Open to anyone interested in the field and particularly valuable for managers and entrepreneurs, this specialization provides an introduction to the fundamental principles, policies, and practices of human resource management. It begins with a foundational course; three subsequent courses delve into best practices for hiring and rewarding employees and for managing employee performance. The capstone project provides an opportunity to apply this knowledge by constructing human resource management plans and strategies to a real workplace or organizational situation.
The specialization takes approximately six months to complete at the suggested pace of four hours per week. All U of M Coursera courses, including those that are part of this specialization, may be taken individually. Coursera for Minnesota gives U of M students, faculty, and staff free access to courses and specializations.