The human resource management certificate can also be completed as a standalone certificate independent of an MBA if you are interested in advancing your human resources knowledge. Whether you enroll in the human resources certificate on its own or stack it as part of the MBA, you will receive a certificate credential that can be added to your resume.
Human Resources and People Management
Human resources and people management involves the attraction, retention, development and distribution of an organization’s most important asset: its human capital. There has never been a more exciting time to join the growing field of human capital management as organizations increasingly differentiate themselves through their people.
What Sets Our Program Apart
The human resources and people management degree at Saint Joseph’s University prepares you for a career in the human resources (HR) management field. Ranked second in the country by HR.com and a recipient of the 2021 LEAD Awards, our program not only teaches you functional knowledge but also helps you develop the skills necessary for HR practices in contemporary business organizations. Our program is flexible to fit the individual needs of each student and offers daytime, evening and online courses.
This program is available as a major and a minor. Many students often decide to double major or add minors to their studies. Some common additional areas of study that students interested in major also pursue include:
Saint Joseph's University's Society for Human Resource Management chapter hosts various networking and career development events, helping you connect with other students and meet with industry professionals.
Because Saint Joseph's University is recognized by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as an aligned program, students in good standing in their final year of study who meet the relevant criteria can apply to take the exam to become a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). The certification is a globally recognized standard in the HR profession.
Saint Joseph's offers a variety of graduate programs to help undergraduates further develop their skills in human resources and management after graduation and advance their careers. Programs offered include:
Saint Joseph’s University offers an accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program that allows current undergraduate human resource and people management students to start earning their master’s degree by their senior year. This model enables you to complete your undergraduate and graduate work in just five years, instead of the traditional six or seven. Combining your bachelor’s with a master’s degree can help you save time and money. The human resource and people management major is compatible with the following graduate programs for the 4+1:
Human resource and people majors at Saint Joseph’s interested in this unique option must apply to the graduate program in their junior year and be provisionally accepted before they complete their bachelor’s degree.
What Can You Do with a Degree in Human Resources and People Management?
The curriculum is aligned with the guidelines of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The program teaches students knowledge in critical thinking and inquiry, ethics, social justice, diversity and making well reasoned judgments personally and professionally. You will become well prepared to pursue a human resource management career as any of the following:
- Employee relations specialist
- Compensation specialist
- Human capital analyst
- Recruiting specialist
View required courses for this program in the academic catalog. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program curriculum.
Affordable tuition rates can be found on our Tuition and Fees page.*
*Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition and Fees page for a detailed breakdown.
There is no application deadline for this program. Here are recommended application submission dates:
February 1 – recommended application submission for Fall semester
August 1 – recommended application submission for Spring semester
Saint Joseph’s accepts students on a year-round basis, so any applications received after these dates will be considered for the next applicable semester. Contact the Office of Admission for information regarding space availability at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-660-1300.
1. To be considered for admission, you must have graduated from an approved secondary school (or be on track to graduate), received a diploma from an accredited home school association or earned a GED.
2. A high school transcript with an official school stamp or an official GED transcript is required. High school transcripts must include courses completed through your junior year as well as courses in progress during your senior year. If you’ve attended any post-secondary institutions, official transcripts for those institutions are required as well.
Transfer credit may be awarded for previous coursework. A course must meet the following requirements to be considered for transfer to Saint Joseph’s University:
- Undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or above
- Graduate courses with a grade of “B” or above
- Pass/Fail grades are not eligible for transfer credit
- Must be from a regionally or programmatically accredited institution
- The coursework must match the course offered at Saint Joseph's
- Some programs have a time limit for specific courses
- Earned credit may be submitted for review based on a timeline of less than or equal to 5 to 10 years between completion of course and enrollment at SJU
Visit the Transfer Admission page for a detailed breakdown of courses and institutions eligible for transfer.
If you are not a United States citizen, you must show proof of permanent resident visa status. Students educated in another country may be admitted if they:
- Satisfy general admission requirements
- Earn a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey
Students from English-speaking countries may choose to take the SAT or ACT as an option to the TOEFL exam. An evaluation of foreign transcripts by the World Education Service or other approved agency is required.
Saint Joseph’s is a military-friendly institution and offers assistance and services to veterans and their dependents who are utilizing educational benefits. Benefits include:
- Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®
- Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 33 Post 911 GI Bill®
- Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance
- Chapter 1606 National Guard or Reserves
- Chapter 1607 National Guard or Reserves (REAP) (*if eligible, must be utilized by November 25, 2019)
- Pennsylvania National Guard Educational Assistance Program (EAP)
- Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)