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Graduate Degree Programs

Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER)

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Dr. Paul F Clark
003 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814)865-5425
Fax: (814)867-4169


The program is designed for professionals who desire further education in the specialized field of Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER) without completing a full master's degree. Many professionals and recent graduates believe they need further education beyond their bachelor's degree for personal and professional development and to compete effectively in the labor market for HRER practitioners. The certificate program provides flexibility for working professionals and advanced knowledge in the rapidly changing field of HRER in many areas, including: dispute management and resolution, workplace diversity, work and family, trends in human resources, and technology and the workplace. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students may opt to apply for the master's degree in HRER.

Students must complete 9 credits.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the program does not assume former knowledge of the field of HRER. An applicant must have received a valid bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have two years of full-time professional work experience. The following documentation must be submitted for evaluation prior to admission:

  • A valid transcript demonstrating graduation from a baccalaureate degree program
  • A one-page statement of purpose, focusing on educational and professional objectives
  • A resume

List of Courses Included in the Certificate:


504. Seminar in Employment Relations (3)
505. Seminar in Human Resources (3)

Select One Elective from the Course List below:

500. Topics in Comparative Industrial Relations (3)
501. Labor and Employment Law (3)
502. Organizations in the Workplace (3)
512. Research Methods in Human Resources and Employment Relations I (3)
513. Research Methods in Human Resources and Employment Relations II (3)
516. Labor Market Analysis (3)
536. Diversity in the Workplace (3)

Effective Semester: Summer 2010
Expiration Semester: Spring 2020

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-04-195

Review Date: 01/10/2012


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