Human Resources and Employment Relations Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

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:

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Students must complete 9 credits.

Required Courses
HRER 504Seminar in Employment Relations3
HRER 505Seminar in Human Resources3
Students choose a third 3-credit course, which can be any other 500-level or 800-level HRER course, in consultation with their adviser.3
Total Credits9


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate the necessary basic disciplinary knowledge and competence to develop future ER and HRM careers.
  2. Students will be able to apply their knowledge by interacting effectively with organizational leaders in helping to develop and implement organizational strategies.
  3. Students will be able to effectively communicate knowledge of current HRM and ER topics both verbally and in writing.
  4. Students will be able to recognize and analyze practical, legal, and ethical ER and HRM challenges in the workplace.
  5. Students will be able to respond appropriately to practical, legal, and ethical ER and HRM challenges in the workplace using both theoretical and practical approaches and in accordance with the standards, values and best practices of their discipline.


Certificate Program Head: Paul Clark

Director of Graduate Studies/Professor-in-Charge: Elaine Farndale

Primary Program Contact: Erin Hetzel


Mailing Address: 506 Keller Building, University Park, PA 16802

Telephone: (814) 867-4167

Program Website: Human Resources and Employment Relations Graduate Certificate