Do I need to be an SF State student to enroll in the program?
No. Our professional development courses are open to all.
Are there any academic prerequisites to enter the program?
No. There are no prerequisites or requirements to enter the Human Resource Management: Fundamentals certificate program. Students wishing to earn the Human Resource Management: Professional certificate must first complete the Human Resource Management: Fundamentals certificate. The program is CEU-based (Continuing Education Units).
How do I apply to the program?
No application is required to enter the program. An application is required to request a certificate after completion of the final class in the program.
Do I need to know English to take these courses?
Yes. Students who are not comfortable learning in English should enroll in our English for Professional Purposes program.
Do I need to have basic computer skills to take these courses?
For the most part, having basic computer skills will lead to greater learning outcomes for students. Some classes include hands-on learning in a computer lab. Students are not required to bring a laptop to class but are welcome to do so if desired.
What kind of visa do I need to take the classes?
Anyone with a valid non-immigrant visa (except B1/B2, F2, M2) may enroll in SF State Extended Learning courses.
Does being enrolled in the HRM program qualify me, as an international student, for F-1 or for other visa status?
No. The HRM program cannot provide the F-1 or any other type of visa. For information about programs that offer the F-1 visa, see International Students.
How much does the program cost?
The eight-courseHuman Resource Management: Fundamentals certificate program costs approximately $3,120. The six-courseHuman Resource Management: Professional certificate costs approximately $2,340. A separate $50 non-refundable application fee is required for receipt of each Certificate.
Where do the courses take place?
All HRM courses are held in person at the SF State Downtown Campus located at 835 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA. For more information, see Downtown Campus. This program is offered only at the SF State Downtown Campus.
Is the program available online?
No. All courses meet in person at the SF State Downtown Campus. There are no online HRM courses at this time.
When is the program offered?
The Human Resource Management: Fundamentals program is offered three times per year in spring, summer, and fall terms. Approximately 4 - 6 courses in the Human Resource Management: Professional program are offered each term, on a rotating basis (often every other term). Courses begin and end throughout the term.
How long are the classes?
Each class provides 14 hours of instruction. Courses are completed within two to four weeks; check course schedules online before registering for classes.
When do the classes meet?
Courses typically meet four weeknights from 6:00am - 9:30pm or two Saturdays from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Some scheduling variation is possible, so be sure to check online schedules before enrolling. Students wishing to earn a certificate must take both weeknight and Saturday classes.
How many classes do I need to complete to get the certificate?
Students wishing to earn the Human Resource Management: Fundamentals certificate must complete all eight required courses within a period of two years. Students who wish to earn the Human Resource Management: Professional certificate must complete six courses of their choice within an additional two year period.
Do I need to take the classes in a particular order (sequence)?
Students earning the Human Resource Management: Fundamentals certificate must take HRM 9080, HRM Overview, as the first class in the program; HRM 9135, Integrated Applications of Human Resource Concepts, Principles and Practices, must be taken as the final required course. There is no required sequence for courses in the Human Resource Management: Professional certificate program.
If I want to take the whole certificate program, do I have to sign up for all courses in advance?
No. Students can sign up course by course. We advise students to sign up for each course three weeks prior to the start of the course to guarantee a seat.
What happens if I have to miss a class?
Because of the short length and participatory nature of the classes, full attendance at all course meetings is mandatory. Students who miss a session may not be able to receive credit for the course, so it is best to avoid registering for courses if you have previous commitments that conflict with any of the scheduled course dates.
How long does it take to complete the program?
All coursework for the eight-course Fundamentals certificate must be completed within a two-year period; coursework for the six-course Professional certificate must be completed within an additional two years. Students proceed through the programs at their own pace. It may be possible to complete a certificate in five to 12 months.
Will I earn credits for taking HRM classes? HRM courses carry continuing education unit (CEU) credit, nationally recognized units of measurement for professional development and training. CEUs may be used when employers, agencies or other authorities require a specified number of hours of study and where non-academic credit is acceptable. One CEU is equal to 10 hours of instruction. CEUs are not transferrable to academic programs.
Are the classes graded?
Courses are CEU-based (Continuing Education Units) and are graded on a credit/no credit basis. Grading is based on student attendance, participation, and satisfactory completion of class assignments. Grading criteria are provided in course syllabus.
Where can I find information about the program faculty?
All HRM faculty are practicing HR professionals and experienced instructors. Faculty biographies are available on this website under Faculty on the left navigation menu, and instructor names are listed with the course details for each class.
Do you offer financial aid?
Financial aid, such as FAFSA, is generally not available for CEU-based, professional development courses. For more information, see Financial Aid. The Human Resource Management program is registered with CalJOBS, which means some individuals who qualify for their programs may receive assistance. For more information, see CalJOBS.
Where can I find the course schedules?
Select Class Schedule in the left column.
How do I register for classes?
See Register & Pay. You will need to know the five-digitClass Number of each class for which you wish to register. Class numbers and course schedules for upcoming classes are available online approximately six to eight weeks before the beginning of each term.
How long do I have to pay for my classes? Fees are due upon registration.Fees must be paid before students are allowed in class.
Do you offer job placement assistance for program graduates?
The program does not have a job placement component, but we do receive HRM internship and job announcements from local businesses, which we share with currently-enrolled students and post on the Job Listings page.
I have questions that are not answered here. Where should I go?
Please contact the HRM program coordinator, Kim Workman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.817.4247, or director Cathy Flight, at email@example.com or 415.817.4226.