Learn the foundations of recruiting, selecting, developing and rewarding employees through our Human Resources and Employment Relations certificate program.

The certificate in human resources and employment relations is a graduate-level, five-course certificate that prepares professionals to create an ethical and productive work environment.

Program Highlights


Completing the certificate will put you in good company: Quinlan has a strong network of 3,000 MS in Human Resources alumni who work in nearly every major corporation in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Who this certificate is for


This is an excellent specialization for students who are currently pursuing a Quinlan graduate degree, professionals with a business degree, or any professional who needs to understand employment processes and the legal implications of attracting, retaining, and motivating employees.

Successful certificate program students come from a variety of backgrounds and undergraduate degrees.

What You'll Learn


Upon completion of the program, students can leverage knowledge and skills to work as highly effective human resources management professionals or as managers who partner effectively with human resources departments to acquire, develop, and reward talented employees.

Graduates are expected to:

  • Understand the theoretical and practical demands of HR professional career and human relations requirements of being an effective manager; both of which involve attracting, engaging, and retaining talented employees.
  • Develop and administer human resource strategies, programs and policies in the specific functional areas including talent acquisition/staffing (including employment planning, recruitment, and selection), HR development and training, compensation and benefits, performance management, and employment relations.
  • Understand how the practice of effective human resource management can positively impact the business and result in a competitive advantage to the organization.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills which involve complex human behavior and motivation.
  • Appreciate of the value and methods for sustaining employee diversity including a global perspective as it relates to human resources.
  • Develop research, written, and oral communications skills by preparing in-depth case presentations and reports.
  • Appreciate ethical perspectives and support sustainable outcomes with respect to all aspects of HR management.

Program Structure


Courses are scheduled to enable completion of the certificate in 9 to 12 months. Sessions meet once per week for ten weeks. Courses are offered at our Water Tower Campus in Chicago (weekday evenings or Saturdays), with some courses also available online.


All courses completed in the certificate program can be applied toward a Quinlan MBA Degree or M.S in Human Resources.


Students should have three or more years of professional work experience, or have completed one HR course (graduate or undergraduate) within the last three years.


Prerequisite Course

HRER 417N: Managing and Motivating the Workplace
The course primarily explores the structure and function of human behavior in organizations. Students will be introduced to the principles of theory of perception, motivation, decision-making, job and organizational design as they relate to organizational realities such as power, politics and change.
Outcomes: Students will gain a better understanding of both individual and group behavior in organizational settings and will be able to view organizational change through globalization, diversity, technology and ethics.

Required Courses

HRER 413: Compensation
This course examines wage and salary policies and programs in private and public organizations. Legislative and social issues affecting pay decisions, and the alignment of pay policies with the business strategy and other human resource programs are covered.
Outcomes: Students will learn how to design and implement compensation policies and programs that will give their employers a competitive advantage; resolve compensation problems from both a human resource professional and managerial perspective; and create pay policies that are perceived as just and equitable. Students will improve their team leadership, analytical and writing skill

HRER 429: Human Resource Development
This course examines how organizations develop employees with the appropriate technical, interpersonal and leadership skills to be effective in their jobs.
Outcomes: Students will learn how to conduct a training needs assessment, set learning objectives, establish evaluation criteria, select the best instructional methods, and to evaluate the impact of the program on the employee and organization. In addition to conducting formal training programs, students will learn how to use career planning, job rotation and performance feedback to develop employees and themselves. Students will improve their presentation, team leadership, analytical and writing skills.

HRER 462: Employment Relations
This course examines critical labor laws in the United States and the structure and function of our employment relations system.
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding of basic case law in the field of labor relations and how unions, management representatives, and government dynamically interact to provide employee representation, balance group interests, and ideally avoid disruptive workplace conflict.

HRER 463: Staffing
This course provides an overview of staffing processes in organizations, with an emphasis on recruitment and selection procedures. Other topics of discussion include legal and strategic issues in staffing, and relevant statistical concepts.
Outcomes: Students will become comfortable with the entire staffing process, and be able to design and implement cutting-edge staffing systems, with an emphasis on business strategy.

HRER 501: Performance Management
Designed to provide both current and future managers an in-depth understanding of performance appraisals and related issues, this course also emphasizes on goal-setting, feedback and the rating process.
Outcomes: Students will learn to apply the various techniques used to conduct effective performance appraisal processes and design comprehensive performance management systems for their organizations.


All academic programs in the Quinlan School of Business are on the quarter system, and new students begin during all quarters.

Application Deadlines

QuarterApplication DeadlineQuarter Starts
Fall July 15 Late August
Winter Oct 1 Early November
Spring Jan 15 Late February
Summer April 1 Late May

Application Requirements

  1. A Completed Application Form →
  2. Official Transcripts
  3. Professional Resume
  4. Letter of Recommendation
    Letters of recommendation are optional. No more than one letter should be submitted.
    For applicants who may feel that one or more parts of their application are weak, letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged. If you wish to submit a letter, include your recommender's email address as part as your online application form and we will send them a personalized link to upload the letter.
  5. Statement of Purpose
    The Statement of Purpose is optional.
    For applicants who believe one or more parts of their application is weak, a personal statement is highly recommended. The statement should provide context for area(s) of weakness, accomplishments to date, and how Loyola's Quinlan School of Business graduate degree program will prepare you to achieve your career goals. Limit personal essay to 2-3 pages, double-space.

For International Applicants

Language Test Requirements

An official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive test scores directly from the testing service. The minimum acceptable total score on the Internet-Based Test (IBT) of the TOEFL exam is 90. The minimum acceptable total score on the IELTS exam is 6.5. The minimum acceptable score on the PTE exam is 61.

This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program or those who are citizens of or have completed a bachelor's degree at a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English in these countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

Transcript Eval

If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit your official education credentials (e.g., transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, graduation diplomas) and evaluation fee directly to any NACES member companies including:

Please request a course-by-course evaluation report and have the official report sent to:

Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611

Please direct any questions about required credentials to the evaluation company you have selected and not to Loyola University Chicago.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The Quinlan School of Business and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their graduate business education at Loyola affordable.