(SHRM Chapter No. 5222)


The Certificate in Management of Human Resources Program equips candidates with specialized skills for working with the most important resource at an organization -- people. Students develop a practical knowledge base that draws from the following areas:

  • Interviewing and Staffing Selection
  • Training Design and Implementation
  • Team-building
  • Employee Relations and Conflict Resolution
  • Management of a Diverse Workforce
  • Performance Appraisal and Management
  • Compensation Design and Administration
  • Employee Benefits
  • Legal and Regulatory Practices
  • Personnel Policies and Programs
  • Labor and Union Relations
  • Health and Safety

To pursue this certificate, students must be in one of the following categories:

  • Current SOU students who are meeting the requirements for a BA or BS degree
  • Students who already have a BA or BS degree (postbaccalaureate)

The Management of Human Resources Certificate Program is offered jointly by the School of Business, the Communication Department, and the Psychology Department. In size and scope, the certificate is between a minor and a major. This interdisciplinary format requires the completion of a 12-credit prerequisite series, a 28-credit core, and 8 elective credits chosen from at least two of the three disciplines. This format allows the student to build an area of strength in a preferred field of focus.

This program provides a supplemental certificate option for students majoring or minoring in business, communication, or psychology. The program is also open to students completing any BA or BS degree at SOU.  Each student has a CMHR advisor who facilitates an individual plan of study and success in the certificate program. (See below.) All courses taken for the certificate must be completed with a grade of C or better. A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in all courses taken for the certificate. At least 20 of the 36 core elective credits must be taken at SOU.

Prerequisites and course requirements may be found in the SOU online catalog.  (2013-14 catalog; 2014-15 catalog; 2015-16 catalog; 2016-17 catalog; 2017-18 catalog)

If you are a student interested in joining the Society of Human Resource Managers, go to www.shrm.org/students.  The student application fee is $35, and our chapter number is 5222.


One of the requirements for this certificate program is completing a practicum/internship in the field of HR.  If you are looking for an internship to satisfy this requirement, please use the University's CareerLink:  www.sou.edu/careers.  You can search for internships specifically in HR. 

You can complete an Internship/Practicum for your major and have it count for the certificate program as well, but only if you get prior approval from your practicum instructor and from the CMHR Evaluator, Daniel Clark.  



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Daniel Clark, MM
Senior Instructor
School of Business
(541) 552-7132