The Certificate in Management of Human Resources (CMHR) equips candidates with specialized skills to work with the most important resource at an organization-people. Students develop a practical knowledge base in the following areas: interviewing and staff selection; training design and implementation; team-building; employee relations and conflict resolution; management of a diverse work force; performance appraisal and management; compensation design and administration; employee benefits; legal and regulatory practices; personnel policies and programs; labor and union relations; and health and safety.
The CMHR is offered jointly by Business, Communication, and Psychology. 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 emphasis.
This program provides a supplemental certificate option for students majoring or minoring in business, communication, or psychology. The certificate program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students. To be awarded this certificate, students must meet CMHR program requirements and requirements for a BA or BS degree at SOU (or the transfer equivalent).
Each student has a CMHR advisor who facilitates an individual plan of study and success in the certificate program. 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 and elective credits must be completed at SOU.