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International Human Resources and Employment Relations

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Antone Aboud
506 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-5425
Fax: 814-867-4169

This 12 credit program is designed to provide HR practitioners and those with an interest in global HR business practices with a comprehensive understanding of the law, policy and best practices necessary for effective management of global human resources, employment relations and labor relations responsibilities. 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 to the certificate program will require: (1) a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or (2) a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.

  • Applicants admitted into the certificate program must have a 3.0 grade-point average in the last two years of undergraduate work. This requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances;
  • All applicants submit a Graduate School application (including payment of the application fee), resume, and personal statement addressing their reasons for pursuing a certificate in international human resources and employment relations;
  • Applicants must have two (2) years of full-time work experience (excludes part-time jobs and internships;
  • 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). 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.


LER 403. International Human Resource Studies
HRER 803. Human Resources in Multinational Enterprises
HRER 801. Comparative and International Labor and Employment Law
LER 400. Comparative Employment Relations Systems

Effective Date: Spring Semester 2016
Expiriation Date: Summer Session 2021


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