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Human Resource Management

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Denise Potosky, Ph.D.
School of Graduate Professional Studies
30 E. Swedesford Rd., Malvern, PA 19355 
Telephone:  610-648-3375

Human Resource Management (HRMT)

The goal of this graduate certificate program is to prepare students to make managerial decisions that integrate HR strategies and practices with organizational strategy in order to improve business performance. To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, students must successfully complete 15 credits of course work. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and a grade-point average of 3.0 to be awarded the certificate.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. The successful applicant is generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the internet-based test (iBT). Applicants with iBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, which requires completion of specified remedial English courses ESL 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes) and/or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) and attainment of a grade of B or higher. The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

Required course (3 credits)*

MGMT 541  Human Resource Management

* Students who already have completed a graduate-level course that provides a comprehensive overview of the HR function in organizations and an in-depth examination of the strategic planning and implementation of HRM, as determined in advance by the head of the certificate program, may be permitted to waive this course if completed within five years prior to admission. 

Elective courses (12 credits: select one course from each of the following four categories; each course listed is worth 3 credits.)

With advance approval of the head of the certificate program and the instructor, special topics courses and online graduate courses that are particularly relevant to the categories listed below may be used to satisfy certificate requirements.

Category 1:  Internal Consulting


Managerial Accounting**


Prices and Markets


Managing Business Processes

HRER 516

Labor Market Analysis

HRER 816

Labor Market Analysis

Category 2: Organizational Development & Change

BUSAD 519/LEAD 519

Developing Creative High Performance Organizations


Negotiation Strategies

BUSAD 555/LEAD 555

Full Range Leadership Development


Knowledge Management

LEAD 562

Strategic Leadership

MGMT 501

Behavioral Science in Business

MGMT 523

Organizational Change: Theory and Practice

Category 3: Globalization


Global Intercultural Management

BUSAD 556/LEAD 556

Diversity Leadership

HRER 800

International and Comparative Employment Relations

Category 4: Current Topics in Human Resources


Ethical Dimensions of Management in the Biotechnology and Health Industry


Business, Ethics, and Society


Career Management


Cornerstone of Sustainability


Triple Bottom Line Accounting

HRER 501

Labor and Employment Law

MGMT 507

Positive Organizational Behavior and Wellbeing

** This course has prerequisites or requires demonstration of prior preparation in a subject area. Please contact the management division at Penn State Great Valley prior to registering for this course.

Effective Semester:  Fall 2014
Expiration Semester:  Spring 2019


Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-03-000

Review Date: 10/7/2014


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