Many of today’s graduate schools now offer short, intense certificate programs in HR. These highly themed programs usually zoom in one aspect of the larger industry such as compensation and benefits management or conflict management. Students might also study to learn how to make technology-based strategic decisions using current software and HR analytics.
Interested students may want to test the waters, or study new methods to then try and make a lateral career move from one area to the other. Some of the longer programs might include roughly 18 credits (6 courses) and might be completed on their own or concurrently with a related masters program of study. Several universities may also transfer earned credits to a masters program, should a student decide to go that route later.