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With the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management program, you gain the strategic skills and tactical understanding to be an active player at the executive level. Build on existing technical human resources knowledge and learn to effectively manage a diverse workforce in organizations undergoing change. Through a partnership with the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA), you may be eligible, upon graduation, to earn 100 points toward recertification in the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation – all while creating an upward trajectory in your HR career.

Who It’s For

Designed for HR professionals with a minimum three years of experience, this six-month program offers a combination of on-campus and online learning to help you balance career aspirations with current obligations.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.


-Understand the practicalities of designing and implementing human resource strategies
-Create strategies for improving organizational effectiveness
-Understand the challenges and prospects of developing learning organizations
-Gain the requisite leadership capabilities to accomplish systemic change
-Develop and improve skills for diagnosing and analyzing change
-Lead and implement organizational change management plans
-Be a catalyst to increased resilience, creativity and performance for individuals and organizations by utilizing a coach approach

Delivery Model

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management at Royal Roads University offers the unique advantage of a five-day on-site residency, followed by two online courses, and concluding with a final three-day residency. This structure provides working professionals an opportunity to benefit from an on-campus experience and to learn through the online medium while still meeting professional and personal responsibilities.

Students can expect the residency periods to be quite rigorous. The normal schedule for residencies is from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Homework, readings and team assignments are completed outside of these hours so it is recommended that students keep their evenings available for these activities.

Online Learning
The online portion of our Graduate Certificate programs takes place over the Internet. There are deadlines for assignments; however, students work through the requirements of the course at their own pace. Several different information delivery methods are used, including textbooks, articles, case studies, interactive learning and "chat" bulletin boards for corresponding with team members, who may be on the other side of the country. Students are assigned to a team during the first residency and continue to work together during the online courses.

The two online courses are taken consecutively and each course lasts for a period of 12 weeks. Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 17-23 hours per week. During the first online course, the amount of time required may be higher as students familiarize themselves with our online learning platform.

Visit the Strategic Human Resources Management - PGCert page on the Royal Roads University website for more details!




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