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Human resources professionals are responsible for an organization’s most dynamic and valued asset, its people. The Human Resources Specialist may be expected to recruit new employees, assist in matching employees to existing jobs, coordinate retraining efforts, enforce a company's employee relations policies or manage benefits programs.

The MCC Human Resources Specialist Career Certificate is an introduction to the functional areas connected with this role in operations, talent acquisition, compensation, training, retention and engagement, performance management, and compliance. Students learn foundational competencies in developing a range of knowledge and skills needed to break into this dynamic field. Entry-level roles in the creation and cultivation of the employer-employee relationship pave a direct path to a thriving Human Resources career in just about any industry. Students may use this career certificate as a pathway to further education in business administration.

Degrees & Certificates Offered

Career Certificate:


According to research at Glassdoor, two of the top 50 best jobs in America are in the HR field:

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Corporate Recruiter

Between 2016 and 2026, 12,300 new human resource manager positions will be created representing a strong 9% growth rate over the decade. For current information regarding income and careers in human resources, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Students may use the Human Resources Specialist Career Certificate as a pathway to further their Business education in completion of the following Certificates and Degrees:

The Human Resources Career Certificate consists of the six following courses:

BSAD 1600: Organizational Behavior (4.5 credits) - offered all quarters
LAWS 2323: Labor and Employment Law (4.5 credits) - offered in fall and spring quarters
MGMT 2600: Human Resource Management (4.5 credits) - offered all quarters
MGMT 2610: Employee Relations (4.5 credits) - only offered in spring quarter
MGMT 2620: Talent Acquisition (4.5 credits) - only offered in winter quarter
MGMT 2630: Human Resource Development (4.5 credits) - only offered in winter quarter

  • Evaluate human resources policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Analyze employee training needs to develop new training programs or modify and improve existing programs.
  • Model ethical behavior in appraising organizational core values, vision, mission, and culture
  • Coordinate the logistics of activities and events to support employer-employee relationship
  • Maintain records to support HR-related processes, decisions, projects, and services

Aligned to the HRBoK - A Guide to the Human Resource Body of Knowledge and informed by the aPHR administrative, operational, and strategic tasks from HRCI.

Academic Focus Area  (AFA) Business Navigators and Advisors

Professional Credential

The HR specialization will prepare graduates to pursue a foundational nationally recognized professional credential, Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR). The aPHR exam assesses the candidate’s foundational talent and HR knowledge. Human Resource Certification Institute, headquartered in the U.S., is the premier credentialing organization for the human resources profession. For 40 years, HRCI has set the standard for HR expertise and excellence around the globe.

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The HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.

The red-and-purple HR design, HR CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE, and aPHR are trademarks of registered trademarks of Human Resource Certification Institute, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Used Under License.

MCC courses and programs provide educational opportunities to students preparing for various professional credentials awarded by external organizations and entities. Completion of said courses/programs does not guarantee success on exams, tests, or other requirements associated with externally awarded professional credentials. Students who complete MCC courses and/or programs in preparation for said exams, tests, or other requirements associated with externally awarded professional credentials may still want/need to engage in self-study, exam preparation programs, etc., prior to seeking credentialing.