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Graduate Diploma in Human Capital Management

Graduate Diploma

For junior human resource professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and improve their skills, or for mid-career switchers seeking to enter the profession.

Graduate Diploma in Human Capital Management


SUSS graduate programmes in human capital management cater to the needs of a rapidly changing business world, and are designed to equip learners with critical skills of tomorrow. Our cutting-edge curricula cover fundamental topics in human capital management as well as the most pressing contemporary issues facing human resource professionals.

The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Human Capital Management are suitable for junior human resource professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and improve their skills, or for mid-career switchers seeking to enter the profession.

Importantly, our human capital management programmes are also modular and stackable, meaning that courses and programmes can be stacked to higher qualifications such as Master of Management and Master of Social Sciences at SUSS.

Unique Features of the Programme

  • Prepare you for the future by emphasising the seismic changes affecting the profession and the wider business environment.
  • Adopt a strategic approach, enabling you to contribute more effectively and add value in your organisation.
  • Students may graduate with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Human Capital Management.
  • Allow flexibility to study at your own pace.
  • Classes are conducted on Saturdays, giving you time for self-study and a balanced lifestyle.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

Applicants are required to submit their Resume / Curriculum Vitae (CV) during application.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Financial Assistance

The University offers course fee concession for selected graduate programmes. Please click here for more details.

Programme Structure

Our graduate programmes in human capital management are structured sequentially. The three courses that constitute the Graduate Certificate in Human Capital Management (GCHCM) are supplemented with three further courses to give the Graduate Diploma in Human Capital Management (GDHCM).

The underlying theme is about proper alignment: the need to align human capital with business strategy. The curriculum therefore begins with a foundation course in contemporary human capital management in the new normal and moves on immediately to the course on strategy alignment and business partnering. This is followed by a context-specific course in Singapore employment law, policy and ethics. To be an effective business partner, human resource professionals must be able to manage strategic staffing, performance and total reward design. They must also be confident in effecting and building up-to-date HR systems and processes through digitalisation and automation. The sixth and last compulsory course examines human capital measurements and how they relate to the business needs of modern organisations.

Currently, the modular courses within the Graduate Certificate of HCM programme are offered in July semester via Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE). Upon successful completion of these modular courses and attaining the minimum CGPA of 2.5 (out of 5.0), eligible students may apply for the graduate certificate.

For more information on graduate certification, please click here.

Graduate Diploma in Human Capital Management

Designed for more junior human resource practitioners or professionals in other areas considering a move into the HR/human resource function.

Graduates will have acquired the advanced knowledge and skills to function effectively as leaders and advisors in human capital management. They will have the competence in people management to take on challenging roles/positions in business and government organisations. These also include broad-based competencies such as critical thinking, business partnership, policy analysis, as well as programme evaluation.

  1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for Graduate Diploma in Human Capital Management (GDHCM)?
    One intake per year, every July.

  2. What are the minimum and maximum durations of GDHCM?
    The GDHCM programme has a minimum of 2 semesters (one year) and a maximum duration of four semesters (two years).

  3. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete three HCM courses per semester.

  4. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Each course lasts for four weeks. Lessons are scheduled on four consecutive Saturdays. They run from 8.30 am to 11.30 am and then from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm.

  5. What are the assessment components in each course?
    It consists of a mixture of class participation, case discussion, Group-based assignment(s) and End of Course Assessment(s).

  6. How do I apply?
    You may start the online application by clicking the APPLY NOW button provided on the top of the GDHCM programme page.

  7. Is an interview required for admission?
    Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview.

  8. Is GMAT or GRE required for admission?
    No. GMAT or GRE score is not required for admission to GCHCM or GDHCM programme.

  9. What happens if I do not complete the graduate programmes (e.g. Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master) within the candidature period? Can I apply to take the remaining courses via CET pathway?
    Students who have not completed their graduate programmes within the stipulated candidature period will not be eligible for the award of the qualification for such graduate programmes. Such students however may apply to take, via the CET pathway, the remaining courses which they did not complete under their graduate programmes as part of their personal learning and development . Such application will be subjected to the CET admission requirement. However, as such students have exceeded the candidature period for their graduate programmes, they will not be awarded the qualification for such graduate programmes even after taking and completing the remaining courses via the CET pathway (“Condition”).

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