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Graduate Degree Programs

Public Sector Human Resources Management

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Dr. Bing Ran
School of Public Affairs
Penn State Harrisburg
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
Phone: 717-948-6057
Fax: 717-948-6320

The graduate credit certificate program in Public Sector Human Resources Management is offered by the Public Administration program at Penn State Harrisburg.

The certificate is designed for administrators and other professionals in government and not-for-profit organizations who need to acquire additional knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • personnel/human resource management
  • labor relations
  • problem solving
  • planning
  • management of organizational change and development

The certificate program in Public Sector Human Resources Management requires taking four courses (12 credits) -- two required and two elective courses.

Admission Requirements

An applicant 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.  A Graduate School certificate application must be completed and submitted with copies of all undergraduate degree transcripts.

Successful applicants typically have a 3.0 grade-point average in the last two years of undergraduate work.

Applicants who have graduate degrees in public administration or a related field, and who have taken graduate courses that duplicate the content of courses in the certificate program, may substitute other P ADM courses for those courses with the prior approval of the person in charge. Graduate transcripts, course syllabus, and course projects/term papers will be needed for this evaluation process. Some certificate courses may be used toward completion of the master's degrees in Public Administration and in Health Administration but completion of a certificate neither implies nor guarantees acceptance into a graduate degree program at Penn State.


PADM 505(3), PADM510(3), PADM 511(3), PADM 512(3), PADM 514(3), PADM 515(3), PADM 516(3)

Non-Course Requirements

The seven certificate courses listed above are categorized into 2 categories: required courses and elective courses. PADM 505 and PADM 510 are required courses; PADM 511, PADM 512, PADM 514, PADM 515, and PADM 516 are elective courses. Student must take required courses and choose 2 elective courses from the list of 5 elective courses in order to graduate. With the approval by the certificate coordinator, students could also choose other HR-related Penn State graduate-level courses as elective courses for this certificate. 

Effective Date: Spring 2017
Expiration Date: Spring 2022

Last Revised by the Department: Spring 2017


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