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Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

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Whether you want to enhance your career prospects as a practising human resource professional or you are seeking to enter the profession, CSU's Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management will set you on the right path.

This course increases your knowledge base in both the practical and theoretical understanding of human resource (HR) management.

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    Contemporary program

    To ensure you gain relevant knowledge and skills, we maintain close links with industry. CSU's Industry Advisory Board consists of senior HR management professionals working closely with our academics to ensure the course remains relevant to the needs of business. It is this dual commitment to contemporary theory and current business practice that is the hallmark of our HR management courses. Our graduates describe the course as "innovative, contemporary and relevant".

    Flexible study options

    CSU's course is delivered online across a three-session academic year. Study one subject a session or, with approval, fast-track your degree by studying two or more subjects in a session. Subjects are taught using blended learning techniques, including online education study materials, online meetings and subject forums.

    Pathway to further study

    After successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, consider applying for the Master of Human Resource Management (with specialisations) or our MBA (with specialisations, including HR management).

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management offers you excellent professional and career development opportunities. Our graduates have entered positions as diverse as human resource director, industrial relations manager, change manager, workforce consultant and organisational development manager. Your degree also prepares you to rise to the next level of management by helping you develop knowledge and skills to identify and solve complex problems, pursue a strategic approach to HR management practice, and implement effective solutions to achieve business goals.

  • Professional recognition

    AHRI accredited logoThe Master of Human Resource Management, Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management and Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management are accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute. Accreditation is reviewed every three years.

    AHRI organisational logoCSU is pleased to be an AHRI Organisational Member.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students who have completed CSU's Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management or Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management will receive full credit for the subjects studied when they enrol in the Master of Human Resource Management.

    Candidates may receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the course for prior study at another recognised higher education institution if they can demonstrate that such study was completed within the last 10 years at the postgraduate level. To apply for credit, candidates are required to submit, with their application for admission, a certified transcript of results and subject outline or curriculum of those subjects.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate

    The course comprises four subjects:
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources
    LAW515 Law of Employment

    Graduate Diploma

    The course comprises four subjects, in addition to the completion of the Graduate Certificate:
    HRM514 International HRM
    HRM534 Contemporary Issues in HRM
    HRM563 Developing Workforce Capabilities
    MGT540 Management of Change

    Master degree

    The Master degree comprises twelve subjects. Students complete the subjects required in the Graduate Certificate and the Graduate Diploma, then choose an additional four subjects. These four subjects provide students with the option of specialising in a particular area, or completing subjects across a range of specialisations. Additional electives (non specialisation) are also offered in order to provide students with a broad range of HR related subjects.

    1) Core subjects

    Group A:

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources
    LAW515 Law of EmploymentGraduate Diploma

    Upon completion of the above four subjects specified for the Graduate Certificate, students may elect to exit from the Master degree and graduate with the award Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management.

    Group B:
    HRM514 International HRM
    HRM534 Contemporary Issues in HRM
    HRM563 Developing Workforce Capabilities
    MGT540 Management of Change

    Students who have completed the eight subjects specified for completion of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma may elect to exit from the Master degree and graduate with the award Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management.

    2) Specialisations

    Management of Organisational Change

    HRM531 Organisational Politics
    MGT583 Managing for Sustainability
    MGT503 The Social and Economic Environment
    HRM552 Organisational Behaviour

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Management of Organisational Change) MHRM(MgtOrgChge).

    Employment Relations

    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    INR502 Industrial Relations Systems & Issues
    INR503 Industrial Relations Practice
    INR510 Comparative Labour Relations

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Employment Relations) MHRM(EmpRel).

    International Human Resource Management

    HRM516 International Management Behaviour
    HRM532 International Human Resource Development
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT530 International Business

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (International Human Resource Management) MHRM(IHRM).

    Conflict and Dispute Resolution

    HRM540 Theory of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Conflict and Dispute Resolution) MHRM(Conflict&DispResoln).

    Business Partnership

    ACC501 Business Accounting and Finance
    ECO501 Business Economics
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MKT501 Marketing Management

    Students who complete this specialisation graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management (Business Partnership) MHRM(BusPship).

    3) Restricted Electives

    Students who choose not to complete a specialisation can choose four subjects from:

    any subjects listed in the specialisations, and / orany subjects listed below


    HRM501 Labour Market Studies
    HRM512 Values and Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    HRM560 Training and Development Environment
    HRM561 Developing Training Capabilities
    MGT501 Management, Theory and Practice
    MGT505 Managing Quality and Innovation
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT536 Leadership - A Critical Perspective
    MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance
    MGT553 Project Management
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics
    MGT598 Business Research
    PAD591 Public Sector Management

    Upon satisfactory completion of  the required twelve subjects, students graduate with the award Master of Human Resource Management MHRM

    Enrolment pattern

    Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any pre-requisites.

    It is recommended that students complete HRM534 Contemporary Issues in HRM as their final core subject.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

  • Admission information

    Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience.  Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will then be eligible for admission to the Master Human Resource Management and receive credit for applicable subjects.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Free textbook - online students receive one free textbook per subject.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
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    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 32 points.

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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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