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.

Required Courses

  • HRER 463: Staffing
  • HRER 413: Compensation
  • HRER 462: Employment Relations
  • HRER 429: Human Resource Development
  • HRER 501: Performance Management or HRER 422: Global HR

Prerequisite Course

  • HRER 417: Managing and Motivating in the Workplace

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.

Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

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 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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