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Lead the charge in recruiting and retaining your organization's most valuable asset: its people. Enhance your skills and gain a deeper understanding of human resource management by earning a graduate certificate at Nebraska. You’ll find immense value in gaining human resource expertise to apply in your supervisory role, as an entrepreneur building your workforce or if you are a human resource professional with a bachelor’s degree in another area. In this 12-credit-hour online program, you learn about recruitment, selection, performance evaluation, compensation and the legal aspects of employment. If you’re enrolled in our MBA programs, you can use your MBA electives to earn this graduate certificate at the same time.

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Required Coursework


GRBA 816

Development of an understanding of how human resource decisions, strategies, and practices contribute to business performance and a firm's competitive advantage. The approach to human resource management from a strategic perspective, as it focuses on the relationship between HRM practices and business performance. A general management perspective by focusing on the role of managers and how they can execute effective and ethical human resource practices that support strategic objectives.


MNGT 863

Design and administration of compensation systems. Deals with determinants of general level of pay, pay structures, wage and salary surveys, job analysis, job evaluation, performance evaluation, benefit plans and financial incentive systems.


MNGT 864

This course will explain the process by which organizations forecast employment needs, recruit potential employees, select high potential candidates from applicant pools, assess job performance levels, give feedback, train and develop existing employees, and deal with voluntary and involuntary turnover. Students will be provided with examples of tools used by HR professionals in the staffing process. Students will also be expected to evaluate and suggest improvements to real HR recruiting and selection systems based on the information learned in the classroom.


MNGT 866

Crosslisted with: ECON 485, MNGT 466 and ECON 885

Government regulation of employment and labor relations. Includes laws and agencies relating to employment practices, pay, hours, equal employment opportunity, labor relations, safety, health, pensions and benefits. Social and economic implications of governmental regulation considered, surveys, job analysis, job evaluation, performance evaluation, benefit plans and financial incentive systems.


Because we accept new students in the fall, spring and summer, you can start earning the certificate when it works best for you.

To apply, you will need to pay a $50 application fee and submit the following:

Upload Supporting Documents

All Supporting Documents including unofficial transcripts and test scores are uploaded directly via the graduate application.

You are required to submit an unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended during the application review process.

Submit Official Transcripts

If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript sent directly from each institution you have attended to The Office of Graduate Studies. We recommend that you complete this task before your admitted term begins. A hold will be placed on your account if they do not receive your official transcripts by October 1 for the fall term, February 1 for the spring term and July 1 for the summer term. Students will have until that day to submit official transcripts or your admission will be rescinded.

Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail to

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Graduate Admissions
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619

International Student Transcript Submission

If you are an international student, please refer to the Nebraska Office of Graduate Studies for transcript and document information.

International Transcript Information

Additional information on Application Requirements can be found at Graduate Studies website.

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May Start

Apply by April 1


August Start

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January Start

Apply by November 1


At a flat rate of $650 per credit hour, our program is one of the most affordable in the Big Ten.

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