Advanced Certificate in Human Resources

Learning, networking, and career opportunities

The Advanced Certificate in Human Resources (HR) is a planned program of study focused on the behavioral competencies and functional knowledge areas within the themes of HR Competencies, People, Organization, Workplace and Strategy. The Advanced Certificate prepares a student to take the exam given by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) for the aPHR credential.

HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • There is an internship requirement where students work under the guidance of a human resources professional for at least 500 hours.


  • Application of the HR BOK
  • Career coaching
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural competency and sensitivity
  • Negotiation

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.
Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

You could work as a(n):

  • Benefits analyst
  • Compensation specialist
  • Human resources assistant
  • Labor Relations analyst
  • Payroll specialist
  • Training coordinator

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Arc Best
  • Express Staffing
  • ManPower
  • Twin Rivers
  • Tyson
  • Walmart

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR)
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master’s in Human Resource Management
  • MBA
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
  • Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)

Human Resources students
Point of Pride

As students complete the required coursework, they will have the opportunity to earn their Ethical Leadership Certificate and Compensation Analyst Credential.


Find out how we will empower you to meet every challenge head-on.