Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Human Resources and Employment Relations Certificate

Learn how to recruit, select, develop, and reward employees in our Human Resources and Employment Relations certificate program, which was designed for business professionals who need to acquire foundational skills and credentials in HRER.

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. 

About the HR Certificate Program

The certificate in human resources and employment relations is a graduate-level, five-course certificate that prepares professionals to create a more just and productive work environment, ultimately providing their companies with a competitive advantage through the people they hire.

It 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.

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


The certificate requires completion of five required courses.

Prerequisite Course

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

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

Outcome: 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

This course examines the critical roles of Human Resource professionals throughout the strategic globalization process, as well as the cross-cultural issues that affect organizational dynamics and behaviors central to Human Resource processes, such as staffing, training, motivation, negotiation, team-building, and communication.

To survey the three types of topics covered by the field of Global HRM:
1. management of human resources in global corporations
2. management of expatriate employees
3. comparison of HRM practices in a variety of different countries.
To consider special topics at the forefront of global HR, such as effects of NAFTA and the European Union, global ethics, and critiques of globalization.

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.

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.

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.

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.

*Take either HRER 422 or HRER 501

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.

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

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

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

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