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Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management

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Advance your career and make progressive change within contemporary workplaces.

Help shape people’s careers in a time of rapid change

In our increasingly unpredictable and complex world, workplace frameworks and worker needs are changing rapidly. HR professionals are challenged to develop effective responses to emerging challenges, including technology and sustainability.

The Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management is an ideal qualification if you’re entering the HR field, building on your HR work experience, or enhancing an existing qualification.

You’ll focus on the latest modern HR strategies and challenges. Diving deep into contemporary solutions and trends to observe future workplace challenges with a focus on diversity, inclusion and wellbeing.

What you will learn 
  • Employment law
    Learn the unique legal and ethical challenges emerging from technological and social disruptions.
  • Contemporary HR
    Learn about the future challenges HR professionals will face and develop your own effective and progressive responses.
  • Diversity, inclusion and wellbeing
    Focus on inclusive and progressive practices that place the wellbeing of its employees at the forefront.
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Pathways to a master degree

You can graduate with a Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management in approximately 0.7 years part-time accelerated, after completing 4 units (24 credit points).

You can also continue studying after completing approximately:

  • 1.4 years part-time accelerated, 4 units (48 credit points), and you’ll receive a Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management; or
  • 2 years part-time accelerated, 4 units (72 credit points total), and you’ll receive a Master of Human Resource Management

The Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management comprises four units in which you will be introduced to studies in business management at an advanced graduate level. The units are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a business field.

You must complete the following units.

Diversity and inclusion

People and change

Ethics and legal issues in human resource management

Sustainability and performance in human resource management

An Australian bachelor degree or an equivalent qualification, and achieved a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 or an equivalent GPA.

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

For the Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management, the estimated cost is $4,125.00 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

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Human Resource Management online at Monash

Help shape people’s careers with a future-focused qualification that inspires innovation. The Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management will equip you with a digital and people-centric skill set that will advance your HR career.

Your fully online course runs across a streamlined six-week teaching period, and gives you the opportunity to engage in the learning material and study anywhere in Australia, whether you are inner-city, rural or remote. 

Meet your academic team

Associate Professor Jonathan Matheny

Jonathan Matheny is the Director of Program Development for Leadership and Executive Education. He leads the development of new programs and teaches personal development, leadership and organisational change. He has led academic programs and lectures across North America, Europe and Asia.

Dr Susan Mayson

Dr Mayson is Director of Education in the Department of Management. She is an associate Fellow in the Monash Education Academy, a Dean’s Teaching Award (2011) winner and she received a Dean’s Commendation for Teaching Excellence in 2009. She teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

There is constant collaboration and support between the online tutors and the students. My online studies have been challenging but enjoyable.

Kishore Mitra

Graduate in Business

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Industry insights

With a Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management, you will be well-placed to take your next step into a pursuing careers and opportunities within the human resources industry, applying your skills in any of the following roles: 

  • Human Resources Manager 
  • People and Culture Manager 
  • Recruitment Manager 
  • Training and Development Manager.
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4.1 stars out of 5
Human Resource Managers rate their job satisfaction as very high.

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16.3% job growth is expected for human resource manager roles over the next five years.

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$125,000 is the most common salary for a Human Resource Manager in Australia.

Whereas standard human resource management courses will focus on basic function-based learning for recruitment, renumeration and organisational development, Monash’s Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management looks at the future of HRM with an emphasis on its continuously changing nature. It focuses on enhancing the skills that will take you far into the future.
Monash online’s Graduate Certficate of Human Resource Management focuses on:
  • Digital and virtual transformation
  • The different kinds of relationships with employees and contractors
  • How HRM roles and approaches have changed over the years and in more recent times.
The future HRM won’t look like how it looks today. That’s why our course aims to prepare you for this new future by eqipping you future-focused skills that will stand out to potential employers.
The Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management will explore the following key theories, models and frameworks:
  • people and change
  • sustainability and performance
  • ethics and legal issues
  • diversity and inclusion
  • engagement and talent management
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • workforce analytics
  • workplace capability
  • disability studies.

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  • course information
  • career pathways
  • how online study works
  • course fees
  • how to apply

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