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Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

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Graduate Certificates in Human Resource Management

1,700 Yearly Graduations
$49,100 Median Salary
$36,550 Median Debt
A graduate certificate in HR is offered at 157 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 45% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 2.2% of HR graduates were international students.

Education Levels of HR Majors

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 1,700 students earned their graduate certificate in HR. This makes it the 2nd most popular graduate certificate program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in HR at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 11,331
Master’s Degree 9,112
Basic Certificate 2,691
Graduate Certificate 1,700
Associate Degree 1,066
Undergraduate Certificate 427
Doctor’s Degree 289

Earnings of HR Majors With Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in HR is $49,100. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money. To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $49,100 to a high of $49,100.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in HR is $36,550. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $36,550 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $36,550.


The median monthly payment of a HR graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $426.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in HR. About 77.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 389
Women 1,311

The racial-ethnic distribution of HR graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 62
Black or African American 478
Hispanic or Latino 171
White 739
International Students 37
Other Races/Ethnicities 213

There are 157 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in HR. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

HR Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Human Resources Management 1,082
Human Resources Development 267
Organizational Behavior Studies 205
Other Human Resources Management 112
Labor Studies 34

Below are some popular majors that are similar to HR that offer graduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 5,311
Management Sciences & Methods 1,933
Accounting 1,018
Finance & Financial Management 897
Entrepreneurial Studies 743


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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