McLean-Area Schools Offering Human Resource Management Certificate Programs
Although no schools within McLean, Virginia, offer human resource management certificate programs, aspiring students do have a couple of options they can explore in nearby towns. This article looks at those schools, neither more than a 15-minute drive from downtown McLean, and at the programs they offer. There is also a table of pertinent facts about the school, such as costs, enrollment and the percentage of students who graduate on time. Prospective students should consider this information as they decide on a school.
- Marymount University (MU), a private, 4-year college, offers a graduate certificate program and is about four miles from downtown McLean in Arlington. Many students attending MU live off-campus and benefit from the school's free shuttle service to get to their classes.
- An option for pursuing an undergraduate certificate program is available at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in Annandale, approximately 10 miles from the McLean city center. Students complete a set of required core courses and have several electives from which to choose. NOVA offers enrolled students a variety of financial aid programs, including traditional student loans as well as a 4-installment payment plan.
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Comparison of Schools
When considering a school, prospective students should look at a number of factors. The following table presents pertinent information for them in a concise format.
|Marymount University||Northern Virginia Community College|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit*||2-year; public*|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||3,441*||51,487*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city*||Large suburb*|
|Tuition & Fees 2015-2016||$28,310*||$5,138 in-state; $11,055 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||95%*||57%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||84%*||N/A - Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||81% for full-time students; 100% for part-time students*||69% for full-time students; 48% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||51%*||23%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Marymount University is a 4-year private, not-for-profit Catholic university located in Arlington, VA. Students pursuing the certificate program have the option to attend classes during the evening hours as well as on the weekends.
Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate
The human resource management graduate certificate program at Marymount University requires 18 credits and five classes. It focuses on core subjects in human resources (HR), including recruiting and selecting employees, evaluating performance, managing personnel change and determining salaries. Courses in this certificate program cover the theoretical, practical and legal issues involved in recruiting and hiring employees.
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College is a public, 2-year school that offers aspiring students an undergraduate certificate program to prepare them for a career in human resource management. The coursework can be completed in two years or less.
Human Resource Management Certificate
NOVA's certificate program requires students to complete eight core courses as well as two or more elective courses. Students learn about human resource law, management and training, employee performance and development as well as recruitment and organization development. Elective classes offer students extended options for exploring individual topics of interest or to acquire knowledge in developing areas within the field.