programs.  Students will learn the underlying theory as well as complete projects deemed necessary to master this material.  Additionally, content will be provided to cover the legal environment governing total rewards programs, administrative functions, and communication of total rewards programs’ goals.

  • Talent Development (MGMT 5153)
    A study of training and development (T&D) concepts and methods.  A study of the theories, principles, methods, and related terminology of T&D and their application to T&D problems.

  • Talent Acquisition (MGMT 5823)
    This course focuses on the process of talent acquisition.  Course topics include: human resource planning, position analysis, recruiting practices, selection, employment offers, and verification procedures.  Students will study underlying human resource management theory and complete projects deemed necessary for mastery of the material.  The course will also cover material related to the development, implementation, and evaluation of selection systems and the legal environment as it pertains to talent acquisition.  Related topics will be discussed at the discretion of the instructor.

  • Human Resource Analytics (MGMT 5543)
    Topics include: research methods, psychometrics, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, correlation, linear prediction, and other methods as deemed necessary by the instructor.  Students will show competence in proper data collection and evaluation techniques, as well as skills necessary to write up and present quantitative findings. Students will apply these concepts practically over the course of the semester and will be expected to develop their own data sets for analysis.

  • Employment Law (LSB 5423*)
    Legal foundations of employment in the United States. Contemporary topics relating to the employment environment such as state legislative and judicial limitations on employment at will doctrine, federal legislation relating to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, fair labor standards, safety in the work place and state workers compensation law.

Tuition and Fees

Visit the Office of the Bursar website for tuition and fee information.

Application Deadlines

For fall admission, application must be complete by July 1 of the same year.
For spring admission, application must be complete by Dec. 1 of the prior year.

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To schedule academic advisor support, please call 405-744-9000 or email

Contact OSU-Tulsa Graduate Student Services

OSU-Tulsa Graduate Student Services Center
North Hall 130