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Human Resource Development

Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate is awarded by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). IUPUI is administered by Indiana University.

People are the principal resource in any organization. The skill with which an organization develops, allocates, and supervises its human resources governs its success or failure. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates human resource development-related job growth to be above 20 percent between 2010 and 2020. 

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Development (HRD) provides you with strong preparation in the foundations of HRD. As a student in the program, you explore a blend of current HRD theories with applied practice in leadership and in human resource development for today's workplace. 

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Development prepares you for such careers as: 

  • HRD manager 
  • Workplace training manager  
  • Workplace learning manager 
  • Employee development manager 
  • HR/HRD training specialist 
  • HRD government specialist 
  • HRD consultant  

Certificate Requirements 

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Development, you must complete 12 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • HRD core courses (9 credit hours) 
  • HRD elective course (3 credit hours) 

NOTE: If you choose to pursue the MS in Technology with a concentration in organizational leadership from IU Online, these certificate courses may apply toward your degree requirements. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (400 words)
  • Resume (highly recommended) 
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only) 


One related elective (approved by your advisor)3 Credits
OLS 51500Foundations of Human Resource Development3 Credits
OLS 57400Managerial Training and Development3 Credits
OLS 58200Leadership and Organizational Change3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $485.50
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1456.50

Additional fees will apply. 

-This program is eligible for financial aid at IUPUI. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $655.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1965.00
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