Human Resources and Training Certificate

School of Communication, College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media, Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Business Administration, College of Business Administration

Vision Statement

The purpose of the graduate certificate in human resources and training (HRST) is to help post-baccalaureate students and working professionals expand their educational background and enhance their knowledge and skills in one of the two concentrations. The first concentration, human resources, focuses on enhancing organizational effectiveness through employee recruitment, selection, placement, performance evaluation, motivation, and retention. The second concentration, training and development, focuses on enhancing training skills and program design including developing, implementing, assessing, and delivering training programs. The HRST certificate is useful for individuals currently employed in the human resources or training fields and for individuals who desire to enter those fields. The graduate courses required for this certificate address both theory and application from the fields of communication, psychology, and business.

Program Contact Information

Karen Dwyer, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
107J Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 
402.554.2253
kdwyer@unomaha.edu

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 1

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Admission to the HRST graduate certificate program requires a baccalaureate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA, a major or a minor (or at least a 15 credit concentration) in communication studies, psychology, business, or related area, plus at least one 3 credit course in research methods or statistics.
  • Statement of purpose
    • Please include a 1000 word essay describing which concentration you will be pursuing and why.
  • One letter of recommendation is required from a professor or supervisor
    • Please submit the name of the person who will write your recommendation and the email address where they can be contacted so that the reference can be completed online. 
  • Resume
    • Please include your work history

Required Courses

Students must identify an area of concentration:

Twelve of the 15 required graduate credits must be selected from one of the two concentrations. Three of the 15 required graduate credits are electives and must be selected from either concentration course list or from the approved electives list.

Courses must be taken in at least two of the units within the certificate program (i.e., communication, psychology, and business administration).

See human resources and training certificate concentrations

Exit Requirements

Portfolio

Students admitted to the HRST graduate certificate program must create a portfolio (notebook) containing at least one sample project from each course. A portfolio review will be conducted by the student’s advisor before the certificate is awarded.  Contact your advisor during the last semester of your program. 

Total Credit Hours: 15

Other Program-Related Information

To enroll in each course, students may need approval and a permit. For psychology (PSYC) courses, please contact the instructor for approval; for business administration (BSAD) courses, please contact the MBA advisor at 402.554.3010, and for communication studies (CMST) courses, please contact the certificate advisor at 402.554.2253.

Human Resources and Training Certificate Concentrations

Human Resources Concentration

This concentration focuses on enhancing organizational performance through improving employee recruitment, selection, placement, performance evaluation, motivation, and retention. You will need to complete all 15 credit hours with grades of "B" or better. All classes are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

Required PSYC Testing or Personnel PSYC3
Select one course from the following:
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL TESTING
PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY
FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT
Select one course from any three of the following five groups:9
Sem in Personnel or Personnel Psychology and Leadership:
SEMINAR IN HUMAN RESOURCE MGMT
PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY AND LEADERSHIP
Comm Leadership
COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP AND POWER AND ORGANIZATIONS
Criterion Development-Performance Appraisal:
CRITERION DEVELOPMENT AND PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL
Communication-Teamwork-Facilitation:
COMMUNICATION, TEAMWORK, & FACILITATION
PRINCIPLES OF COLLABORATION
Organization Communication Course:
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR: ENHANCING HUMAN & ORGANIZATIONAL CAPABILITIES
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Electives:
Select one of the following OR from any other course on the list in either concentration:3
TOPICS IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION
CONFLICT MEDIATION
CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN ORGANIZATIONS
SEMINAR: TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 1
INDUSTRIAL MOTIVATION & MORALE
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION-US
PERSUASION AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE
INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT
TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION METHODS
INDEPENDENT STUDY
INDEPENDENT STUDY
PROBLEMS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Total Credits15

Training and Development Concentration

This concentration focuses on enhancing training program design, implementation, assessment skills, and the developmental process through which organizations enhance work performance, communication, job satisfaction, and future career preparation. You will need to complete all 15 credit hours with grades of "B" or better. All classes are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

Required Training-Development Course
CMST 8156CORPORATE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT3
or PSYC 9620 INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Required Evaluation Course (select one course from the following):3
PROGRAM EVALUATION FOR EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATORS
SEMINAR IN PROGRAM EVALUATION
FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT
Select one course from any two of the following four groups:
Organizational Studies Course 6
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR: ENHANCING HUMAN & ORGANIZATIONAL CAPABILITIES
ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Communication-Teamwork-Facilitation:
COMMUNICATION, TEAMWORK, & FACILITATION
PRINCIPLES OF COLLABORATION
Communication for Instructional Settings:
COMMUNICATION FOR INSTRUCTIONAL SETTINGS
Leadership-Management Course:
COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP AND POWER AND ORGANIZATIONS
Electives
Select one of the following OR from any other course on the list in either concentration:3
TOPICS IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION
CONFLICT MEDIATION
CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN ORGANIZATIONS
SEMINAR: TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 1
INDUSTRIAL MOTIVATION & MORALE
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION-US
PERSUASION AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE
INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT
TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION METHODS
INDEPENDENT STUDY
INDEPENDENT STUDY
PROBLEMS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Total Credits15